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Patient-Driven Payment Model (PDPM) Update

Patient-Driven Care Under PDPM (via cms.gov)

In May 2018, a new value-based reimbursement proposal, Patient-Driven Payment Model (PDPM), was introduced by CMS. CMS believes PDPM is an improvement over the RUG-IV and Resident Classification System (RCS-1) models because it better accounts for resident comorbidities and patient-specific care needs while reducing the emphasis of therapy minutes. PDPM is also designed to decrease administrative complexities (paper work!) through an overhaul of required MDS schedules. PDPM is budget-neutral and classifies each resident into five categories (PT, OT, SLP, Non-Therapy Ancillaries, and Nursing) and provides a single payment based on the sum of these individual classifications. The new model is on … Continue reading

Saving Our Profession: My Journey in Professional Advocacy

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Have you ever felt called to do more for your profession but unsure where to start? That’s where I was, and I’m happy to share that being more involved is easier than you think. Here is my story: I walk into a room filled with physical therapists for a meeting to discuss state legislative issues. I don’t like politics, but I sure am concerned about the future of my profession, and that’s why I’m there. As I listen to the conversation, I cannot follow it. They are referring to procedures I don’t understand, using language I can barely interpret. I … Continue reading

Why do we serve?

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I had been working about 3 weeks as an in-house Outpatient provider of Physical Therapy in my new job at a beautiful Senior Living facility, when it finally hit me what the déjà vu feelings I was having were. Every morning as I began my day in my office, I would hear a small group of women sitting in the exercise room gossiping before going to the dining room for breakfast.  I watched as the seniors jockeyed for who to sit by and who not to sit by at their meals.  I felt sad for those left out and irritated … Continue reading

TAKE ACTION NOW

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Dear NASL Advocate, Congress is working to address many priorities including tax reform, continuing resolutions, funding for 2018, CHIP reauthorization, and the so-called Medicare “Extenders Package” that will contain the Therapy Cap repeal and related provisions.  The situation is fluid with Congress identifying and negotiating offsets, or other policies to pay for these priorities.  NASL is now hearing that it is possible the Medicare “Extenders Package” may not be taken up by Congress prior to December 31st.  The current exceptions process runs through December 31, 2017.  This could mean that Congressional action on the Therapy Caps does not take place … Continue reading

Infinity Rehab featured as key example in “Strategy for HR in the Mid-Market” research article from Bersin by Deloitte

Infinity Rehab’s comprehensive approach to strengthening leadership capabilities across our organization recently earned recognition in Bersin by Deloitte’s publication on effective strategy for HR in mid-market companies. The 13-page report, available exclusively to Bersin members, reveals key insights about the unique position that relatively smaller companies like Infinity Rehab face in implementing wide-scale organizational change on a limited budget. The article identified three opportunities for mid-market firms to drive HR impact including prioritizing the worker experience, breaking down organizational silos, and embracing size and agility for a competitive advantage. “This is a very exciting honor for Infinity Rehab to be … Continue reading

NASL Advocates Need to Magnify Message to Repeal the Therapy Cap

With 2017 quickly coming to an end, the time to let your voices be heard on the therapy cap is now.  Please urge Congress to revisit this important issue before the exceptions process expires at the end of 2017. Please click here to contact your Members of Congress to voice your support to repeal the cap. For the past 20 years, Congress has maintained a cap on how much outpatient therapy a Medicare beneficiary can receive each year, regardless of medical necessity. Since the policy’s enactment, Congress has stopped this “hard cap” on services by implementing multiple, temporary moratoria and … Continue reading