As PDPM Nears, Providers Can’t Rely on Sunny CMS Projections to Succeed

As the implementation date draws nearer for the overhaul of the Medicare reimbursement system, some providers have found comfort in government projections about their revenue under the new model. But that comfort might be misplaced, according to a webinar held Wednesday by Minneapolis.-based consulting and management firm Health Dimensions Group. The Centers for Medicare & […]

Four Atrium Skilled Nursing Facilities in Receivership Close in Wisconsin

Four skilled nursing facilities formerly operated by Atrium Health and Senior Living have closed. The four properties have been under the receivership of Michael Polsky since September, when a court approved the transfer of 33 SNFs and assisted living properties amid financial issues. “Our main focus at this time is to stabilize the company and […]

CMS Spells Out Expanded Skilled Nursing Waiver Requirements for ACOs

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) provided details this week on what accountable care organizations (ACOs) have to do to receive waivers of the three-day inpatient stay requirement for skilled nursing care in updated guidance. ACOs consist of hospitals, physicians, and other health care providers that band together to provide care to Medicare […]

Adapt or Shut Down: How Smaller, Rural SNFs Can Ride Out the Storm

While rural skilled nursing facilities are facing the same reimbursement and regulatory challenges as their urban peers, they’re going to have to take some extra steps to survive the pressures. For one thing, rural SNFs are often dealing with a critical access hospital (CAH), defined among other criteria as being located more than 35 miles […]

ACO Announcements Add to Existing Skilled Nursing Pressures

Value-based arrangements generate much of their savings by shifting spending away from the post-acute setting, according to recent government announcements. That ups the already-high pressure on skilled nursing facilities to lower patient length of stay while maintaining quality of care. To cope, they’ll have to make themselves invaluable to both referral sources and payers who […]

CMS Sends Message with Quick PDPM Approval: Change Is Coming Fast

By quickly finalizing the new payment system for skilled nursing facilities, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) sent a strong message that the model is final and that the industry will move forward with it. That’s according to a webinar from Minneapolis-based consulting firm Health Dimensions Group (HDG), which last week gave an […]

Tweaks to Bundled Payment Model Open Up New Skilled Nursing Opportunities

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) made some tweaks to the most recent bundled payments program that could boost participation by hospitals and physician groups — and skilled nursing providers should be ready, one expert told Skilled Nursing News. The Bundled Payments for Care Improvement Advanced (BPCI Advanced) initiative was first announced in […]