Skilled-nursing facilities (SNFs) have the staff and equipment to provide skilled nursing, medical management and therapy services to individuals, on a 24-hour basis, who do not require high-intensity services provided in the hospital setting.
Skilled-nursing facilities (SNFs) have the staff and equipment to
provide skilled nursing, medical management and therapy services
to individuals, on a 24-hour basis, who do not require
high-intensity services provided in the hospital setting.
Some individuals are admitted to SNFs on a transitional basis for
care following acute hospitalization for illness or injury.
Others may require the specialized medical supervision of a SNF
on a long-term basis due to chronic illness or disability. In
addition, SNFs provide a valuable discharge option that helps
acute-care hospitals control patient length of stay and related
Many SNFs are freestanding facilities, while others exist as
distinct parts of an acute-care hospital or hospital system.
Distinct part SNFs, compared to freestanding community-based
SNFs, care for more medically complex patients, and are often the
only option for patients with complex medical needs and
behavioral challenges living in rural areas.
CHA’s Center for
Post-Acute Care represents the interests of CHA member
post-acute care providers, including inpatient
rehabilitation hospitals and units, long-term acute care
hospitals, distinct-part skilled-nursing facilities and home
health agencies. As a part of CHA, the Center for
Post-Acute Care serves as the primary public policy arm of the
hospital association for post-acute care issues. The center also
advocates for hospital-based post-acute care services in
the federal and state legislative and regulatory arenas.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will host
two-day, in-person training programs for the skilled-nursing
facility (SNF) and inpatient rehabilitation facility
(IRF) quality reporting programs (QRPs). The ‘train the
trainer’ event for SNF providers will take place Aug. 13 and 14,
and Aug. 15 and 16 for IRFs.
Facilities Letter 19-22, the California Department of Public
Health (CDPH) has released updated guidance on safely caring
for skilled-nursing facility residents with multidrug-resistant
organisms (MDRO). According to CDPH, this advisory guidance was
prompted by reports of facilities refusing to admit residents
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued the
federal fiscal year (FFY) 2020
proposed rule for the skilled-nursing facility prospective
payment system (SNFPPS). The provisions in the proposed rule, if
finalized, would be effective Oct. 1, 2020.