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Using G-Codes and Severity Modifiers in Your FLR Coding

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Avoid the pitfalls of FLR coding, so you can be adequately paid for your therapy services. In order to get paid from Medicare, whether it’s the primary or secondary payer, CMS requires that therapists report patients’ functional limitations at initial…

Written by: Allie Shook on Tuesday, August 22, 2017 Outpatient Rehab

CMS Delivers FY 2018 Final Rule for IRF and SNF

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The final changes are much like those proposed earlier this year. On July 31, 2017, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule outlining fiscal year (FY) 2018 Medicare payment policies and rates for the Inpatient…

Written by: Mediware Bloggers on Thursday, August 17, 2017

5 Ways Your Front Desk Can Maximize Profits

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One of the best ways to ensure your practice remains profitable is to collect every dollar you are owed for the services you provide. Obviously, billing is a key component, and ensuring accurate billing and collections starts at the front…

Written by: Allie Shook on Monday, August 14, 2017 Outpatient Rehab

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

5 Effective Blogging Tips to Increase your Web Traffic

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The Internet is a vital medium for patients to share their stories, and people are listening. According to the Pew Research Center, one in four adult Internet users has read or watched someone else’s health experience online in the past…

Written by: Mediware Bloggers on Monday, July 31, 2017 Outpatient Rehab

Filling the Schedule in your Rehab Facility

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Many outpatient rehab providers are in highly competitive areas and must work hard to maintain an edge. If you’re in such a region, you know that efficient, accurate scheduling, along with avoiding no-shows once patients are on your schedule, is…

Written by: Mediware Bloggers on Wednesday, July 26, 2017 Outpatient Rehab

CMS 2018 Proposed Rule Suggests Policy, Payment, and Rate Changes

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  On July 13, 2017, CMS released the 2018 proposed rule that suggests updates to Medicare payment and policies for services reimbursed under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS). This will impact doctors and rehab clinicians alike. For rehab clinicians…

Written by: Shawn Hewitt on Tuesday, July 25, 2017 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

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

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