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Sharon Militello

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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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An op-ed from Richard Edley, regarding the effects of the delayed state budget on health and human services providers and those that they serve, was published in the Lancaster Newspapers, both in print and online on August 16. Edley was also mentioned in an editorial on this topic in the same day. RCPA continues to work hard for its members and their communities, spreading the message that we must do everything possible to help ensure the continuation of vital services to our most vulnerable residents in the Commonwealth.

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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.