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.
I never thought I would see this question in my lifetime, particularly in 2020, the Year of the Nurse. Several nurses have begun asking, “What is the skilled service if the resident isn’t receiving rehab services?” Every time I hear that question, I cringe. Have we been wrapped up in the “720 minute” world for so long that we’ve forgotten what skilled nursing care really is? Unfortunately, I think the answer is yes. Even during a pandemic, we have nurses who can’t recognize the value of what they are doing.
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.
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has released COVID-19 relief funds totaling $15 billion to facilities that rely solely on Medicaid reimbursement and did not receive payments from the initial $50 billion from the Provider Relief Fund.
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.
CMS announced that Medicare will now cover any medically necessary ambulance ride for individuals with COVID-19 from any origin to any destination equipped to treat the patient’s condition. Acceptable destinations include, but are not limited to: