Death is never an easy topic. Hemingway addressed it eloquently in his novel "For Whom the Bell Tolls," the title of which was taken from meditations on health, pain and sickness by poet John Donne.
I always get a kick out of doing my year in review. Did I meet my personal and professional goals? Did our clients improve their outcomes? Were new relationships established and old ones strengthened?
What do you get when you ask two academics, one geriatrician, one reimbursement specialist, and an analyst to define average length of stay? Five different answers.
From the Medicare Benefit Policy Manual Chapter 8, we know rehabilitation skilled level of care requires the delivery of skilled therapy five distinct days a week. While this requirement is usually easy to meet with more than one therapy discipline treating the resident, the MDS does not currently capture how many calendar days therapy was provided in the seven-day look-back period.
On the heels of American Health Care Association announcing the adoption of PointRight's OnPoint-30 rehospitalization metric, you may be wondering what it means exactly and what's at stake. The answer is: plenty.