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RCS-1 is a Rewrite of Therapy Reimbursement Rules

Posted on September 12, 2017 by & filed under Blog Posts, Clinical/Regulatory

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RCS-1 is a Rewrite of Therapy Reimbursement Rules

With Resident Classification System, Version I (RCS-1), the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is proposing significant changes to the current reimbursement model for therapy services, now under the Resource Utilization Group (RUG) system.

In fact, as it’s currently written, RCS-1 is a complete rewrite of the payment rules SNFs have been subject to since 1998. In his latest article in McKnight’s, Optima CEO Josh Pickus provides an overview of RCS-1 and shares the ways that this notice of proposed rule-making could affect SNFs and therapy providers.

The article covers how RCS-1 will change the type and quantity of therapy that SNF residents receive, and impact the business models of therapy providers. Pickus also highlights RCS-1’s unanswered questions around the importance of measuring outcomes and the timeline for RCS-1 implementation.

Read the article in McKnight’s: RCS-1 is a complete rewrite of therapy reimbursement rules.