Category: Skilled Nursing Facility

Study determines risk of penalties under VBP

The SNF value-based purchasing (VBP) program was implemented a little over a year ago, in October 2018. A study published December 18 in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, “Performance and Penalties in Year 1 of the Skilled Nursing Facility Value‐Based Purchasing Program,” examined the performance scores and penalties of 14,558 SNFs over the […]

The benefits of treating SNF residents as guests

The following is an excerpt from the 2017 book SNF Risk Management through Person-Centered Care by Carol Marshall, MA, available for purchase here. The long-term care industry learned a valuable lesson from the hotel industry: Treat residents as guests. Long gone are the days of the “old-folks home” in place when my great-great-grandmother needed longterm […]

SNFs left vulnerable after cyber attack

After a ransomware attack hit data provider Virtual Care Provider, Inc. (VCPI) last month, more than 100 SNFs were blocked from accessing resident medical records, according to Krebs on Security. The hackers demanded a ransom of $14 million to regain access to the records. The attack left affected SNFs without access to medical records, medication […]

SNF employment dips in November

SNF employment dropped by 1,700 jobs in November, according to the recently released employment figures compiled by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This marks the second month of SNF employment decline since the implementation of PDPM. While not necessarily to blame for the employment decline, there have been numerous reports of therapist layoffs since PDPM […]

CMS to host SNF open door forum

CMS has scheduled an SNF open door forum for Thursday, December 12. Topics discussed in the forum will include a PDPM update, and a FY 2020 SNF value-based purchasing (VBP) facility-level dataset and a SNF VBP aggregate performance review, followed by a Q&A session. To participate by phone, dial: 1-888-455-1397 and enter conference passcode: 4676500 […]

Despite RoP Phase III implementation, surveyors lack guidance

Phase III Requirements for Participation (RoP) took effect on November 28, but CMS has yet to release guidance for surveyors. “While the Phase 3 requirements will be effective November 28, 2019, and facilities are required to comply with these and all requirements, our ability to survey for compliance with these requirements will be limited until […]

Gap in health IT knowledge prevalent among postacute care staff

Postacute care staff struggle to adopt health IT technology, according to a new study by Black Book Market Research. The study found that 90% of the 1,640 postacute care facilities surveyed lacked IT capabilities and preparation to successfully transition to value-based care in 2020. The study also found that: 14% of Skilled Nursing Facilities and […]

New bill would mandate SNF minimum staffing requirements

A new bill, The Quality Care for Nursing Home Residents Act (S.2943), proposes to add minimum staffing requirements for SNFs participating in Medicare and Medicaid. The new bill, as summarized by The National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care, would: establish minimum nurse staffing levels for nursing homes under Medicare and Medicaid; expand training requirements […]

Hospitals discharging more to home health than SNFs

SNF admissions from hospitals dropped in all 50 states last year, according to the 2019 Industry Trend Report from Trella Health. The report examined Medicare Part A and Part B claims submitted across the postacute care continuum, and found that 23.3% of patients were discharged to home health, while only 21.1% were discharged to a […]