As billing for therapy is interpreted by various agencies that review claims, the importance of strong communication cannot be understated. Shelly Mesure, author of the “Rehab Realities” column for McKnight’s Long-Term Care News, shares the “power words” that therapists should be using when they document for rehab services.
Mesure urges therapists to “use ‘power’ words to clearly communicate our message and avoid any misunderstanding or ‘lack of medical necessity.’” Therapists must use strong and direct language to indicate that the care delivered was crucial to the patient’s recovery and/or safety. Certain words convey this message better than others.
To read Mesure’s documentation recommendations, visit the article here.
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For National Nutrition Month (March), we are all reminded to evaluate our diets and consider ways to improve our nutrition and habits, like cutting sodium or minding portion sizes.
However, some people require more complex solutions. For example, patients with swallowing and cognitive difficulties or comorbidities need special interventions to ensure adequate nutritional intake.
RehabCare Speech Pathologist Michelle Tristani shares common challenges and strategies for meeting nutritional needs for patients with dysphagia, a swallowing disorder, and other conditions that may present feeding issues.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced on Tuesday that the expansion of coverage to chronic heart failure patients is official.
As RehabCare Advantage wrote in December, Medicare proposed including coverage for chronic heart failure (CHF) patients in 2013. The previous standard meant that patients only received coverage for major coronary events that took place within a certain time frame. But an analysis of cardiac rehab literature that began in 2006 convinced CMS that rehab is appropriate for patients with steady and chronic heart failure.
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