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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,…

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

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

Are You Tired of Error Messages and Warning Messages?

Discharge – M0900A. Healed Pressure Ulcers(s) Stage 1 must be blank when M0210 Admission is blank. Missing – GG0170I2. Mobility – Walk 10 feet (Discharge Goal) Missing – GG0170J2. Mobility – Walk 50 feet (Discharge Goal) Admission – C0500. BIMS…

Written by: Virginia Littlepage on Friday, October 28, 2016 Inpatient 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

Analysis of FY 2017 IRF Final Rule Payment Data

Assessing gains and losses for FY 2017 IRF payments On August 5, 2016, CMS published the Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility (IRF) Prospective Payment System (PPS) for federal fiscal year 2017 to the Federal Register. This rule establishes the governing policy for…

Written by: Dennis Stevenson Jr., MBA on Monday, August 22, 2016 Inpatient Rehab, IRF-PAI, IRF-PAI 2017

What vendor participation in IRF-PAI 2017 should look like

For most of this year, we have been commenting on the changes coming to IRFs on October 1. There is no doubt that this is the biggest and most pervasive change since the IRF PPS was introduced in 2001. Given…

Written by: Dennis Stevenson Jr., MBA on Monday, August 15, 2016 Inpatient Rehab, IRF-PAI