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Denial Uncertainty in the Wake of PDPM: What Will Risk Look Like?

Posted on: November 8, 2018

When thinking about the future of skilled nursing and therapy services one quote comes to mind: “The biggest risk a person can take is to do nothing.” (Robert T. Kiyosaki) This has never been more true.

Under RUGS-IV, therapy utilization, by and large, has been the main driver for Medicare Part A reimbursement. When the skilled stay is supported by therapy, justification for nursing services can be overlooked. Under PDPM, however, each discipline, nursing and/or therapy, must justify the level of services provided and the patient’s condition as coded within the medical record. Without proper coding, claims could be denied or reimbursement will not be aligned with treatments. 

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Tags: PDPM

Home Health PDGM Finale Rule Released

Posted on: November 2, 2018

CMS released the much anticipated Home Health Final Rule October 31. Much of the content from the Proposed Rule and the Final Rule will remain the same, with significant changes highlighted below.

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Nine (Really Important) Reasons Why Therapy Still Matters in PDPM

Posted on: November 1, 2018

Imagine a world where reimbursement isn’t based on managing treatment minutes. Instead, therapists are empowered with the freedom to care for residents and drive outcomes based exclusively on clinical need. Let’s face it: Therapy services and reimbursement under PPS has not always served our industry well.

HealthPRO® Heritage experts agree: CMS’ PDPM system will breathe new life into how, when, and why therapists deliver care. We are, in fact, excited for a new world where our success will be measured by the evidence-based therapy we provide and the outcomes we achieve on behalf of our clients and patients.

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Tags: PDPM, Patient-Driven Payment Model, CMS Update 2018

Which PDPM Therapy Pricing Method is Best?

Posted on: October 22, 2018

Since the RCS-1 Proposed Rule was released in Spring 2017, through the PDPM Final Rule and up to today, we’ve spent hundreds of hours thinking and pressure testing different ideas. We’ve had ongoing conversations with customers, colleagues, and consultants about PDPM therapy pricing. Our goal was simple: Develop a pricing approach which equally addresses and ensures the success of our patients, customers, and employees under PDPM. 

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Tags: PDPM, Patient-Driven Payment Model, CMS Update 2018, Payment Reform

Do You Know How Much Rehab Your Facility Can Afford Under PDPM?

Posted on: October 11, 2018

Step one to ensuring your facility delivers positive patient outcomes, maintains regulatory compliance, and achieves financial viability in the New PDPM World is to perform a RUGs-to-PDPM Crosswalk on all your patients.

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Tags: PDPM, Patient-Driven Payment Model, CMS Update 2018, Payment Reform

Home Health Providers: Leverage QAPI Plan to Prep for PDGM?

Posted on: October 1, 2018

In the recently updated Conditions of Participation, CMS spells out what they expect from a QAPI program. Additionally, the final draft of the interpretive guidelines (IG) for the Home Health Agency Conditions of Participation (CoP) was released last month.

How can agencies use this already mandatory requirement to help prepare them for the expected changes coming in 2020 with the proposed Patient Driven Groupings Model (PDGM)?

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Tags: PDGM, QAPI Plan, Home Health

PDPM: Go Big or Go Home

Posted on: October 1, 2018

With exactly one year to go, how will you prepare for PDPM? 

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Tags: PDPM, Patient-Driven Payment Model, Payment Reform, CMS Update 2018

Not Getting All of Your 2% Withhold Back in Revenue Starting this October?

Posted on: September 24, 2018

Success or failure for SNFs will hinge directly on hospital readmission rates (& other performance metrics, too!)

What’s This About 2% of My Revenue?

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Tags: SNF VBP, SNF Operators

How to Use an Onsite Therapy Program to Increase Occupancy in Assisted and Independent Living

Posted on: September 14, 2018

One Very Important, Creative Solution for Forward-Thinking Senior Living Communities

YOUR GOAL is to attract new residents and to preserve occupancy keeping them happy & healthy and aging in place.

YOUR CHALLENGE is executing on unique, tangible initiatives that differentiate your community from market competitors.

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Tags: census development, senior living, occupancy

At the Intersection of RUGS IV and PDPM: A Crosswalk Worth Asking About

Posted on: September 4, 2018

Introducing the “PDPM Crosswalk” from HealthPRO® Heritage!

HealthPRO® Heritage has built a tool to help SNFs understand their very own financial future post-PDPM. 

Question Worth Asking: What is the first step in preparing for PDPM?

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Tags: PDPM, Patient-Driven Payment Model, CMS, CMS Update 2018