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How will site-neutral payments impact your SNF?

The prospect of site-neutral reimbursement rates is one step closer, holding out the possibility that SNFs will no longer be paid less than inpatient rehab facilities for providing similar care. Read more

SNFs prepare for APMs

A 3-pronged strategy for SNFs and Advanced Payment Models

Skilled nursing facilities need to start thinking now, if they haven’t already, about how to collaborate across the continuum and focus on the numbers that matter most. Read more

SNF pros share thoughts in our new video

The Billers’ Association for Long-Term Care recently published an excerpt from The Comprehensive Guide to Nursing Home Administration that acknowledges the “many hats of SNF business office personnel.” The excerpt cites billing, account aging, month-end finances, working with families, and trust fund management as just a few of the responsibilities of SNF professionals, and notes that “their area is often quite arcane in nature,” due to the varying rules for each payer. Read more

NOTICE Act

AHA comments on NOTICE Act: What do they mean for SNFs?

Many SNF administrators are looking forward to the implementation of the NOTICE Act, which requires hospitals to communicate more clearly with Medicare patients about their status as inpatients or outpatients, and the effect of that status on coverage of subsequent SNF care. Read more

SNFs must focus on star ratings to prep for 2017

CMS’s final bundled payment model for hip and knee replacement surgeries makes one thing clear for SNFs: A quality rating of at least three stars is more crucial than ever, especially given the changes going into effect in a little over a year. Read more

SNF staffing challenges: millennials may be the solution

Staff recruitment and retention are perennial challenges for skilled nursing facilities, and research shows the problem may be getting worse. Long Term Living recently featured the perspectives of a former healthcare administrator and a longtime nursing home resident on the staffing issue, shedding light on the importance of attracting a younger generation of talent. As more tech-savvy millennials enter the workforce in search of jobs with meaning, are SNFs doing all they can to connect with young professionals? Read more

For SNFs, changing payment models help sharpen the focus on quality

A recent article in HealthLeaders Media outlines the ongoing evolution of SNFs, pointing to the development of new payment models as a major driver of change. “An ever-increasing number of SNFs nationwide are embracing the shift from fee-for-service medicine to delivering quality care at the lowest possible cost,” states the article. Read more

NOTICE Act may relieve SNF workers from being bearers of bad news

In July, we covered the recommendation from the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) that Congress mandate that hospitals communicate better with patients about whether they’ve been admitted as an inpatient or if they are on observation status. The Commission’s wish has now come true, thanks to the passage of the Notice of Observation Treatment and Implication for Care Eligibility (NOTICE) Act. The new law gives hospitals 36 hours (or up to the point of discharge, if that comes sooner) to notify Medicare beneficiaries of their outpatient status. Read more

Is your SNF ready for ICD-10?

October 1 draws ever-closer, meaning now is ICD-10 crunch time for many healthcare providers. At SNFs and other facilities where billers have become accustomed to working with a familiar and relatively limited code set, the change means a lot of studying is underway.    Read more

Is a Talent Shortage Looming for Your SNF?

Is a talent shortage looming for your SNF?

Experts have projected employment in the long-term care industry will continue to grow through the year 2030, leading to concerns about talent shortages. “Policy makers and educators should redouble efforts to create and sustainably fund programs to recruit, train, and retain long-term care workers,” wrote researchers in a study conducted at the University of California San Francisco.  Read more