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CMS Issues Data on SNF Utilization

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released public data on services skilled-nursing facilities provide to Medicare beneficiaries. The Skilled Nursing Facility Utilization and Payment Public Use File (SNF PUF) contains information on utilization, payments and submitted charges organized by provider, state and resource utilization group (RUG), as well as on length of stay and distribution of daily RUG rates for each skilled-nursing facility.

The SNF PUF also includes data on two categories of RUGs for patients who receive a significant amount of therapy: Ultra-High and Very High Rehabilitation RUGs. The data show that for these two RUGs the amount of therapy provided is often very close to the minimum number of minutes needed to qualify a patient for these categories — a finding CMS has previously expressed concern about.

Additional information and access to the data set are available on the CMS website