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Medicare Part A

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Ultra-High therapy keeps surging: CMS

Providers aren’t just being accused of coding therapy patients in higher payment categories than ever before. The charge is being backed by hard numbers in a recent memorandum from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Providers need to make sure that billings are accurate and defensible, says Leah Klusch.

June 3 Super Tuesday webinar: why you need to pay attention to PEPPER reports

Providers will learn how the government’s PEPPER reports are connected to their facilities’ health during a June 3 McKnight’s Super Tuesday webcast. Featured speaker Leah Klusch, the executive director of the Alliance Training Center, will help attendees realize how these reports can affect their payments and affect operations.

Shelly Mesure, MS, OTR/L

Palliative possibilities: Therein lies the rub

When a patient is referred to therapy, and they are receiving hospice care, then therapy needs to seek permission from the hospice company to provide any treatment. Hospice is required to reimburse the facility for the therapy services since the treatment also is included in the bundled payment rate from Medicare Part A. And, therein lies the rub.

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