Category: Skilled Nursing Facility

Tips for dementia resident care

Caring for residents with dementia can be a difficult task, but taking an interdisciplinary approach while caring for residents can go a long way. The following tips on how to approach dementia care are from Caring for the Dementia Resident by Frosini Rubertino, RN, BSN, C-NE, CDONA/LTC, available for purchase here. Person-centered care. CMS requires […]

CMS announces $20 million American Rescue Plan to support state healthcare markets

CMS announced June 21 $20 million in American Rescue Plan (ARP) funding to support State-based Marketplaces (SBMs) to improve consumer access to health insurance. States can apply for funding to help modernize or update their systems, programs, or technology to comply with federal Marketplace requirements. “States may also use the funds for program policies or […]

Virtual Summit: Post-Acute NOW discusses rebalancing PDPM post-COVID

What will the new normal look like as the pandemic turns a corner? Skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) need to understand how payment was unique during the pandemic and how reimbursement might change moving forward. Understand what your SNF should be prepared for and how to look at the data to determine payment in the future. […]

Skilled status charting for SNFs

Note: The following podcast was first aired on July 17, 2020. Today, long-term care expert Reta Underwood, Medicare Specialist and president of CLTC, a national long-term care consulting firm based in Kentucky discusses skilled status charting for SNFs, as well as the differences between direct and indirect skilled services. Subscribe on SoundCloud, Spotify, or Apple […]

OSHA Focuses Enforcement Efforts on Higher-Risk Workplaces Amid Pandemic

On March 21, 2021, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published a national emphasis program (NEP) to focus its enforcement efforts on preventing employees from contracting COVID-19 and protecting those who report unsafe working conditions. In general, an NEP is a method by which OSHA temporarily focuses its resources on a specific danger or […]

New LTC vaccine rules from CMS should be on your radar

CMS has released an interim final rule that sets COVID-19 vaccine requirements for long-term care (LTC) facilities and intermediate care facilities for individuals with intellectual disabilities (ICFs-IID). The changes to the Conditions of Participation (CoPs) for those facilities primarily require vaccines to be offered to residents, clients and staff when available. They also set education and CDC reporting […]

COVID-19 outbreak reported at Washington nursing home

In a grim reminder that nursing home residents are still vulnerable to COVID-19, a recent outbreak in a Washington state nursing home has claimed one life. In addition to the fatality of an 80-year old resident, 19 staff members and residents tested positive for COVID-19 at Avamere Bellingham Healthcare and Rehabilitation in Bellingham, Wa. Six […]

New Podcast: Proposed FY2022 Payment Rule for SNF

Sponsored by Intelycare and Vocera With us today, in honor of skilled nursing week, is Maureen McCarthy. Maureen is president of Celtic Consulting, LLC, and CEO and founder of Care Transitions, LLP, a care coordination service provider. We chat about the proposed FY 2022 payment rule for SNFs. Post-Acute Advisor · 2022 Proposed Payment Rule […]

In Honor of Skilled Nursing Week

Brought to you by Intelycare and Vocera In honor of Skilled Nursing Week, we’d like to honor our post-acute, SNF and rehab staff with some extra and free content that we hope will be helpful. We know you’ve had a long, hard year and we want to celebrate you! We’ll be releasing something new every […]

Q&A: ICD-10 Return to Provider codes

Question: “Physical therapy has generalized muscle weakness as a secondary diagnosis, and we are worried this will cause our claim to kick out. Why can’t they just use muscle wasting?” Response: You are correct that generalized muscle weakness would be considered an RTP code for primary diagnosis in I0020B; however, there may be instances during […]