Month: July 2017

CMS Expands Mandatory Bundling Program

July 30, 2017

CMS Expands Mandatory Bundling Program to Cardiac Care, Including Rehab The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced the latest in its move toward value-based payment systems—this time through the introduction of a mandatory bundling program for care associated with bypass surgery and heart attacks, including provisions that would incentivize the use of … Continue reading “CMS Expands Mandatory Bundling Program”

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Are you protecting the privacy of the MDS Data?

July 30, 2017

MDS Data Protection As a facility submitting MDS data to CMS, you must abide by the Federal and State regulations with respect to maintaining resident data. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Long Term Care Facility Resident Assessment Instrument 3.0 version 1.13 states that “all contractual agreements, regardless of their type, involving the MDS … Continue reading “Are you protecting the privacy of the MDS Data?”

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What is a Compliance Program?

July 30, 2017

Although there are many definitions and descriptions of a compliance program at its most basic level it is a method for an organization to ensure that there are methods identified for prevention, detection, collaboration and enforcement of all applicable federal and state laws governing the organization. An effective compliance program is an ongoing process. It … Continue reading “What is a Compliance Program?”

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New study finds:

July 30, 2017

Medicare eligibility ups rehab use among seniors In the year after seniors hit Medicare eligibility, there is close to a 10% increase in those seeking rehabilitation care services, according to a new analysis. In comparing pre-Medicare trauma patients versus those at age 65, researchers at the Center for Surgery and Public Health at Brigham and … Continue reading “New study finds:”

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What is your risk?

July 30, 2017

Minimize Your Risk Providers cannot eliminate all risk, but can minimize risk through proactive approaches that involve training and policy development. Medicare audits have increased 1000% in the last 5 years! Are you ready for that level of scrutiny? To help analyze your risk, identifying WHO is responsible for the following areas and establish a … Continue reading “What is your risk?”

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Are Your Stars in Alignment?

July 30, 2017

Five Star Rating As stated on the CMS website, CMS created the Five-Star Quality Rating System to help consumers, their families, and caregivers compare nursing homes more easily and to help identify areas about which you may want to ask questions. The Nursing Home Compare Web site features a quality rating system that gives each … Continue reading “Are Your Stars in Alignment?”

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Get Your Evaluation

July 30, 2017

Get Your Evaluation Your first PT visit is the evaluation. During the 45 to 60 minute session, you and your PT will review your medical history as it relates to your musculoskeletal problem(s) and perform objective testing to help diagnose your injury and determine the future course of treatment. Prepare yourself for the standard questions. … Continue reading “Get Your Evaluation”

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What Is Physical Therapy?

July 30, 2017

Physical therapy first-timer? What exactly are you in for on your first physical therapy visit? First off, dress comfortably because you will be moving. By the end of your evaluation, you should have a clear idea of your assessment and physical therapy treatment goals. You and your PT will create an individualized treatment plan to … Continue reading “What Is Physical Therapy?”

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