Tag: quality

CMS Updates Medicare Payment Policy for SNFs

CMS released an update to the SNF Medicare payment rates and the quality programs on July 31. The updates include routine technical rate-setting updates to the SNF PPS payment rates, finalizes adoption of the most recent OMB statistical area delineations, and applies a 5 percent cap on wage index decreases from FY 2020 to FY […]

Hospice concerns addressed through revised legislation

Concerns regarding compliance with quality and safety standards under the Hospice Conditions of Participation were addressed through legislation recently introduced by two members of the House Ways & Means Committee, Rep. Jimmy Panetta and Rep. Tom Reed. The legislation entitled, “Helping Our Senior Population in Comfort Environments Act (HOSPICE Act),” was scheduled to be marked […]

Presence of ombudsman during surveys may negatively affect SNFs

Having an ombudsman on site during state surveys may lead to lower building quality scores for SNFs, according to a study published in the October issue of the Journal of the American Medical Directors Association (JAMDA). While JAMDA researchers note the importance of ombudsmen in a SNF as resident advocates, the study, entitled , “The […]

MedPAC encourages Medicare beneficiaries to use higher-quality PAC providers

During the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission’s (MedPAC) public meeting on Thursday, March 1, analyst Evan Christman reviewed options for modifying Medicare’s hospital discharge rules to encourage beneficiaries to use higher-quality PAC providers. Christman pointed out that Medicare assigns responsibility for discharge planning to the hospital, and while part of this responsibility includes providing the beneficiary […]

Educate your residents for enhanced infection control

This post is an excerpt taken from HCPro’s infection control guide, Infection Control: How to Implement an Effective Approach for Long-Term Care, written by subject matter expert Brian Garavaglia, PhD, FACHCA. Adults bring a lifetime of experience to the learning situation, and most of them are capable of self-direction. They often relate the development of […]

CMS proposes patient-reported outcome measure for SNFs in 2018

Last week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released their List of Measures under Consideration (MUC) for 2018 pre-rule making. CMS officials capped the measures at 32, more than 100 shy of the 184 measures submitted for consideration by stakeholders during an open call for measures. Each year, CMS publishes a list of […]

Ask the expert: Why is it recommended that facilities remove alarms in phases, rather than cold turkey?

Listen in on Tuesday, November 14 as HCPro’s post-acute care regulatory specialist Stefanie Corbett, DHA dives into how to make the transition to an alarm-free facility without compromising resident safety, including how to utilize your QAPI programs to understand root causes for falls, regulatory guidance, and how to achieve culture change through alarm elimination. Click here to […]

Person-centered care improves resident satisfaction, according to large study

Between 2013 and 2015, researchers interviewed more than 11,000 residents living in Kansas nursing homes that promoted person-centered care practices. The interview questions were split up into four topics: quality of life, quality of care, quality of services, and global satisfaction subdomains. The study, published in The Journal of Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine, provides […]

Facilities with a full-time nurse providing direct care to residents may have better chance of reducing avoidable hospitalizations

CMS’ final evaluation report of phase one of their Initiative to Reduce Avoidable Hospitalizations among Nursing Facility (NF) Residents found that intervention sites with a full-time nurse at each facility providing direct care to residents had the strongest improvements in both cost and quality. These models demonstrated greater changes in facility culture, greater support for […]

Steps for creating an effective quality assurance program for senior living facilities

Editor’s note: This post is an excerpt taken from HCPro’s upcoming title, Disaster Planning, Environmental Safety, and OSHA Compliance: A Toolkit for the Senior Living Community by Karen T. Stratoti, RN, BSN, LNHA, CALA. This resource is a cost-effective solution to improve safety and satisfaction in your facility, including staff training activities, sample policies and […]