To IPA or not to IPA, That is the Question

While a SNF’s decision to complete the IPA itself is optional, they must remain fully aware of any changes in a resident’s condition.   The Interim Payment Assessment (IPA) is an optional assessment that may be completed to capture changes in a...

Phase 3 RoP

The Long-Awaited Phase 3 Requirements Are Now In Effect… But Still No Interpretive Guidance For the Phase 3 Regulations The Phase 3 requirements went into effect on Nov. 28 as planned and facilities are now required to comply with these and all requirements. In a memo...

PDPM Operations: Selecting Primary Diagnosis

Driving PDPM Operations:  Selecting the Primary Diagnosis Under PDPM, the diagnosis coded on the 5-day/Initial Minimum Data Set (MDS) in section I0020B (primary reason for skilled stay) largely determines reimbursement for the entire Medicare stay, unless an Interim...