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CMS Targets Inadequate Registered Nurse Staffing in Skilled Nursing Facilities – More Weekend Surveys and F-Tag Directive


Posted on December 31, 2018 in Long-Term Care, Home Health & Hospice

Published by: Hall Render

On November 30, 2018, CMS issued a Memorandum to State Survey Agency Directors (QSO-19-02-NH), announcing its concerns about adequate registered nurse staffing in skilled nursing facilities and that it will provide CMS Regional Offices and State Survey Agencies with a list of facilities with potential staffing issues to support survey activities for evaluating sufficient staffing and... READ MORE

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Five-Star Ratings to Undergo Revisions


Posted on February 12, 2015 in Long-Term Care, Home Health & Hospice

Written by: Bufford, David W.

On February 12, CMS hosted an Open Door Forum on the upcoming changes to the Nursing Home Compare Five-Star rating system.  These changes will be effective on February 20th.  Nursing facilities will be able to privately view their revised ratings by mid-morning on Friday, February 13, via their MDS portal login. The updated scoring system may... READ MORE

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Study Reports SNF Providers Face Grim Reimbursement Future


Posted on August 2, 2012 in Long-Term Care, Home Health & Hospice

Written by: Bufford, David W.

The Alliance for Quality Nursing Home Care (AQNHC) released the results of a study conducted concerning the future of skilled nursing facility (SNF) reimbursement.  While SNF providers have recently seen their reimbursement rates improve, the study report projects SNF providers are facing $65 billion in reimbursement cuts over the next ten years. The reimbursement... READ MORE

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