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Interim Final Rule Released

Posted on: September 1, 2020

On August 25, CMS released an Interim Final Rule that outlined five major provisions applicable for the duration of the public health emergency. 

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Tags: CMS, LTC, Final Rule, CMS Update 2020

What Does Medicare's Final Rule for FY21 Mean for SNFs?

Posted on: August 3, 2020

With our industry’s focus on the COVID-19 public health emergency, this year’s Final Rule addresses essential policies only, while incorporating some impactful PDPM updates. There is a strong theme emphasizing a continued commitment to keeping providers connected through electronic means to promote the exchange and reuse of patient assessment data. The MDS is at the top of that list with discharge information being critical to ensure necessary medical information is shared and transferred among post hospital settings. The MDS will not have the anticipated major over haul until 2 years from the end of the Public Health Emergency, likely October 2022. This is good news for interdisciplinary teams that have been adjusting to many related changes and communication methods. Accuracy and collaboration remain critical for the current environment as well as future changes.

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Tags: CMS, snf, SNF Operators, PDPM, CMS Update 2020

Nothing to See Here: Proposed Rule FY2021 Outlines (Thankfully) Unremarkable Changes

Posted on: April 11, 2020

On Friday (April 10), CMS issued the FY2021 SNF PPS Proposed Rule (effective October 1, 2020) and proposes unsurprising payment rate adjustments, changes to the case-mix classification code mappings, and tweaks for the SNF Value-Based Purchasing (VBP) Program. Considering recent pressures related to the COVID-19 crisis, the SNF industry is taking a collective sigh of relief.

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Tags: CMS Update 2020

Take it to the Next Level Under PDPM - Five Smart Reimbursement Practices

Posted on: March 6, 2020

When it comes to clinical reimbursement opportunities, HealthPRO® Heritage asks: “Is your clinical team leaving no stone unturned?” As national healthcare consultants with a progressive approach to PDPM, HealthPRO® Heritage offers five simple (but not easy*) strategies to compliantly optimize clinical-based reimbursement.

"If it were easy….then everyone would do it!"

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Tags: LTC, Patient-Driven Payment Model, PDPM, CMS Update 2020

CMS Watching Home Health Providers Closely Amid Shifting Therapy Strategies

Posted on: February 28, 2020

CMS issues warning to home health agencies – don’t aggressively change your therapy utilization! 

“There is no need to drastically change behavior,” says Senior Vice President of Home Health Operations David Jones. “In fact, agencies that do are at risk under the watchful eye of CMS.”

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Tags: Home Health, PDGM, Patient-Driven Grouping Model, CMS Update 2020

How to Supercharge Your Nursing Strategy for 2020 & Beyond

Posted on: February 11, 2020

To achieve, or maintain high marks on performance outcomes – and ultimately drive census & fiscal upside – HealthPRO® Heritage suggests: Supercharge your strategy with on-the-ground support for your Nursing team. 

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Tags: Patient-Driven Payment Model, PDPM, CMS Update 2020

Measuring PDGM Success - Industry Expert Weighs In

Posted on: February 5, 2020

With one month since the PDGM transition, the industry asks, “How can we assure and measure whether our teams are successfully navigating the transition to PDGM?” Jason Sasser, PTA/CWT/CSST/ COQS, Vice President of Clinical Strategies, HealthPRO® Heritage at Home, reflects on the industry’s most pertinent questions related to PDGM best practices and how to measure success. 

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Tags: Home Health, PDGM, Patient-Driven Grouping Model, CMS Update 2020

Changes from CMS: A Gift That Keeps On Giving

Posted on: January 9, 2020

For the New Year, CMS has gifted our industry important changes as detailed in the draft item sets for the MDS 3.0 labeled 1.18.0.

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PDGM Eve and 2019 in Review

Posted on: December 31, 2019

PDGM Implementation is Tomorrow! 
In 2019, we've published extensive break-downs of the things you may need to know about therapy in Home Health Agencies and Senior Living facilities. 

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Tags: Home Health, PDGM, Patient-Driven Grouping Model, Home Health Agency, CMS Update 2020