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News by Topic: Long-term care

Aug 3, 2022 - Notice of final rule from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) updating the skilled nursing facility (SNF) payment rates for fiscal year 2023, the Patient Driven Payment Model (PDPM) parity adjustment, the SNF Quality Reporting Program (QRP), the SNF Value-Based Purchasing (VBP) Program, and more. Among other things, this rule establishes a permanent cap policy to smooth the impact of year-to-year changes in SNF payments related to changes in the SNF wage index and announces the application of a risk adjustment for the SNF Readmission Measure for COVID-19 beginning in FY 2023. Includes rural references throughout. This rule is effective October 1, 2022.
Source: Federal Register
Jul 29, 2022 - Announces a final rule from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) that updates Medicare payment policies and rates affecting skilled nursing facilities through the Skilled Nursing Facility Prospective Payment System (SNF PPS) for FY 2023. Offers details on adjustments to payment rates and notes efforts by CMS to mitigate facility closures and impacts on rural and small facilities.
Source: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
Jul 21, 2022 - Notice from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) seeking comments on a proposed revision to the AHRQ Safety Program for Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) Prevention. The purpose of the AHRQ Safety Program for MRSA Prevention is to reduce the incidence and prevalence of infections caused by MRSA in a variety of settings. Proposed revisions cover data collected by the ICU/Non-ICU, surgical services, and long-term care cohorts. Comments are due by September 19, 2022.
Source: Federal Register
Jul 14, 2022 - Notice from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announcing the extension of the timeline for the publication of a final rule that would revise the Medicare and Medicaid long-term care facility requirements that CMS had identified as unnecessary, obsolete, or excessively burdensome. The timeline for publication of a rule to finalize the July 18, 2019, proposed rule is extended to July 18, 2023.
Source: Federal Register
Jul 3, 2022 - Describes the financial and workforce challenges facing rural nursing homes in Montana, noting widespread staff departures during the COVID-19 pandemic, low hiring rates, and rising costs of care. Discusses strategies to address financial shortfalls among small, rural facilities.
Source: Longview News-Journal
Jun 20, 2022 - Discusses challenges facing the skilled nursing and assisted living industry, highlighting a podcast interview with the nonprofit Good Samaritan Society CEO Nate Schema. Notes that the organization has closed or sold 9 facilities in the past 8 months, most of which are in rural communities, and describes the importance of nursing homes to rural communities and the need for innovative workforce and fundraising strategies.
Source: Skilled Nursing News
Jun 9, 2022 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is seeking comment on the following information collections: 1) Minimum Data Set 3.0 Nursing Home and Swing Bed Prospective Payment System (PPS) For the collection of data related to the Patient Driven Payment Model and the Skilled Nursing Facility Quality Reporting Program (QRP); 2) Reform of Requirements for Long-Term Care Facilities; and 3) Medicare Authorization to Disclose Personal Health Information. Comments are due by June 9, 2022.
Source: Federal Register