Elise Smith Reports

Elise Smith, legendary nursing home reimbursement expert, offers her analysis on the latest developments from CMS, MedPAC and other relevant federal agencies.

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Elise Reports on PDPM in SNFs

Two months into the new payment system, Elise takes a look and gives us an update on what we should be looking for.

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CMS Final Rule on Discharge Planning

Elise does the hard work of digging through the final rule and lets us know why we need to care about discharge planning and what CMS expects from providers and how pharmacists can make an important contribution.

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MedPAC Continues its Work on Unified Post-Acute Payment Policy

Elise takes a look at the conversations within the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) over its mandate to make recommendations concerning the development of a unified post-acute payment model.

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CMS Publishes Final SNF PPS Rule for FY 2020

The final rule is out and Elise Smith has pored over the details and gives us the full detail of what CMS did and what we can expect going forward with PDPM. Read it here

CMS Releases Draft RAI Manual

In this post Elise gives us a peek into what CMS will expect facilities to consider in the creation of care plans.  Read it Here

Elise Unpacks the Proposed Rule for SNF PPS:

Elise has gone through the SNF PPS Proposed Rule for 2020 with a fine-toothed comb and comes away with insights into the Patient Driven Payment Model and all the adjustments CMS has proposed for FY 2020.You won’t want to miss this! Read it Here

Keeping up with PDPM:

Having trouble following all the developments in the implementation of the new SNF PPS payment system scheduled for implementation in October? Fear not, Elise cuts through the fog and lays out the current state of implementation, SNF industry reaction and the likely list of winners and losers. Read about it here.

SNFs Face Steep Challenges in 2019:

Elise takes a comprehensive look at the year ahead for the skilled nursing industry. Everything from implementation of PDPM to the IMPACT Act, she covers all the bases.

If you need a quick refresher on all the policy issues facing our colleagues in the LTC space, this is the one piece you need to check out. Read Now