To Post or Not to Post—-Will They Post?

Well, if you are anything like me, you are anxiously awaiting the famous Medicare Manual Review of Therapy Services process from your MAC/FI.  When are they going to post on their website on how to request approval for therapy treatment days

MEETING NEEDS – MARKETING THAT WINS

Getting in to see potential referral sources is becoming increasingly difficult these days. Physicians have more and more demands on their time which means little time left to talk to you. Social workers, Case managers and Discharge planners are harder

Regulations For Verbal Orders and Authentication of Orders

The Medicare Benefit Policy Manual Chapter 16, Section 220 Refers to Coverage of Outpatient Rehabilitation Therapy Services (Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Speech-Language Pathology Services) Under Medical Insurance. In addition to the requirements described in this chapter, the services must

Fall Prevention and Safety

Falls in the long term care setting account for nearly 25% of hospitalizations of the elderly and 40% of all nursing home admissions. Declining strength, cognition, balance and poor safety awareness related disease processes can negatively impact a resident’s ability

MEDICAL REVIEW CLAIMS ABOVE $3700 THRESHOLD

Phase information is now available!! CMS has developed a tool which will allow providers to search by their NPI (National Provider Number) to determinae their phase. Providers can now identify which Phase they are in for rollout of the manual medical review

ALERT UPDATE: MEDICARE PART B

Latest news regarding Medicare Part B Outpatient Therapy Cap and Exceptions Process:  CMS held a conference on Tuesday August 7th to announce the “manual review process” for Part B therapy claims above the $3700 threshold.  The $3700 threshold for PT and

Medicare Updates

On Aug. 2, 2012 the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published a notice in the Federal Register setting the Medicare SNF payment rates for Federal Fiscal Year for Skilled Nursing Facilities. CMS chose to publish a notice

ACO’s ARE HERE: LET THE CONVERSATIONS BEGIN.

Unless you have been living under a rock lately then you are well aware of the advent of Accountable Care Organizations (ACO’s). What you may not be aware of is that the time is NOW to begin positioning yourself. Positioning

The Time Is Now To Shore Up Readmission Rates

Hospital readmissions have been a hot topic in the healthcare industry for some time now.  Everyone agrees that hospitalizing nursing facility residents can disrupt continuity of care, diminish quality of life and consume a sizeable portion of Medicare spending. Readmission