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5 Star Quality Rating System Changes from CMS

Posted on: February 19, 2015

Nursing Home Compare 3.0: Revisions to the Nursing Home Compare 5-Star Quality Rating System

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Tags: nursing home operations, nursing home occupancy, Contract Rehab Services, skilled nursing facility, medicare, therapy services, Contract Rehab, HealthPro, census development

CMS to Overhaul 5-Star Nursing Home Rating System

Posted on: October 8, 2014

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has big plans for an overhaul  of the five-star nursing home rating system, thanks to the passage of the Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation (IMPACT) Act, which President Obama signed into law today.

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Tags: nursing home operations, nursing home occupancy, Contract Rehab Services, skilled nursing facility, medicare, therapy services, Contract Rehab, HealthPro, Nursing Homes, CMS

President signs Improving Medicare Post Acute Care Transformation Act

Posted on: October 6, 2014

President Obama signed into law the Improving Medicare Post Acute Care Transformation Act of 2014 (IMPACT Act), bipartisan legislation that puts in place new and streamlined quality measures for nursing homes, home health agencies, and other post-acute care providers participating in Medicare.

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Tags: Contract Rehab Services, medicare, IMPACT 2014, Therapy Management Services, Physical Therapy

CMS to Overhaul 5-Star Nursing Home Rating System

Posted on: October 5, 2014

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has big plans for an overhaul of the five-star nursing home rating system, thanks to the passage of the Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation (IMPACT) Act, which President Obama signed into law today.

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Tags: Contract Rehab Services, medicare, Therapy Management Services, Physical Therapy

October - National Physical Therapy Month

Posted on: September 30, 2014

National Physical Therapy Month (NPTM) is hosted by APTA each October to recognize how physical therapists and physical therapist assistants help transform society by restoring and improving motion in people's lives.


Movement and exercise are fundamental to leading a healthy, happy life. PTs and PTAs identify factors that prevent our residents/patients from being as active as possible, and find ways to help them overcome those obstacles. We would like to thank our PTs and PTAs for their dedicated services and for playing an integral role in helping our residents/patients be well, mobile, and independent.

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Tags: Contract Rehab Services, medicare, Therapy Management Services, Physical Therapy

CMS Issues SNF Final Payment Rule for FY2015

Posted on: August 31, 2014

On July 31, 2014, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule outlining  the payment rates and policy changes for Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNFs) under the Prospective  Payment System (PPS). This final rule will be effective on October 1, 2014.

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Tags: Contract Rehab Services, medicare, Therapy Management Services, Physical Therapy

Medicare Celebrates 49th Birthday (1965-2014)

Posted on: July 29, 2014

(article from AARP - July 30, 2014)

July 30 of this year marks the 49th anniversary of President Lyndon B. Johnson sitting next to former President Harry S. Truman and signing Medicare into law.
In 1945, President Truman had proposed a national health insurance that did not discriminate in regard to beneficiaries but it would take twenty years for his vision to be realized in the form of Medicare.

Nationwide, nearly 50 million people or 15% of Americans are Medicare recipients. The state of Maine, has one of the highest percentage of people in any state - 21% of Mainers receive Medicare benefits to help pay healthcare expenses. Many of these recipients would not have access to the medical care they need if it weren’t for Medicare. In fact, in a recent survey conducted by AARP Maine of registered voters in the state age 50 and older, over half (51%) of respondents said they were very worried about not having Medicare benefits available to them in the future.

When Medicare was passed in 1965, President Johnson had pointed out that “older people are three times as often to be hospitalized but their income is less than half that of people under 65.” The need for a program like Medicare was more than obvious in those times and that need has only grown over time as the population continues to age. Within the first week of Medicare being available, over one million people had enrolled.

Almost fifty years later, the number of Medicare recipients has multiplied by close to fifty! AARP celebrates the 49th anniversary of Medicare by recognizing the importance of the program. Though it took two decades for Medicare to be signed into law on July 30th of 1965, the fact that close to 50 million people are helped every day by the program proves that it was worth the wait.

Find more resources from AARP about Medicare (http://states.aarp.org/category/maine), including this article and its history.

Click here to Take our quiz for a fun way to test your Medicare knowledge! 

(article from AARP - July 30, 2014)

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Tags: Contract Rehab Services, medicare, Nursing and Therapy, Therapy Management Services

Jimmo V. Sebelius Update

Posted on: January 30, 2014

Maintenance Therapy Programs

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Tags: medicare, therapy services, Contract Rehab, Jimmo V Sebelius

CMS RELEASES FINAL RULE FOR 2014

Posted on: December 18, 2013

QUALITY AND COMPLIANCE ALERT!

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

Finance SGR Package Replaces Therapy Caps With Prior Authorization

Posted on: December 18, 2013

The below excerpts were taken from an article posted on InsideHealthPolicy.com on
December 10, 2013.

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Tags: nursing home operations, skilled nursing facility, medicare