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Issue Focus: SLPs in Health Care – Know Your Value! July 2019
Access SLP Health Care addresses the specific needs of speech-language pathologists working in health care.
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What are the changes to the skilled nursing facility payment system?

The Medicare Patient-Driven Payment Model (PDPM) is a major overhaul to the current skilled nursing facility (SNF) prospective payment system (PPS). It is designed to address concerns that a payment system based on the volume of services provided creates inappropriate financial incentives. This revised payment methodology is driven by the patient’s clinical characteristics rather than the number of therapy minutes provided. Other significant elements of the PDPM include the use of Section O of the Minimum Data Set (MDS) to track the delivery of therapy services and a limitation on the use of group and concurrent therapy [PDF] combined at 25% of all therapy provided to the patient, per discipline. PDPM will be implemented on October 1, 2019.

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