Resources for a smooth transition to PDPM

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As SNF and nursing home providers familiarize themselves with CMS’ new Patient Driven Payment Model (PDPM), The Bottom Line is here to keep you educated and up to date on the latest resources, guidance, and best practices as they are made available. Here are this week’s helpful resources for you to add to your PDPM toolkit.

Attend HCPro’s free webinar, Ready or Not: PDPM is Here, led by …

New OIG report once again hammers hospice industry about general inpatient care

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A new report from the HHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) contends that while hospice care can provide great comfort to patients and their loved ones, the industry has vulnerabilities that affect program integrity and the quality of care.
While recommendations within the July 31 report come in response to prior evaluations, audits and investigative work — nothing new — it’s still important for hospices to pay close attention, says …

Two strategic responses to bundled payment models

Source: HealthLeaders Media
Medicare’s bundled payment programs are profoundly impacting the way acute-care providers are working with their post-acute care partners.
Hospitals and health systems participating in federal hip and knee replacement bundles are adopting two post-acute care strategies: limiting referrals to skilled nursing facilities and integrating with SNFs.
For hospitals, establishing strong relationships with SNFs can drive positive clinical outcomes and financial gains, researchers say.
“Linkages between hospitals and SNFs may be associated with reductions in readmission rates, …

Few home health agencies have remained 5 stars in quality since July 2015

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Just 27 home health agencies have maintained a 5-star rating in quality of care during the 13 quarters the star ratings system has existed. The latest ratings were released July 25.
Four states have had multiple agencies achieve 5-star ratings for all 13 quarters: California (eight agencies), Texas (four), Illinois (three) and Florida (two).
Houston is the only city nationwide that has multiple agencies that achieve the honor.