Tag: skilled nursing facilities

CMS releases FY 2022 SNF PPS Final Rule (CMS-1746-F)

A final rule updating Medicare payment policies and rates for skilled nursing facilities under the SNF prospective payment system (PPS) for FY 2022 was released July 29 by CMS. The final rule includes updates on both the SNF Quality Reporting Program (QRP) and the SNF Value-Based Program (VBP) for FY 2022. The final rule also […]

CMS unveils new quality measures under consideration

CMS unveiled new quality measures under consideration for nursing homes shortly before Christmas. While some previously implemented measures have been updated, there are several new measures focused on the COVID-19 pandemic, and vaccinations in healthcare settings. The new measures under consideration, as outlined by CMS, include: Five outcome measures (measures that focus on the results […]

Managing in a crisis

Ralph Peterson joins us today to discuss how to effectively manage staff in a crisis. Ralph is the owner and operator of a management development company that helps mission-driven organizations dramatically increase profitability, improve efficiency and grow their companies by building Five-Star leadership teams. Listen on SoundCloud Listen on iTunes Connect Listen on Spotify

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 […]

SNF PPS final rule published, new payment model to begin October 1, 2019

It’s official: According to CMS’ Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Prospective Payment System (PPS) final rule published in the Federal Register yesterday evening, the Patient-Driven Payment Model (PDPM)—the new case-mix methodology to replace RUG-IV)—is effective October 1, 2018. Facilities will have a year to transition to PDPM from RUG-IV by the October 1, 2019 implementation date. […]

MedPAC weighs in on several topics affecting post-acute care in public meeting

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) held their public meeting over two days this week at the Ronald Reagan Building, International Trade Center in Washington to discuss multiple topics impacting post-acute care. The meeting agenda included the following: Medicare Advantage encounter data validation and potential uses: ISSUE: During public sessions, Commissioners regularly highlight situations in […]

Virtual, interactive training to increase interdepartmental collaboration

If collaboration isn’t on the tip of your staff’s tongue, it should be. On Wednesday, April 11, 12-3pm, ET, industry experts and seasoned long-term care providers Liz Barlow, BSN, RN, CRRN, RAC-CT, DNS-CT and Renee Kinder, MS, CCC-SLP, RAC-C invite your nursing and therapy staff to participate in a virtual, interactive training workshop that will […]

Scrutinizing Medicare coverage for physical, occupational and speech therapy

This article has been republished with permission from the author, Judith Graham, Kaiser Health News. For years, confusion has surrounded the conditions under which older adults can receive physical, occupational and speech therapy covered by Medicare. Services have been terminated for some seniors, such as those with severe cases of multiple sclerosis or Parkinson’s disease, […]

Neuroscientists say this over-the-counter pill could ward off Alzheimer’s

Research has found that individuals with Alzheimer’s disease have an elevated level of the protein called Abeta 42. Canadian neuroscientist Dr. Patrick McGeer and his wife, Dr. Edith McGeer, created a saliva test that can determine a person’s level of this protein, which according to McGeer and his team appears in the same elevated levels […]

CMS and CDC collaborating on free training course for infection preventionist

In a memo addressed to State Survey Agency Directors on March 16, CMS announced their collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to create an online training course in infection control and prevention for long-term care staff. This free course will be available in Spring 2019 and is intended to provide specialized training in […]