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COVID-19 Upended Star Rating Calculations for Nursing Homes — But Nothing is ‘Frozen’

Skilled Nursing News (05/06/2020) – The federal government took several steps to cut red tape in the health care system to help providers across the continuum battle the COVID-19 pandemic. But while those changes included alterations to reporting requirements for skilled nursing facilities, providers won’t be exempt from the consumer-facing rating system — and they need to be aware of what that means. Full story »

Things to remember when submitting PBJ data

McKnight's LTCN (04/23/2020) – The Payroll-Based Journal (PBJ) electronic data submission sneaks up on us every quarter, but due to the COVID-19 public health emergency, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is waiving the deadline to report the 2020 Fiscal Quarter 2 PBJ data (Jan 1-March 31) by May 15. CMS will provide further information as soon as possible but are encouraging facilities to still report data as they are able. There will be no penalties or negative impacts to staffing ratings for not submitting by May 15. Full story »

CMS focuses on enforcement in latest statement on SNF policies

Provider Magazine (02/20/2020) – ​In a blog post on the Trump administration’s strategies for ensuring safety and quality in skilled nursing facilities (SNFs), Seema Verma, administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), focused on enhanced enforcement efforts to strengthen oversight of facilities. Full story »

Verma touts low SNF provider terminations, wants to give operators chance to ‘turn things around’

Skilled Nursing News (02/18/2020) – The head of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) touted the agency’s changes around enforcement of quality and safety standards in a blog post published on Tuesday, as part of a series on its five-part strategy to improve care in nursing homes across the country. Full story »

Staffing takes a front seat when driving quality of care

McKnight's (12/12/2019) – The Five-Star Quality rating system, which was developed by CMS to help consumers select and compare skilled nursing care centers, assigns ratings to facilities using information from healthcare surveys (both standard and complaint), quality measures and staffing. In addition to giving consumers a tool to compare nursing homes with greater transparency, the rating system also provides an important benchmark for nursing home facilities’ operations. Full story »

‘Staggering’ 75% of nursing homes almost never meet expected RN staffing levels, study finds

McKnight's (07/01/2019) – Three-fourths of the nation’s nursing homes never meet federal staffing expectations for registered nurse staffing, and RNs are often missing from such facilities on the weekends, according to a new review of a year’s worth of payroll data. Full story »

How skilled nursing facilities can win under the new Five-Star system

Skilled Nursing News (06/12/2019) – The federal government hit skilled nursing facilities with a flurry of changes to its quality rating system earlier this year, but by diving into their own data, SNFs can pinpoint how to do better — while making the best use of their limited resources. Full story »

CMS: Hundreds more buildings could receive one-star staffing ratings under new rules

Skilled Nursing News (03/12/2019) – The new, stricter skilled nursing staffing standards slated for implementation by the federal government next month weren’t entirely unexpected, but they raise questions about the broader problem of understaffed facilities — and hundreds of buildings could be in the crosshairs. Full story »

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