Things are moving at a breakneck pace already and we are only just a few weeks into the new year. As we noted in our last update, CMS has decided to use Care Compare to publicly report weekend staffing hours and staff turnover. They have also indicated that these new measures will affect individual facility… Continue reading Regulatory Reminder 5-Star: Update Part 2
It’s a new year and CMS is not wasting any time. Late Friday, 1/7/2022, CMS released memo QSO-22-08-NH. In this memo CMS has laid out their intentions to begin using PBJ data inform the public related to weekend staffing and staff turnover in 3 distinct ways. Public Posting on Care Compare CMS will begin posting… Continue reading Regulatory Reminders!
Staffing Navigator helps operators understand how acuity, number of residents, nursing rates and mix (RN, LPN and CNA) work together to determine your staffing stars. Additionally you can use Staffing Navigator™ to determine the ideal mix of RN, LPN and CNA to achieve any star level, see how close you currently are to the next highest (and lowest) star, understand how the acuity and caseload of ANY facility compares to any other, see how many additional (or fewer) nursing hours it would take to hit any staffing level, run complex nursing staffing scenarios and see acuity, number of residents and staffing levels for any facility in the US!
Changes in patient acuity change the case-mix or “expected” hours used to determine staffing stars. That’s not news for anyone who reads this blog. The problem is the relationship is difficult to tease out. This is because CMS does not publish the exact criteria they use to select assessments that are included in calculating acuity… Continue reading How does case-mix drive staffing ratings?
In today’s posting I am going to explain how to use Staffing Navigator™ to diagnose and troubleshoot a staffing issue that is causing problems in a 5 Star Rating. This post will also explain staffing cut points which can be confusing. If you haven’t already, download Staffing Navigator™. It’s free in the app stores. Hypothetical… Continue reading Staffing Navigator™ – A Case Study
Today we’re introducing a new software tool: Staffing Navigator™! This tool is intended to help operators understand how acuity, number of residents, nursing rates and mix (RN, LPN and CNA) work together to determine your staffing stars. Additionally you can use Staffing Navigator™ to: Determine the ideal mix of RN, LPN and CNA to achieve… Continue reading Introducing: Staffing Navigator™!
There is a problem on the horizon. Under PDPM, the staffing study used to determine how many nursing hours to expect for a given RUG level will not longer work. That study, called STRIVE, was originally done between 2005 and 2009. The data from that study is used to estimate how many nursing hours (RN,… Continue reading PDPM, Staffing & STRIVE
We’re getting a lot of inquiries about 5 star ratings. It’s understandable because of the changes coming in April. One question we’re getting asked is “What would it take to improve my staffing rating?” or “How can I get another star?” In this post we’re going to take a look at that, using the new… Continue reading 5 Star Staffing Ratings