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Skilled Nursing Facility PEPPER Report Now Available

The fourth quarter fiscal year 2020 Program for Evaluating Payment Patterns Electronic Reports (PEPPER) are now available for skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) to download through the PEPPER Resources Portal. These reports summarize provider-specific…
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LTC Surveys to Resume in Indiana on 4/12/2021

On April 12. 2021, the Indiana Department of Health, Division of LTC will resume federal and state health surveys for both nursing homes an residential care facilities. All surveyors have been updated with the Long-term Care Survey Process (LTCSP)…
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CMS Announces Some Waiver Flexibilities As Ending Effective 5/10/2021

On April 9, 2021, CMS issued a new Memo to State Survey Agencies (QSO-21-17-NH) resulting in an end to a few waivers which were granted under the PHE. The below flexibilities will end effective 5/10/2021: The emergency blanket waivers…
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CMS Releases FY 2022 SNF PPS Proposed Rule

On April 8, 2021, CMS released the new Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Prospective Payment System (PPS) Proposed Rule which, once finalized, is effective October 1, 2021. This proposed rule updates Medicare payment policies for facilities under…

Managing Morning Stiffness

Do you often wake up feeling stiff and sore in the morning? Do you have trouble getting out of bed or walking into the kitchen to get your breakfast? This is commonly known as morning stiffness that is caused by worn joints, muscle tightness,…
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Top 5 Therapy Clinical Outcome Focus Areas

HTS has identified the top 5 therapy clinical outcome focus areas for 2021 based on our experiences from 2020 which makes us better equipped to overcome COVID-19 related obstacles. Furthermore, after attending a 15-hour training and certification…
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There is Power in Being Present

Blog by:  Jessica Duffy, OTR, Regional Director, Healthcare Therapy Services, Inc. The word relationship is defined as: “The way in which two or more concepts, objects, or people are connected, or the state of being connected.” I think…
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Available Now! Recovering After COVID

Post COVID-19 Rehabilitation Program The HTS Post COVID-19 Rehabilitation Program was created by HTS clinical staff to improve strength, endurance, balance, activity tolerance, functional mobility, swallowing, and cognitive-communication...…

The Importance of Grip Strength

Why is hand and grip strength so important? Having a strong grip makes it easier to perform normal daily tasks like holding a coffee cup, carrying grocery bags, or brushing your teeth. Research has shown that a person’s grip strength can be…

The COVID-19 Recovery Process & Your Body

The COVID-19 virus has impacted the health of millions of people. Research studies have shown that COVID-19 affects your body in several different capacities. As pulmonary issues are the most widely known complication from COVID-19, the virus…

Medicare B Cuts in the Midst of the Pandemic

On December 2nd, the release of the CY 2021 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule confirmed that we would face a huge overall 9% cut in our Med B Therapy CPT code reimbursement beginning January 1, 2021. I talked to many of you as we shook…

Get Moving for a Strong Heart

Did you know that physical activity is one of the best ways to lower your risk of heart disease? Regular exercise helps to strengthen the heart muscle, reduce blood pressure, lower cholesterol, and also is linked to better sleep and brain function.…