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PTs are part of the collaborative care team at SNFs.

Payment at skilled nursing facilities is changing due to the Patient-Driven Payment Model, which increases patient-focus to improve appropriate, accurate payment.

But patient needs remain the same, as does the need for PTs to provide medically necessary care and use clinical judgment in determining appropriate frequency, duration, and modality of services.


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A recent large-scale study of postacute care sponsored has the potential to change the conversation on payment in these settings. This podcast takes a closer look at the TOPS study findings .

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Postacute Care Study: Changing the Conversation - Regulatory

May 14, 2021 / Podcast

Listen to this APTA Regulatory podcast on the TOPS Study, which provides an overview and takeaways from a major analysis of postacute care across settings.

APTA, AOTA Postacute Care Study: Therapy Makes A Difference for Patients

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The study of 1.4 million Medicare patients finds differing patient needs, but a consistent result: more therapy = better outcomes.

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Review key background and objectives; how beneficiaries compare across settings; key findings; discussion and policy implications.

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