Compliance • Audits/Analysis • Reimbursement/Regulatory • Education/Efficiency
As a hospital Occupational Therapist recruited into the long term care industry in the early 90s, I had a lot to learn about the rules and regulations of Medicare. I was blessed to be trained by expert nurses (Jim Long and Pat Hurd) in a company called HillHaven. I attended their trainings repeatedly in order to hear their information over and over again. During this time, Rehabilitation Services in a SNF setting was a new concept and it evoked an excitement at the facility level to “change the perception” of the typical nursing home image. The therapy teams gravitated towards the short term patients with discharge plans to home. These cases fell in the “wheel house” of any clinician as goals were obvious and success was simply measured by a discharge home. However, the long term patients were more difficult to treat given the perception of the rules.