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Bundled Payments

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Tracy Milius, OT

The Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement Model (CJR) is a new bundled payment model being tested for episodes of care related to total knee and total hip replacements under Medicare. The model is being tested in 67 metropolitan statistical areas for 5 years and began April 1, 2016. Programs under the model will be administered by hospitals in the participating areas, and therapy practices will be impacted in those areas.

RehabVisions provides patient outcomes in a cost-effective way for our hospital partners. We are focused on providing the best clinical practices so that referrers will continue to choose our services.
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RV Sponsors PT Pub Night for MO Students

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Sara Wigger

Last year we welcomed hundreds of students to Omaha for the National Student Conclave, and got to know many of them at the corresponding PT Pub Night event, sponsored by RehabVisions. We were thrilled to hear our hosting made an impact on two Missouri students, who recently asked us to sponsor another evening in Springfield, MO for their fellow PT and PTA students at Southwest Baptist University and the Ozark Technical Community College.
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New Quality Measures Coming to SNFs

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Jennifer Flanagan, SLP

By the year 2018, Quality Measures will help determine how skilled nursing facilities are compensated based on the quality of services provided. This shift in reimbursement methodology continues a commitment to move Medicare payments from volume to value. CMS has set measurable goals and a timeline to move the Medicare program, and the health care system at large, toward paying providers based on the quality, rather than the quantity of care they provide to patients.

You may be familiar with the Five-Star Quality Rating System. CMS created it to help consumers, their families and caregivers compare nursing homes more easily. There is one overall five-star rating for each nursing home and
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Jack and Jill: The Whole Story

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Bill Mannewitz, PT

Jack and Jill went up the hill and got totally new hips. The following two cases (identifying information changed) occurred over the past 12 months and demonstrate the importance of communicating functional limitations to incorporate the whole patient rather than their current diagnosis and resultant presentation. By proper documentation and coding, we can show the value of therapy services to the populations we serve.

Jack is a 76-year-old male with a long medical history. His first hip replacement was in 1991 after falling from a ladder from about eight feet. Twenty-five years later, he needed a new prosthesis. Jack’s medical history includes heart disease
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Home Safety Evaluation

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Jennifer Flanagan, SLP

Research shows that most short-term rehab patients will benefit from a home safety evaluation (HSE) to increase safety and independence as they return to their prior living arrangement. Director of Operations Tracy Milius, OT emphasizes this, saying, “You can provide therapy all day in a facility, but it is incomplete if you don’t ensure everything you have taught the patient can carry over to their home.” Returning patients to a safe home environment is also important when meeting the new skilled nursing (SNF) facility quality measures, particularly the percentage of short-term stay residents who are re-hospitalized after discharge.

So when is the right time to complete an HSE, and what disciplines should be included?
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