Among the many required updates that CMS is mandated to make each year related to the SNF PPS rate, there is one pesky little number that often gets lost in the shuffle. That number is the wage index. The wage index is an adjustment to the SNF PPS rate that accounts for regional differences in… Continue reading SNF FY 2022 Proposed Rule – Learn the Facts Behind the Headlines Part 2: Don’t Forget About Your Wage Index!
Tomorrow, the 18th of December, 2020, we will find out if rehab gets a 9% rate reduction for CPT codes (essentially Part B therapy) OR do we “kick the can down the road” for 2 years. This brings up a number of good questions we could spend hours pontificating over a bottle of good wine… Continue reading What does a 9% CPT code revenue reduction mean?
We just updated the PDPM Calculator for CMS fiscal year 2021. The updates include: New wage indexing. New base rates New labor/non-labor split For those of you who use PDPM Navigator, those same changes are headed to your phone and/or tablet. iPhone users should see an update very early in the morning of October 1st.… Continue reading PDPM Calculator & PDPM Navigator™ Updates for FY2021
CMS FY 2021 will be here in a few short days and with it the changes that have been finalized by CMS in the final rule on July 31st. One of the important changes that will occur this year has to do with the wage index. The wage index is an adjustment made to the… Continue reading Wage Indexes are Changing. Get Ready for Yours!
When $59 per Day, per PDPM Patient is a Good Thing When $59 per Day, per PDPM Patient is a Great Thing When $59 per Day, per PDPM Patient is a Shameful Thing I have been in the management of therapy delivery in SNFs for a very long time. I have seen, and probably know,… Continue reading $59/Day: Good, Great and Shameful
This week, CMS surprised us with a revised version of the MDS that will be effective this fall for FY 2021. It is a surprise because nothing about this particular change was mentioned in the proposed rule posted in April. CMS has indicated in the May posting on the MDS Technical Information page that in… Continue reading MDS v1.17.2 – What Changed?
Yesterday we released an update to PDPM Navigator™ PRO which will allow you to save cases. This has been requested by quite a few of you so we’re excited for you to try it. (Note: this feature is for PROs only. If you’d like the PRO version of PDPM Navigator™, it’s available for free to… Continue reading PDPM Navigator™ PRO Version 1.1.1 Released
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!
Artificial Intelligence (AI) and big data have hit the mainstream. Whether it’s the amazing advances in image recognition or sentiment analysis or shockingly accurate and timely friend suggestions and targeted ads. CMS has even launched the “Artificial Intelligence Health Outcomes Challenge”. More information is available here. The purpose of the project is to predict unplanned… Continue reading “Big Data”, Artificial Intelligence and Skilled Nursing
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?