Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Register Today for the Online AHCA/NCAL Course Designed to Help Avoid the Penalties under the SNF Value Based Purchasing Program for Medicare Part A Payments!

Dave Kyllo

AHCA/NCAL’s new education program is designed to help skilled nursing facilities succeed under the new CMS value based purchasing payment program (SNF VBP) that took effect on October 1, 2018.  The course (Understanding SNF VBP in Detail) contains six modules that provide an in-depth description of each feature of the SNF VBP program along with helpful tools, documents, and primary source references to the program. 

This new training program is intended for nursing home administrators, directors of nursing and any other staff (including corporate staff) who are responsible for payment models and rehospitalization reduction efforts.   No specific license is required to take the course and no contact hours or CEUs are awarded for completing the curriculum.
The training program is specifically designed to help long term care professionals:
  • Understand how CMS calculates the measures, risk adjustment, the facility score and payment adjustment.
  • Use and access the CMS SNF VBP feedback reports and the SNF Performance Score Report.
  • Apply the incentive payment multiplier.
  • Use the SNF VBP prediction calculator to estimate the financial impact different SNFRM rates have on your Part A revenue.
  • Adopt best practices to help either avoid a payment penalty or receive an increase in Medicare Part A payments.
Possessing a detailed understanding of SNF VBP is critical to operational success.  Starting October 1, 2018, all SNFs received a payment adjustment to their SNF Medicare Part A claims ranging from a 2 percent cut to potentially a 1.6 percent increase for FY 2019 based on rehospitalization rates in prior years. CMS will recalculate the payment adjustment each fiscal year hereafter for ten years.

The registration fee for AHCA’s SNF VBP online course is $25 for AHCA/NCAL members and $65 for nonmembers.

The individual who wants to take the SNF VBP course must login to ahcancalED and register for the course with their AHCA/NCAL usernames and passwords.  For assistance obtaining AHCA/NCAL usernames and passwords, please e-mail with your name and facility contact information.  Registrations for SNF VBP cannot be done by another person or under another person’s ahcancalED login.

Payment is made in ahcancalED upon registration via credit card or check. If paying by check, the course may be accessed after the check is received and approved by AHCA.

Know how to succeed under SNF VBP.  Follow this link to register today for Understanding SNF VBP in Detail or go to

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