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On October 1, 2019, CMS implemented the new SNF Medicare Part A reimbursement, the Patient Driven Payment Model, or PDPM for short. These medicare reimbursement changes have significantly affected the way the daily SNF PPS, or Skilled Nursing Facility Prospective Payment Systems, rates are determined.
The shift from the RUG-IV case-mix model to a patient driven payment model is marked by goals to:
While RUG-IV categorized patients into a single, volume-driven case-mix group, PDPM focuses on the individualized needs, characteristics, and goals of each patient.
Experts have noted that in order to maximize PDPM reimbursement rates with these changes, facilities needed to shift the emphasis on therapy volume to more comprehensive care that includes therapy, nursing, and non-therapy ancillaries. This lends itself to potentially more complex, higher acuity case mixes that may require a strategic shift in focus for facilities to remain fiscally healthy and dedicated to providing the best possible care for patients.
Now that PDPM has been implemented, skilled nursing facilities are executing their plans to meet all the requirements and optimize PDPM reimbursement. Leveraging technology during this shift and utilizing PDPM training for nurses can help you manage your staff’s development and standardize your processes.
Do you have all the tools needed to successfully thrive throughout the regulatory changes? Relias has compiled several resources to aid in your quest to prepare for compliance with the patient driven payment model PDPM. Use the resources below to ensure that your practice is following the PDPM guidelines!
To help your organization meet or maintain compliance with PDPM, we have put together a resource toolkit that contains more than 5 white papers, webinars, guides, and more.
Get an overview of why CMS is changing the system, compare & contrast the PDPM with the current RUG IV program, and dive into how the PDPM rate is calculated.
In this second webinar of our six part series, we present how each of the three disciplines of skilled therapy categories will be determined with the new PDPM changes.
In this third webinar of our six part series, learn how the MDS will be used to determine the nursing category and how it differs from the RUG IV nursing case mix groups.
In this fourth webinar of our six part series, learn which items on the MDS or Medicare claim will be used to determine the NTA score and its impact on payment.
In the fifth webinar of our six part series, learn how the PPS Assessment schedule will change and how short absences from the nursing facility will impact assessment requirements.
In the sixth and final webinar of our series, learn what assessment requirements are needed to transition from RUG IV to PDPM and new PDPM information released from CMS.
Adding a specialty to your repertoire in order to have more control, provide better outcomes, and work within the playbook you’ve been given will be the matter at hand in a growing PDPM world.
Ron Orth, RN, CHC, CMAC answers questions from part one of our six part PDPM webinar series, Laying the Foundation.
Ron Orth, RN, CHC, CMAC answers questions from part two of our six part PDPM webinar series, Therapy Case Mix Groups.
Ron Orth, RN, CHC, CMAC answers questions from part three of our six part PDPM webinar series, Nursing Case Mix Groups.
Ron Orth, RN, CHC, CMAC answers questions from part four of our six part PDPM webinar series, Non-Therapy Ancillaries Case Mix Groups.
Ron Orth, RN, CHC, CMAC, answers questions from part five of our six part PDPM webinar series, Assessment Requirements.
Ron Orth, RN, CHC, CMAC answers questions from part six of our six part PDPM webinar series, Putting It All Together.
Review the basics of PDPM, how some organizations are thriving in the new model, changes to the ICD-10, and what to expect in 2021.
Learn how to Identify facility characteristics that would increase risk for audit and conduct a thorough MDS audit to self-identify increased risk for audit.
During this webinar we review the interrupted stay policy, assessment requirements, and provide detailed information related to billing an interrupted stay with PDPM.
Watch this webinar as our panel discusses how PDPM affects therapy adjustments, nursing CMGs, new therapy policies, operational challenges and strategies to overcome them.
Watch this webinar to understand how PDPM may change your resident population and how that ties into staff skills.
At this time CMS has not issued any change in policy related to submission of PPS assessments. PPS assessments (5-day) completed under PDPM for non-Medicare beneficiaries should not be submitted unless otherwise directed in the future by CMS. It is advised to continue to separate the 5-day from the OBRA Admission assessment unless otherwise instructed.
CMS analysis indicates that therapy services decreases during a Medicare stay. The 2% reduction is implemented to correspond with this reduction of services.
This would be a state specific question and depends on your specific state’s reimbursement system and what plans once PDPM is implemented. Medicaid specific questions will need to be addressed directly to the respective state.
There may be no immediate impact as CMS will continue to support the RUG III/RUG-IV systems until further notice. Also, an Optional State Assessment (OSA) will be implemented with the PDPM for states that require additional assessments.
Yes, the MDS will still have separate entries for individual, group, concurrent, and co-treatments.
The variable rate adjustments are based on Medicare stays. Since the resident would be new to your facility, this is considered a new Medicare Part A stay, requiring a new 5-day assessment. The variable rate adjustments would be reset to day 1.
SNF Physician certification and recertification regulatory requirements are independent of the current RUG payment system and the upcoming PDPM. Physician certifications would still be required upon admission. Recertifications would still be required by day 14 and no later than every 30 days thereafter.
As if the PDPM changes weren't enough for organizations to navigate, Phase 3 of the Requirements of Participation (ROP) began on November 28, 2019.
The ROP is a set of regulations put in place to create quality and safety standards that all long-term care providers must meet to participate in Medicare or Medicaid.
The three phases that have been rolled out over the past few years are the first time the ROP has been updated since 1991, and they have caused some major shockwaves. The third phase places an emphasis on trauma-informed care, infection prevention programs, competency development and more.
If you’re still worried about Phase 3 of the ROP, here is a collection of resources to help you get prepared.
Watch this webinar to see a deep dive into Requirements of Participation Phase 3 and how you will need to adapt the business of care to be in compliance.
If a surveyor were to show up to your door on November 28, how would you show that you’ve met these requirements?
During this webinar, we provide guidance around the implementation of the six principles of a trauma-informed care program as it affects the whole organization and discuss the need for individualized approaches to care.
Leveraging technology during this shift can help you manage your staff’s learning and standardize your content and processes. Relias can help you maintain compliance with PDPM and meet the ROP competency requirements with our PDPM training for nurses.
Click the button below to speak to a Relias representative to receive a personalized demonstration on how to incorporate our tools and education for continued training on PDPM and Phase 3 of the ROP.