Tag: SNF

Despite RoP Phase III implementation, surveyors lack guidance

Phase III Requirements for Participation (RoP) took effect on November 28, but CMS has yet to release guidance for surveyors. “While the Phase 3 requirements will be effective November 28, 2019, and facilities are required to comply with these and all requirements, our ability to survey for compliance with these requirements will be limited until […]

Gap in health IT knowledge prevalent among postacute care staff

Postacute care staff struggle to adopt health IT technology, according to a new study by Black Book Market Research. The study found that 90% of the 1,640 postacute care facilities surveyed lacked IT capabilities and preparation to successfully transition to value-based care in 2020. The study also found that: 14% of Skilled Nursing Facilities and […]

New bill would mandate SNF minimum staffing requirements

A new bill, The Quality Care for Nursing Home Residents Act (S.2943), proposes to add minimum staffing requirements for SNFs participating in Medicare and Medicaid. The new bill, as summarized by The National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care, would: establish minimum nurse staffing levels for nursing homes under Medicare and Medicaid; expand training requirements […]

Tips for dementia resident care

Caring for residents with dementia can be a difficult task, but taking an interdisciplinary approach while caring for residents can go a long way. The following tips on how to approach dementia care are from Caring for the Dementia Resident by Frosini Rubertino, RN, BSN, C-NE, CDONA/LTC, available for purchase here. Person-centered care. CMS requires […]

Half of seniors fear developing dementia

Approximately half of American seniors fear developing dementia, according to a JAMA Neurology analysis released in November. The study, conducted by University of Michigan National Poll on Healthy Aging researchers in October 2018, questioned 1019 Americans aged between 50 and 64 years, and found that nearly half believed themselves to be at risk for developing […]

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 […]

Study finds half of SNFs to be unprofitable

Approximately half of SNFs are not operating at a profitable level, according to the 34th SNF Cost Comparison and Industry Trends Report, released on October 10 by consulting firm CLA. The report found that the 75th percentile of SNFs had an operating margin of 4.5% in 2018, while the bottom 25th percentile had margins of […]

CMS requiring hospitals to disperse SNF quality data to patients

CMS released a final rule on September 26 requiring hospitals to provide SNF quality reports to patients at discharge. These reports should include information about SNFs such as quality measures, star ratings, and readmission rates. To avoid favoritism, hospitals cannot legally recommend a preferred SNF to patients, so patients are often forced to locate a […]

Medicare improperly covered ambulance rides from hospitals to SNFs

The OIG reports that Medicare improperly paid $1.9 million to ambulance providers for transport from hospitals to SNFs from 2014 to 2016. As a result of this former study, the OIG released an updated report on September 11 regarding hospital-to-SNF transfer billing practices. The OIG audited 99 ambulance providers from 2015 to 2017 and found […]

Hurricane Dorian stirs up the age-old debate: Should you stay or should you go in a natural disaster?

When a hurricane strikes, SNFs, along with the rest of the population in coastal regions, are often issued mandatory evacuations. In 2012, researchers at PBS studied the effects evacuations had on SNF and nursing home residents in the weeks after hurricanes. In the study, To Evacuate or Shelter in Place: Implications of Universal Hurricane Evacuation […]