70th AHCA/NCAL Convention and Expo
Ellen Strunk, PT, MS, GCS, CEEAA, CHC
President, Principle Consultant
Rehab Resources and Consulting, Inc.
Rehab Resources & Consulting, Inc.: Consultant, Ownership Interest (stocks, stock options, or other ownership interest excluding diversified mutual funds)
The advent of the patient driven payment model (PDPM) represents the largest paradigm shift the SNF industry has faced in over a decade. Some professionals working in SNF have never experienced a time when payment for services was not driven by the type of service (nursing versus rehabilitation) and the amount of therapy minutes delivered over a seven-day period. The PDPM is a fundamental change in the primary driver of payment: Now, the patient’s clinical characteristics are the basis for determining the SNF’s resource needs. The overwhelming concern from the therapy community and rehabilitation advocates is that the amount of therapy provided in these settings will be significantly reduced in an effort to reduce costs, and as a result, the quality of care will suffer. Like any payment system, the PDPM relies on providers to provide the right care at the right intensity for the condition(s) the patient presents with. But what is the right amount? And what is a good outcome?
This session will show how data can inform decisions about the type and intensity of care delivered, and what members of the interprofessional team are critical to the process. We will explore some ways therapy providers have collaborated across professional lines to achieve meaningful change in patient outcomes.