The OP EHR and Care Coordination: Is Your Practice Ready to Contribute?

A recent report published by the consulting firm Frost & Sullivan suggests that the OP ambulatory EHR market could expand by 30 percent by 2020, with a compound annual growth rate of 5.3 percent. According to Senior Research Analyst Koustav…

Written by: Shawn Hewitt on Friday, January 29, 2016 Outpatient Rehab

Winners and losers of this battle are not yet clear

It’s no secret that Medicare wants to standardize payments across different types of providers. The concept, known as site-neutral payments, will soon be coming to inpatient rehab (IRF) and skilled nursing (SNF) providers near you. It’s not yet clear who…

Written by: Dennis Stevenson Jr., MBA on Tuesday, January 26, 2016 Inpatient Rehab

A Blog Post – In Memory of Darlene D’Altorio-Jones

Starting to write a blog post that would be a fitting memorial to Darlene’s contributions to the readers of the Mediware rehab blog is a daunting task. Over the past few weeks, I have started to write it but have…


PO Modifier: Are you designated as an off-campus provider-based outpatient department?

In 2015, CMS introduced the voluntary reporting of the PO modifier. This modifier is for “services, procedures, and/or surgeries furnished at off-campus, provider-based outpatient departments” for each service provided at these locations. CMS has said that it hopes to use…

Written by: Shawn Hewitt on Monday, January 18, 2016 Outpatient Rehab

CMS Changes Impact Millions of Dollars in Provider Reimbursements

Prepare for new requirements to avoid paying costly penalties Happy New Year! As we move into 2016, it’s not too soon to start thinking about October 1, 2016. This is the date that CMS expects all IRFs receiving payment under…

Written by: Dennis Stevenson Jr., MBA on Friday, January 8, 2016 Inpatient Rehab

Housekeeping in the New Year…

Happy New Year!  And Welcome to 2016. Now that the fireworks have died down and the celebration is over, it’s time to look seriously at what demands the new year might be making on you.  If you are expecting to…

Written by: Dennis Stevenson Jr., MBA on Monday, January 4, 2016 Outpatient Rehab

Farewell to our friend and a rehab industry treasure

Over the past several years, your inbox was likely filled with blogs written by Mediware Senior Consultant Darlene D’Altorio-Jones. We are saddened to pass along the news that Darlene, our dear friend and colleague, passed away Sunday, Dec. 13, 2015.…

Written by: Michelle Caldwell on Friday, December 18, 2015 Acute Care Rehab, Inpatient Rehab, Other, Outpatient Rehab

Log on and download these new sections for your IRF PAI MANUAL

The following sections have updates that you will want to become familiar with as you begin to code and upload discharges from your IRF after Oct. 1, 2015. Section 2: Item-by-Item Coding Instructions- Revised language for the Arthritis Attestation Item…


Why Bedside Nurses Should Love Electronic Documentation

For many nurses, the very idea of electronic documentation seems incongruent with good nursing care.  If you have been on the front end of the implementation of a new electronic medical record (EMR), you may have seen bedside nurses retire…

Written by: James Farrell, RN, MBA on Thursday, October 1, 2015 Inpatient Rehab

Don’t Presume to meet Presumptive is the Final Rule Message for IRF’s

When the 2014 Rule was debated and then completed, the rationale for squeezing presumptive compliance became paintstakingly clear. If you presume without true due dilligence to the Rehab 13 criteria within your documentation, the benefit of the doubt has been…

Written by: Darlene D'Altorio-Jones, PT., MBA - HCM on Friday, August 21, 2015