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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released a video tutorial for providers in Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities (IRFs) with standardized data assessment guidance and assessment strategies for the cognitive assessment—known as the Brief Interview for Mental Status (BIMS). The video is approximately 22 minutes in length and is designed to provide targeted guidance for accurate coding by using live action patient scenarios.

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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published a final rule in the September 30, 2019 Federal Register that revises requirements for discharge planning for inpatient rehabilitation hospitals, hospitals (including acute, children’s, long term acute care, and critical access), and home health agencies. Each of these facilities must meet these requirements as a condition to participate in the Medicare and Medicaid programs. In addition to this final rule requiring the discharge planning process to focus on the patient’s goals of care and treatment preferences, it also empowers patients to make informed decisions about their care as they are discharged from acute care to post-acute care (PAC).

The final rule includes a new requirement that sends necessary medical information to the receiving facility or appropriate PAC provider after a patient is discharged from the hospital or transferred to another PAC provider. In addition, hospitals must ensure and support patients’ rights to access their medical records in the form and format requested by the patient.

These regulations are effective on November 29, 2019. Contact RCPA Rehabilitation Services Director Melissa Dehoff with questions.

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During the question and answer segment of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) National Provider call that focused on the inpatient rehabilitation facility (IRF) payment and coverage policies for the fiscal year 2019 final rule on November 15, 2018, there was a response from CMS on the role of therapy students in providing care to patients in IRF hospitals and units that caused a great deal of confusion. The question related to counting minutes of therapy provided by a therapy student with guidance. The response was that these minutes would not count, regardless of the level of supervision.

Due to the amount of confusion this call has triggered, the therapy professional associations will be working with CMS on this issue and clarification will likely be forthcoming. RCPA will provide this clarification to members once this is received. Contact Melissa Dehoff, RCPA Rehabilitation Services Director, with questions.

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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will be hosting a two-day, in-person training event on Tuesday, August 9 and Wednesday, August 10, 2016 on the Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility (IRF) Quality Reporting Program (QRP) in Chicago, IL. This event will also be accessible via streaming media (registration is not required to participate via webcast). The event is scheduled to begin at 9:00 am EDT both days. This training is for IRF providers, associations, and organizations. The objective is to provide IRFs with assessment-based data collection instructions and updates associated with the changes in the October 1, 2016, release of the IRF-Patient Assessment Instrument V 1.4 and other reporting requirements of the IRF QRP. IRF preview reports and IRF Compare will also be discussed.