Category Archives: Our Therapists

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

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

Infinity Rehab President Re-Elected to NASL Board of Directors

Mike Billings, President of Infinity Rehab, was re-elected to serve on the National Association for the Support of Long Term Care (NASL) board of directors. The NASL Board reflects the diversity of the full membership, which ranges from providers – i.e., rehabilitation companies that collectively employ more than 300,000 individuals, including speech-language pathologists (SLPs), physical therapists (PTs), occupational therapists (OTs), and other provider groups that care for hundreds of thousands of patients – to health information technology developers; suppliers of nursing and therapy products and equipment; and clinical laboratories, portable x-ray and diagnostic testing services that serve the long term and … Continue reading

Senator Murkowski Visits with Patients, Nurses and Infinity Rehab Therapists

Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski stopped by Prestige Care of Anchorage to speak about the future of healthcare with Infinity therapists Greta, PT and Justine, SLP.

Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) stopped by Prestige Care and Rehabilitation of Anchorage to speak with patients, nurses, therapists and staff about the future of healthcare. “I had the opportunity to visit Prestige Care and Rehabilitation Center of Anchorage, a nursing and care facility dedicated to serving the health and well-being of its residents and patients,” said Murkowski. “During my visit I was able to see the wide range of care they offer, from assisted daily living to assessment and treatment. Visiting with residents about their personal stories and their experiences showed me the level of care Prestige provides. It was … Continue reading

Continuity Counts

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Several years ago, I had the unfortunate opportunity to experience the healthcare system at the side of critically ill family member.  This family member was hospitalized where I had been working as a physical therapist.  It was a large hospital with a Level 1 Trauma Center designation and all the bells and whistles necessary to manage most medical conditions.  I was confident that with my experience at this facility as an employee and over 15 years in healthcare as a Physical Therapist, I would be able to easily assist in navigating the hospital stay and make the necessary decisions to … Continue reading