SNF HAI Measure Puts the Spotlight on Billing, Not Just Infection Prevention

The Skilled Nursing Facility Healthcare-Associated Infections (SNF HAI) Requiring Hospitalization measure is one of two new quality measures (QMs) that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) adopted into the Skilled Nursing Facility Quality Reporting Program (SNF QRP) effective with the fiscal year (FY) 2023 program year via the …

Lead CNA Programs: Learn How to Hire and Support the Best In-House Candidates

Lead certified nursing assistant (CNA) programs can create positive change in nursing homes. While program goals often vary from facility to facility, lead CNA programs may improve resident quality of life and quality of care, increase CNA communication and teamwork, give CNAs a path for professional growth and reduce CNA …

COVID–19 HCP Vaccination Measure Changes the SNF QRP APU Equation

Effective with the fiscal year (FY) 2023 Skilled Nursing Facility Quality Reporting Program (SNF QRP), SNFs must fulfill two separate but equal reporting requirements to avoid a 2 percent reduction in their annual payment update (APU) for the associated fiscal year, a spokesperson with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid …

Elopement Risk Management: Learn How to Increase Resident Safety and Reduce Facility Risk

Editor’s note: This is the final article in a three-part series on elopement prevention and response in nursing homes. The first article looked at risk assessment and care planning, and the second article addressed staff training, as well as policy and procedure development. Effective risk management of elopements requires that …

Use MDS Section B to Improve Holistic Discharge Planning

MDS section B (Hearing, Speech, and Vision) is a lot more important than many nurse assessment coordinators (NACs) and other interdisciplinary team members give it credit for, says Jillian Martin, RN, BS, DNS-CT, RAC-MT, RAC-CTA, senior healthcare consultant at CliftonLarsonAllen in Quincy, MA. “This section of the MDS is a …

Elopement Program Success Hinges on Staff Education and Training

Editor’s note: This is the second article in a three-part series on elopement prevention and response in nursing homes. The first article addressed risk assessment and care planning, and a future article will tackle elopement risk management, including mechanical and human risks. Staff training is a critical component of effective …

SNF QRP: Monitor Data Submission Threshold Performance With These Reports

Swingtech, a contractor with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), alerts skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) that are not meeting the Skilled Nursing Facility Quality Reporting Program (SNF QRP) data submission threshold for the Medicare Part A annual payment update (APU) prior to the submission deadline for each calendar …

FY 2022 SNF PPS Final Rule: No PDPM Parity Cuts, but Other Changes Impact SNFs

FY 2022 SNF PPS Final Rule: No PDPM Parity Cuts, but Other Changes Impact SNFs Providers can breathe a sigh of relief that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will not move forward in fiscal year (FY) 2022 to recalibrate the parity adjustment for the Patient-Driven Payment Model …

ASPR TRACIE: mAbs (Monoclonal Antibody Therapeutics) Calculator Tool for COVID-19 (8/21)

The mAbs Calculator is a free decision-support tool that enables healthcare facilities to make data-informed choices about resource allocations needed to effectively and efficiently provide monoclonal antibody therapeutics to qualified patients. The mAbs Calculator can support planning in multiple settings, including long-term care facilities. Check out This new tool and the related …

Elopement Prevention Starts With Risk Assessment and Care Planning

Editor’s note: This is the first article in a three-part series on elopement prevention and response in nursing homes. Future articles will address staff training, policy and procedure development, and elopement risk management, including mechanical and human risks. Anecdotal reports gleaned from the monthly Full Texts of 2567 Statements of …