Therapy Management & Consulting Services Blog

October is National Physical Therapy Month

This month, Heritage Healthcare celebrates and honors our Physical Therapists (PT) and Physical Therapist Assistants (PTA) as well as all those that have chosen Physical Therapy as a profession. This is an opportunity to highlight the fact that PTs and PTAs are trusted experts in restoring and improving motion, and can improve an individual’s quality of life. These professionals also assist in keeping individuals healthy, fit, active and in many cases allow them to avoid surgery and long-term use of prescription medications.

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Changes in MDS Manual Effective Oct. 1

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released changes in the MDS RAI Manual. These are effective on Oct. 1, 2013.

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CHANGES TO PAYMENT RATES AND POLICIES AFFECTING ACUTE-CARE HOSPITALS

In August, in its Final Hospital Inpatient Rule, CMS clarified how payments will be
provided for inpatient status, as some Medicare beneficiaries are seen under the
observation stay status as compared to inpatient status, which prevents them
from reaching the three-day qualifying stay required to have skilled nursing
services covered.  This clarification will help determine when the
hospital inpatient status should be extended to a patient. The expectation with
this final rule is that Medicare beneficiaries who are able to receive
inpatient Medicare Part A coverage status will increase. These changes will be
effective for hospital discharges that occur on or after October 1, 2013.

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Tags: nursing home operations, nursing home occupancy, skilled nursing facility, medicare

Heritage Healthcare Celebrates Grandparents Day : September 8, 2013

In 1970, Marian McQuade initiated a campaign to establish a day to honor grandparents. In 1978, President Jimmy Carter signed a federal proclamation, declaring the first Sunday after Labor Day as National Grandparents Day. This day has been celebrated every year since in honor of our nation's grandparents.

The Census Bureau presents updates of statistics about their role and responsibilities in our society.

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