RCS-1 is a complete rewrite of therapy reimbursement rules, and will require therapy providers to make significant operational changes in order to maintain healthy businesses. While the RCS-1 language is still in draft form as a notice of proposed rulemaking, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has indicated that it plans to implement this new classification system as early as October 2018.
Therapy providers must start laying the preparatory groundwork immediately, as CMS’ timeline doesn’t offer the luxury of waiting. In his latest article in McKnight’s, Optima CEO Josh Pickus shares four steps therapy providers can take now to start planning for the necessary changes. These include how providers approach their plans of care, establish clinical protocols for resident classifications, demonstrate their value with outcomes data and leverage technology to succeed under RCS-1.
Read the article in McKnight’s: How therapy providers can start preparing for RCS-1.