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Unlocking Savings In Your Therapy Program

Higher wages, lower census, lower reimbursement rates are all among the factors creating financial pressure on skilled nursing organizations. There are no single solutions to these pressures which is why it is so important that operators look for cost savings throughout their organization. One opportunity for cost savings exists within the therapy department of many …

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Is the Grass Really Greener on the Other Side – Part II

In Part I of the question of whether the grass is really greener on the other side, we asked whether the grass is really greener with in house therapy. In Part II we want to look at whether the grass is greener with a contract therapy company. Our company recently completed an RFP project for …

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Is the Grass Really Greener on the Other Side – Part I

The phrase “is the grass really greener on the other side” is generally used to imply that things are not necessarily better on the other side. However, there are times when the “other side” may be better. The challenge is determining when the other side might be better, or are things on your side best …

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Avoiding Staffing Pitfalls: Questions to consider for Staffing (and retaining staff) your SNF

If asked what their top 5 challenges are in their organization’s daily operations, SNF Executives would undoubtedly list staffing and retention as one of these areas.  If like many organizations this is a struggle for you, consider the following questions and compare how your organization is addressing these concerns. What methods are you utilizing to …

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You can’t have your cake and eat it too. Or can you?

The phrase “you can’t have your cake and eat it too”, is a common phrase that is often used to imply we cannot have the best of both worlds. For skilled nursing operators they have had the choice of recognizing cost savings associated with an in-house therapy program or the clinical, financial and regulatory expertise …

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Evaluating Your Therapy Program Post PDPM

As we approach the 2-year mark of PDPM implementation, it is important to review where your facility stands today compared to pre PDPM, in terms of therapy services as well as clinical outcomes and the drivers behind any changes.  When PDPM was implemented, reimbursement shifted from primarily a therapy driven model based on the volume …

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Minimizing the Impact of the 15% Medicare Part B Cuts

The proposed 2022 15% reduction in Medicare Part B reimbursement for treatment provided by PTA’s and COTA’s is rapidly approaching. Providers need to consider how to best minimize the impact this proposal has on their reimbursement. PTA’s and COTA’s are valuable clinicians in all therapy settings and they will continue to have a role in …

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Building Census through Specialized Services

As hospital volumes, and the type of hospital admissions (including elective surgeries) return to normal, referrals to SNF’s continue to lag below their pre-pandemic levels. At the same time Home Health referrals remain well above their pre pandemic levels. The patients that SNF’s are now seeing referred to them are typically those with higher complexities …

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EEOC Confirms Mandatory Vaccinations Allowed By Employers

Earlier this month new federal guidelines were released by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission that confirmed employers, including long term care operators, can require their staff to receive the COVID-19 vaccination as a condition of employment, with exemptions for medical or religious reasons. The EEOC also confirmed employers may provide incentives to employees to encourage …

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EEOC Confirms Mandatory Vaccinations Allowed by employers

Earlier this month new federal guidelines were released by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission that confirmed employers, including long term care operators, can require their staff to receive the COVID-19 vaccination as a condition of employment, with exemptions for medical or religious reasons. The EEOC also confirmed employers may provide incentives to employees to encourage …

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