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3 Regulatory Takeaways for Rehab Providers from the AMRPA Spring Conference 2018


The American Medical Rehabilitation Providers Association (AMRPA) serves as rehab providers’ beacon for advocacy and is committed to the interests of rehab providers across the continuum of care. Last month, I had the pleasure of attending the AMRPA Spring Conference…

Written by: Shawn Hewitt on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 Inpatient Rehab, Outpatient Rehab

FAQs from our What You Need to Know About the IRF PPS 2018 Final Rule Webinar


Earlier this month, clinical consultant Virginia Littlepage presented a webinar packed with all the information you need about the IRF PPS 2018 final rule and what changes to expect for FY19. We compiled the most commons questions and their answers…

Written by: Virginia Littlepage on Thursday, November 2, 2017 Inpatient Rehab, IRFPPS 2018 Final Rule

Three-Hour Rule NOT Defined: How to interpret regulations when black-and-white guidelines do not exist


I was recently asked whether there was evidence somewhere to support that patients discharged on day seven do not have to receive three hours of therapy for at least five days of the week. I immediately went to my trusty…

Written by: Virginia Littlepage on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 Inpatient Rehab, 3-hour rule, inpatient rehabilitation

Happy National PT Month!

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Every fall, physical therapists celebrate the profession’s transformative power during a month of outreach, reflection, and focused communication. October’s National Physical Therapy Month turns 25 this year, and practitioners around the country are taking the opportunity to raise awareness for…

Written by: Shawn Hewitt on Thursday, October 12, 2017 Inpatient Rehab, Outpatient Rehab

Patient Engagement in a Digital World

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As I am preparing to write this blog, I find myself torn between writing it in the mindset of a clinical product manager of software OR as a patient that receives care. Bear with me. I will probably bounce back…

New Cards for All Medicare Beneficiaries


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

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

Solve IRF Preadmission Screening Issues


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

4 Productivity Lessons from IRFPAI 2017


Lessons learned last year can help IRFs prepare for the next change cycle. CMS’ annual updates to the IRFPAI drive significant challenges to IRFs who want to remain compliant and not suffer across-the-board penalties.  From time spent planning and preparing,…

Written by: Mediware on Monday, May 15, 2017 Inpatient Rehab, inpatient rehabilitation, IRFPAI

President Trump Releases Blueprint for FY 2018 Budget

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By: Shawn Hewitt, OTR/L- Rehab Product Manager at Mediware Since President Trump was elected, many of us have been waiting to see how his proposed policies will impact many federal departments and services related to healthcare. Now that a blueprint…

Written by: Shawn Hewitt on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 Inpatient Rehab, Outpatient Rehab

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