Yearly Archives: 2018

CMS Announces SNF PPS and PDPM Final Rule. Here are the Changes…

July 31st, 2018, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the final rule for the skilled nursing facility (SNF) prospective payment system (PPS) – including – Patient-Driven Payment Model (PDPM). There were no significant changes in the final rule as compared to the proposed rule.   We have highlighted key takeaways below. There will be a market basket increase of 2.4% ($820 million) – Effective October 1, 2018. Patient-Driven Payment Model (PDPM) – Effective October 1, 2019 PDPM will be a major shift away from volume-based services (RUG-IV) with the new focus being value-based services and is designed to treat the needs of … Continue reading

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