Tag: SNF

AHCA awards five long-term and post-acute care providers with Gold Quality Award

The American Health Care Association (AHCA) and National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL) recently awarded four SNFs and one assisted living community their highest accolade, the Gold Quality Award. For SNFs to be considered for this award, they must “have invested multiple years in mastering and applying the rigorous quality improvement standards of the Baldrige […]

SNF QRP reconsideration deadline on August 15

Per the Skilled Nursing Facility Prospective Payment System Final Rule (80 FR), any SNF found to be non-compliant with QRP requirements is subject to a 2%-point reduction in their annual payment update (APU). SNFs found to be non-compliant have received a letter from CMS that includes instructions for reconsideration requests. Requests will only be considered within […]

CMS issues new SNF PPS Final Rule for 2020

On July 30 CMS issued a final rule updating the payment rates under the prospective payment system (PPS) for SNFs. The rule, designed to increase aggregate payments to SNFs by $851 million in 2020 compared to 2019, will go into effect on October 1. This rule includes three main revisions: The rule includes minor changes […]

Study finds method to predict SNF admission from hosital admission profile

A June 2019 study in JAMA found that it’s possible to predict at the day of admission a patient’s risk of SNF discharge. Researcher’s noted strong indiciators for SNF admission included impaired mobility and impaired ability to bathe, as well as living alone. The study used a  retrospective cohort of 11,380 hospitalized patients. View the […]

SNFs found to be out of compliance with QRP requirements will receive letter from CMS

Courtesy of Biller’s Association for Long-Term Care. CMS is providing notifications to facilities that were determined to be out of compliance with Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Quality Reporting Program (QRP) requirements for CY 2017, which will affect their FY 2019 Annual Payment Update (APU). Non-compliance notifications were mailed by the Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) and […]

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 […]