Posted on 10.20.16 by Cindy Hudson, B.S./OTR-L, CHC
You don't have to look far to see many signs of change in the air. From the colorful fall leaves, crisp mornings and political signs on tree lawns, the season is all about ramping up for something new and different. Medicare is no different as we move into fiscal year 2017.
Some of the new Medicare features include new Quality Measures, a revised MDS with a new Section GG ( see blog from August 2016), and new OT and PT evaluation codes coming January 01, 2017. In response, Arbor Rehabilitation's Facility Rehab Coordinators have participated in a full day of in-person training in preparation for these changes. This session reviewed subtle but impactful tweaks that can be made when assisting our MDS nurses with effective PPS management. In order to support our customers in having a strong bottom line, we at Arbor believe it is essential to have well trained FRCs who know what a difference a day makes while maintaining our commitment to clinical integrity. Each building manager or FRC also received training on key aspects to therapy department management such as team communication with a pre- utilization review meeting, strategies to monitor appropriate rehab patient length of stay, documentation pointers and Section GG updates from CMS.
In addition to our FRC training, Arbor Rehabilitation's therapy teams are also routinely informed of various compliance and customer service considerations such as the new Quality Measures and how we can support this system in our facilities. A diverse menu of clinical programs and pathways enable our therapists to provide comprehensive, efficient and effective resident care. We are then able to maximize clinical outcomes while minimizing areas at risk during state surveys. On site training of our staff and FRCs enables Arbor Rehabilitation to mainatin "hands-on" interactions with our customers and each Arbor employee. At Arbor Rehabilitation, we truly are your partner for success!