NYC facility halves UTI rate, care costs with ‘practical’ intervention
Mar 15, 2021
Gouverneur Health, a 295-bed skilled nursing facility, brought its average UTI rate to 2.13%, — lower than state and national benchmarks — and reduced its related care costs by 52% from the pre-intervention...
COPD patients discharged to a skilled nursing facility are twice as likely to die within a year
Nov 06, 2014
People who go to a skilled nursing facility after being hospitalized for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease are about twice as likely to die within a year, according to recently released findings.
Court green-lights charges that a healthcare network underused observation stays
Oct 23, 2014
A whistleblower can continue to pursue charges that a Nevada healthcare network routinely admitted people as hospital inpatients when they should have been placed in observation status, a federal appeals...
Good performance on SNF quality measures does not prevent deaths or readmissions, study finds
Oct 15, 2014
A skilled nursing facility that scores well on quality measures is not necessarily reducing residents’ risk of death or readmission within 30 days of arriving from a hospital, according to findings...
Dated technology can cause communication rifts: study
Oct 01, 2014
Outmoded methods of communication between caregivers may be responsible for significant amounts of wasted time during shifts, resulting in inefficient patient transfers and hundreds of thousands of dollars...
SNFs limited in disasters
Oct 01, 2014
Skilled care facilities officially tabbed “alternate care sites” may not be able to take on hospital patient overflow during disasters, according to a report that examines hospital disaster...
CMS updates coding instructions for hospice site of service, principal diagnosis
Sep 02, 2014
A new Medicare hospice manual update includes instructions for which principal diagnosis codes are acceptable, and clarifies which codes should be used for services in a skilled versus non-skilled nursing...
Empowering nurse practitioners could reduce hospitalizations from SNFs, study finds
Aug 29, 2014
Granting more authority to nurse practitioners is associated with reduced hospitalization of skilled nursing facility residents, according to recently published findings.
CMS: Many skilled nursing providers have poor Medicare certification and recertification practices
Aug 22, 2014
The rate of improper Medicare payments to skilled nursing facilities has increased largely due to issues with certification and recertification statements, according to a recently released government memorandum....
Sentara Life Care launches $16.9M replacement project
Aug 12, 2014
Sentara Life Care, the senior services division of Sentara Healthcare, will replace the skilled nursing facility and assisted living village on its 11-acre campus. The Sentara Healthcare board of directors...