Category: Skilled Nursing Facility

CMS to support consumers sign-up for affordable Health Insurance Marketplace coverage in 2016

CMS announced on September 2, 2015, that they will grant awards totaling $67 million to support outreach efforts designed to connect people with local help as they seek to understand the coverage options and financial assistance available at HealthCare.gov. Awarded to 100 organizations located in 34 states that operate Federally Facilitated Marketplaces, State Partnership Marketplaces, […]

GAO will investigate the federal government’s five-star rating system

The GAO will launch an investigation into the federal government’s five-star rating system in response to a letter written by U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA), highlighting county by county data. In addition to the senator’s concern, recent news reports have raised questions about the integrity of the federal government’s ‘Five-Star’ rating system that millions of […]

Poll: Voluntary submission of staffing data through the PBJ

In an open door forum held August 6, 2015, CMS emphasized the impending introduction of the payroll-based staffing journal (PBJ)—an electronic system through which SNFs will be required to submit staffing data pulled directly from their payrolls starting in July 2016. Beginning this October, CMS is offering providers the opportunity to submit data through the […]

Medicare ACOs Continue to Improve Quality of Care

On August 25, 2015, The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued 2014 quality and financial performance results showing that Medicare Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) continue to improve the quality of care for Medicare beneficiaries, while generating financial savings. As the number of Medicare beneficiaries served by ACOs continues to grow, these results suggest that […]

Poll: Voluntary submission of staffing data through the PBJ

In an open door forum held August 6, 2015, CMS emphasized the impending introduction of the payroll-based staffing journal (PBJ)—an electronic system through which SNFs will be required to submit staffing data pulled directly from their payrolls starting in July 2016. Beginning this October, CMS is offering providers the opportunity to submit data through the […]

Calling all long-term care experts

Do you have a lot of professional insight and a half hour to spare? Share your expertise with HCPro in a focus group dedicated to identifying the training topics and formats that best suit the needs of long-term care organizations and staff. To show our gratitude, we will give you a FREE HCPro long-term care […]

How to develop core administrative competency

Core Administrative Competency is about what people in senior administrative positions need to know/develop in order to be more effective in their role(s). In this post, Reg Hislop explores the key items necessary for effective development of administrators. This includes: Know How and Why You Get Paid: Sounds fundamental but I have so many conversations with […]

Nursing home antipsychotic use declines by more than 20%

According to a recently published report, The National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care in Nursing Homes provided an update that shows nursing homes have experienced a decline in antipsychotic use of between 18-21%. The Partnership has a mission to deliver health care that is person-centered, comprehensive and interdisciplinary with a specific focus on protecting residents […]

Poll: Voluntary submission of staffing data through the PBJ

In an open door forum held last week, CMS emphasized the impending introduction of the payroll-based staffing journal (PBJ)—an electronic system through which SNFs will be required to submit staffing data pulled directly from their payrolls starting in July 2016. Beginning this October, CMS is offering providers the opportunity to submit data through the PBJ […]