Infinity Rehab Blog

Planning for the Future of the Company

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Ask the people who know me best, and they’ll tell you that one of my favorite times of the year is Strategic Planning. It’s true! There is no better time to reflect on how far you’ve come and dream about where you can go next, especially for an organization as innovative and forward-thinking as Infinity. Last week our senior leadership team, Area Rehab Directors, a Director from nearly every region, and a handful of guests gathered together in downtown Portland for this annual experience. How did it go? Let me put it this way: I have had the pleasure of … Continue reading

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