Authors Posts by Sharon Militello

Sharon Militello

As communications director, Sharon Militello is responsible for the design, development, and maintenance of the association website and social media pages; editing and preparation of communications; preparing and running webcasts; cultivating media relations; and maintaining relationships with technology support vendors.

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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released an updated inpatient rehabilitation facility patient assessment instrument (IRF PAI) training manual that includes updated information on new items that become effective for IRF discharges occurring on or after October 1. These new items, including the arthritis attestation item and therapy information, were finalized in the IRF prospective payment system fiscal year 2015 final rule. The Updated IRF PAI Training Manual, Helpful Resources Document and Section 2 (Item by Item Coding Instructions) are located in the “Downloads” section of the IRF PAI web page. CMS has also made available a YouTube video slideshow from the January 2015 national provider call that focused on training providers how to code and complete these new items on the IRF PAI.

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RCPA News is a premier industry resource compiled by the Rehabilitation and Community Providers Association for the health and human services communities.

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RCPA News is a premier industry resource compiled by the Rehabilitation and Community Providers Association for the health and human services communities.

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On May 16 the Pennsylvania Department of Health published a notice in the Pennsylvania Bulletin regarding photo identification badge requirements. The notice provides the required provisions of section 809.2 of the Health Care Facilities Act (Act 2010-110) passed on November 23, 2010. Included in the provisions are the individuals that must wear photo identification badges and the badge requirements, including specific requirements on titles. The provisions in this notice become effective June 1.

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National behavioral health legislative activities: – National Council for Behavioral Health


Pennsylvania state legislative affairs: – Pennsylvania General Assembly; legislation; bill histories – Pennsylvania House of Representatives (Republicans) – Pennsylvania House of Representatives (Democrats) – Democratic Caucus – Republican Caucus


Pennsylvania’s Office of Governor and state agencies: – Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Home Page – Pennsylvania Department of Human Services – Pennsylvania Department of Health – Pennsylvania Department of Aging – Pennsylvania Department of Insurance – Pennsylvania State Code (no statutes or acts) – The Pennsylvania Bulletin (weekly publication regarding rulemaking)


Pennsylvania’s statewide elected officials: – Pennsylvania’s Office of Attorney General – Pennsylvania’s Office of Auditor General – Pennsylvania’s Office of Treasurer


Other states’ homepages and related activities: – listing of information for each of the 50 states, including individual state home pages – links to elected officials in Pennsylvania supplied by the League of Women Voters


Federal legislation and agencies: – US Department of Health and Human Services – Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (agency of the US Department of Health and Human Services) – accessibility to federal legislation; the Executive Branch; other states’ information – information regarding the President, Executive Offices, etc. – accessibility to federal legislation


Media information: – Pennsylvania Cable Network (Pennsylvania public affairs) – Pennsylvania Newspaper Association (links to all newspapers available online) – American Broadcasting Company – Cable News Network – Microsoft/National Broadcasting Company – Fox News Company – The New York Times newspaper – The Washington Post newspaper – The Harrisburg Patriot newspaper and other PA papers