tci Outpatient Facility Coding Alert - 2013 Issue 9

Reader Question: Consider This Before You Earmark SNF Patients For Outpatient Care

Question: Our hospital offers outpatient therapy and owns a skilled nursing home. The physical therapists have asked to treat some of our SNF patients in the outpatient setting. The reasons for this include making it more convenient for the therapists as they don’t have to rush back and forth between facilities, the therapists have greater choice of equipment to use with the patients, and the patients enjoy the “social outing.” However, we are worried that transporting residents to the outpatient setting will imply that the SNF cannot meet the patients’ skilled therapy needs. Is there a...

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