Skilled Nursing News March 2, 2023
As nursing home advocates continue to push for ending the 3-day hospital stay requirement, a recently released federal agency report on the use of these waivers by accountable care organizations (ACOs) showcases some of the benefits that they have brought to patients and providers.
Use of waivers by ACOs for a 3-day stay did not result in different outcomes or longer nursing home stays, according to a recent analysis by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).
ACOs are made up of groups of doctors, hospitals and other health care providers to collaborate and provide coordinated care to Medicare patients. ACOs are able to leverage certain flexibilities, including waiving the three-day stay rule related to SNF coverage.