By Dani Mickelson, MS, CCC-SLP, Area Rehab Director
 
‘Twas the night before PDPM when all through the SNFs,
all the staff were a-stirring on all of the shifts.
 
The projections were done by the DORS with great care
in hopes that CMS would never be there.
 
The patients were nestled all snug in their beds
while visions of ADL independence danced in their heads.
 
The DORs in the Midwest and DORS on the coast
had just settled down to reflect and to boast,
 
when out in the building there arose such a clatter.
DORs sprang from their chairs to see what was the matter.
 
To the MDS office they flew like a flash,
tore open the door and realized the clash.
 
It’s section GG, nursing explains.
It won’t be correct on all of our claims.
 
When what to my wondering eyes should appear
an email from Michelle, to save all our rears.
 
More info, a PowerPoint, just one more click,
I knew in a moment I’d fix this real quick.
 
More rapid than Eagles the categories they came;
DORs whistled and shouted and called them by name.
 
Independent and setup and partial and max,
dependent, refusal, not applicable in fact.
 
Code 10 and 88, not attempted, might fall.
Now code, away code, away code, away all.
 
Section A, section K, section B, section O.
Not one is an obstacle to us don’t you know.
 
So up to the administrator’s office they flew.
Infinity helped us, they knew what to do.
 
They’ve studied, prepared, with data aplenty.
Can you believe that we won’t lose a penny?
 
With typing and grouping and clusters prepared,
they knew what to do and they’re not even scared.
 
The admin exclaimed when (s)he drove out of sight:
Happy Patient-Driven Payment Model to all and to all a good night!

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