BY JODI EYIGOR, Director, Nursing Home Quality & Policy at LeadingAge Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) reviews five-part plan for ensuring quality care in nursing homes. CMS issued somewhat of a manifesto via the CMS Blog on April 15 regarding a five-part plan to ensure quality care in nursing homes. The plan focuses on five […]
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LeadingAge has updated Medicare Part-A Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Prospective Payment System (PPS) calculator and the Medicare Part B therapy rate calculator to help members assess and estimate the impact of final payment changes for FY 2019, that began on Oct. 1, 2018. Access to this tool requires login via My.LeadingAge.
Please Take Action Now To Support AB 1709 AB 1709 (Jones-Sawyer, D-Los Angeles), a LeadingAge California sponsored bill, was introduced on February 22, 2019. This bill would create a pathway for more nursing home administrators to become preceptors by encouraging different and innovative approaches to training. California is experiencing a crisis-level shortage in the skilled […]
The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) clarified on March 8, 2019 that a Director of Nursing (DON) working in a facility with 59 beds, or fewer, can be counted as direct care staff, up to 40 hours. In addition, hours worked by Directors of Staff Development (DSD) can be counted as direct care staff […]
The Department of Public Health has released AFL 19-15.1 which outlines a streamlined process for submitting applications for Skilled Nursing Facilities requesting a Patient Needs Waiver and Workforce Shortage Waiver. Key highlights of AFL 19-15.1: The online waiver application period is only open between January 1st to April 1st for each application year. (This year […]
The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has released a new All Facilities Letter (AFL 19-16), which replaces the previously issued AFL (18-27) on the same topic. The AFL provides guidelines for meeting the 3.5 and/or 2.4 DHPPD staffing requirements. AFL 19-16 Summary: In accordance with HSC sections 1276.5 and 1276.65, and W&I section 14126.022, […]
SB 305 (Hueso, D-San Diego) was heard today in the Senate Health Committee. Named the “Compassionate Access to Medical Cannabis Act” or “Ryan’s Law,” the bill would require health facilities to allow the use of medical cannabis within the facility to terminally ill patients with a prognosis of one year or less to live. The […]