Monday, October 1, 2018

Third Quarter SNF/AL Top-Line Publication Now Available

Lonnita Myles

The third quarter Top-Line Publication for skilled nursing centers is now available. This valuable resource is a brief report that is customized with the latest Nursing Home Compare data and:
  • Reflects the newest rules for your Staff Rating using PBJ;
  • Shows the current components of your Five-Star quality rating;
  • And displays your current Quality Award status
Additionally, assisted living centers can now access the AL Top-Line publication in LTC Trend Tracker, which gives AL’s the ability to view important assisted living data, their progress on the NCAL Quality Initiative, their status and eligibility to apply for the AHCA/NCAL Quality Awards Program, and more.

The next quarterly publication will be available in early November.

AL LTC Trend Tracker 101 course available now in ahcancalED
Learn how to use LTC Trend Tracker as one of your tools for Quality Improvement through the AL LTC Trend Tracker 101 course. In these videos, you will learn how to utilize and modify the assisted living dashboard, customize the assisted living quality measures report, and upload assisted living data. Login here to access the course today.
Understanding SNF VBP in Detail: Become an Expert on CMS SNF VBP Program
CMS SNF Value Based Purchasing (VBP) 10-year Program started on October 1. The SNF VBP program will adjust SNF's part A payment rates based on their performance on the rehospitalization rate.

AHCA has developed an in-depth, online training that covers how CMS calculates the following:
  1. Rehospitalization rates, including how they are risk adjusted;
  2. SNF’s performance score;
  3. Resulting incentive payment multiplier, which is used to adjust a SNF’s Part A payments.
The course is divided into six distinct modules that you can review at your own pace and in the order most helpful to you. The course also provides demonstrations on how to access and interpret your CMS feedback reports, which contain your SNF rehospitalization rates, your incentive payment multiplier information, and AHCA's SNF VBP prediction tool that allows a SNF to estimate the financial impact different rehospitalization rates will have on your revenue.

Lastly, tips on how to more effectively lower your rehospitalization rates to avoid a payment cut are provided. Registration fee: $25 members, $65 nonmembers. Payment and registration is completed by individual participant in ahcancalED. Have Questions about accessing ahcancalED? Email

Your Quality Initiative Progress & LTC Trend Tracker
Have you heard the news? Your Quality Initiative Progress is a LTC Trend Tracker publication that includes metrics and graphics outlining your individual center's progress through the four domains of the AHCA Quality Initiative. This report will be updated semi-annually, and also includes links to member resources that help with specific goals. Login to LTC Trend Tracker to view yours today!

Need help with accessing LTC Trend Tracker?  Please email

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