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Jennifer Leatherbarrow

Jennifer Leatherbarrow RN, BSN, RAC-CT-QCP, CIC is the Senior Clinical Consultant at Richter Healthcare Consultants. She is a passionate writer and a speaker at both state and national level. Jennifer has been working in post-acute care for over 20 years. She is an avid proponent of education and providing those on the front lines of healthcare the tools they need to succeed.
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eINTERACT™– Helping LTPACs Decrease Hospital Readmissions and Improve Quality of Care

Posted by Jennifer Leatherbarrow on Sep 21, 2017 9:10:00 AM

Did you know that in 2016, 20% of Medicare residents are hospitalized within 30 days of discharge? Nearly 90% of these hospitalizations were classified as unplanned. Early identification of a resident’s change in condition is paramount to managing and preventing unnecessary transfers. The eINTERACT™ program is a PointClickCare® module that was developed to help decrease hospital readmissions and improve quality of care. It consists of several parts including:

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Topics: Clinical Consulting, Implementation, PointClickCare

Grasping the Who, What and Why of the Mega Rule Facility Assessment

Posted by Jennifer Leatherbarrow on Sep 6, 2017 9:10:00 AM

The Phase 2 roll out of the Mega Rule Requirements of Participation is quickly approaching. One of the requirements of Phase 2 is the Facility Assessment. The Facility Assessment is a written report that includes items such as patient population, resources and risk assessments.

Skilled nursing facilities will be required to complete the Facility Assessment by November 28, 2017, and annually thereafter. The Facility Assessment should also be updated with any significant changes in census or services.

The three sections of the Facility Assessment are outlined below. We have also assembled a template for use by the facility when completing the Facility Assessment.

Click here to download your Mega Rule Facility Assessment Tool.
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Topics: Clinical Consulting

Why Do I Need a Triple Check Process?

Posted by Jennifer Leatherbarrow on Aug 28, 2017 9:35:00 AM

When it comes to billing for your skilled nursing facility (SNF) services, you want your bills to be submitted with no errors and to be paid in a timely manner. In order for that to consistently happen, it is imperative that your facility complete a triple check prior to submitting claims. 

Triple check is an internal audit process to ensure billing accuracy and compliance with regulatory guidelines prior to submission of claims to Medicare/Managed Care Providers for review and payment. It is a multi-level process requiring a group effort of interdisciplinary team (IDT) members while providing a check and balance to the entire admissions process for new Medicare A/Managed Care residents.

For a free downloadable Triple Check Checklist for Medicare A, Medicare B, and Managed Care, click here.

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Topics: Clinical Consulting, Financial Consulting

Strategies for Analyzing and Utilizing PEPPER in LTPAC Settings

Posted by Jennifer Leatherbarrow on Jul 24, 2017 9:02:00 AM

It is that time of year for you to review your PEPPER!

Every year at this time we look forward to the release of The Program for Evaluating Payment Patterns Electronic Report (PEPPER). PEPPER is a Microsoft Excel file summarizing provider-specific Medicare data statistics for target areas often associated with Medicare improper payments due to billing, diagnosis-related group (DRG) coding and/or admission necessity issues. Target areas are determined by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

PEPPER summarizes the Medicare claims data st
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Topics: Clinical Consulting, Financial Consulting

Strategies for Developing a PointClickCare® Baseline Care Plan

Posted by Jennifer Leatherbarrow on Jul 19, 2017 9:09:31 AM

Attention PointClickCare® customers: We have your solution to the Mega-Rule Baseline Care Plan (BCP) requirement. The Mega-Rule has made the BCP a requirement for every resident within 48 hours of admission. The BCP must include instructions needed to provide effective person-centered care, including, but not limited to:

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Topics: Regulatory Changes, Clinical Consulting, PointClickCare

Managed Care Audit Defense Part III: Taking a Proactive Approach to Managed Care – the 3-Step Preadmission Process

Posted by Jennifer Leatherbarrow on Jun 12, 2017 2:42:42 PM

Securing a process for management and communication of contractual obligations for managed care residents is essential in today’s climate. Some questions to ask yourself:

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Topics: Clinical Consulting

Managed Care Audit Defense Strategies Part II: Meeting the Challenges of Additional Development Requests (ADRs)

Posted by Jennifer Leatherbarrow on Jun 12, 2017 2:39:40 PM

Nearly every provider has been the recipient of the dreaded Additional Development Request (ADR) letter from a Medicare contractor or managed care organization. ADRs are becoming more and more frequent, so it’s imperative to become savvier in the ways in which you manage them.

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Topics: Clinical Consulting

Best Practices for Implementing an Antibiotic Stewardship Program (ASP)

Posted by Jennifer Leatherbarrow on May 30, 2017 5:18:47 PM

The recent data regarding antibiotic stewardship Programs (ASPs) has demonstrated that programs dedicated to improving antibiotic use can enhance the treatment of infections as well as reduce adverse events associated with antibiotic use. Skilled nursing facilities are required to have an ASP in place by October 1, 2017 as published in the 2016 Mega Rule.

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Topics: Clinical Consulting