On October 1, 2019, the largest change in skilled nursing reimbursement in 20 years will take effect. With the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issuing their final ruling earlier this year for Fiscal Year 2020 Medicare payment rates and quality programs for Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNFs), impacted facilities must be ready for the fast-approaching transition to PDPM.
As a result, ES Healthcare held an informational panel event on September 10th to discuss the anticipated impact of this reimbursement model and how facilities can best prepare to start focusing on value rather than volume. “We pride ourselves on equipping our clients with everything they need to run a successful facility—and that goes beyond providing high-quality candidates,” says Kyle Mattice, President of ES Healthcare, a division of The Execu|Search Group. “We strive to go the extra mile for our clients, and through this lively discussion among experts offering varying viewpoints, I know our clients are ready for PDPM.”
ES Healthcare’s entire New York City team was also in attendance, from executive-level through Account Executives and Staffing Managers. “It’s critical for us that we not only assist our clients in the transition, but that we ensure our staff members have the best information to proceed going into October,” says Kyle. “As we strive to provide the highest caliber of service, everyone at ES Healthcare is committed and engaged in helping our clients and candidates through the PDPM transition.”
Panelists for the event included a local administrator, a national expert, and a legal authority to guide attendees through the different ways the patient-driven payment model will affect them. “Ellen Strunk, our featured panelist, is a well-known national authority in the therapy community,” explains Mindy Booth, OTR/L, A Senior Director of Clinical Services within ES Healthcare. “We gained so much insight with her sharing her expertise, and we are grateful she was able to join us.” Panelists also included John Armstrong, President/CEO of Horizon Analytics, LLC, and Jennifer Greco, an associate with Nixon Peabody. “Moderating this panel was an absolute joy, having the opportunity to speak to our colleagues, clients, and university partners about how they can create an efficient, ethical, and patient-driven process,” says Mindy. “Understanding more about how facilities are responding on a national and local level, everyone walked away more informed and ready to take on this transition.”
“Additionally, we’ve received amazing feedback from our clients in attendance,” says Mindy. “By putting our clients first, we have set ourselves apart in our commitment to service and responsiveness in the healthcare industry.”