Every time we send our patients to the hospital for rehab-related tests, exams or services, these services are billed to Medicare Part B, and, therefore, reduce our cap allowances. Any small oversights could have major impacts on our ability to successfully track therapy cap levels. Here’s some help.
It’s hard to believe the holidays are already here. As I have frantically baked cookies, mailed holiday cards and waited in long lines for the perfect gift, I couldn’t help but people-watch. I’ve encountered my share of fellow shoppers that should be posted on various websites for their holiday spirit, or lack thereof.
Hospitals have been undergoing more and more restrictions on re-admissions and are now facing financial penalties in some situations. Unfortunately, this has also resulted in more patients not being classified as “admits” or “re-admits,” but rather getting coded as “observation” stays.
I recently had the opportunity to speak at the China Healthcare Sourcing Summit in Hangzhou, China. It was a remarkable experience and really helped me gain a wider perspective of healthcare delivery around the world. Access to healthcare, hospitals, doctors, and especially rehabilitation services is a primary concern for the Chinese government.
What a mess — and that’s probably an understatement! Medicare Part B decided to roll out its new manual medical review process by dividing providers into three phases. If you are unfortunate to be part of the Phase One group, you have my deepest sympathies.
Here it comes again! The Oct 1, 2012, federal regulatory changes will not only impact reimbursement but new reporting requirements also will multiply denials for skilled nursing providers across the country.