Healthcare reform is coming. Are you ready? The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) has proposed a new reimbursement methodology for SNF inpatient services (Medicare Part A) called the Patient Driven Payment Model (PDPM). This new payment system replaces reimbursement based on RUG levels with reimbursement based on resident characteristics. Nowhere will the impact be more acutely felt than in the provision of therapy services. Therapists will have to work closely with the interdisciplinary team and the MDS department in order to assure accurate coding and document appropriately. Now is the time to prepare for these sweeping changes from volume-based care to value-based care. This course will cover the basics of what you need to know about PDPM, how to establish your value in the MDS reimbursement process, and discuss ways that speech-language pathologists can modify their practice to readily adapt to these changes. Final rule on PDPM for skilled nursing facilities is included. Offered for 0.1 ASHA CEUs – 1 contact hour.
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The content of this online CE course does not focus exclusively on any specific proprietary product or service. Presenter financial and non-financial disclosures may be found in the Presenter & Disclosures area.
Video PowerPoint presentation with author narration & downloadable handout.
Kellyn Dailey Hall, PhD, CCC-SLP, has worked over 30 years as a clinician, clinical specialist, and clinical manager in medical settings. Currently, she is an Associate Professor at North Carolina Central University in Durham, NC where she teaches courses in Medical Speech-Language Pathology. She is a member of the North Carolina Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s Professional Affairs Subcommittee on Healthcare and has presented at state and national conventions on Medicare documentation and ethics. Her current research focuses on the development and implementation of dining culture change practices for SLPs working in SNFs.
Financial — Kellyn Hall is a presenter of online CEU courses sponsored by Northern Speech Services; receives royalties.
Nonfinancial — Kellyn Hall has no relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose.
This program is offered for 0.1 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate Level; Related Area).
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During the enrollment process, if you select to receive ASHA credit for this course and if you provide your ASHA number, NSS will automatically submit your CEU information to the ASHA CE Registry after successful course completion (80% on post test). This submission happens once per month, during the first week of the month. For example, if you complete your course on November 7th, NSS will submit all November online course CEUs to ASHA during the first week of December. When ASHA inputs the information into their database, they will mark the course as completed on the last day of the month in which it was completed, so November 30th using this example. The certificate of completion available for you to print immediately, however, will reflect the actual completion date, November 7th in this example. Due to ASHA processing procedures please allow 2-3 weeks, from the submission date, for the course to appear on your ASHA transcript.
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"Understanding the difference between PDPM and RUG levels for payment was most helpful. I liked the information presented." – N.A.P. (July 2020)
"The topic I found the most beneficial for my daily practice is learning how the PDPM affects part A. I liked how straight forward and detailed this course was." – J.B. (May 2020)
"The most beneficial part was how SLP services will be reimbursed and the break down of the categories. Great slides. I liked that the speaker repeated important information and that the course was easy to follow." – W.M. (Mar. 2020)
"I enjoyed everything - especially the portions of RAI." – S.P. (Feb. 2020)
"It helped me understand the PDPM system better." – L.N. (Jan. 2020)
"All of it was helpful. The speaker was very clear and easy to follow! You caught me up to speed! Thank you!" – M.S. (Dec. 2019)
"I liked breaking down the speech category to understand how the building is reimbursed for speech services. The whole presentation as I work in a SNF so it was very beneficial to understand how PDPM changes payment." – C.H. (Nov. 2019)
"I enjoyed the entire course. The course topic was extremely relevant, and the information crucial regarding the changes in billing and reimbursement occurring in skilled nursing facilities." – D.H. (Nov. 2019)
"Excellent speaker with great slides making PDPM understandable for the daily clinician." – C.O. (Oct. 2019)
"I liked the clear analysis differentiating changes from RUGS reimbursement to the new system and the impact for speech pathology services." – K.C. (Sept. 2019)
"I have a better understanding of changes that are coming in the future. Very good and informative course." – A.S. (Aug. 2019)
"All of this course was outstanding! I have a better understanding of what's about to change, and the overall presentation method was excellent!" – M.C. (Aug. 2019)
"Going over how PDPM will affect tx minutes and how to get services for Pt. by being part of MDS was most beneficial. Very detailed and easy to understand course." – M.W. (July 2019)
"I found the information on Group Therapy and whether or not that will be feasibly reimbursed very useful." – M.H. (July 2019)
"I appreciated the information about the language required in our report to help nurses complete the initial asessment paperwork." – P.R. (July 2019)
"I enjoyed the clear analysis of current knowledge re: PDPM changes." – M.F. (June 2019)
"The course was easy to follow, had nice visuals, had clear explanations, and was relevant to my daily work. I appreciated learning how SLPs can assist MDS and inform other staff the importance of SLP involvement in more than just treatment of patients." – H.L. (June 2019)
"The PDPM explanation of classification categories for patients was very helpful. I liked learning the ICD 10 codes specific to speech therapy." – A.D. (May 2019)
"Seeing how SLP codes are divided into 5 factors was most beneficial. I liked the many comparisons between the current and upcoming systems." – H.L. (Apr. 2019)
"I appreciated the discussion on the importance of collaborating and becoming part of the RAI process. I liked going over how to find information in MDS relating to determining ST CMI group as well as how we can show our value and knowledge." – R.R. (Apr. 2019)
"This course was very helpful to introduce the new payment system. I feel a little more at ease to prep for the changes coming." – S.R. (Mar. 2019)
"I enjoyed the recommendations as to how the SLP can aid in the MDS process. Going over how the SLP can work with the MDS coordinator in education as well as ensuring that patients continue to receive speech services was most beneficial." – R.M. (Feb. 2019)
"The course provided me with helpful information re: utilization of SLPs and SLP services under the PDPM. I liked that the course was 1 hour in duration to address changes to come." – M.K. (Jan. 2019)
"Well, not to put too fine a point on it, I took it to find out if I'm likely to be out of a job come October. So now I can make sense of the corporate instructions and changes as the corporation tries to position itself for the changes. The course gave me some useful direction in how to optimize my (and my colleagues) value to both rehab company and facility. I really liked the music at the beginning and the quality of the presenter's voice. They made me feel valued and engaged. Not really sure why that struck me. On a non-gut level, the presentation was well organized and there was a nice amount of a spiral review." – J.S. (Jan. 2019)
"I liked every last bit of the information in this course! It was beneficial information for my job in 2019 and going forward. The presenter was very clear and the slides were organized well." – G.S. (Dec. 2018)
"The explanation of the components of the RAI, including details of the MDS and CAA was beneficial because I am not familiar with the current system (about to start working in an SNF)." – C.R. (Dec. 2018)
"I enjoyed the explanation of the change from PPS to PDPM. The clarity and length of the course were excellent also!" – J.G. (Nov. 2018)
"Actually, I enjoyed all of it! But I especially loved the positive approach to this course, it really calmed my fears about the transition and made me excited for a new approach." – E.H. (Oct. 2018)
"I appreciated the information about the MDS and the specific areas that apply to the SLP and the encouragement to become involved in collaboration in completing the MDS. I really liked the information and the encouragement to advocated for the patient's needs as well as for my service." – J.Z. (Oct. 2018)