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New Cards for All Medicare Beneficiaries

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Will the updated identification system affect your claims processing? Yes, that’s correct. All Medicare beneficiaries will be issued new Medicare cards. That’s because the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) of 2015 requires Medicare to remove social security numbers…

Written by: Virginia Littlepage on Thursday, August 3, 2017 Acute Care Rehab, Inpatient Rehab, Outpatient Rehab

New Eval Codes for OT/PT Jan. 1, 2017: Who Needs to Follow Them?

We have been blogging and communicating with our current clients about what should be done regarding the new eval codes for OT/PT starting Jan. 1, 2017. There are still many questions about who needs to use the new evaluation CPT…

Written by: Shawn Hewitt on Wednesday, December 21, 2016 Acute Care Rehab, Inpatient Rehab, Outpatient Rehab

Reminder:  Updates to ICD 10 for October 1, 2016

Just when you thought you had it figured all out, additional changes are coming your way. We blogged about the announcement of new codes in March but wanted to share a friendly reminder to make sure you are taking steps to educate…

Written by: Shawn Hewitt on Tuesday, August 30, 2016 Acute Care Rehab, Inpatient Rehab, Outpatient Rehab, icd-10, ICD-10s

IRFs Struggle to Meet Medical Necessity Requirements

It’s no secret that inpatient rehab facilities (IRF) are required to demonstrate compliance with a high level of regulatory oversight. From MACs to RACs to the OIG and others, IRFs operate under tremendous scrutiny. And the stakes for this scrutiny…

Written by: Dennis Stevenson Jr., MBA on Tuesday, August 9, 2016 Acute Care Rehab, Inpatient Rehab

The Patient, the Plan, and the Use of Problem-Based Documentation

As therapists, one of the most important items of documentation is creating a clear plan of care. To do this, therapists must evaluate and assess each patient to determine “problem areas.” Often, these “problem areas” are caused by impairments that…


Useful Resources for Understanding the IRF-PAI 2017

As October 1 approaches and with it the new requirements associated with the IRF-PAI 2017, organizations must get up to speed with the details. For many organizations, this is a daunting learning curve. The natural tendency is to find someone…


How long do you really have for IRF-PAI 2017?

You know about the IRF-PAI 2017. You know you have to do something in preparation. You know it’s coming this fall. That’s months away, you tell yourself. There’s plenty of time to get ready. Or maybe not. If you stop…

Written by: Dennis Stevenson Jr., MBA on Wednesday, June 15, 2016 Acute Care Rehab, Inpatient Rehab, IRF-PAI 2017

Actions every IRF should take to get ready for October 1, 2016

Start planning now to avoid the crunch later The CMS IRF-PAI 2017 training in Dallas (held May 18 – 19) highlighted several themes that will impact every IRF in the nation. Fortunately, we still have four months before the deadline…

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

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: Shawn Hewitt 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