CMS Again Moves to Expand Telehealth Coverage Under Medicare Advantage

The federal government on Friday unveiled a series of new test benefits that certain Medicare Advantage plans can offer, including expanded telehealth coverage — marking yet another push toward remote health care benefits. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will implement the programs under the Value-Based Insurance Design (VBID) model, which seeks to […]

Why Skilled Nursing Providers Could Embrace Shorter Lengths of Stay

As Medicare Advantage plans continue to pressure skilled nursing operators, one prominent leader in the space predicts that innovative providers can survive by leaning into the changes. By transforming their facilities into standalone medical-surgical facilities that can replace similar units in hospitals, SNFs can evolve into purely short-stay health care providers that thrive in the […]

Without Incentive to Share Savings, ACOs Add to SNFs’ Financial Headaches

It’s been a common refrain in the industry: To survive in a health care system increasingly moving to value-based payment models, skilled nursing facilities will have to form strong partnerships with hospitals, health systems, and accountable care organizations (ACOs). But doing that will be difficult if acute care facilities and ACOs aren’t interested in forging […]