Therapy

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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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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Six Questions to Consider when negotiating new therapy contracts

As we approach the second anniversary of the Patient Driven Payment Model (PDPM) many skilled nursing organizations find themselves once again negotiating new therapy contracts. During the past two years the industry was less focused on reimbursement and contract pricing and more on surviving the challenges of the pandemic. As life begins to return to …

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evaluating Your Contract Therapy Partner

Outsourcing your therapy program to a third party provider shifts many of the responsibilities and challenges, which in turn allows you to focus on other aspects of managing your skilled nursing facility. While the daily responsibility for therapy has been shifted, it is still important to periodically evaluate the performance of your therapy provider. This …

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5 Question to Ask When Considering a Change from Contract Therapy to In House Program

The introduction of the Patient Driven Payment Model (PDPM) prompted a number of skilled nursing operators to question whether this might be the catalyst to move from a contract therapy provider to an in-house model. Eliminating therapy minutes as a driver for reimbursement prompted some to question whether it might be more cost effective to …

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