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Understanding How to Skill Residents Under Medicare A in a Post-PDPM World


 

Here at Richter, our Clinical Consulting team has fielded an array of questions lately from skilled nursing facility (SNF) clients regarding what to skill residents for under Medicare A, and what the criteria is.

Based on our decades of experience in the industry, we’ve found that such questions aren’t out of the ordinary in “normal circumstances.” Indeed, under previous PPS payer rules, when a Medicare resident was discharged from an acute-care hospital, the general assumption was that they were eligible for skilled services through their need of therapy services. Accordingly, during this time, much of the documentation burden also lay with the therapist.

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Topics: Clinical Consulting, pdpm, clinical consulting services

Skilled Nursing Facility COVID-19 Infection Prevention and Control: Five Strategies for Improvement


In “normal” times, your skilled nursing facility staff should be taking all necessary steps to prevent and control infections throughout the facility. As the current COVID-19 pandemic continues to unfold, it’s safe to say these are anything but normal times.

Fortunately, skilled nursing facilities here in the U.S. up to now haven’t had to deal with major outbreaks beyond seasonal flu. Unfortunately, that has partly caused too many skilled nursing and senior care organizations to overlook basic steps that help prevent and control infections throughout a facility.

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Topics: skilled nursing facility consultants, clinical consulting services, Coronavirus, SNF Consultants, nursing home management consultants, COVID-19, infection prevention, infection control

COVID-19 and the Skilled Nursing Facility: Are You Prepared to Handle Higher-Acuity Hospital Overflow Patients?

Posted by Jennifer Leatherbarrow, RN, BSN, RAC-CT, IPCO, QCP, CIC on Apr 15, 2020 7:30:00 AM

 

As the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis continues to spread throughout the U.S., hospitals in current “hot spots” are facing unprecedented capacity issues—and similar prospects await hospitals in other areas that soon will experience spikes in COVID-19 cases.

When hospitals approach or reach patient capacity, they must turn to outside facilities to handle patient overflows. In this regard, skilled nursing facilities across the country with empty beds are receiving queries from hospital administrators about accepting overflow patients.

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Topics: skilled nursing facility consultants, clinical consulting services, Coronavirus, SNF Consultants, nursing home management consultants, COVID-19

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