Category: Skilled Nursing Facility

Correlations found between home care for dementia patients and higher risks of hospitalization

A new study published July 1 in the journal Health Affairs found that seniors with dementia who use home care have suffered more severe outcomes stemming from medical emergencies than those in skilled nursing facilities. According to study author Rebecca Gorges, “While Medicaid’s trend to shift long-term care from institutions to the community is intuitively […]

CMS to hold two-day Quality Reporting training

Registration is open for CMS’ SNF QRP Provider In-Person Training Event, August 13 and 14, 2019. The training is a two-day in-person ‘Train the Trainer’ event for providers at the Four Seasons Hotel, 200 International Drive, Baltimore, MD 21202. This event will be open to all SNF providers, associations, and organizations. Like the May 2019 […]

Payroll data shows self-reported staffing data inflated

A new study published by yesterday afternoon shows that about 75% of nursing homes in this country are understaffed, and that levels self-reported by nursing home administrators used in the CASPER system were higher than payroll data. Researchers examined 15,399 nursing homes from April 2017 through March 2018. They found that RNs are often missing […]

Proposed rule would revise regulations around nondiscrimination in health programs

In an effort to reduce burden, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and CMS are seeking to update regulations around nondiscrimination outlined in the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The proposed rule was published in the Federal Register June 14. It would make “substantial revisions” to Section 1557 of the ACA by eliminating “provisions […]

New York Medicaid Change Rocking SNFs

The state of New York is proposing a change in the way it calculates the case mix that sets Medicaid reimbursements for skilled nursing facilities — with the goal of realizing $246 million in net savings. If it is finalized, that could mean a significant cut in Medicaid reimbursements for nursing home providers, according to […]

LeadingAge weighs in on proposed payment rule

The comment period for the Medicare proposed rule for SNFs just ended. Here’s what LeadingAge had to say in comments submitted: Wage Index Adjustment As CMS continues to utilize the hospital wage index in developing the SNF wage index, and changes have been proposed in the Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) proposed rule to […]

Study finds nursing home prices increase nationwide, exceeding inflation

A six-year study by Georgetown University Medical Center found nursing home prices generally outpaced inflation, including increases in overall medical care (20.2%) and consumer prices (11.7%). Nursing homes in New York during the period reviewed had the highest average daily price, at $302, while Texas had the lowest average daily price, at $121. In 2010 the […]

Study finds method to predict SNF admission from hosital admission profile

A June 2019 study in JAMA found that it’s possible to predict at the day of admission a patient’s risk of SNF discharge. Researcher’s noted strong indiciators for SNF admission included impaired mobility and impaired ability to bathe, as well as living alone. The study used a  retrospective cohort of 11,380 hospitalized patients. View the […]