This is information is updated as of 03/12/20
Waive of 3-Day Hospitalization Requirements
A Federal Emergency Declaration was issued that will impact SNF (Skilled Nursing Facility) patient flow from hospitals and professional practice act standards. Specifically, a waiver of the 3-day hospitalization requirements for Part A stay in SNFs has been issued along with a waiver of 25-inpatient bed limit for CAH and waiver 96-hour average LOS (length of stay). The declaration also referenced a modification of telemedicine practice (that may or may not include therapy services).
Important to note: The industry anticipates that this Federal Emergency Declaration may mean a potential increase in SNF patients as hospitals discharge stable patients to make more open beds available. To learn more, click here.
Guidance RE: Banning Nursing Home Visitors
Restrictions were issued on the vast majority of nursing home visitors according to CMS (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services) during a press conference Friday afternoon. Please note that the federal administration issued guidance, which is available to view here.
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