As an industry, PAC is heading toward a “one world” system. Universal Post-Acute Care, or UPAC is what this will be known as. The IMPACT Act has legislated that soon, LTACHs, IRFs, SNFs and HHs will all be driven by site neutral quality measurement and site neutral payment. The Quality Reporting Program has been materializing… Continue reading QM Savvy in a QRP World
In a September 27th letter to our employees we made a promise that we would take “a different path”, that we valued the treatment and outcomes provided, and that as a result we would continue to treat our residents based on individuals needs after October 1st. We also said that this may sound “radical” but… Continue reading Broad River Rehab- “A Different Path..” Continued
It has been said that, “A little bit goes a long way”. And, as an industry, that little bit has been quite a lot as we have geared up for and implemented the PDPM. I for one am feeling the effects of the long way this “little bit” has taken us. Now that we have… Continue reading The Name of the Game is SPADEs
Recently a colleague of mine completed an audit for a customer facility of all Part A residents with zero NTA points. The purpose was to answer the question: “Is it really possible these people have no non-therapy ancillaries?” The results were eye opening: More than 26% of the admissions DID have a potential NTA that… Continue reading Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare
We’re excited to announce that version 2.0 of Document Navigator™ is almost here! We think you’ll appreciate the updates and improvements. Some of the highlights: In-Document Highlighting: We’ll highlight relevant items and medications right in your original document so you can see them in context. We’ll also highlight all medications. Improved, Simplified User Interface: We’ve… Continue reading Document Navigator™ Version 2.0!
Here we go! Are you ready for the ride? Just when you thought, “PDPM is finally here so we can take a break on the learning curve”, think again. “No rest for the weary”, could not be a truer statement. On 10/9, CMS released revisions to 4 important documents that providers will need to assimilate,… Continue reading As if PDPM Weren’t Enough (Part 1)
A lot has been made of the complexity of PDPM. We’ve all heard by now there are more than 28 thousand code combinations. Let me get straight to the point: this narrative is wrong and is being used to make you feel like PDPM is too complex for you to handle. The “more than 28… Continue reading Just How Many HIPPS Codes Are There?
For years Therapy Companies have told SNFs we can “help increase your census” , “help increase your Medicare Part A rate” “help increase your Medicaid rate” etc…. BUT if your census never increased, your Med A rate stayed the same, and your Medicaid rate did not change, are these just Broken Promises? Right now, every… Continue reading Broken Promises…
On Friday August 30th, CMS slipped in a PDPM website update, presumably with the latest revisions to the PDPM that seem to be a natural result of questions and clarifications arising from the Final Rule posting in July, the two training sessions that CMS provided in Kansas City and Baltimore as well as the recent… Continue reading CMS Updates the PDPM Website
DO Options – PDPM is not “one size fits all”, ask for 2 to 3 pricing options from your therapy provider so you can choose the one that you think is best for your facility. Simplicity – You should be able to clearly understand what it is you are paying. Flexibility – Many therapy providers… Continue reading The DOs and DON’Ts when signing a PDPM Pricing Amendment