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Are you prepared for more IRF-PAI changes?

Written by: Mediware Bloggers on Tuesday, April 11, 2017 Posted in:

Most inpatient rehab providers believe they could have been more prepared for the FY 2017 IRF-PAI. So start now for FY 2018 and beyond.

When the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) implemented the FY 2017 inpatient rehab facility patient assessment instrument (IRF-PAI) in October 2016, it encompassed massive revisions. The updated document that incorporated all the new measures totaled 19 pages—more than double the old 9-page patient assessment instrument (PAI).

As you can imagine, the transition posed a few challenges. But now, more than 6 months later, many rehab professionals have reached a level of comfort with the process. Unfortunately, it’s likely that more changes, though hopefully far less drastic, are on the horizon in the future.

Learn how to defend your facility against future changes

To help you prepare for what may be to come, we surveyed inpatient rehab professionals, asking about some of the problem areas from the FY 2017 implementation. What was most enlightening was that a majority of the respondents felt that their preparations for IRF-PAI 2017 had major holes (15.5%) or had some glitches (70.4%), and another 5.6% of respondents said that didn’t really have a plan at all.

Don’t let this happen to you! Instead, examine the common challenges, so you can gain insight into areas that may need additional attention for future change cycles. And get help from a reliable, IRF-specific software system. These solutions often include recommended workflows and other tools for efficiency and accuracy, and some providers even go the extra mile with instructional events that help users prepare for the annual changes.

Here are some of the key findings from our FY 2017 IRF-PAI Impact Survey