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Accurately Complete FIM Scoring and IRF-PAI Submissions

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When the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) rewrote the IRF-PAI assessment in 2016, it nearly doubled in length and included new types of questions with which most therapists were unfamiliar. Unfortunately, many IRFs have found that their electronic…

Written by: Mediware Bloggers on Friday, July 14, 2017 Inpatient Rehab

How Automation Can Protect your Reimbursement

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As with most healthcare services, payers limit the amount of coverage available for outpatient physical and occupational therapy and speech-language pathology services. There are circumstances under which patients can quality for additional coverage beyond the established therapy caps, but there…

Written by: Mediware Bloggers on Friday, July 14, 2017 Outpatient Rehab

Manage Required Therapy Hours

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In most areas of the hospital, patients remain stationary in their rooms, and scheduling revolves around the care provider. However, inpatient rehab facility (IRF) patients are treated by a range of specialists during their stays and are often out of…

Written by: Mediware Bloggers on Monday, July 10, 2017

How to Increase Efficiency in Documentation

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Accurate documentation and clinical charting is one of the most time-consuming tasks that outpatient therapy practices have to manage. But it can be accomplished efficiently without sacrificing reimbursement, compliance, or patient care. The best way to increase efficiency is to…

Written by: Mediware Bloggers on Monday, July 10, 2017 Outpatient Rehab

Solve IRF Preadmission Screening Issues

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If you aren’t careful, your inpatient rehab facility (IRF) can make mistakes, before even administering any treatment, that will eventually lead to payment denial. Lapses in the preadmission screening process will result in incomplete, delayed, or forgotten evaluations that violate…

Written by: Mediware Bloggers on Monday, July 3, 2017 Inpatient Rehab

Managing the Plan of Care

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As every rehab provider knows, one critical aspect of the documentation process is the plan of care, which must be developed and certified within 30 days of the initial treatment. In addition, plans must also be recertified every 90 days…

Written by: Mediware Bloggers on Monday, July 3, 2017

Could CMS Suspend New Quality Reporting Requirements and Meaningful Use?

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The AHA recommends that CMS suspend post-acute care quality reporting requirements finalized on or after Aug. 1, 2015. On June 13, the American Hospital Association (AHA) sent a letter to CMS Administrator Seema Vermer asking the organization to “reduce administrative…

Written by: Mediware Bloggers on Wednesday, June 28, 2017

How to Attract New Patients Using Social Media

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When looking for health information, 59% of adults in the U.S. turn to the Internet. Users trust medical information from doctors and hospitals more than health insurers and drug companies, according to a Pricewaterhouse Cooper survey of over 1,000 patients.…

Written by: Mediware Bloggers on Monday, June 26, 2017

Two-Midnight Rule Under Scrutiny

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In a recent report, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) expressed concern that the two-midnight rule isn’t working. The OIG found several weaknesses in hospital billing under Medicare’s two-midnight rule, including a large number of short inpatient stays. Upon studying…

Written by: Mediware Bloggers on Monday, June 19, 2017

How to Bill for Locum Tenens as a PT

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As of June 13, 2017, patients you serve in your outpatient therapy practice may be able to continue receiving therapy, even when you take a temporary leave from work. This arrangement, which was previously known as “locum tenens” and applicable…

Written by: Mediware Bloggers on Monday, June 19, 2017