CMS seeks operator input regarding skilled nursing facility therapy payment changes

Share this article:
Provider groups protest MedPAC recommendations to reduce therapy caps
Provider groups protest MedPAC recommendations to reduce therapy caps

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is encouraging provider input as it seeks to change the payment system for therapy provided by skilled nursing facilities.

Currently, CMS does not consider patient characteristics and special care requirements when setting rates for therapy payments to SNFs. The payments are made on a per-diem basis under Medicare Part A, through the SNF prospective payment system. CMS is working with Acumen, LLC and the Brookings Institution to research ways to improve this system. 

Progress reports will be posted online, and the project is expected to last a few years, CMS representatives said in an Open Door Forum conference call on Thursday. Operators can share their ideas via the email address snftherapypayments@cms.hhs.gov. The period for provider input will end in autumn of 2013, at the latest.

Also on Thursday's call, CMS provided clarification regarding MDS coding for long-term care residents with functional quadriplegia. Section I8000, not I5100, is the appropriate place to code functional quadriplegia caused by conditions such as dementia, pressure ulcers and cerebral palsy, according to CMS officials.

Share this article:

More in News

Long-term care continues to lead in deal volume and value: PwC report

Long-term care continues to lead in deal volume ...

Long-term care bucked healthcare industry trends with strong merger and acquisition activity in the second quarter of 2014, according to newly released data from professional services firm PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Empowering nurse practitioners could reduce hospitalizations from SNFs, study finds

Granting more authority to nurse practitioners is associated with reduced hospitalization of skilled nursing facility residents, according to recently published findings.

Pioneer ACO drops out of program, despite reductions in skilled nursing utilization

A California healthcare system has become the latest dropout from the Pioneer Accountable Care Organization program, despite reducing skilled nursing facility utilization and improving its readmission rates. Sharp HealthCare announced its decision in a quarterly financial statement released Tuesday.