Skilled services

Specialties MDS


I am looking for information specifically on a resident admitted from the hospital (with a qualifying 3 day stay) to our snf with a new NG tube. Are we able to skill this patient and if so what are the requirements? >51% daily? I am searching thru the manual and I'm hoping to find a list of all skilled services. I see the list with the services for each rug category but is there another list or something similar that I can refer to when we have residents come in and I am questioning their skillable service?


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Specializes in ER CCU MICU SICU LTC/SNF.

Some examples of direct skilled nursing services are:

  • Intravenous or intramuscular injections and intravenous feeding;
  • Enteral feeding that comprises at least 26 percent of daily calorie requirements and provides at least 501 milliliters of fluid per day;
  • Naso-pharyngeal and tracheotomy aspiration;
  • Insertion, sterile irrigation, and replacement of suprapubic catheters; Application of dressings involving prescription medications and aseptic techniques (see 30.5 for exception);
  • Treatment of decubitus ulcers, of a severity rated at Stage 3 or worse, or a widespread skin disorder (see 30.5 for exception);
  • Heat treatments which have been specifically ordered by a physician as part of active treatment and which require observation by skilled nursing personnel to evaluate the patient's progress adequately (see 30.5 for exception);
  • Rehabilitation nursing procedures, including the related teaching and adaptive aspects of nursing, that are part of active treatment and require the presence of skilled nursing personnel; e.g., the institution and supervision of bowel and bladder training programs;
  • Initial phases of a regimen involving administration of medical gases such as bronchodilator therapy; and
  • Care of a colostomy during the early post-operative period in the presence of associated complications.
  • The need for skilled nursing care during this period must be justified and documented in the patient's medical record.

I recommend reading the Medicare Benefit Policy Manual

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