The Skilled Nursing Facility Value-Based Purchasing (SNF VBP) program has been on the back burner at most facilities as the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) worked out the program details over the past few years. However, on Oct. 1, 2018, the SNF VBP program will begin impacting all traditional Medicare Part A payments made to SNFs under the skilled nursing facility prospective payment system (SNF PPS).
The SNF VBP program is completely unrelated to the Skilled Nursing Facility Quality Reporting Program (SNF QRP). “The SNF VBP program is required by the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014 (PAMA), whereas the SNF QRP is required under the Affordable Care Act,” pointed out CMS officials during the Nov. 16 SNF VBP Program FY 2018 SNF PPS Final Rule Call. Note: Access the call slides here. When available, access the transcript and recording here.