Four steps to take now for adjusting your therapy contracts before the PDPM transition

Here are four steps for therapy contract adjustment that you should take now to prepare for PDPM implementation on October 1, 2019.
The PDPM Transition: Step 1

Analyze your Part A fee‐for‐service utilization data

What is your RUG distribution?
What is your average length of stay by RUG?
What is your reimbursement per RUG category?
What is your average RUG rate and annual Part A fee‐for‐service revenue?

How much of your overall Medicare revenue is from Medicare Advantage?

What kinds of Medicare Advantage contracts do …

CMS does not extend moratoria on new home health agencies in 6 metro areas

Source: Home Health Line
CMS did not extend its moratoria on new home health agencies and new branches of existing home health agencies.The moratoria — which covered the metropolitan areas of Miami-Dade, Fort Lauderdale, Detroit, Dallas, Houston and Chicago — had been extended for several six-month periods because the risk of fraud and abuse persists in those areas.
But CMS did not renew the moratoria beyond its expiration date of Jan. 30, says Mary Carr, vice president …

2018-2019 Assisted Living Salary & Benefits Report released

The Assisted Living Salary & Benefits Report 2018-2019 has been released. The lengthy report delves into salary by region, type of facility, and position at facility, among many other metrics. Interestingly, one finding is that overall, those who hold the position of assisted living administrator saw a slight dip in salary, of 0.07%, with an average of $89,913 annual salary in 2018.Director of Nurses saw an increase of 2.07%, averaging $81,477 in 2018.
Turnover rate of …

CMS announces in-person training on OASIS-D, using CASPER as part of QAPI

Source: Home Health Line
CMS will host a two-day, in-person training in Baltimore to help home health providers better understand changes between OASIS-C2 and OASIS-D among other topics, the Medicare agency has announced.
The Home Health Quality Reporting Program “train the trainer” event will focus on newly added sections covering health conditions and functional abilities and goals as well as pressure ulcer/injury and drug regimen review quality measures.
In addition to OASIS-D, training also will include an interactive …