Blog by:  Shelly Maffia, MSN, MBA, RN, LNHA, QCP, CHC, Director of Regulatory Services, Proactive Medical Review

Now that routine surveys are beginning to take place in most states, it is important that vigilant infection prevention and control practices do not take a backseat to other survey-ready quality assurance activities. Notably, HHS announced a $2.0 billion payment incentive program (VBP) with $500 million per month for four months Sept. -December 2020 paid based on SNF performance in managing the rate of COVID-19 infections each month and the COVID-19 mortality rate for the month as compared to other facilities with similar community infection rates. Details are forthcoming on the specific formula to be used for distribution of funds, but it is anticipated that a facility may be excluded from receiving a portion of these funds if performing significantly worse than peers on these measures.

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About Proactive Medical Review
HTS partners with Proactive Medical Review, a third party company who specializes in ensuring compliance with regulatory standards and promoting measurable care excellence. The team includes SNF experienced nurse, MDS, Health Facility Administrator, therapist and reimbursement specialists with experience serving in multi-site contract therapy operations, as corporate directors of quality, clinical program specialists, and Compliance Officers. Proactive is uniquely positioned to assist in managing the many changes and challenges facing providers partnered with HTS. Learn more about our commitment to compliance here.

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