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PDPM Preparations

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Jennifer Flanagan, SLP

RehabVisions is busy preparing for the new PDPM payment system, the first significant change in the SNF reimbursement model in 20 years. While the current PPS system is based on two case-mix adjusted components; therapy and nursing, the PDPM system is based upon five case-mix adjusted components: PT, OT, SLP, Nursing and Non-Therapy Ancillaries. In addition, there is a non-case mix component.
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Therapists Noticing Changes in Patient-Care Delivery

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Stacy Ashley Murphy

According to a September article in Modern Healthcare, occupancy at skilled nursing facilities across the United States reached a record low of 81.7 percent in the second quarter of 2018, down from 83.1 percent in the second quarter of last year. It stated the Affordable Care Act has steered consumers away from hospitals, SNFs and other inpatient settings by rewarding new care models that facilitate primary and home healthcare.

Interested in if our therapists were seeing a similar downslide, we talked to both Mary Ireland, PT, team lead at Spurgeon Manor, a skilled nursing facility in Dallas Center, Iowa (28 miles from Des Moines) and Courtney Hulett, PT, rehab director at Lake Regional Health Center in Osage Beach, Missouri.
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Professional Advocacy – It’s Everyone’s Responsibility

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Tracy Milius, OT

Each of us has a right and a responsibility to advocate for our professions. As regulations continue to change and even dictate our reimbursement and delivery of service, we are obligated to voice our support or concern to our senators and representatives on the issues that affect our practice. And they do listen. While visiting Capitol Hill with over 500 American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) members in early October, I listened to the phones ringing in each of the offices and to legislative aides recording careful notes on the feedback from each of the constituents who called in to provide their stance on various issues. Senator Deb Fischer (NE) told our group that she takes the call list home every night and reviews who called along with their viewpoints. But our elected officials are unable to accurately represent the views of their constituents if we don’t reach out.
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Falls Prevention Awareness

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RehabVisions

Each year around three million people are treated in emergency departments for fall injuries. Falls are preventable, and therapists can play a part in reducing these numbers from the National Council on Aging (NCOA):

  • One-fourth of Americans aged 65+ falls each year
  • Every 11 seconds, an older adult is treated in the emergency room for a fall
  • Every 19 minutes, an older adult dies from a fall
  • By 2020, the annual direct and indirect cost of fall injuries is expected to reach $67.7 billion


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Employee Testing Program … A Win-Win Situation

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RehabVisions

We’ve previously outlined the basics of how to get started with pre and post-employment testing programs, a service offered in many of our locations because it can be marketed to a variety of businesses. So, how is it working for our teams?

Rehab Director Stephanie Foust, PT has offered a functional employment testing program for a few years. Testing is provided to employees and future employees of area clients with whom she maintains an annual contract. Therapists determine if individuals are capable of performing lifting, pushing, pulling and other job-specific tasks deemed necessary by the client. The testing is also provided to employees who have been injured or off the job to decide if they can return to work.
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