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Just Breathe: Top 4 Reasons Why Respiratory Therapy Makes a Comeback

Posted by Kris Mastrangelo on Fri, Aug 16, 2019

C.A.R.E.

Compliance • Audits/Analysis • Reimbursement/Regulatory/Rehab • Education/Efficiency


It has been over two decades since the Skilled Nursing Facility (Nursing Home) industry has undergone an overhaul of the reimbursement for Medicare Part A patients.  I remember the transition back in 1998 like it was yesterday.  The May 12th, 1998 Proposed Rule outlined a RUGS III-34 level Prospective Payment System (PPS) that dramatically shifted the platform of patient care and reimbursement from a cost-based (retroactive) to a per diem based (prospective) system.  The industry was upside down. 

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Topics: Respiratory Therapy

Respiratory Therapy: MDS Coding, Criteria and Qualified Professional

Posted by Kris Mastrangelo on Tue, Mar 06, 2018

C.A.R.E.

Compliance • Audits/Analysis • Reimbursement/Regulatory • Education/Efficiency


Respiratory Therapy rendered in a Skilled Nursing Facility Nurse is a common area of discussion related to the coding the MDS.  Accuracy impacts aspects of the both the Medicare Part A and Medicaid Case Mix reimbursement system. This subject matter consistently generates questions from all over the country.  The intent of this blog is to distill and synthesize the framework for a better understanding. 

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Topics: Respiratory Therapy

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