Many SNFs find that outsourcing their therapy department is an efficient, cost-effective strategy, especially facilities with fluctuating census and those with difficulty attracting qualified staff. Contract therapy companies offer cutting-edge clinical programs and technology, and can assist in data analysis, marketing and defense against overzealous third-party auditors. Nonetheless, many providers prefer to keep their program “in-house.” While this frees the SNF from long-term commitments and the financial premium associated with outsourcing, staying in-house poses unique management challenges, particularly for providers without robust corporate support.
ZHSG’s “Therapy Advantage” program is designed to support SNFs that have opted to maintain their therapy departments in-house. Therapy Advantage offers facilities a fully scalable level of professional management support, technology and development, without sacrificing departmental control associated with outsourcing.
Looking forward, Medicare Part A payment reform will soon drastically alter the decades-old utilization-driven incentive system that has enhanced the benefits of outsourcing. To meet this challenge, ZHSG has developed an innovative therapy management approach, fully consistent with the sensitivities of the new Resident Classification System (RCS). Our program is guaranteed to optimize efficiency while minimizing department expenses.
ZHSG’s Therapy Department Support services include:
- Scalable Management Interventions
- Reimbursement Assessment and Optimization
- Department-Specific, Fully Integrated Management Software
- Compliance Auditing including remote “Shadow Compliance”
- Program Development
- Payment Reform Restructuring
- Efficiency Evaluation
- Outcomes Tracking