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(Re)Consider the Optimal Therapy Model for PDPM & Beyond!

Posted on: July 1, 2019

Decisions. Decisions. Since the industry began wrapping their heads around RCS-1 two+ years ago, SNFs continue to weigh the pros and cons of retaining in-house therapy vs. an outsourced model. Questions arise: What does payment reform mean for SNFs with their own program? Is there a financial or operational advantage to transitioning from full service to in-house or a “managed” in-house model?

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Tags: PDPM, CMS Update 2019, Therapy Model

Focus on Functional Assessments

Posted on: June 26, 2019

It can be easy to get lost in the details of PDGM and forget how vital outcomes and ratings are in driving overall agency success.  It’s one of the biggest reasons why appropriately managing therapy in PDGM is a key competency.

In HealthPRO® Heritage at Home's recent survey with the National Association for Home Care and Hospice regarding therapy in PDGM, 48% of respondents anticipate less therapy utilization. Agencies should be cautioned on cutting therapy utilization given the focus on functional assessment and outcomes.  Functional assessments - completed best by a skilled therapist - will contribute significantly to payment in PDGM, while also continuing to drive publicly reported outcome measures and star ratings.

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Tags: PDGM, CMS Update 2019, Patient-Driven Grouping Model, Functional

Therapy Thinks Forward: Group Therapy Re-Imagined

Posted on: June 20, 2019

Please don't say "Group Therapy" like it's a 4-letter word!

Because many are thinking of the term "Group Therapy" as though it is a curse word, HealthPRO® Heritage asks you to instead consider re-imagining what is traditionally thought of as Group Therapy. Let’s RE-think and RE-format Group Therapy with an ultra-valuable, super-educational component. In other words, why not re-invent Group Therapy treatments instead as ‘'Group Education Classes'’?

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Industry Feedback on Therapy Under PDGM

Posted on: June 18, 2019

HealthPRO® Heritage at Home partnered with the National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC) to conduct a survey of home health providers to gather industry feedback on therapy utilization under PDGM. HealthPRO® Heritage co-sponsored the survey as part of its ongoing effort to bring strategies and solutions to agencies as they prepare for PDGM. Nearly 700 people took the survey and were made up of representatives in every state from freestanding, institutional, health system and government based agencies from both for and not-for profit settings. 

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Tags: PDGM, CMS Update 2019

HealthPRO Heritage Reports: RAI Manual Updates

Posted on: June 10, 2019

The 2019 RAI Manual is here! The SNF world has been on the edge of their seat in anticipation of how the changes would impact the interdisciplinary team and coding of the MDS assessment.  CMS’ message is clear:  No longer is the manual only for MDS coordinators!  More emphasis on clinical characteristic coding for PDPM case mix group assignment means all disciplines must participate in completion of the MDS. The MDS item sets have been adapted for this shift in the Medicare classification system, requiring significant updates in the go to manual for RAI process.

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Tags: PDPM, CMS Update 2019, RAI

Does In-House Therapy Make Sense Under PDGM?

Posted on: June 5, 2019

The Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) is a game changer, requiring home health providers to explore new business models based on the introduction of new risks and potentially significant financial impacts.

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Tags: PDGM, CMS Update 2019, Patient-Driven Grouping Model

Exclusive Prep for PDGM

Posted on: June 3, 2019

HealthPRO® Heritage at Home is leading the industry in readiness for the January 1, 2020 change to the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM). Success for both our partner agencies and employees will be driven through knowledge and implementation of process and strategy around PDGM.

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Tags: PDGM, CMS Update 2019, Patient-Driven Grouping Model

Struggling to Define Success Beyond PDPM? Sustaining QMs is the Solution!

Posted on: May 30, 2019

SNFs have been bombarded with changes to many key performance indicators – such as Quality Measures, Five Star Ratings and the Quality Reporting Program – and will be expected to sustain and even grow quality improvements over time.  Read up on all the new changes here. (And have you heard the latest: CMS recently implemented a process whereby the QM thresholds will increase by 50% of the average rate of improvement in QM scores.)  

Based on these obvious smoke signals from CMS, the industry pundits foresee: Quality Measures just might be CMS’s way of monitoring for appropriate levels of skilled rehabilitation services after the October 1 transition to PDPM.   

In light of this prediction, consider your facility’s QM performance in highly monitored areas – such as skin integrity, falls, ADL performance, weight loss, functional mobility, pain, etc. 

Ask:  Are these areas recurrent concerns for your SNF?  

If so, HealthPRO® Heritage advises:

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Tags: Patient-Driven Payment Model, PDPM, CMS Update 2019

Restorative Nursing Under PDPM: Looking for Answers?

Posted on: May 16, 2019

We can all agree: the value of a solid, efficient Restorative Nursing Program for SNFs should not be underestimated!

There’s a lot of BUZZ in the industry about increasing restorative programming in preparation for PDPM. Many SNFs have Restorative Nursing programs. Many do not. Some have a program, but it doesn’t function the way it should.

Here’s the stone cold truth…
Restorative Nursing may (or may not) make sense for your organization. Hear us out. 

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Tags: Patient-Driven Payment Model, PDPM, CMI, Case Mix Index, Restorative Nursing, Restorative Nursing Program

Coding for Success in PDGM

Posted on: May 14, 2019

Coding will be instrumental to your agency’s success under PDGM. Performing an audit of your coding practices now will provide the opportunity to educate your staff on accurate and cohesive coding guidelines and targeted aspects of the OASIS to ensure you are prioritizing both patient needs and accurate reimbursement. 

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Tags: PDGM, CMS Update 2019, Patient-Driven Grouping Model