CMS Expects SNF VBP to Further ‘Incentivize’ SNFs

By Caralyn Davis, Staff Writer - October 12, 2016

The overall trend for skilled nursing facility readmission rates to hospitals is decreasing, pointed out officials with the Division of Value, Incentives, and Quality Reporting at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) during the Sept. 28, 2016, Skilled Nursing Facility Value-Based Purchasing (SNF VBP) National Provider Call. “We believe the SNF VBP program will incentivize SNFs to continue to work to achieve lower readmission rates and higher quality of care.”