From the Compliance Desk - 5/4/16

CMS makes it official: 6 new quality measures go live on Nursing Home Compare McKnight’s | April 27, 2016

Six new quality measures were added to Nursing Home Compare on Wednesday, making for the largest addition of quality measures to the website since 2003. Read more

SNF Medicare margins: What MedPAC doesn’t know McKnight’s | April 29, 2016

In its recently released annual report on Medicare payment policy, MedPAC, a congressional investigative agency, said reimbursements to skilled nursing facilities remain too high and incentivize therapy utilization at the expense of other care. Read more

PBJ staffing data submission gaining steam, CMS officials say McKnight’s | April 28, 2016

Nearly half of skilled nursing facilities have registered to voluntarily submit electronic staffing data. Read more

SNF occupancy rates fall as discharges rise, CDC says McKnight’s | April 28, 2016

The number of nursing home discharges climbed while occupancy rates, number of facilities and revenues fell, according to a recently released federal “report card” on health. Read more

Proposed SNF PPS Rule Updates Readmission Measure for Future Payments Provider | May 2, 2016

The proposed Prospective Payment System rule, recently released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), includes a new hospital readmission protocol that may work in favor of providers. Read more