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Quarterly Update Webinar

 

An overview and discussion of relevant and timely  topics, including:

 

1. What you need to know about the SNF Proposed Rule for FY 2022

2. New Quality Measure Changes

3. Avoiding infection control related F-tags

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TRENDING TOPIC!

Unlock Your PDPM Potential

 

As you and your team recover from the front lines in the battle against COVID, the focus begins to shift to reimbursement and life after COVID. While many providers have seen positives under PDPM, our analyses continue to show that most providers are missing key Nursing PDPM triggers that contribute to increased Nursing and NTA reimbursement. Tune in to our free monthly webinar to learn some high level essential tips and tricks to optimizing the accuracy of your PDPM reimbursement.

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COVID-19 Blanket Waivers: Applications and Implications?

 

Learn more about the blanket waivers for Covid-19, and how you can leverage them, and the implications from using them. CMS has taken proactive steps through 1135 waivers under sections of the Social Security Act and rapidly expanded the Administration’s aggressive efforts against COVID-19. As a result, blanket waivers were put into effect with a retroactive effective date of March 1, 2020 through the end of the emergency declaration.

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Are You Capturing Isolation Correctly?

 

Isolation Woes with the MDS and COVID-19: Isolation is a rapidly expanding option coded on the MDS with the infiltration of COVID-19 into our communities. However, when MDSs are audited, isolation is often miscoded or not captured, resulting in reduced reimbursement and increased liabilities.

 

Learn more about how and when to accurately capture isolation, compliance concerns surrounding isolation, and how residents with COVID-19 and PUIs can be accurately captured for isolation on the MDS.

 

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FREE WHITEPAPER PUBLICATIONS

NEW! "Building Back Census with Higher-Acuity Residents"

"A key to financial recovery for skilled nursing facilities. As skilled nursing facilities emerge from the ashes of the COVID-19 nightmare, they are searching for ways to recoup financial losses associated with COVID-19, offset increased costs, and successfully address the reality of vast staff burnout. Most facilities want to admit higher-acuity residents because care for these individuals returns higher per diem rates under the Patient-Driven Payment Model (PDPM), often in multiple payment categories. In addition, hospitals are eager to discharge to facilities equipped for a higher level of care. Savvy providers have taken this into account and have started transitioning their care model to focus on higher-acuity residents. But for many skilled nursing facilities, this transition poses challenges, which have only been exacerbated by the pandemic's..."

 

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"WOUNDS: A Hidden Gem For Reimbursement Under PDPM"

"As providers prepare for and transition into the Patient Driven Payment Model, or PDPM, there are many questions surrounding effective and efficient operations and delivery of care under the new model. With so many aspects of the payment structure shifting significantly, providers need to consider new targets other than therapy minutes to achieve appropriate and adequate reimbursement. While CMS has touted PDPM as a “revenue neutral” payment shift, for the large majority of providers, PDPM equals a reimbursement reduction, unless significant changes are enacted. Some of the key new targets are more obvious, such as capturing Non-Therapy Ancillary (NTA) points, documenting accurate Section GG data, and choosing the correct primary ICD-10 code. However, there are other important aspects of care and documentation that can have a tremendous impact on the accuracy of reimbursement. Wound management, documentation, and treatment are all critical elements for capturing appropriate Nursing RUG levels and NTA RUG levels under PDPM...."

 

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"The Super Heroes of PDPM"

"Although we do not often see MDS Coordinators working in our nursing communities wearing capes, they are going to be the secret superheroes of each community under PDPM. PDPM, or the Patient Driven Payment Model, is the new PPS system that goes into effect on October 1, 2019. The complex new system, with separate RUGs and per diem rates for Nursing, Non-Therapy Ancillary, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Speech Therapy, will require that MDS Coordinators are more proactive than ever. CMS has stated that the reduced number of MDS assessments required under PDPM should reduce MDS-related annual administrative costs by $12,000 on average per facility. However, the reality is that MDS Coordinators will need to expand their wings even more than before to oversee new metrics, care provision and documentation to achieve success under the new payment model..."

 

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"Patient Driven Payment Model (PDPM): Why Restorative Matters for SKILLED Residents"

"Restorative Nursing has been a vital component of successfully individualizing resident care and preventing avoidable issues such as decline in functional independence, wounds and contractures. But Restorative Nursing Programs are moving to the forefront under the Patient Driven Payment Model, or PDPM, especially for skilled residents. Under PDPM, providers will be able to capture reimbursement for approximately half of skilled residents if restorative nursing is captured on the MDS. It will be vital for facilities to implement restorative nursing services on Day 1 of the resident’s admission when clinically indicated. The 5-day SNF PPS scheduled assessment in PDPM will impact overall reimbursement throughout the entire stay, unless a resident ..."

 

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"PDPM Financial Analysis A Financial Analysis: Therapy Armageddon or Therapy Freedom?"

"As providers we breathed a sigh of relief when CMS informed us on April 27, 2018 that RCS-1 was being tabled in favor of a new, remodeled edition titled the Patient Driven Payment Model, or PDPM. And while PDPM shows many improvements over what was believed to be “Therapy Armageddon” in RCS-1, there are still many concerns in the therapy and skilled nursing world about what PDPM means for the future. With a significantly altered reimbursement structure for therapy services, many providers have considered drastic cuts in the amount of therapy services they intend to provide under PDPM. Furthermore, with CMS focused on a “value over volume” agenda, PDPM encompasses a paradigm shift because skilled nursing and long-term care reimbursement is no longer powered by the amount (i.e. minutes) of therapy services provided. And, in fact, providers could theoretically increase their margins further by ..."

 

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"Section GG & PDPM (Patient-Driven Payment Model): A Financial Analysis"

"Care providers agree that Section GG is a true interdisciplinary assessment and is therefore a better

indicator of the resident’s actual level of independence and need for nursing and therapy care (as compared to Section G). In response to provider comments and concerns that the Resident Classification System (RCS-1) was too complex, CMS requested that Acumen reexamine the number and complexity of the proposed RUG scores. Acumen reviewed their own research and determined that when they substituted Section GG for Section G, they could remove cognition as a factor for PT and OT RUG scores because the Section GG scoring more accurately aligned with costs regardless of cognition. Thus, the PT and OT..."

 

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"Patient Driven Payment Model (PDPM) and the MDS: A Total Evolution of the SNF Payment Model"

"Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has been focused on developing payment

models that deliver high quality person-centered care with supporting data that is trackable and

reflects appropriate outcomes for all individuals, while reducing regulatory burden and healthcare

costs. Transparency and communication across all healthcare systems has also been an area of

concentration for CMS, as it continues to re-construct payment models throughout the healthcare spectrum.

Current attention for CMS has been on evolving the Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNF) Prospective Payment System (PPS) that has included research and review of..."

 

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"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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CEUS & TRAINING: ONLINE & ON-SITE EDUCATION

CEU's & learning with Gravity Healthcare Consulting

Gravity offers a range of board-approved CEU education, both on-site and online. We customize our training and educational sessions to suit your needs. Education provided for: Administrators, Directors of Nursing, MDS Nurses, Nurses, Therapy, Billing, QA Staff, Department Heads. Our webinars are a great way to learn from the comfort of your home or office, while having the ability to interact with the presenter and other participants.

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Melissa Brown

Gravity Video Modules of the Restorative

Nursing Program

Gravity Healthcare Consulting offers video modules of the key components of the Restorative Nursing Program. Engineered by the experts at Gravity, along with Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists, Speech Therapists and Registered Nurses, the videos will prepare your team to effectively provide Restorative Nursing Services. The videos are designed to be interactive, including Pre- and Post-Testing along with opportunities to stop and demonstrate the recommended competencies to a trainer throughout. The package includes a trainer’s manual to help your Restorative Manager to effectively oversee and complete these trainings.

 

The videos include:

  • Ambulation and Transfers: Participants will learn more about what an ambulation program includes, how to properly and safely use a gait belt, proper sequencing and use of assisted devices for ambulation, a variety of functional transfer approaches, and levels of assistance.
  • Bed Mobility: This module teaches many types of bed mobility and how to facilitate the resident’s independence with these tasks, including bridging, scooting up/down in bed, scooting sideways in bed, rolling, side lying to sitting, sitting to side lying, and using bedside objects/pulling bed linens up/down.
  • Bowel and Bladder: A commonly under-utilized restorative program, Bowel and Bladder programs focus on providing structure and support to promote continence and independence. Learn how to structure an effective program and how to comply with regulations.
  • Dining: A potential restorative program for a wide array of residents, Restorative Dining offers a high quality, resident-centered dining experience, to provide support and structure for residents. The dining RNPs promote increased independence with self-feeding, improved fluid and food consumption, and reduced risk of aspiration and participants will learn how to provide Restorative Dining Services.
  • Splinting: Learn how to correctly prepare the limb for and apply a splint. This module covers a wide variety of splints for upper and lower extremities and prepares the participants to correctly apply a standard splint.
  • ROM and Exercise: Participants will learn and demonstrate a wide variety of the most common upper and lower extremity exercises. Active, Passive, and Active-Assisted ROM will all be reviewed, along precautions for exercise and various exercise equipment used with RNPs.
  • ADLs (Activities of Daily Living): One of the most under-utilized but most effective at reducing unnecessary loss in independence, ADL restorative programs should be a foundation for any Restorative Nursing Program. The participant will learn and demonstrate a variety of adaptive techniques and equipment used to complete ADL programs. This education and the demonstrated competencies help the participant to increase confidence when providing an ADL restorative nursing program

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Gravity Healthcare Consulting offers a growing selection of on-site training

workshops - with CEU's - for your community. Our current programs include:

Ongoing

PRESENTED BY:

Devin Kassi

Workplace Safety Course

Gravity Healthcare consulting offers Workplace Safety recordings designed specifically for healthcare.  The recordings contain useful information and applicable strategies to improve job satisfaction and the safety of your company’s work environment.  You may even be able to save on your insurance policies by having your employees watch these videos annually!

 

The recordings can be utilized for employee orientation, re-education of current employees, and employees not complying with safety within the workplace.  Our Workplace Safety recordings include 4 Power Point presentations and professional recordings for each of the following topics:

 

  • Workplace Safety
  • Body Mechanics in the Workplace
  • Client Safety and Oversight
  • Reducing Workplace Stress

General topics discussed in the recordings stated above, include, but aren’t limited to:

Slip, trip, and fall prevention

 

  • Biohazard and bloodborne pathogen safety
  • Method for assisting a falling person
  • Principles of good body mechanics
  • Proper lifting techniques
  • General strategies for body safety
  • De-escalating aggressive behavior
  • Working with a client who has dementia
  • Identifying workplace stress and implementing strategies
  • Dealing with negative co-workers
  • Common places for spreading infection

 

Our Workplace Safety recordings are proven to increase employee safety, decrease cost associated with worker’s compensation, increase employee retention, and create a cultural of respect!

 

Price: $500.00

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Ongoing

PRESENTED BY:

Melissa Brown

Care Planning

Care Plans are a vital component of skilled nursing and long-term care. Focusing on  the resident at the center and using the “I-format,” Care Plans should be designed to help you:

 

  • Manage risk factors
  • Address resident strengths
  • Prevent avoidable declines in functioning
  • Evaluate treatment and outcomes
  • Respect resident’s rights

 

Our comprehensive, one-hour webinar will give you the foundation and tools you need to approach Care Planning with confidence. Real life examples are also included to further expand your understanding of effective Care Planning.

 

Finally, we will show you how a truly interdisciplinary approach will empower your team to create Care Plans that are efficient and will achieve increased compliance. Recommended participants include RNAC/MDS coordinators, LPNACs, Directors of Nursing and Administrators.

 

Disclosure: This learning event does not focus exclusively on any specific product or service.

 

After completing your purchase, you will immediately be redirected to the online webinar.

 

Price: $100.00

 

 

Ongoing

PRESENTED BY:

Dr. Erica Alexander

Restorative Training Online Webinar

This course examines the full responsibilities of the Restorative Nursing Program. Successful transition from rehabilitation to nursing care requires training and education. Understanding the options available is key to providing quality resident care. Enhancing resident outcomes is always the highest priority for your rehabilitation team, so utilizing the Restorative Nursing Program is influential for the resident’s ongoing success.

 

Disclosure: This learning event does not focus exclusively on any specific product or service.

This course was recorded on June 29, 2015

 

Handouts are available for this course. Individual handouts include power point and printed materials for illustrations that parallel the power point.

 

After completing your purchase, you will immediately be redirected to the online webinar.

 

Price: $45.00

Ongoing

PRESENTED BY:

Ashley Boyle

Restorative Nursing Dining Training Online Webinar

This course is intended to provide healthcare professionals with information regarding development and implementation of a rehabilitation-Restorative Dining program.

 

The course materials provide background information for essential skills and knowledge needed to implement a program designed to address dysphagia, feeding deficits, and positioning deficits which might inhibit a resident from independence during mealtime. Additionally, materials are presented as evidence-based and oriented to clinical application for screening procedures and knowledge of the aspects of program implementation.

 

Disclosure: This learning event does not focus exclusively on any specific product or service.

This course was recorded on June 30, 2015

 

Handouts are available for this course. Individual handouts include power point and printed materials for illustrations that parallel the power point.

 

After completing your purchase, you will immediately be redirected to the online webinar.

 

Price: $45.00

• No special software download required.

• Hosted through online, video conferencing.

• Scheduled on a specific date.

• Emailed webinar link sent the day of webinar.

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