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Ep 38: Medicare and Medicaid Policy Updates: RUGS, PDPM, MDS

Medicare and Medicaid Policy Updates: RUGS, PDPM, MDS

Is Medicare No Longer Paying for OT in SNF?

I’ve seen a lot of concern on social media and in my DMs about potential significant changes to PDPM in Skilled Nursing Facilities, specifically around Medicare no longer paying for OT in SNF. You can rest assured that there have NOT been any major changes to Medicare Part A for therapy but other changes have been made. That’s why this week on The Amplify OT Podcast, I am talking about updates to PDPM in Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNF) and when these changes are set to take place.

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The updates I cover in this episode include:

  • CMS finalized that it will no longer support the utilization of RUG payments for Medicaid programs. 
  • There have not been any cuts to Medicare Part A SNF funding but rather a 4% increase. 
  • Removal of Section G (former ADL section), integrating some items into Section GG (function and self-care).
  • The changing of quality measure scores. 
  • Changes and modifications around COVID-19 policies. 
  • ICD 10 Code mapping changes for Parkinson’s and COVID-19.

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