Tag: SNFs

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 […]

Creating a culture of Trauma-Informed Care

Note: The following podcast was first aired on August 13, 2020. Expert Jodi Eyigor, Director of Nursing Home Quality & Policy at LeadingAge, joins us to talk about implementing Trauma-Informed Care in SNFs. Listen on SoundCloud Listen on iTunes Connect Listen on Spotify

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

Biden nominates California AG as new HHS secretary

President-elect Joe Biden has nominated Xavier Becerra, the current California attorney general (AG), for the position of secretary of Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). If confirmed, Becerra will replace incumbent secretary Alex Azar. Prior to his position as the California AG, Becerra served 12 terms in the House of Representatives, and is an […]

PDPM: A year in review

Long-term care expert Reg Hislop looks back on how SNFs fared over the first year of PDPM, and discusses the Part B therapy rate cut by 9%. Listen on SoundCloud Listen on iTunes Connect Listen on Spotify