Recent changes to Medicare Part A mean skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) and their therapists must remain vigilant to make sure therapy services are provided consistently. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services clarified an End of Therapy Other Medicaid Required Assessment (OMRA) must be completed for Medicare Part A patients who miss three consecutive days of therapy services, using an assessment reference date (ARD) of the first, second or third day after the last therapy treatment. The approaching holidays may create difficulties delivering therapy services on a regular schedule as therapy staff take time off or skilled residents spend extra time with family.
On July 29, 2011, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued its final rule for federal fiscal year 2012 to update payment rates under the prospective payment system (PPS) for skilled nursing facilities (SNFs). The following are highlights of the final rule