A replacement payment system pitched by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid last spring is no closer to being finalized or implemented, officials said during an Open Door Forum conference call Thursday.
With the RCS-1 model focused on eliminating minutes and putting pressure on operators, providers brace for evolutionary change in therapy payment rules
Despite the closing of the official comment period, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services officials said Thursday they will still accept feedback from providers on a proposal to replace the current skilled nursing therapy reimbursement method.
With Resident Classification System, Version I (RCS-1), the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is considering significant changes to the reimbursement model for therapy.
Imagine my surprise when several people came bearing the shocking news that "the MDS will not matter anymore" and that RCS-1 is "the end of the MDS." Wait, what? Not on your life!