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Mark Parkinson, President and CEO of the American Health Care Association (AHCA)
In the skilled nursing world, it was a truth universally acknowledged that the Patient-Driven Payment Model was a lifeline for operators trying to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting “business nightmare.” But the federal government has proposed a recalibration of the new system, and it’s not clear yet what that could mean for providers.
Mark Parkinson, the president and CEO of the American Health Care Association, joined Rethink to talk about why SNFs can be more optimistic than in years past about the proposed changes from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services – and why the Biden administration’s push to invest $400 in home- and community-based care isn’t as antagonistic to SNFs as it might first appear.
Listen to this episode to hear about:
-The unanswered questions around occupancy and what needs to happen for recovery
-Why the proposed PDPM recalibration isn’t likely to be a repeat of drastic Medicare cuts in 2011
-Elevating and investing in frontline caregivers, and what it will take to do that properly
Mikko Cook and Carrie Leljedal
The federal government in March ended a year-long nightmare for families across the country when it announced the relaxation of visitation bans at nursing homes in all but a few limited cases.
But for the family members who spent 2020 working to reunite with their loved ones, the work won’t end along with the expiration of strict lockdowns.
SNN sat down with a pair of those leaders — Mikko Cook and Carrie Leljedal — to learn what they want to see from operators and policymakers in the future.
Listen to this podcast to discover:
1. What families think operators did wrong — and right — during the coronavirus
2. How states could facilitate essential caregiving programs to prevent future lockdowns
Angela Perry, Administrator, Vernon Manor
When the first vaccines against COVID-19 received emergency use authorization, long-term care residents and workers at those facilities were at the front of the line to receive them. And as the shots have rolled out, residents have participated at high rates, and new COVID-19 cases among residents have plummeted.
Frontline workers have been more hesitant – but with time, that could change. Angela Perry, the administrator at Vernon Manor Nursing Home in Connecticut, joined Rethink to talk about the facility's ongoing efforts to boost staff uptake of the vaccines – and how her facility is thinking about the future of keeping COVID-19 out as the federal partnership to distribute vaccines comes to a close.
Listen to this episode to learn about:
-- The ongoing process of talking with staff members and listening to their concerns about the vaccine – and the importance of knowing which voices they trust
-- The questions about immunization for new admissions to a facility and in terms of staff turnover
-- One of the options for facilities to sign up for immunization, even after the federal Pharmacy Partnership for Long-Term Care Program ends
Hank Watson, Chief Development Officer, American Health Plans
Simply maintaining day-to-day operations at a nursing facility in 2020 was a herculean task, but several providers were able to also execute on the roll-out of an I-SNP, a special kind of Medicare Advantage plan for long-term care residents that proponents say provide both clinical and financial benefits to individual facilities.
Hank Watson, chief development officer at American Health Plans, sat down with SNN to talk about the experience of launching new I-SNP ventures in 2020 and beyond, and why he — and his company's nursing home partners — still see promise in serving as both provider and payer.
Listen to this episode to learn:
1. How COVID-19 changed the I-SNP calculus for providers
2. Why investing in clinical care is vital for I-SNP success
3. How operators can bridge the gap between value-based payments and fee-for-service
4. And more!
Tim Peck and Rob MacNaughton of Curve Health
Tim Peck and Rob MacNaughton of Curve Health by Skilled Nursing News
Tammy Tuminaro, CEO Century Rehabilitation Inc
Third-party rehabilitation providers are a crucial part of clinical care in the skilled nursing setting, and neither the pandemic this year nor an overhaul of Medicare reimbursement last year has changed that fact. But it has changed how rehab providers are working with their SNF partners.
Tammy Tuminaro, the recently named CEO of Century Rehabilitation, joined Skilled Nursing News' Rethink podcast to talk about how third-party rehabilitation providers are navigating the pandemic and how Century sees the relationship between SNFs and third-party rehabilitation evolving.
Listen to this episode to learn more about:
-- The promises and pitfalls of telehealth for providing rehabilitation
-- How SNFs and third-party rehab can collaborate more closely – and why they need to
-- The importance of clinical pathways in getting residents to the best outcomes.
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