by Skilled Nursing News
Starting October 1, skilled nursing facility operators will have no choice but to become proficient with a specific type of medical coding that previously had no bearing on reimbursements — and leading industry voices say there are multiple paths to getting there.

ICD-10 codes, specific diagnosis identifications long used by hospitals, will play a key role in the new Patient-Driven Payment Model (PDPM), and facilities only have a few more months to get staffers up to speed.

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Exclusive PDPM Training For HTS Partners

Generate Powerful ICD.10 Coding
We are committed to supporting our partners by offering exclusive PDPM webinar and live trainings in critical areas to foster success as we “Power through PDPM.”

These sessions will review ICD-10-CM coding conventions and official guidelines for coding/reporting to gain knowledge on appropriately assigning ICD-10 codes, a focus on the diagnosis codes that impact reimbursement under the Patient Driven Payment Model (PDPM). Please contact us to register. Not a partner? Contact us to learn how we’re providing even more value to our partners.

Tuesday, April 9 – Evansville
Wednesday, April 10 – Louisville
Wednesday, May 29 – Fort Wayne
Thursday, May 30 – Indianapolis

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We’re excited to sponsor FREE Community Workshops focusing on Solutions to Improve Your Mental Fitness & Overall Brain Health. Check out the schedule below to find the workshop in your area. Each workshop will provide you with:

  • Tips To Engage Your Brain For Maximum Mental Fitness
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Light Refreshments will be provided. There is no cost to attend, FREE and open to the public.

 

Workshop Schedule

Crestwood Village East

1123 N Edmondson Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46219, In the Ballroom
Tuesday, March 12th, 2:00 – 3:00 pm
If you have any questions about this workshop, call Madison: 317-351-1786 or Jason: 317-357-1100

Crestwood Village West

230 Welcome Way Blvd, Indianapolis, IN 46214, In the Ballroom
Thursday, March 14th, 2:00 – 3:00 pm
If you have any questions about this workshop, call David 317-273-8800

Crestwood Village South

8809 Madison Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46227, In the Ballroom
Tuesday, March 19th, 2:00 – 3:00 pm
If you have any questions about this workshop, call Jim 317-885-3461

Woodland Terrace Carmel

689 Pro Med Lane, Carmel, IN 46032, In the Inspiration Room
Wednesday, March 20th, 1:30 – 2:30 pm
If you have any questions about this workshop, call Dennis 317-564-0180

Woodland Terrace, New Palestine

4400 Terrace Drive, New Palestine, IN 46163, In the Fitness Center
Thursday, March 21st, 2:00 – 3:00 pm
If you have any questions about this workshop, call Bryan 317-623-5834

Crestwood Village North

9225 Garrison Dr, Indianapolis, IN 46240, Building #2
Thursday, March 28th, 2:00 – 3:00 pm
If you have any questions about this workshop, call Jill: 317-447-7430 or the office 317-844-9994

Last September through December, HTS provided introductory trainings via a series of PDPM 2-hour live trainings for partner communities and staff. The training covered PDPM fundamentals and methodology accompanied with an action plan for success. A facility specific PDPM impact analysis was completed as a baseline resource for operational readiness.

“I was privileged to be invited to a recent PDPM training in Edmonton conducted by HTS. The information that was provided at the training was focused and well presented. Although, I know there will be changes as the final rule develops in mid-2019, I felt that HTS had done an excellent job summarizing the proposed rule on PDPM and did a great job with the presentation.” – Terry Skaggs, CFO Wells Health System, Owensboro, KY

We would be happy to provide complimentary training. If you would like us to schedule time to meet with your acute care providers and physicians, contact us at info@htstherapy.com.

We are committed to supporting our partners by offering exclusive PDPM webinar and live trainings in critical areas to foster success as we “Power through PDPM.”

January:
PDPM Impact & Facility Action Plan

February:
Effective Systems & Section GG Coding

March:
Light up Your Admissions Process: Systems for Successful PDPM Transition

April-May:
Generate Powerful Coding—ICD.10 Live Trainings

June-July:
Supercharge Your MDS: 6-Part Series

Education on PDPM

HTS is actively scheduling PDPM education for hospitals and physicians to keep valued referral sources and community partners informed on the pending change and how it will affect them and their post-acute partners. More specifically, this education will emphasize how important it is to have accurate, thorough, and timely patient information prior to the admission. By utilizing tools such as CliniSign, which captures an electronic signature of the physician and EMR cross-communication, we are on track to engage all parties in the joint goal of successful implementation of PDPM.

“It’s important that we give our hospitals and physicians early education on PDPM so that they understand the significance of this new reimbursement model and how it will impact care delivery. This also keeps them apprised of any significant provider behavior changes that could negatively impact quality of care and potentially increase preventable hospital readmissions.” -Amanda Green, Executive Director of Strategic Development

We would be happy to provide complimentary training. If you would like us to schedule time to meet with your acute care providers and physicians, contact us at info@htstherapy.com.

By: Cassie Murray, OTR, ,QCP, Chief Operating Officer

It is no secret that PDPM will be a significant change for providers. HTS has successfully traversed reimbursement changes alongside our partners in the past and emerged strong. We were prepared to tackle the challenge while maintaining the highest quality of care. PDPM will be no different. HTS has a plan for success. When our partners succeed under the new SNF reimbursement methodology, we succeed. The core elements of the new model press us, as direct caregivers, to essentially return to our “roots” by focusing all care decisions based on patient conditions and needs.

Revenue will no longer be based on managing therapy minutes, but will be directly aligned with patient care delivery. HTS therapists are passionate about individualized clinical profiles and meeting the care needs associated with specific patient characteristics. This change in philosophy will assist in breaking down the unintentional silos built around departments and is an opportunity to promote collaboration with strategic clinical programs and processes. We understand that the PDPM transition is likely to put an extra level of stress on nursing and MDS—who will be under pressure to understand all of the intricacies of PDPM including coding and special rules such as the interrupted stay policy and variable per diem adjustment. The pressure is definitely on as the nursing role in reimbursement rises to the top of the pile. But not to worry, HTS’s partners will have access to exceptional resources and training opportunities as we navigate this change together.

We remain optimistic that quality care, remarkable customer service, and appropriate reimbursement will be achieved under the new model. As partners in therapy, our clients are confident in our resources and unmatched expertise to navigate this change while working together toward a successful transition from RUGs IV to PDPM.

We would be happy to provide complimentary training. If you would like us to schedule time to meet with your acute care providers and physicians, contact us at info@htstherapy.com.

 


 

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