What do you do with your SNF’s quality measures and data?

Skilled nursing facilities’ performance on quality measures (QM) is publicly reported and gives consumers, referral sources, and potential business partners a key source of information on how well a facility is caring for its residents. However, getting a comprehensive picture of how QMs function can be time-consuming due to CMS’ extensive QM manual.
I’ll be moderating a webcast on May 10 from 1pm to 2pm ET with expert speaker Stefanie Corbett, DHA, H3.Group’s new postacute regulatory …

Submission deadline for quality reporting program approaches

Per CMS:
The submission deadline for the Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility (IRF), Long-Term Care Hospital (LTCH), and Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Quality Reporting Programs is approaching.

IRF-PAI and LTCH CARE Data Set assessment data and data submitted to CMS via the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) for October-December (Q4) of calendar year (CY) 2017 are due with this submission deadline.
Influenza Vaccination among Healthcare Personnel (NQF #0431) for October 1, 2017 – …

Ambulances out, share riding and alternative services in?

While it’s concerning that some people are apparently calling ride-share services like Uber when they need to get to the hospital in an emergency, others are wondering if ride-sharing or alternative services have their place in non-emergency medical transport.
Many  people call ambulances when they need treatment, even if it’s not an emergency, because they have no other transport available. A study by the University of Kansas found that as Uber entered different cities, its presence …

CMS posts the third annual release of its home health, hospice Public Use File

Brought to you by Home Health Line.
CMS this month announced it has posted the latest Home Health Agency Public Use File (PUF), with data from 2015.
The PUF contains information on home health utilization, payment, submitted charges and demographic and chronic condition indicators organized by CMS Certification Number, Home Health Resource Group and state of service.
The PUF has information for 10,526 home health agencies in 2015 — 356 fewer than in 2014.
It includes more than …