APTA members now have access to a podcast that will help them understand changes made to Medicare policy as a result of the January 2013 Jimmo v Sebelius settlement agreement on maintenance care.
Though the agreement reinforced the US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid's (CMS) policy on maintenance care, updates and changes to the Medicare Benefit Policy Manual were still required. Last month, CMS issued summary of updates (.pdf) made to the manual, and APTA is now producing member resources that help to explain just what those updates mean.
The podcast now available is the first in a planned series on the topic and focuses on the impact of changes to inpatient rehabilitation facilities, home health settings, skilled nursing facilities, and outpatient therapy. The next podcast will help listeners understand how to appropriately document skilled maintenance therapy to minimize the risk of denials. Transcripts of the podcasts are also available to members for download at the APTA website.
The podcast joins several other resources on APTA's Medicare coverage webpage about the settlement and its potential impacts. The presentation is also available on iTunes.
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