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National Skilled Nursing Care Week

In recognition of this week, we would like to take this opportunity to commend our partners and healthcare heroes for your unwavering commitment to improving the lives of those you serve. To celebrate this week, HTS has created a fun activity…

Isolation & Reduced Activity Health Risks for Seniors

Throughout the health crisis, older adults have followed national health expert’s advice to stay home and socially distance. While social distancing has certainly been necessary, limited social interactions and lack of physical activity have…
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2021 Audit Forecast: Cloudy with a Chance of Storms

Blog by: Stacy Baker, OTR/L, RAC-CT, CHC, Proactive Medical Review Following a year of little to no medical review and extensive government spending, most experts forecast reimbursement compliance audits ramping up in 2021. Multiple areas are…

Exciting Changes in Executive Leadership at HTS

Healthcare Therapy Services, Inc. has announced exciting changes in our executive leadership roles. Please see the message below from Barry Chatham. The Chatham family is very pleased to announce that Cassie Murray, OTR, MBA, QCP has been…
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Now introducing… STEADY:  A Comprehensive Therapy Approach to Fall Prevention.

Experts in rehabilitation, HTS is committed to introducing new clinical programs and best practices that improve patient care delivery and outcomes. With falls being the leading cause of both fatal and nonfatal injuries for people 65 years of…
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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…