P is for Patient: MDS Changes Focus on the Patient – A Review of New MDS Items

PDPM is the SNF Patient Driven Payment Model that will be effective Oct. 1, 2019. Notice that the first P in PDPM stands for the patient. This new system focuses heavily on patient characteristics, rather than on the volume of services delivered. According to CMS, “[b]y addressing each individual patient’s unique needs independently, PDPM improves payment accuracy and encourages a more patient-driven care model.”

SNF providers will continue to complete the Minimum Data Set (MDS) Resident Assessment Instrument to classify patients into payment categories under PDPM. PDPM, with its focus on the patient, includes a number of different changes to the MDS assessment and processes as compared to the current RUG-IV model. PDPM also incorporates information from many more items from the MDS to classify patients and thus, to determine reimbursement.


Introducing Aegis Therapies’ Volunteer Program

Aegis Therapies is proud to announce the launch of our volunteer program, providing opportunities for individuals to assist Aegis patients and staff with day-to-day needs in both office and rehabilitation program settings. This exciting new program is designed to meet the needs of everyone involved. Volunteers are able to provide helpful assistance in day-to-day patient and office-related tasks, Aegis professionals are able to focus more time and attention to their specific skilled interventions, and patients are able to connect and socialize with members of their community.


Aegis Therapies Celebrates National Falls Prevention Awareness Day – Sept. 22, 2018

The first day of the 2018 fall season has been designated as National Falls Prevention Awareness Day (FPAD) to help raise awareness about how to help prevent fall-related injuries in older adults. This important day helps us remember to educate about the impact of falls and remember to use and share the available strategies we have available for fall prevention.


Alphabet Soup: Spelling Out the Ongoing Evolution of PDPM

Chances are in the past few months you’ve seen something like this: CMS ANPRM of RCS-1 Replacing RUG-IV Now Updated by FY 2019 SNF Part A PPS PDPM. OK, maybe not exactly like that but you get the idea. Healthcare regulation is always a short course in acronyms but if you’re feeling like you’re swimming in alphabet stew rather than soup you’re not alone! Here, we’ve tried to unpack some of this, but first some background and a few definitions:


Ten Benefits of Occupational Therapy

Growing older doesn’t mean you have to give up on the things you love to do!

Occupational therapy (OT) helps people to do the things they want and need to do during their daily lives. For many patients, occupational therapy is required after injury or illness to help return to regular activity.

Here are some benefits of occupational therapy:


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