We are about to celebrate the last weekend of summer 2019 and for some in post-acute care this is the last moment before they will take seriously the impact of PDPM, being implemented on October 1, 2019. There are still many leaders struggling to understand the new model and making workflow decisions to be ready and others eager to master ICD-10 Coding. Each discipline has changes to make and the interdisciplinary team has to function well (as a team), and the timeframes for assessment, communication, and documentation must be understood and even already in place in preparation for October 1.

One professional group, the therapists, are facing significant changes and from the 1st announcement of the PDPM have been diligent in examining options for continuing to provide the care needed under a model driven by patient characteristics and nursing documentation rather than therapist sole decision. “As a result, therapy providers’ eventual payments could rest on strong nursing documentation that clearly demonstrates why a given resident required skilled therapy care in the first place.” (See link below.)

Understanding their perspective and reading their thoughtful approaches to meeting therapy needs under PDPM is an important aspect of a team approach to care. The article below will add to your understanding of the role of therapy under PDPM.

by Alex Spanko, August 27, 2019

Unpacking the New Therapy Contract Math for Skilled Nursing Providers Under PDPM