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COVID-19’s Impact on the SNF QRP and SNF VBP: What It Means for NACs

By Caralyn Davis, Staff Writer - April 21, 2020

On March 27, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a memo describing the scope and duration of exceptions and exemptions to reporting requirements under certain Medicare quality reporting and value-based purchasing programs. This memo followed up on a March 22 announcement of this relief in response to healthcare providers’ ongoing fight against 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). Additional changes could occur depending on how the COVID-19 pandemic unfolds, but these documents lay out the initial exceptions for both the Skilled Nursing Facility Quality Reporting Program (SNF QRP) and the Skilled Nursing Facility Value-Based Purchasing (SNF VBP) program.


Here are the highlights—and what these changes mean for nurse assessment coordinators (NACs) and their ever-growing to-do lists, according to Jessie McGill, RN, RAC-MTA, RAC-MT, curriculum development specialist at AANAC:


SNF QRP Oct. 1 – Dec. 31, 2019 MDS data collection