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Countdown to PDPM

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Wendy Mead, BS, RN, CRRN

I’d like to take this opportunity to introduce myself. I recently joined RehabVisions as the Regulatory and Reimbursement Specialist. I have been a nurse since 1989 and have extensive experience in long-term care. I am here to help our skilled nursing facilities enhance the collaboration between the therapy department and the multidisciplinary team. I’m available to assist with a variety of areas, including restorative programming, ADL coding, quality improvement, documentation and optimization of reimbursement. I’ll be posting monthly articles on topics which may impact your facility. Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions.
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Specialty Program: Pulmonary Conditioning

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RehabVisions

Rehab Director Steve Finn, PT leads a multi-disciplinary therapy team with a state-of-the-art therapy department and wellness center at one of our Iowa critical access hospital partners.

With a continued emphasis on what role rehabilitation can play in population health, our department focused on a patient population that has frequent hospitalizations, rehospitalizations and emergency room visits. In 2015, the physical therapy (PT) and occupational therapy (OT) teams combined with our respiratory therapy (RT) team to develop a pulmonary conditioning program to look at a myriad of chronic cardiopulmonary conditions, and specifically chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
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Therapy Means More Than Just PT

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Bill Mannewitz, PT

The more well-known and identifiable of the three therapy disciplines—physical, occupational and speech therapy—is generally physical therapy. PTs help people move. We address all manner of gross-motor skills and planning. We retrain muscles and movement patterns to achieve functional goals. Whether getting out of bed or returning to competitive sports, PTs can typically help. Physical therapy is a great offering, but the real power in rehabilitation is approaching each client’s medical condition with a multidisciplinary approach to insure we care for the whole person.
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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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