PPS documentation - page 2

PPS is coming fast to our facility, I am a DNS in a long term facility, How can we assure correct and timely documentation that is required for reimbursement? What are other facilities doing to... Read More

  1. by   Nascar nurse
    Quote from Acutecat
    I'm still trying to define my MDS Assessment Coordinator's role. Sounds nuts but true, she's part time, odd hours, took a class once and now knows it all. Fact: Deferred TAR's on regular basis due to poor assessment on initial? Need some help to develop a plan. (Other than firing current RN)!! Anyone got some idea's? I'm trying to recoup significant reimbursement revenue and prevent further problems. Thanks
    Cathy
    How big is your facility? What is a TAR (maybe we don't have this in my area or we use a different term?) I am surprised you MDS is only part time, is this why things aren't being done right.. just to much w/ too little time? You are right though, you can miss out on BIG time reimbursement if you have someone that does not know what they are doing. Not only that your quality indicators &/or quality measures, state survey, etc. could be all screwed up, Give me some more info and I will try to guide you a little or at least give you a better opinion.
  2. by   catlady
    Quote from Acutecat
    Thanks! If I somehow post this wrong or leave something out please bear with me (first time user)!!
    Cathy RN, Nurse Manager, SNF
    It's not technically wrong...but you revived a thread from seven years ago.
  3. by   Acutecat
    Hey all, our facility is a 116 bed Skilled Nursing Unit with a 5 bed acute unit,a 24 hr Emergency Room with a Physician onsite 24/7,Outpatient Services including, onsite X-ray, Lab and PT/OT. Our patient population consists of everything from Dementia/Alzheimers to Geri \Psych, and everything in between. Ages range from 22-103. Our pharmacist, Dietician and Speech Therapist are onsite 3x/wk (Our medications and food come from our sister hospital which is 16 miles away). I manage approx. 97 employees (RN's, LVN's and CNA's) who are dedicated to Skilled Nursing at an HPPD of 3.2, with our ancillary departments our total staff is about 150 employees. Our reimbursement is mostly from Outpatient Service's, our ED and our Acute Unit. We have recently consolidated w/our sister hospital bringing our SNF Reimbursement up to there rate (double what we were getting). A "TAR" is a Treatment Authorization Request we generate for reimbursement. I'm faced with a huge deficit issue, SOC issue's, Deferred TAR's from the State, charting problems....Blah blah and don't know quite how to begin to fix the problem. We aren't computer charting yet, but our current documentation process truly sucks. Need better resources!! or maybe new Job!!!!!
  4. by   Nascar nurse
    Hi. Sorry, I still don't get the whole "TAR" thing. I take it this is a state related issue that I don't have in my state. I am one of 2 MDS coordinators for my 90 bed SNF. (other RN only works 25-30 hours). We split the job - she mainly does the ICF residents, I do the medicare/PPS residents (usually around 25-30 w/ frequent turnover). I do all MDS's and medicare UR. I run the weekly PPS meeting and decide who stays covered w/ medicare and who needs to come off. I keep track of all required documentation, cert/recert/physician visits, etc for these residents. I also have to participate in the monthly UB medicare billing of all medicare residents. One of us does a documentation orientation w/ all new nurses and quarterly inservices w/ nursing staff. We also split restorative nurse duties. Our state reimburses us for all medicaid residents based on the case mix score and she pretty much keeps track of that since it involves the LTC residents. Hope this helps a little. Your job and facility sounds way complicated. Good luck.
  5. by   CapeCodMermaid
    Quote from Bird2
    Our charting is done on the computer so we review the Medicare charting daily. We can then educate the nurses on a daily basis r/t PPS charting. We also have therapy leave detailed typed notes at the nurses station and a weekly update from therapy to ensure that the nursing and therapy notes match. We have had far less denials doing the daily reviews.
    Two things...how do you have time to review every Medicare chart daily? How many Med A's do you have? And how in the world do you convince therapy to give you notes? Our therapists say they only have to write a note once a week. If we ask them a question, we get told "it's in the chart"...sorry,sister, but I don't have time to search through your notes.
  6. by   Bird2
    Quote from CapeCodMermaid
    Two things...how do you have time to review every Medicare chart daily? How many Med A's do you have? And how in the world do you convince therapy to give you notes? Our therapists say they only have to write a note once a week. If we ask them a question, we get told "it's in the chart"...sorry,sister, but I don't have time to search through your notes.
    We average 20-25 Med A's. Since the notes are in the computer we print them in 24 hour batches and review them during a daily Medicare meeting. The therapist is required to be in the meeting every morning. BTW they did whine at first but if the nursing staffs notes are to match what the therapist are charting then they just gotta be there and give input. We insisited that the therapist give us detailed notes such as what the resident needed for nursing to help the resident. So, in a nut shell every Med A pt has all nursing and therapy issues reviewed daily. It takes us approx 45 min. The next step that the therapist don't know yet is they will be required to attend all careplans for Med A and Med B pts. Hopefully this will happen by January. Won't we be popular!

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