New to Skilled Nursing? Take AHCA’s Affordable SNF VBP Online Training

Programs and Resources
AHCA has an education program designed to help skilled nursing facilities succeed under the CMS value based purchasing payment program (SNF VBP). The online course (Understanding SNF VBP in Detail​) contains six modules that provide an in-depth description of each feature of the CMS SNF VBP program along with helpful tools, documents, and primary source references to the program.  

This training program is intended for nursing home administrators, directors of nursing and any other staff including corporate staff who are responsible for payment models and rehospitalization reduction efforts. No specific license is required take the course and no contact hours or CEUs are awarded for completing the curriculum.

The training program is specifically designed to help long term care professionals:

  • Understand how CMS calculates the measures, risk adjustment, the facility score and payment adjustment.
  • ​Use and access the CMS SNF VBP feedback reports and the SNF Performance Score Report.
  • ​Apply the incentive payment multiplier.
  • Use the SNF VBP prediction calculator to estimate the financial impact different SNFRM rates have on your Part A revenue.
  • Adopt best practices to help either avoid a payment penalty or receive an increase in your Medicare Part A payments. 
Registration fee for AHCA’s SNF VBP on-line course​ are $25 for AHCA/NCAL members and $65 for nonmembers. SNF payment adjustments began on Oct. 1, 2018 for all SNF Medicare Part A claims ranging from a 2 percent cut to potentially a 1.5 percent increase based on rehospitalization rates in prior years. CMS recalculates the payment adjustment annually every fiscal year (FY) hereafter for the next ten years. Possessing a detailed understanding of SNF VBP is critical to operational success.  

Individuals who want to take the SNF VBP course must login to ahcancalED​ and register for the course under their individual login. To access ahcancalED, members will need to login with their AHCA/NCAL usernames and passwords. For assistance obtaining AHCA/NCAL usernames and passwords, please e-mail educate@ahca.org with your name and facility contact information.