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Mechanically Altered Diets & Swallowing Disorders under PDPM

Posted on: May 25, 2018

Under the new Patient-Driven Payment Model or PDPM, CMS has admitted to keeping an eye on a potential increase in mechanically altered diets.

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Tags: skilled nursing facility, CMS, snf, RCS-1, Patient-Driven Payment Model, PDPM

Overwhelmed By the Newly Proposed CMS Payment System?

Posted on: May 10, 2018

Unaware that CMS has proposed a new payment system for our fee for service (FFS) residents?  Don’t worry, we read the entire Proposed Rule and have everything ready for you. If you haven’t seen our most recent Advisor for a quick “what’s this PDPM all about?”, click here.  We were swift with putting together all of the details in a webinar for our current and potential partners – you can watch the recording here if you missed it. 

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Tags: skilled nursing facility, snf, RCS-1, Patient-Driven Payment Model, PDPM

CMS Releases Proposed Payment Reform Model

Posted on: April 30, 2018

Communication Is Key to Success!
HealthPRO® Heritage is preparing initial training/details related to Friday’s CMS announcement, as well as details related to our philosophy and strategy for tackling the New World of payment reform. Our management teams will participate in internal trainings this week so we are best able to answer your questions and support your strategy.

Register now for our webinar on Friday, May 4, 2018 at 12:00 PM EST.


On Friday, April 27, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the 2019 Proposed Rule. Our industry has been anxiously awaiting this announcement since April 2017’s Advanced Notice Pre Rulemaking (ANPRM) which proposed the Resident Classification System, Version 1 (RCS-1).

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Tags: CMS, snf, RCS-1, CMS Update 2018, Patient-Driven Payment Model, PDPM

Make The Choice To Prepare

Posted on: February 16, 2018

Our ongoing efforts to prepare for payment reform has led HealthPRO/Heritage to develop the industry’s most informative RUGS to RCS-1 reimbursement crosswalk, allowing providers to see both patient and enterprise level reimbursement impacts and identify specific areas of risk and opportunity. This will help establish strategic processes for operational changes that minimize risks and help providers successfully navigate this fundamental payment shift.

We encourage providers to:

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Tags: CMS, RCS-1, CMS Update 2018, Payment Reform

January Advisor Newsletter

Posted on: January 26, 2018


Attention: CMS has released updated quality measure star ratings for all LTC providers. The Nursing Home Compare site was updated January 24, 2018.



RCS-1: Get Ready, While We Watch & Wait

HealthPRO®/Heritage continues to lead the industry in preparation for RCS-1 as we prepare for a likely reimbursement system overhaul.

Based on the fact that CMS received a high volume of comments from industry stakeholders during the extended public comment period through August 2017, we expect there will be some changes to the Advance Notice Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) regarding the complete overhaul of PPS. We do know that payment reform is coming, and we must be prepared for a big change in our industry. We will stay close to the proposed changes to be released in April 2018. 

HealthPRO®/Heritage strategy is to watch, to wait and to BE PREPARED! The providers who come out on top will be the ones most well prepared to weather the transition, should the system change occur as scheduled on October 1, 2018.

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Tags: CMS, HealthPRO/Heritage, senior living, Home Health, RCS-1, Nursing Home Compare Website, Bundled Payments, BCPI, Bundled Payment for Care Improvement Advanced

Advisor Newsletter - September 2017

Posted on: September 26, 2017

RCS-1 Reimbursement Crosswalk ModelLooking for Guidance on Jimmo v. Sebeilus?Countdown to Major Home Health Changes



RCS-1 Reimbursement Crosswalk Model
HealthPRO®/Heritage has developed a proprietary, sophisticated RCS-1 Reimbursement Crosswalk Model that will help us work strategically with partners to assess aggregate reimbursement risk and understand the interplay between nursing and therapy reimbursement components. The model is dynamic, allowing behavior changes to be modeled so providers can see the impact of specific elements that significantly drive reimbursement under RCS-1 (e.g.: such as diagnostic coding, cognitive assessment, and ADL scoring).

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Tags: Jimmo V Sebelius, PAC provider, HealthPRO/Heritage, Advisor Newsletter, Advisor, Home Health, RCS-1, Jimmo v. Sebeilus, CMS policy, Crosswalk Model, CMS Calculator, Skilled Therapy

July 2017 Advisor Newsletter

Posted on: July 28, 2017



IN THIS ISSUE:
Introduction to RCS-1 • SNFs & HHAs Scorecards: Let’s Get on the Same Page 
SNFs & HHAs: What About the PEPPER?
 • Letters of Non-Compliance with SNF QRP: Threatening Up to 2% FY 2018 Annual Payment Update (APU)


NOTICE: CMS announced on June 25th that Quality Reporting Program (QRP) data for Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities (IRFs), Long-Term Care Hospitals (LTCHs), and Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNFs) is due August 15, 2017 for the first quarter of 2017.

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Tags: skilled nursing facility, snf, HealthPRO/Heritage, Advisor Newsletter, SNF Operators, Advisor, Home Health, RCS-1, QRP non-compliance letters

The Final Rule: The Next Generation of Quality-Driven Reimbursement

Posted on: May 1, 2017



SPECIAL EDITION ADVISOR: A HealthPRO®/Heritage Position Statement

“The Final Rule: The Next Generation of Quality-Driven Reimbursement”

HealthPRO®/Heritage is Well-Prepared to Assure Our Partners’ Success in a New Reimbursement and Classification Environment

CMS’ proposed next-generation reimbursement system has been revealed, and HealthPRO®/Heritage will set the pace as THE PREMIERE STRATEGIC PARTNER – ready to inform, guide, and help build strategy in response to proposed changes of the Final Rule, including the Resident Classification System, Version I (RCS-I).

Late last week on April 27, CMS outlined the Final Rule and Pre-Final Rule. Among the dramatic, all-encompassing proposed changes is the transition from RUGS-IV to RCS-1 that will take place in October 2018. As thought-leaders, these proposed changes come as no surprise to HealthPRO®/Heritage.

In fact, this shift to a quality-driven reimbursement system is directly aligned with the HealthPRO®/Heritage philosophy. For more than five years – since the onset of the IMPACT Act and the Triple Aim – HealthPRO®/Heritage has embraced clinical strategies, compliance programming, and an operational approach that puts us squarely in line with the expectations proposed in CMS’s Final Rule.

In short, we have already made the necessary changes to ensure YOUR success in the new world of health care reform as it will look in 2018 and beyond. You can trust HealthPRO®/Heritage to help navigate the turbulent road over the next 18 months and beyond.

Details related to proposed regulatory changes, including the inception of RCS-1, will be outlined by HealthPRO®/Heritage subject-matter-experts during an "Open Door” webinar on Wednesday, May 10 at 1:00 PM EDT. Register now!

Count on HealthPRO®/Heritage’s Experience and Proven Success
The proposed changes are expansive in both philosophy and application. The proverbial “Alphabet Soup” will be redefined. HealthPRO®/Heritage will work with our partners to decipher both the minute details as well as the fundamental big picture changes. Some of these elements include:
  • Patient-Centered Care
    While many other therapy providers have been driven by a minutes/utilization focus, HealthPRO®/Heritage is decidedly patient-focused, encouraging clinicians and managers to drive patient treatment plans based on clinical evaluation and need utilizing standardized, evidence-based testing, prioritizing patient-centric goals, etc.

    Important to note: Proposed changes from a minute-based system reflect this fundamental area of concern that has plagued the industry for years. Many studies and reviews concerning the “overutilization of therapy” and “thresholding” of therapy minutes are now in the spotlight. HealthPRO®/Heritage is proud to continue to uphold our position that patient-centered care that aligns with quality functional outcomes will continue to drive our therapy programming.

  • Data-Driven Decisions
    Since 1997, HealthPRO®/Heritage has focused on collecting outcomes and using these metrics to support clinical decision-making. Our sophisticated, proprietary documentation/outcomes reporting IT system continues to be the industry’s best platform for tracking, reporting, and managing metrics.

    Important to note: In 2014 – well before it was mandatory to do so – HealthPRO®/Heritage was the first to integrate CMS’ Care Tool into our proprietary documentation/outcomes tracking IT system, demonstrating our commitment to gathering, managing, and leveraging outcomes data (as defined by CMS).

  • Innovative Clinical Programming
    Over the past six years, HealthPRO®/Heritage has invested in the development of a full arsenal of proprietary, advanced clinical programs that support:
          – Positive functional outcomes;
          – Proactive LOS management;
          – Safe transitions in care; and
          – Rehospitalization mitigation measures

    Many other therapy programs may struggle with designing, implementing, and extracting data necessary to be successful in the new proposed world of RCS-1.

    Important to note: Reimbursement levels will be set based on clinical and functional parameters and will be tied to a facility’s ability to manage length of stay in the proposed Final Rule. This will require providers to have well-established clinical pathways/programs in place that can demonstrate measurable success.
  • A Comprehensive Perspective
    HealthPRO®/Heritage understands the larger landscape of comprehensive health care reform. As such, though it may seem these proposed changes will only impact the skilled nursing industry, downstream partners need to understand how the implications of the proposed Final Rule will impact the behaviors of SNF partners so they can prepare to align with the philosophical approach to caring for clinically complex patients, LOS management, rehospitalization rates, etc. that will ultimately impact cross-continuum relationships/networks.

  • Strategic, Innovative Partners
    HealthPRO®/Heritage forms true partnerships, because we believe that – in order to weather the storms of health care reform and other challenges that come our way – we must, first and foremost, be aligned with our clients’ values. Beyond simply providing therapy services, you can count on HealthPRO®/Heritage for our innovative, proactive approach to health care reform. Our organization offers solutions:
          – To understand how the proposed changes will shape the future of healthcare delivery
              and value-based reimbursement and to keep YOU in-the-know;
          – To support the operational, clinical, compliance, and strategic changes necessary to
              prepare for RCS-1;
          – To execute on care redesign strategies that will directly align YOUR facility with
              expectations outlined in the Final Rule.

Like many industry leaders, HealthPRO®/Heritage has navigated significant changes in healthcare over the past two decades. This upcoming set of challenges will be no different. HealthPRO®/Heritage is perfectly positioned to support our clients in keeping ahead of the curve as the Final Rule takes shape.


Important to note:
As PAC providers begin to digest the proposed changes, CMS is accepting comments on both the Final Rule for FY 2018 and the Pre-Rule for FY 2019 through June 26, 2017. HealthPRO®/Heritage will stay dialed-in as commentary and feedback from thought-leaders are gathered and reviewed. We look forward to what might perhaps be a unified system focused on improved healthcare delivery as a result of several systems and platforms contributing to what might be the future of post-acute care. Stay tuned! Read More

Tags: Heritage Healthcare, HealthPro, CMS, HealthPRO/Heritage, Advisor Newsletter, Advisor, RCS-1, Resident Classification System, Reimbursement System, RUGS-IV, The Final Rule