Expert Maureen McCarthy, president of Celtic Consulting, LLC, and CEO and founder of Care Transitions, LLP, a care coordination service provider, joins us to talk about what SNF audits may look like after the pandemic.
The COVID-19 pandemic has shaken things up for SNFs and affected nearly all day-to-day activities. In order to reduce the burden for SNFs, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a variety of blanket waivers to cut through red tape that SNFs typically face. The waivers are set to last as long as the pandemic is declared a national emergency, although we don’t yet know when that declaration will expire.
Today, long-term care expert Reta Underwood, Medicare Specialist and president of CLTC, a national long-term care consulting firm based in Kentucky discusses skilled status charting for SNFs, as well as the differences between direct and indirect skilled services.
SNF surveys have pivoted over the past few months to focus on infection control amid COVID-19 outbreaks. “CMS did refocus their efforts in the midst of the pandemic to make sure that they can provide support to the community that we serve, as well as facilities by making sure that facilities were compliant with infection control practices,” explains Stefanie Corbett, DHA, in the Post-Acute Advisor podcast “Infection Control Surveys and Reopening SNFs,” available on SoundCloud. However, resident care is something that all SNFs should focus on every single day and be prepared for when regular surveys resume.
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.