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Proper Positioning: Part 2

When completing a comprehensive positioning evaluation it is essential that the therapist consider the medical diagnoses and anticipated impairments that may impact alignment, function, skin integrity and safety.

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Proper Positioning: Part 1

Proper positioning is critical to the well-being and quality of life of our residents. Therefore, it is important that, as clinicians, we have an understanding of the components of a comprehensive positioning evaluation and plan

Section GG0130: Self Care Definitions and Coding Tips

Eating: The ability to use suitable utensils to bring food and/or liquid to the mouth and swallow food and/or liquid once the meal is placed before the resident.

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Key Coding Questions | GG0130 & GG0170

The following key coding questions are intended to assist you in coding resident’s usual performance for each activity using the six-point scale.

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New Section GG Items Taking Effect October 1, 2018

New items are being added to Section GG, including definitions and coding tips. An overview of these changes includes:

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Pusher Syndrome

Pusher Syndrome is a unique presentation of abnormal body posture seen in approximately 5-10% of post-stroke patients. It is also known as Contraversive pushing, Ipsilateral pushing and Lateropulsion.

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Diagnosis Coding: Coding Muscle Weakness

Learning when to report M62.81 for Muscle Weakness Generalized or M62.50 – M62.59 for Muscle Wasting and Disuse Atrophy will help your coding accuracy.

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Z-Codes as Treatment Codes in ICD-10-CM

As many of us can recall, CMS implemented the use of ICD-10-CM almost 3 years ago (10/1/15). While our knowledge, experience and comfort level with ICD-10-CM has progressed over the years, we must always keep

Patient-Driven Payment Model (PDPM) Top 6 Highlights

On April 27, 2018, CMS released its New Proposed Rule –Patient-Driven Payment Model (PDPM), with an effective start date of October 1, 2019, FY 2020.

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Urinary Incontinence – Take Control

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that, “individuals who are incontinent may carry an emotional burden of shame and embarrassment in addition to the physical discomfort and disruption of their lives that occur