MDS Changes Could Have Ripple Effects on Nursing Home Readmissions, Citations

Staying informed about upcoming changes to the Minimum Data Sets (MDS) will be vital for skilled nursing operators come October, when the new changes are implemented. These changes include more finely-tuned definitions and more data collection. Section GG of MDS, which measures the functional status and goals of residents in their self-care, mobility, and communication […]

CMS: Hundreds More Buildings Could Receive One-Star Staffing Ratings Under New Rules

The new, stricter skilled nursing staffing standards slated for implementation by the federal government next month weren’t entirely unexpected, but they raise questions about the broader problem of understaffed facilities — and hundreds of buildings could be in the crosshairs. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced March 5 that it would overhaul […]

CMS Peels Back Curtain on Why Providers Receive PBJ Audits

As part of the federal government’s effort to verify staffing levels at skilled nursing facilities, skilled nursing facilities are rated on their nursing and caretaking personnel based on payroll records. How the government assesses those records has raised questions among providers, and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently gave Skilled Nursing News a […]