Tag: staffing

Healthcare Trends Brought on by the Pandemic: Which Had the Greatest Impact?

As COVID cases continue to decline throughout the country, industries and businesses are assessing which practices formulated during the pandemic will continue into the future. This rings especially true for HR and talent acquisition departments and even more so for those in health care, an industry that witnessed the most turbulent year ever. As we […]

Choosing unemployment over paychecks leads to SNF staffing issues

SNFs across the U.S. are struggling with staffing issues amid the pandemic. Because of both safety concerns and limited access to childcare, some staff members are choosing unemployment over paychecks. The federal government added an additional $600 a week to individual unemployment checks as part of the CARES Act, meaning that some employees actually make […]

Survey identifies PDGM and staffing as biggest challenges agencies face in 2020

A survey conducted by Axxess and home healthcare consulting firm BKD listed PDGM and staffing as the biggest challenges organizations will face in 2020. About 43% of respondents chose adapting to regulatory changes (e.g. PDGM, RCD, etc.) as the biggest challenge, while 29% said staffing would be the biggest challenge. This is consistent with HHL‘s […]

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 […]

Payroll data shows self-reported staffing data inflated

A new study published by yesterday afternoon shows that about 75% of nursing homes in this country are understaffed, and that levels self-reported by nursing home administrators used in the CASPER system were higher than payroll data. Researchers examined 15,399 nursing homes from April 2017 through March 2018. They found that RNs are often missing […]

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 […]

New York Times reports on staffing shortage at ‘ghost town’ nursing homes

On July 7, 2018, The New York Times, in conjunction with Kaiser Health News, published a news article detailing the new payroll-based journal Medicare reporting system. The article highlights that the new system shows low staffing levels at many nursing homes, and profiles patients at one New York nursing home who detail “ghost town” nursing […]

Staggering shortage of home health aides expected by 2025, new report shows

Brought to you by Home Health Line. While home health aide is one of the fastest growing occupations nationwide, a new report shows that growth will fall even shorter of meeting the increasing demand than some anticipated. Home health aide jobs are expected to grow by 47% by the year 2026, according to the most […]

CMS to conduct pilot audit process for PBJ

CMS has announced in a letter addressed to skilled nursing facility administration that their PBJ staffing audit team will begin conducting audits of PBJ data submitted to CMS. The letter states that the PBJ audit team will examine payroll records and other auditable data along with PBJ submission data to identify if staffing is being […]

Upcoming webcast! Surviving the MDS/Staffing Focused Survey

Presented by Judy Wilhide Brandt, RN, BA, RAC-MT, C-NE on Tuesday, December 15, 2015. Despite CMS’ high-profile introduction of an MDS focused survey pilot last year, recent expansion of the program to the national stage, and addition of a staffing component to the mix, the agency has offered little in the way of provider education […]