CE on CD - Skilled Nursing Facilities 101: Documentation, Reimbursement, and Ethics in Practice
Presented by: Christine Kroll, MS, OTR, and Nancy Richman OTR/L, FAOTA
Earn .3 AOTA CEU (3.75 NBCOT PDUs/3 contact hours)
Occupational therapy within a skilled nursing facility (SNF) can be a varied and challenging experience. Patients no longer receive all of their rehabilitation in the inpatient setting and are discharged to SNFs to complete their rehabilitation process. This shift in rehabilitation setting requires that occupational therapy practitioners have experience with a variety of conditions and comorbidities as well as a passion to help people live the highest quality of life possible. SNF patients are more medically acute because they are recovering from recent surgical interventions or have more complex neurological diagnoses than were common in SNF settings even a few years ago.
Patient discharge from a SNF back to the community is an ever-increasing expectation with shorter lengths of stays and higher patient expectations for appropriate outcomes. As a result, occupational therapy practice in SNF settings is inherently difficult, in addition to the world of rules and regulations that influence clinical and administrative decisions. Designed to help practitioners better manage practice within SNF settings for inpatients (Medicare Part A) and outpatients (Medicare Part B), this new CEonCD addresses the importance of documentation, requirements for different payers, significance of managing productivity, understanding billing considerations, and maintaining ethical practice standards.
Important Highlight: The CD content points out the SNF policy changes that became effective October 1, 2010 and provides resources to obtain ongoing and up-to-date information.
At the conclusion of the course, participants will be able to:
- Recognize the impact and significance that Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1987 regulations had on rehabilitation services.
- Identify the uses of the Minimum Data Set in long-term care and the importance of the changes that will be in place as of October 1, 2010.
- Identify how the October 1, 2010, regulatory changes related to rehabilitation services and will affect practice, the management of therapy time, and clinical strategies.
- Identify and differentiate the parameters for productivity and their implications for providing therapy services
- Recognize the importance of accurate, concise documentation to support the medical necessity of rehabilitation services.
- Identify reimbursement sources related to therapy and long-term care.
- Recognize how regulations and ethical guidelines are applied professionally to benefit patients.