Being prepared for an audit is of utmost importance for SNFs. COVID-19 has completely changed the auditing process, though, and as post-pandemic audits loom on the horizon, it’s imperative that SNFs are ready for them to resume.
Updated SNF Provider Preview Reports are now available. The data contained in the reports is based on quality data submitted by SNFs between Q1 2019 – Q4 2019 for assessment-based measures, and Q4 2017 and Q3 2019 for claims-based measures. Providers have until August 30 to review their data, before it’s published on Nursing Home Compare in October.
As CMS focuses surveys on infection control in SNFs, it’s important for SNFs to make sure they have all of their bases covered. Proper infection control measures are imperative to keeping residents and staff safe as COVID-19 spreads. The following is a sample of the CMS infection control self-assessment tool. The entire tool can be viewed on the CMS website.
The New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) recently analyzed self-reported nursing home data and found that COVID-19 related infections and deaths in nursing homes are related to infected staff members. The data found that approximately one in four nursing home staff members were infected with COVID-19 between March and early June.
Personal protective equipment (PPE) has become an integral part of day-to-day life at SNFs. While PPE usage is standard in infection control areas of healthcare, it’s not something commonly used at SNFs. To aid SNF staff in properly wearing masks, CMS has compiled steps healthcare workers should follow to effectively don and doff masks.
COVID-19 has plagued SNFs for the past few months, resulting in tens of thousands of deaths across facilities in the U.S. Because of the ongoing pandemic, visitors are banned from facilities with the exception of end-of-life visits, but it’s important that each resident is granted thorough care despite the limitations facilities are currently facing. The following is an excerpt of the book Essential In-Services for Long-Term Care: Education for Frontline Staff, 2020 Edition, by Kelly Smith Papa, MSN, RN, available for purchase on the marketplace.
The quality measure with the most impact on revenue is clearly rehospitalization rates. With SNFVBP, SNFQRP, and the Five-Star Rating System directly or indirectly impacting reimbursement, the one measure all three of these CMS reporting programs have in common is rehospitalizations. Whether it is an all-cause all-condition, or a potentially preventable calculation, rehospitalizations can make a big difference to your bottom line. Restorative nursing programs (RNP) can help.