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Final-Part 3

Skilled Nursing Facility Prospective Payment System


Radiation Therapy

Under the SNF PPS, which one of the following healthcare services is excluded from the consolidated payment?

routine care, ancillary services, and capital costs

What healthcare services are included from the consolidated payment under the SNF PPS?

resource utilization groups


resource utilization groups (RUGs)

Which classification system is used to case-mix adjust the SNF payment rate?

minimum data set


minimum data set (MDS)

In the SNF PPS, which data set determines a resident's classification into a resource utilization group?


The therapist in the skilled nursing facility is treating multiple patients who are each performing different therapies. How does CMS classify this mode of delivery?


practice of one professional therapist treating multiple patients at the same time while the patients are performing different therapeutic activities.

market basket

In the PAC payment systems, which tool does CMS use to adjust its payment rates to account for geographic variations in costs?

market basket

Mix of goods and services appropriate to the setting, such as home health services or SNF.

post-acute care



How many types of PACs?


Name the 4 types of PACs.

inpatient rehabilitation facility



In which of the PAC payment systems, is the unit of payment the 60-day episode of care?


PAC payment system where unit of pay is 60-day episode of care.

>25 days

Generally, what is the average length of stay of long-term care hospitals?

multiple acute and chronic diseases

LTCH treat patients with the following?

Medicare-severity, long-term care, diagnosis-related groups


exactly the same

In terms of their composition, how do the groups of the MS-LTC-DRGs compare to the groups of the acute care MS-DRGs?

principal diagnosis, up to 8 additional diagnoses, and up to 6 procedures

Both MS-LTC-DRGs and acute care MS-DRGs are based on what 3 things?

based on the principal diagnosis

In terms of grouping and reimbursement, how are the MS-LTC-DRGs and acute care MS-DRGs similar?

constant that converts the MS-LTC-DRG weight into a payment

In the LTCH PPS, what is the standard federal rate?

quality of, access to, and continuity of care; efficient provision of rehab services, and fairness and equity to facilities, beneficiaries, and taxpayers

According to CMS, what are the 3 purposes of the IRF PPS?

stroke, spinal cord injury, congenital deformity, amputation, major multiple trauma, fracture of the femur (hip), brain injury, neurological disorder, burn; active, polyarticular rheumatoid arthritis; psoriatic arthritis, and seronegative arthropathy; systemic vascularities with joint inflammation (unresponsive to aggressive, sustained and appropriate outpatient treatment; severe or advanced osteoarthritis involving greater-than-or-equal-to 2 major weight-bearing joints; knee or hip replacement with bilateral replacement, extreme obesity, or age greater-than-or-equal-to 85.

To meet the definition of an IRF, facilities must have an inpatient population with at least a specified percentage of patients with certain conditions. Which conditions are counted in the definition?

standard federal rate

National base payment amount in the PPS for LTCH. This amount is multiplied with the relative weight of the LTC-DRG to calculate the unadjusted payment. SFR is published annually in the Federal Register.


This diagnosis is NOT used in the IRF PPS.

patient assessment instrument

IRF PPS tool that collects information that drives payment?

Outcome Assessment Information Set



What data set provides the underpinning of the HHPPS?

all therapy (PT, OT, S), skilled nursing visits, home health aide visits, medical social services; all medical supplies, including non-routine medical supplies

All of the following services are consolidated into a single payment under the HHPPS.

nursing, therapy, and noncase-mix-adjusted

3 components of the per diem (daily rate) for SNF PPS include:

rehabilitation impairment category


rehabilitation impairment category, total scores from motor (M) items from functional independence assessment tool, total scores from cognitive (C) items from functional independence assessment tool (used only with selected diagnoses related to stroke and traumatic brain injury), age (used only with selected diagnoses related to stroke, traumatic spinal cord injury, and joint replacement), and comorbid conditions

5 elements part of the IRF PPS:

inpatient rehabilitation facility patient assessment instrument


episode of care

unit of payment for HH PPS:

episode of care

All home health services delivered to a patient during a 60-day period:

skilled nursing care, therapy (OT, PT, S), medical social work, home health aide

Services provided by HHA:


OASIS collects how many major domains?

sociodemographic, environment, support system, health status, functional status, behavioral status

Name 6 major OASIS domains that are collected:

medical malpractice

NOT part of the HH PPS case mix:

home health resource group



How many HHRGs are there?

number of therapy visits by a therapist

For what variations in resource consumption does the HHPPS account?

labor portion

Element directly adjusted by the local wage index:


In which of the PAC payment systems, is the adjusted rate multiplied by the patient's number of Medicare days to determine the reimbursement amount?

functional status

What is the term used in a rehabilitation facility to mean "a patient's ability to perform activities of daily living"?

software used in payment calculation

In regards to SNF, what is a pricer?

0; 7

The functional independence assessment tool is comprised of 18 items, and scores are based on a scale of ____ to _____.


What score from the independence assessment tool is assigned to "not assessed"?


What score from the independence assessment tool is assigned to "complete dependence"?


What score from the independence assessment tool is assigned to "complete independence"?

functional independence assessment tool

Major element of the IRF PAI:

identification, admission, payer, medical, medical needs, function modifiers, functional independence assessment, discharge, quality measures

9 types of patient information comprising the IRF PAI:

pressure ulcer, patient falls

2 examples of quality measures that might be listed in the IRF PAI:

inpatient rehabilitation validation and entry



Computer software for data entry in inpatient rehabilitation facilities (IRF). Captures data for the IRF PAI and supports electronic submission of the IRF PAI. Allows data import and export in the standard record format of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.


True or False: OASIS is used in the long term care setting?

high cost outlier, rural adjustment, teaching hospital, low income patients

After the generic payment formula is calculated, sometimes there are adjustments made to account for the characteristics of facilities. Name these 4 types of adjustments that could be made.

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