AHCA pushes for release of remaining SNF provider relief funds

The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) are again requesting that the government release the remaining provider relief funds for SNFs as facilities still struggle to overcome setbacks that occurred during the pandemic. The CARES Act established $178 billion in the fund, but SNFs have only received approximately $14 billion […]

SNFs predicted to lose $94 billion over two-year period

SNFs are expected to lose $94 billion between 2020 and 2021, according to a new analysis by American Health Care Association / National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA). In 2020, SNFs spent an estimated $30 billion on PPE and additional staffing, and these costs are expected to continue throughout 2021, according to AHCA. Additionally, nursing […]

Feds announce new SNF COVID-19 transparency effort

From an April 20, 2020 CMS press release:   Today . . .  the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced new regulatory requirements that will require nursing homes to inform residents, their families and representatives of COVID-19 cases in their facilities. In addition, as part of President Trump’s Opening Up America, CMS will […]

PPE shortage a concern, says chief medical officer of AHCA/NCAL

A March 6 press call held by Dr. David Gifford, chief medical officer of AHCA/NCAL, revealed that one of the larger issues SNFs and healthcare facilities at large may have is a shortage of gowns, masks, and other personal protective equipment (PPE), much of which usually ships from China. “It’s one of the issues that […]

AHCA raises concerns with CMS’ proposed abuse warning icon

Just a week after the CMS proposal to add a warning icon to the Nursing Home Compare pages of SNFs with a history of abuse, The American Health Care Association (AHCA) has called for a less severe logo. In an open letter to CMS administrator Seema Verma, AHCA president and CEO Mark Parkinson recommended a […]

NAHC comments on the new healthcare bill

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) has released a press release making their stance clear that they are against the Republican healthcare plan, the American health Care Act (AHCA), which narrowly pass the House of Representatives yesterday. Although the bill still has to be passed by the Senate, and many experts believe […]

PBJ updates make it easier for providers to submit hire, termination, and rehire information

On February 17, 2017, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released two updates to the Payroll-Based Journal, making it easier for providers to submit hire, termination, and rehire information for employees without receiving errors. These updates, detailed below, are considered a “step in the right direction” by the American Health Care Association (AHCA) […]

Registration deadline for 2nd Annual AHC/NCAL Quality Summit ends Friday, SNF Open Door Forum postponed

Long-term care and post-acute care providers still have time to register for the 2nd Annual AHC/NCAL Quality Summit, happening March 6-8 at the Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida. The advance registration deadline ends this Friday, February 3. The Summit includes: Education sessions for assisted living and skilled […]

New hospitalization measure will help monitor hospitalization rates among SNF residents

On Thursday, January 26, 2017, the American Health Care Association (AHCA), along with PointRight, announced the National Quality Forum’s (NQF) endorsement of the first hospitalization measure of its kind for long-stay residents. The measure, titled PointRight® Pro Long Stay™ Hospitalization Measure and sponsored in partnership by AHCA and PointRight, was created to determine hospitalization rates […]

NQF endorses only recognized long term and post-acute care customer satisfaction measures in the nation

On December 7, the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) announced that its “CoreQ,” a system of three surveys used to measure individual experience with staff, care, discharge needs, and overall customer satisfaction in long term and post-acute care, was endorsed by the National Quality Forum (NQF). This endorsement is […]