Category: Skilled Nursing Facility

CMS Releases Proposed Rule Featuring Payment Updates for 2014

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released a proposed rule that would update the payment rates used under the prospective payment system (PPS) for skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) for 2014 and would revise and rebase the SNF market basket. This proposed rule also includes a proposed policy for reporting the SNF market […]

CMS releases memo to survey agencies regarding sequestration

On April 5, CMS released a memo titled “FY2013 Sequestration Adjustments for Survey & Certification (S&C)” to all state survey directors. According to the memo, CMS is making certain adjustments to S&C operations to accommodate sequestration with as little impact on the public as possible. In regards to long-term care, one of the updates focuses […]

OSHA targets SNFs for possible inspections

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has released letters to approximately 10,000 workplaces with Days Away from Work, Restricted, or Transferred (DART) rates greater than the average rate for their industry. Long-term care facilities are included in these workplaces. Last year, OSHA surveyed employers to collect workplace injury and illness data. This survey was […]

Digging in deeper: MedPAC report’s SNF findings

On March 15, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) issued its annual report to Congress. In the report, MedPAC addresses the SNF PPS in Chapter 8. MedPAC states that most indicators of payment adequacy for SNFs are positive. Here are some findings published in the report: Access to SNF services remains stable for most beneficiaries. […]

Ask Diane: What should I ask my vendor?

Q: Our facility will need to update our software when we transition to the MDS 3.0. What questions should we ask our vendor now? Diane: It’s important to start a dialogue now with your automation vendor. You can work with your vendor to create a better product. Sit down with your team and make a […]