Tag: SNFs

Make sure your emergency preparedness plan is up to snuff

In light of the recent hurricane that hit Louisiana, as well as the resulting flooding throughout the northeast, it’s important that SNFs review their emergency preparedness plans so that they are ready for any potential disaster. Facilities should take time to review the following, and make sure all involved parties are informed, and ready to […]

AHCA pushes for release of remaining SNF provider relief funds

The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) are again requesting that the government release the remaining provider relief funds for SNFs as facilities still struggle to overcome setbacks that occurred during the pandemic. The CARES Act established $178 billion in the fund, but SNFs have only received approximately $14 billion […]

Free Webinar | Post-COVID Compliance Issues for SNFs

Sponsored by: IntelyCare and Vocera As SNFs see less COVID cases in their facilities, and CMS returns its focus to “normal” operations, providers need to transition as well. COVID waivers are sunsetting and compliance tasks that have been put on the backburner need to be focused on now. Phase 3 of the Mega Rule went into […]

Routine testing no longer required for vaccinated SNF staff

The federal government announced on April 27th that fully vaccinated staff at SNFs no longer need to complete routine COVID testing. Both vaccinated and unvaccinated staff and residents will still need to be tested if symptoms appear. “Upon identification of a single new case of COVID-19 infection in any staff or residents, all staff and […]

As the federal vaccination program wraps up, SNFs must procure their own vaccines

When COVID-19 vaccines first became available, the federal government set up a Pharmacy Partnership for Long-Term Care program, which provided three on-site clinics at facilities nationwide in an attempt to vaccinate as many residents and staff members as possible. As the third vaccination clinics wrap up in most states, SNFs will need to acquire vaccines […]

CMS offers support to Texas SNFs during winter storms

The state of Texas has been devastated in recent weeks by a winter storm that has led to freezing weather, and state-wide rolling blackouts. In an attempt to offer support to SNFs affected by the winter storm, CMS is offering support in the following areas: Medical equipment and supplies replacements: Under the COVID-19 waivers, CMS […]

SNFs predicted to lose $94 billion over two-year period

SNFs are expected to lose $94 billion between 2020 and 2021, according to a new analysis by American Health Care Association / National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA). In 2020, SNFs spent an estimated $30 billion on PPE and additional staffing, and these costs are expected to continue throughout 2021, according to AHCA. Additionally, nursing […]

CMS launches platform for SNF waiver requests and PHE inquiries

CMS launched a platform to standardize Section 1135 waiver requests and Public Health Emergency (PHE)-related inquiries on January 11. This tool is expected to streamline how SNFs submit waiver requests and inquiries, and how CMS reviews the submitted information. With very limited exception, all 1135 waiver requests and/or PHE-related inquiries going forward should be submitted […]