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Value-Based Purchasing Program (VBP): Skilled Nursing Facility

Posted by Kris Mastrangelo on Thu, May 31, 2018

C.A.R.E.

Compliance • Audits/Analysis • Reimbursement/Regulatory • Education/Efficiency


The SNF VBP (Value-Based Purchasing Program), begins Oct 1, 2018 and rewards Skilled Nursing Facilities with motivational payments for performance on reducing hospital re-admissions known as the Skilled Nursing Facility 30-Day All-Cause Readmission Measure (SNFRM). 

The calculation is based on a facility’s re-hospitalization rate in Calendar Year 2017 or improvement from Calendar Year 2015 to Calendar Year 2017.  The facility’s Medicare Payment rates may be impacted up to 2% for the entire year starting on Oct 1, 2018. 

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Topics: Emergency Preparedness

Top 12 E-Tags: Emergency Preparedness

Posted by Kris Mastrangelo on Thu, May 24, 2018

C.A.R.E.

Compliance • Audits/Analysis • Reimbursement/Regulatory • Education/Efficiency


We spent the last few blog posts discussing F-Tags.  Let’s shift gears and look at E-Tags.  The Emergency Preparedness Requirements for Medicare and Medicaid Participating Providers and Suppliers was implemented November 15, 2017. This set of tags are utilized to cite non-compliance during initial, re-certification and complaint surveys. 

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Topics: Emergency Preparedness

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