Tag: SNFs

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 […]

New Podcast: Telehealth in SNFs: COVID-19 and Beyond

Expert Maureen McCarthy, president of Celtic Consulting, LLC, and CEO and founder of Care Transitions, LLP, a care coordination service provider, joins us to talk about billing telehealth in SNFs amid COVID, and the future of telehealth in SNFs. Subscribe on SoundCloud, Spotify, or Apple Podcasts.

Skilled status charting for SNFs

Today, long-term care expert Reta Underwood, Medicare Specialist and president of CLTC, a national long-term care consulting firm based in Kentucky discusses skilled status charting for SNFs, as well as the differences between direct and indirect skilled services. Subscribe on SoundCloud, Spotify, or Apple Podcasts.  

Medicare relief funds on hold for some SNF providers

Medicare relief funds have been an integral part in keeping some SNFs afloat since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, but some providers have yet to see any financial relief. Providers that took over SNFs in early 2020, before the pandemic, were not included in the previous federal aid packages, as the relief funds were […]

Infection preventionist needed for COVID-19 prevention in SNFs

At least one infection preventionist (IP) should be on-site full time at SNFs with more than 100 residents, or SNFs that provide on-site ventilator or hemodialysis services, according to new CDC guidance. This individual is responsible for developing IPC policies and procedures, performing infection surveillance, providing competency-based training of HCP, and auditing adherence to recommended […]

CMS releases additional infection control guidance in light of COVID-19

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services sent out a notice today regarding extra infection control guidance in light of COVID-19. An outbreak of the virus at Life Care in Kirkland, Wash. that resulted in seven deaths with eight sick has prompted SNFs to take notice and CMS to issue new guidance that includes specific […]

Ten things to note about the proposed SNF rule

A proposed rule, titled Proposed Fiscal Year 2020 Payment and Policy Changes for Medicare Skilled Nursing Facilities (CMS-1718-P), was published in the Federal Register on April 25. Here are ten things you need to know.

CMS works with states, facilities to identify and address potential cases of inadequate staffing

CMS released a memo today regarding staffing in nursing facilities: Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced actions that will bolster nursing home oversight and improve transparency in order to ensure that facilities are staffed adequately to provide high-quality care. These actions include sharing data with states when potential issues arise regarding […]

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 […]