Therapists experience the same impact when facing the ghosts of predecessors in their own therapy departments. And when considering the spirits of old habits needing to be shifted by significant changes facing our post-acute care industry.
I have, unfortunately, heard some off-track conversations about the “goals” and “outcomes” of what the Patient-Driven Payment Model will do to the industry. To say I have been shocked, appalled and troubled by some of these statements would be an understatement.
Beginning on 10-1-2019, with the implementation of PDPM, interdisciplinary data collection between therapy and nursing, and accuracy for entry in our current (i.e.Prior to 10-1-2018) Section GG items sets will be crucial.
With all the buzz, excitement, and, need I say, even moments of panic around the final rule and clarifications for the Patient Driven Payment Model (PDPM), we as an industry need to remain purposeful in our planning.
Therapists will have case-mix determinants based on clinical areas of the Minimal Data Set in addition to clinical categories which are associated with the acute care stay necessitating the need for a post-acute care level of care in the SNF environment.