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Title: Section 455.37 - Skilled nursing facility

455.37 Skilled nursing facility. This functional reporting center must contain all the expenses associated with providing skilled nursing care to patients on the basis of physicians' orders and approved nursing care plans, when patients require convalescent rehabilitative and/or restorative services at a level less intensive than that of the usual medical acute care. Additional activities include but are not limited to the following: monitoring vital life signs; operating specialized equipment; preparing equipment and assisting physicians during patient examinations and treatments; changing dressings and cleansing wounds and incisions; observing and recording emotional stability of patients; assisting in bathing patients and helping them in and out of bed; observing patients for reaction to drugs; administering specified medication; serving food to patients in their rooms, and feeding patients regardless of location; assisting patients with daily hygiene; answering patient calls; stripping and making beds; and keeping patients' rooms in order.

(a) Standard unit of measure: number of patient days. Report patient days of care for all patients admitted to this unit. Include the day of admission, but not the day of discharge or death. If both admission and discharge or death occur on the same day, the day is considered a day of admission and counts as one patient day.

(b) Data source. The number of patient days shall be taken from daily census counts.


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