Category: Skilled Nursing Facility

Medicaid providers to receive $15B in COVID-19 relief funds

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has released COVID-19 relief funds totaling $15 billion to facilities that rely solely on Medicaid reimbursement and did not receive payments from the initial $50 billion from the Provider Relief Fund. Beginning June 10, an HHS portal will be open for Medicaid providers to submit an application. […]

CMS releases nursing home COVID-19 data and inspection results

The first round of COVID-19 data collected from nursing homes is now available on Nursing Home Compare. The data shows that as of May 31, about 13,600 (88%) of Medicare and Medicaid nursing homes had reported the required data to the CDC. Within these facilities, there are over 95,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases, and almost 32,000 […]

New Podcast: Infection Control Surveys and Reopening SNFs

Long-term care regulatory expert Stefanie Corbett, DHA, discusses the new requirement for states released this week that require them to survey certain SNFs for infection control, along with reviewing reopening guidance for SNFs. Today, we’ll be talking about the Infection Control Surveys and Reopening SNFs Post-Acute Advisor · Infection Control Surveys and Reopening SNFs Listen […]

Upcoming webinar: Survey Success for Long-Term Care

During this 60-minute webinar, industry experts Reginald M. Hislop III, PhD, and Diane R. Hislop, RN, will review survey trends and help prepare providers for the new QIS-driven survey process. They will also teach participants how to develop a survey management program (including guidance for providing demonstrable evidence of compliance) and a cost-saving post-survey response […]

Trump administration announces enhanced enforcement on SNF infection control policies

The Trump Administration unveiled enhanced enforcement June 1 for SNF infection control policies amid COVID-19. SNFs will be subject to additional civil money penalties as well as enforcement by CMS for persistent survey deficiencies from targeted infection control surveys. “While many nursing homes have performed well and demonstrated that it’s entirely possible to keep nursing […]

Employers watching bill aimed at easing PPP loan rules

The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)—called a godsend by some and seriously flawed by others—may be in for a bit of an overhaul. The House passed the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act on May 28, and the measure is expected to get a vote in the Senate soon, but not before senators seek changes in the […]

CMS proposes amendment to the HHS-RADV program

CMS issued a proposed rule on May 29 to amend requirements for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ risk adjustment data validation (HHS-RADV) program. The proposal includes changes to two technical aspects of the HHS-RADV program, the error rate calculation, and application of results. CMS outlines the changes in the newly published fact […]

OIG investigates COVID-19 response at nursing homes

The OIG announced a focused effort to investigate nursing home responses to COVID-19. One facet of the investigation will focus on auditing infection control efforts at nursing homes, while another will focus on CMS oversight efforts during the pandemic. “To reduce the likelihood of contracting and spreading COVID-19 at these nursing homes, effective internal controls […]

Infection Control Surveys and Reopening SNFs

Long-term care regulatory expert Stefanie Corbett, DHA, discusses the new requirement for states released this week that require them to survey certain SNFs for infection control, along with reviewing reopening guidance for SNFs. Today, we’ll be talking about the Infection Control Surveys and Reopening SNFs Post-Acute Advisor · Infection Control Surveys and Reopening SNFs Listen […]