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Common MDS Coding Errors that Can Make You Vulnerable During an Audit

Your nursing facility may be the next in line for an MDS audit. If so, are you confident that the documentation on your MDS’ is in compliance and accurately captures the services you are providing? Customers have seen MDS audit penalties at over $200,000!

 

Auditors continue to find the same common coding areas throughout their audits, potentially putting your nursing facility at risk for financial loss or repayment. Because the MDS is a complex tool that is regulated by an overwhelming manual, it is destined for misinterpretation. As it determines facilities’ pay rates, it continues to be under scrutiny and may lead to unintentional errors that could become costly. These errors can also lower your Five-Star ratings.

 

There are many factors that make MDS errors seem almost unavoidable.  Medical terminology that doesn’t always match regulatory language can cause misinterpretation of information data entered on the MDS. Most MDS Coordinators have a tendency to be overloaded with work including other facility responsibilities combined with complicated schedules which all further contribute to errors. MDS coordinators who aren't trained on the latest manual updates or changes in facility systems will spend more time trying to convert information from the medical record to the MDS which can cause submission of inaccurate information.

 

MDS Coordinators usually have strength in clinical comprehension more so than financial knowledgeable leading them to be unprepared for the complexities of MDS completion and submission and it’s impact on the accuracy of reimbursement. Negative outcomes for the facility can occur leading to lower payment or no payment. Facility administration can reap the benefits of providing MDS Coordinators with the time required to review all aspects of the medical record in order to perform their jobs with accuracy and the training they need to complete their task with compliance and success.

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Do the CoPs Have Your Home Health Agency Under Arrest?

Is your Home Health Agency Operating Efficiently Under the New CoPs?

 

Join us for a FREE informational webinar regarding how to have optimal home health efficiency, while incorporating strategies pertaining to the final rule. Learn about Gravity Healthcare’s structure and strategies on how to enhance collaboration, efficiency, communication and accountability within your Agency’s team, patients, and referral sources while providing optimal person-centered care. Our strategies help to reduce unnecessary variations in care, increase customer satisfaction, and enable your team to predict and control costs.

 

Healthcare continues to shift with new regulations and payment models. There is heightened focus on the need to deliver high-quality care at a reduced cost. Gravity Healthcare’s innovative strategies will assist your Agency’s team with optimizing the final rule regulations and team efficiency to maintain financial viability. By organizing your clinical processes, your team will be able to effectively communicate and deliver person-centered care while facilitating partnerships between providers, patients and caregivers.

 

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Revised Interpretive Guidance and New Survey Process

Is your team prepared for the new survey process going into place on 11/28/17?

 

CMS has released Revised Interpretive Guidance effective November 28, 2017 as a result of the updated Requirements for Participation under the Medicare and Medicaid programs and reform of requirements for long term care facilities that occurred in 2016.

 

The revisions of these regulations caused the need for CMS to revise the existing F Tags to correspond with the new regulatory sections. Implementation of Phase 2 will occur together with the new computer based survey system.

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Critical Pathways by Gravity Healthcare Consulting: Preparation + Collaboration = Decreased Cost and

Improved Quality!

Critical Pathways are focused on preparation, accountability, communication resources and training methods to assist your healthcare team with becoming a preferred provider and systematize your clinical approach with focus on communication and partnerships between hospitals, your interdisciplinary team, and the resident/caregiver. Critical Pathways are focused on accountability, communication, consistent - high quality of care, and person-centered care. The Pathways will position your community to reduce unnecessary variations in care, decrease readmission rates, and be able to predict and control costs.

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Common Mistakes on the MDS that Affect Reimbursement and Compliance

Are you confident that the documentation on your MDS complies and captures the services you are providing which affect your reimbursement? The MDS is a complex tool that is regulated by an overwhelming manual and therefore are destined for misinterpretation. Because it determines facilities’ pay rates, it continues to be under scrutiny and may lead to unintentional errors that could become costly. These errors can also lower your Five-Star ratings. With the shift to pay-for-performance and outcomes-based care, auditors will increasingly be reviewing information found in the MDS.

 

MDS Coordinators are commonly clinically strong but often have the opportunity to grow in financial knowledge. They can often benefit from education regarding the complexities and consequences of MDS completion and submission. Mistakes on the MDS can lead to lower payment or no payment. Facility administration can support their MDS team by giving MDS Coordinators the time required to review all aspects of the medical record to perform their jobs with accuracy.

 

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New Impact On Therapy Reimbursement

How the Proposed New Revisions to Case Mix Methodology Will Impact Therapy Reimbursement. The Resident Classification System, Version 1 or RCS-1 is posed to replace the current RUG system. Understanding how the classification will change from the current 66 levels to the new 4 categories will guide you and your team in planning proactively for the changes that are coming. While many things are similar between the two systems, there is a dynamic shift in how individual items are scored and categorized and this will impact your future bottom line. Watch Gravity Healthcare Consulting’s free webinar on the proposed changes to this system and the impact it will have on therapy reimbursement.

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OIG Work Plan Update for Home Health

Please join Gravity Healthcare for a free webinar on the OIG Work Plan Update for HH. In this short 15 minute webinar, you can learn of some of the key changes in the OIG Work Plan for 2017 and begin to understand the impact to your organization.

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Motivating and Managing Millennials in the Work Force

Are you struggling to successfully integrate Millennials into your team? Do you find that there is a generational gap and it is difficult to find harmony between Millennials and

Non-Millennials?

 

Then please join us for the Gravity Free Monthly Webinar: Motivating and Managing Millennials in the Work Force. We will provide you with a powerful understanding of what drives and identifies this generation and provide you with proven strategies to overcome the challenges and leverage the opportunities with Millennials.

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Changes to the Conditions of Participation

for Home Health

CMS recently updated the Final Rule for Home Health which will be effective on July 13, 2017. Are you prepared for these critical changes to achieve compliance? The changes to the Final Rule will impact the provision of client-centered interdisciplinary approach and can affect reimbursement and quality measures. Gravity Healthcare can assist you with understanding these Final Rule changes and how to prepare for these new initiatives. Attend our free webinar to learn more about the changes to the Final Rule for Home Health.

 

We are here to partner with you to help you move through this significant change effectively and successfully. We will also be discussing current hot topics in our industry.

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New Therapy Evaluation CPT Codes for 2017

Flagship Rehabilitation has partnered with Gravity Healthcare Consulting to provide you this essential webinar about the new therapy evaluation CPT codes that went into effect on 1/1/2017. These regulations have impacted our industry significantly and can also affect the RUG scores and setting the ARDs in your community. We encourage all of the following to attend:

     • Administrators

     • MDS Coordinators

     • RNACs

     • Directors of Nursing

     • Assistant Directors of Nursing

 

We are here to partner with you to help you move through this significant change effectively and successfully. We will also be discussing current hot topics in our industry.

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FREE WHITEPAPER PUBLICATIONS

"Is your Home Health Agency ready for the Final Rule to the Conditions of Participation?"

"Medicare certified home health agencies have almost doubled from 6,461 in 1990 to 12,268 in 2014 due to longer life expectancy, advanced medical interventions, and decreased length of stay in hospitals and skilled nursing facilities.   The increased utilization of home health services coincides with the rising expenditure related to home health services.  Home health care expenditures in the United States have continually increased from 12.5 billion in 1990 to 83.2 billion in 2014.  Due to increased benefit and utilization..."

 

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