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Recorded Webinar: May 20, 2015


Presenter: Darlene D’Altorio-Jones, PT., MBA-HCM, Senior Consultant, Strategist Rehabilitation Management

Webinar Summary:

Change is the only constant’ is certainly true for the 230 page IRF Proposed Rule pdf released by CMS at the end of April. Now is the time to review the proposal and weigh in on the details and recommendations you may have that meet the CMS intent of quality-care at good value. The alignment and shaping of post-acute care as mandated by the IMPACT ACT is straight forward; outcomes and transparency will be the new norm! Rules published for all post-acute care will contain elements that further align ability to make comparisons in patient safety and outcomes of service. Watch this informative webinar as we review the proposed changes and what they could mean for you!

By Watching, attendees will:

    Appreciate changes made from 2015 to 2016 in regards to:

  • Estimated Federal Payment Formula update factors and weights. (preliminary estimates – market basket & labor share.)
  • Continued freeze of facility adjusters in the payment formula.
  • Overall impact of the ‘payment neutral’ case mix weights and average length of stay updates on most common Medicare part A admission diagnoses.
  • Change in Core Based Statistical Areas (CBSA) and how those will change as a two-step process when an area designation is changing Rural to Urban or Urban to Rural.
  • Process to determine assignment to HIPPS codes and how the CMI and tier translate to determine unadjusted federal payment formula.
  • Prepare for ICD-10 Conversion with the implementation date of 10/1/2015.
  • Be introduced to as well as understand the IRF PAI for FY 2016 and 2017 and be ready to implement quality data tracking required to align with the ‘IMPACT ACT of 2014’ federal mandates.
  • Gain knowledge of links, education and resources to enable comments & preparation for implementation of the IRF 2016 Prospective Payment System.
  • Recognize the major timelines and work that must be achieved to meet alignment of quality initiatives across the various types of service: Home Health Agency, LTCH, IRF, and SNF.
  • Gain knowledge of key dates that reports are due to Congress that will recommend and change payment models for post-acute care.
  • Be provided with reference materials and links specific to the IMPACT ACT.

Mediware’s Darlene D’Altorio-Jones details how the proposals for the Final Rule will affect your business in this hour and a half webinar.

Who Should Watch?

Admission Coordinators, PPS Coordinators, Quality Improvement, Directors Rehab, CEO, COO, CNO, Nursing Directors/Managers., Therapy & Clinical Managers and Medical Directors would benefit from watching.

Presenter Bio

Darlene D’Altorio Jones is a Senior Consultant, Strategist for Rehabilitation Management at Mediware. She is a PT with an MBA in Healthcare Management. In her role she brings information to leadership that help guide practice strategy. Her focus is to assist clients nationally in the use of charting data to drive clinical and financial performance in support of decisions for best practices in meeting rehabilitation compliance, outcomes, revenue and efficiency. Since February 2011, Darlene has visited more than 30 IRF locations to assist in guiding C.O.R.E. (Compliance, Outcomes, Revenue, Efficiency/Effectiveness), performance improvement plans. Working in rehab medicine for greater than 30 years, Darlene spent 12 years in executive leadership as a Director of Rehabilitation and Operations. Therapy oversight included three post-acute service lines: acute inpatient rehabilitation (IRF), skilled and outpatient hospital-based services and is LEAN trained in healthcare. At various points in her career, Darlene has had oversight of rehabilitation admissions, marketing, quality improvement, dietary & maintenance. Her responsibilities have included compliance toward Federal Regulations and leading CARF and Joint Commission standards of practice. Her experience includes Quality Improvement Chair, Lean Healthcare Trainer Certification, and Vice President of the Board of Directors for the Ohio Association of Rehabilitation Facilities (OARF). Darlene lectures and writes blogs on post-acute care topics that include federal guidelines, post-acute admissions, managing outcomes, documentation, and rehabilitation marketing.

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