Therapy hours could go down and depression to go up at SNFs. A depression diagnosis is often hard to make. Clinical depression can be demonstrated in many ways and requires the subjective findings of a clinician. Some clinically depressed individuals seem to withdraw, while others can become irritable or even…
Documentation is essential in order to avoid RAC problems. On the Sept. 9 edition of Monitor Mondays, Dr. John K. Hall made an excellent presentation on the coming Recovery Audit Contractor (RAC) audits of skilled nursing facility (SNF) decision-to-admit proof of skilled need, and how hospital documentation is essential to…
Expect more aggressive reviews of materials beyond the three-day criteria. Today I want to talk about skilled nursing facility, or as we often call them, “SNF” stays. For this, I’d like to start at the beginning. I’ll go all the way back to the Social Security Act. The reason to…
Lessons learned from last year’s Hurricane Florence have helped one North Carolina hospital prepare for Hurricane Dorian. Meanwhile, Florida has responded to the nursing home tragedy caused by Hurricane Irma. EDITOR’S NOTE: Contributing to this story was Timothy Powell, reporting on the tragedy of the Hollywood Hills nursing home. Like…
HIV/AIDS payments, in particular, are under the microscope. The new Patient-Driven Payment Model, or PDPM, makes radical changes to the Medicare payment model for nursing homes. One of the largest changes is the reimbursement rate for services provided to HIV and AIDS patients. In 2016, there were 15,807 deaths among…
Oct. 1, 2019 marks the beginning of a new era of billing for skilled nursing facilities (SNFs). Say goodbye to RUG-IV, and hello to the Patient-Driven Payment Model (PDPM). This is a daunting task, not for the faint of heart. Under PDPM, reimbursement for Medicare Part A patients in SNFs…
Case managers could be at risk relative to discharge planning. While not significantly common, hospital case managers have been named in nursing malpractice suits, primarily in association with discharge planning. Attorneys Jessica L. Gustafson, Esq. and Abby Pendleton, Esq. from The Health Law Partners, P.C. discussed this issue and other…
Major takedown by DOJ sends shivers through skilled nursing facilities. Philip Esformes, the operator of 16 skilled nursing and assisted living facilities in South Florida, was found guilty Friday of 20 charges, including paying bribes and kickbacks to bring Medicare patients into his businesses. According to Assistant Attorney General Brian…
Plaintiffs allege they were forced to pay thousands for SNF care following outpatient/observation status assignment. A federal judge has denied the government’s bid to put a stop to a landmark class-action lawsuit centering on patient status, paving the way for a trial expected to begin later this year. In Alexander…
The federal watchdog did not, however, decide to demand recoupments. It is said that great minds think alike. And that proved to be true when the Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released its report (CMS improperly paid millions of dollars…
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