a monthly newsletter published by the Center for Medicare Advocacy and the Long Term Care Community Coalition.
We strongly oppose the changes indicated in the Survey and Certification Letter published on October 27, 2017 (S&C: 18-01-NH).
Nursing facilities have an obligation to ensure the well-being of their residents, some of our nation’s most vulnerable citizens. Disaster and emergency preparedness is certainly an essential responsibility for keeping residents safe.
CMA strongly opposes the proposed SNF payment system, as well as changes made to the minimization civil money penalties.
The Center strongly opposes the proposed new Medicare reimbursement system for skilled nursing facilities (SNFs).
Proposed rules not only allow facilities to ask a resident or resident representative to enter into an agreement for binding arbitration but also allow facilities to require a resident to sign such an agreement as a condition of admission.
The misuse of antipsychotic drugs as chemical restraints is one of the most common and longstanding, but preventable, practices causing serious harm to nursing home residents today. We thank the Senate Special Committee on Aging for holding today’s hearing.
Have regulatory changes at the federal level, while not specifically directed at the goal of increasing nurse staffing, actually led, or may potentially lead, to improved staffing levels at nursing facilities?
On October 4, 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published revised Requirements of Participation (RoP) for skilled nursing facilities (Medicare) and nursing facilities (Medicaid).
Mandating specific levels of direct care nursing staff would seem to be a straightforward method to improve staffing in nursing facilities. If more nursing staff are needed, why not simply require facilities to employ more nurses? The strategy is far more complex, however, than it at first appears. This paper reviews which states have tried this approach, what they have done, how they did it, and whether it worked. It also considers unintended consequences of mandating staffing levels and co
Unfair denials of Medicare coverage for skilled nursing facility (also called “SNF” or “nursing home”) care occur with surprising frequency. Because coverage may be improperly restricted, patients are sometimes required to pay for care which should actually be covered by Medicare.
If Medicaid becomes a block grant program, nearly one million nursing home residents who rely on Medicaid could immediately lose coverage for their nursing home care. In addition, all of the federal standards that govern nursing home care today could be in jeopardy.