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Benefits Of Hiring An “SNFist”

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Benefits of Hiring an SNFist

According to John Rossheim, “An SNFist is a primary-care physician who practices within the four walls of one or more nursing homes, as an employee or contractor. The SNFist sees nursing home patients — whether they are permanent residents or are in intermediate convalescent care — all day and develops a nuanced understanding of the potential and limitations of the SNF as a care setting. The SNFist is typically paid a salary or contracting fee by the nursing home and the nursing home collects reimbursement for physician services from public and private payers.”

Success in achieving positive resident/patient outcomes is more critical now than ever before. The link between quality and payment in long-term and post-acute care (LTPAC) is growing stronger, as evidenced by the Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Value-Based Purchasing Program (VBP), Improving Post-Acute Care Transformation (IMPACT) Act, SNF Quality Reporting Program (QRP) and more. Minimizing potentially preventable hospital admissions is now the goal of the entire LTPAC setting. An elevated hospital readmission rate can ultimately lead to financial penalties, decreased referrals, and decreased overall revenue. In addition, regulatory activity is intensifying through focused surveys on adverse events including dementia care and MDS. The Five-Star Rating system and Nursing Home Compare have been revised and will add items in the future as it broadens public reporting and transparency. Most importantly, consumers expect and deserve high-quality care. That is where an SNFist can help:

How an SNFist Helps You Provide High-Quality Care