Skilled nursing facility (SNF) care, Medicare

Applies to:

Medicare Advantage plans

Skilled nursing facility care coverage

Always refer to your Priority Health contract to identify what services will be paid by Priority Health. This is particularly important as it will guide you in understanding if certain ancillary services are your responsibility.

Don't know what your contract covers? Contact your facility administrator for information. Your Priority Health Case Manager does not know the specifics of your contract.

Standard contracted services

All contracts include room, board, skilled services provided by the facility, and drugs. The Jimmo v Sebelius Settlement clarified CMS rules for skilled care and related documentation. See our Jimmo v Sebelius page for details and requirements for SNF education.

Ancillary services

These services which may or may not be covered under your contract. Check your contract to determine if you are responsible for covering ancillary services such as transportation, dialysis, DME, chemotherapy, etc. If your contract covers these ancillary services, you are not responsible for paying the provider.

If your contract does not cover these ancillary services, you are responsible for paying the service provider. If you get a bill, direct the provider to submit the claim for reimbursement to Priority Health.

Non-emergent transportation

See our Ambulance services page for details on how Medicare and MAPD plans cover non-emergent transportation.

Retrospective authorizations

If you provide a service that requires prior authorization to an MA/MAPD plan member without first getting authorization, you can't send us an authorization request after the fact. You must submit a Request for payment. See Retrospective authorizations for details.

Terminating skilled nursing services

When it's determined that a Medicare Advantage plan member no longer needs skilled nursing care, a SNF may issue a CMS-10123 Medicare Notice of Non-coverage form to the patient to let them know that services will no longer be covered by their plan. See details.