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SNFs should use looming funding threats to take the long view

March 20, 2019 Article 4 min read
Patrick McCormick
As Medicare shifts to the new Patient-Driven Payment Model, many skilled nursing facilities are looking beyond the short-term challenges to strategies focused on long-term profitability. Are you ready? Read more at McKnight’s.

 Nurse holding a hand Skilled nursing facilities are facing a barrage of challenges to their business. Falling occupancy rates, wage pressures, and growing competition are all putting the industry under strain.

Now comes a new challenge. Which, viewed through the right lens, could also be an opportunity.

Providers are bracing for the biggest overhaul to their reimbursement funding in two decades. The new Medicare Patient-Driven Payment Model (PDPM), which takes effect on October 1, presents a major change to the industry’s Medicare revenue model, removing therapy minutes as a determinant of payment and instead tying funding more closely to clinical factors.

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