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Outpatient Billing An Annual Checkup is Required

Each year, it is encouraged to assess staff in their ability to document and bill according to Medicare guidelines. Maintaining education and training is an essential part of a good compliance program. In addition, Medicare Audit Contractors (MAC’s) tend to…

Written by: Darlene D'Altorio-Jones (1959-2015) on Tuesday, February 15, 2011 Outpatient Rehab

Living the 2010 IRF Expected Guidelines

As I speak to more and more clinical staff members, it is apparent that we struggle, as a profession, to understand the guidelines that were written in the IRF 2010 Federal Regulations.   There are four separate clarification documents (found…

Written by: Darlene D'Altorio-Jones (1959-2015) on Friday, February 11, 2011 Inpatient Rehab

Transforming to Pay for Performance

Performance metrics shouldn’t wait until pay for performance is a payment methodology. As we begin a new year, we see many articles on quality incentive payment. Just this past week the APTA announced an audio conference for private practice outpatient…

Written by: Darlene D'Altorio-Jones (1959-2015) on Saturday, February 5, 2011 Inpatient Rehab

Incontinent is an Accident Period!

PAGE III-25 of the IRF PAI training manual states: Complete, intentional control; able to keep sphincter closed when needed and never incontinent = no accidents. If the patient is wet anytime (whether it is bedding, linen, etc., those are all…

Written by: Darlene D'Altorio-Jones (1959-2015) on Wednesday, February 2, 2011 Inpatient Rehab

Importance of Practicing Rehab Nursing in an IRF

Documentation of function is not just a therapy event or responsibility when a patient is being cared for in an Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility (IRF). A patient’s path to recovery is a collaborative effort, bringing physicians, nurses, therapists and the patient’s…

Written by: Darlene D'Altorio-Jones (1959-2015) on Tuesday, January 25, 2011 Inpatient Rehab

Care Cost Burden

Clinicians focused on solving patient problems must pay close attention to the resource costs involved.  Improving mobility is a prime example of how the best solution may not be possible when a payor states unequivocally that a powered, stair climbing,…

Written by: Bob Habasevich, PT on Tuesday, January 18, 2011 Inpatient Rehab

MPPR How Will it Change Therapy Practice?

MPPR – Multiple Procedure Payment Reduction is here! Multiple times a year, CMS releases newsworthy instructions that change life as we know it; and your bottom line is about to take a hit.  On January 3, 2011, CMS released MLN…

Written by: Darlene D'Altorio-Jones (1959-2015) on Tuesday, January 11, 2011 Outpatient Rehab

Whose Expectations Define Quality in Post Acute Care?

Many had the opportunity to call in and comment during the CMS Open Door meeting for establishing a quality reporting program for LTACHs, IRFs and Hospice providers.  And you may be one of the many who repeatedly hit #1, and…

Written by: Bob Habasevich, PT on Thursday, January 6, 2011 Inpatient Rehab

Welcome to the Mediware Blog

We’re excited to launch the Mediware blog, a community that provides a wealth of industry knowledge and resourceful information. The blog is also a place for you to engage with MediServe contributors and the rehabilitation and respiratory communities. Contributing to…

Written by: Darlene D'Altorio-Jones (1959-2015) on Tuesday, January 4, 2011 Acute Care Rehab

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