The reimbursement focus from Zimmet Healthcare's annual conference shared the spotlight with a topic still fresh of mind for many skilled nursing operators – staffing shortages. However, session speaker Tara Gregorio, President of the Massachusetts Senior Care Association, advised staying away from staffing agencies – not only to reduce cost, but ensure a continuum of care for residents.
Attendees also discussed CMS's review of minimal staffing and how it might impact federal funding. This topic is better explained in the Infection Control Today article, CMS Proposed Minimum Staffing Requirements Could Cost $10B Annually.
As keenly noted in the Skilled Nursing News article, The Devil's in the Data: Why SNFs May Be Facing an Information Crisis, Marc Zimmet, President of Zimmet Healthcare Services Group, points out how randomly timed and siloed data results in inaccurate data. Said Zimmet, "The bottom line is everything you think you know about skilled nursing facility data is wrong, is inaccurate — and that’s the greatest danger facing skilled nursing."
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