PAC PPS: Is the Continuing Care Hospital the Answer?

We recently wrote a blog about MedPAC’s initiative for a unified prospective payment system for PAC. The American Medical Rehabilitation Providers Association (AMRPA) has been instrumental in defining and supporting the “continuing care hospital” (CCH). AMRPA serves as a proactive…

Written by: Michelle Caldwell on Friday, April 22, 2016 Acute Care Rehab, Inpatient Rehab, medilinks

PAC PPS: A Unified Payment System for All Post-Acute Care

If you follow what happens at the legislative level, you understand that there has been an ongoing effort to develop a unified payment system for post-acute care. The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) met again on April 7, 2016, to…

Written by: Shawn Hewitt on Wednesday, April 13, 2016 Acute Care Rehab, Inpatient Rehab, medilinks

Options for counting 10-visit-day progress reporting periods

It used to be that counting to 10 was a pretty simple activity. However, if you are an outpatient therapy provider, this has become considerably more complicated over the last couple years – especially as it relates to managing progress…

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

ICD-10: Nearly 6,000 More Codes for Oct 1, 2016

Even though it has only been one year since the release of ICD-10 codes, CMS will be adding another 5,500 codes to the ICD-10 library for release on Oct 1, 2016. The makeup of the 5,500 new codes will be…

Written by: Shawn Hewitt on Wednesday, March 23, 2016 Acute Care Rehab, Inpatient Rehab, Outpatient Rehab

Patient Engagement Improves the Patient Experience

How are you engaging your patients beyond therapy? The Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s Triple Aim Initiative seeks to improve quality outcomes and population health, improve the patient experience (through quality and satisfaction), and lower overall costs of care per capita.…

Written by: Shawn Hewitt on Tuesday, March 8, 2016 Outpatient Rehab

No Functional Abilities Crosswalk

A simple bridge between FIM™ and IRF-PAI Section GG does not exist As part of the massive expansion of the IRF-PAI for 2017, CMS introduced Section GG, a duplicative Functional Abilities and Goals section, to the tool. This section seemingly…

Written by: Dennis Stevenson Jr., MBA on Monday, March 7, 2016 Acute Care Rehab, Inpatient Rehab

The Great Expanding Quality Reporting Program

In 2012, Medicare introduced the Quality Reporting Program (QRP) to the IRF-PAI reporting process. Prior to this point, IRFUs enjoyed a stable decade of reporting patient outcomes (2001-2011). However, since the introduction of the QRP, IRF-PAI reporting has been all…

Written by: Dennis Stevenson Jr., MBA on Monday, February 15, 2016 Inpatient Rehab

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…