Collective Medical Helps Skilled Nursing Facilities Avoid CMS Penalties

With Collective, SNFs can rapidly generate reports on COVID-positive patients in their facility and report to CMS.

Collective Medical, delivering the leading real-time ADT-based care collaboration network and provider activation, today announced a solution to support skilled nursing facilities in rapidly generating reports to comply with new CMS COVID-19 reporting requirements and avoid civil monetary penalties (CMPs).

Editor's Note: This article originally appeared on Collective Medical's website

In late May, CMS released new federal guidelines requiring state participation in a targeted infection-control survey. Facilities found with violations—such as failing to report patients who have tested positive for COVID-19—will face some degree of CMP. Depending on past history of compliance, some facilities might incur penalties of up to $20,000 per instance that goes unreported. Since the implementation of the new requirements, CMS has issued $15 million in CMPs to approximately 3,400 nursing homes.

Collective helps SNFs avoid these CMPs by generating COVID reports on patients within a given facility, so care teams can accurately report positive cases to CMS. By significantly reducing the administrative burden from compiling reports, care teams have more time to focus on caring for COVID patients and preventing the disease from spreading to others in their facility. Additionally, SNFs using Collective are connected to other care teams across the care continuum, to receive real-time, actionable clinical insights to drive informed decision making and ensure care teams know which of their patients need treatment or isolation.

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