Survey Reveals Agencies’ Current Thoughts on PDGM Impact

The change from 60 day to 30 day payment periods, the elimination of therapy thresholds and education of staff and management are agencies’ top concerns about PDGM, according to a recent survey conducted by SUNY Oswego.

You may recall that late last year, we co-sponsored a survey by SUNY Oswego to gauge agencies’ understanding of and perceptions about the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM). If you completed the survey, you will soon receive the full report, but we wanted to share some of the highlights with all our readers here. The following results are based on 161 respondents:

Concerns
These factors are agencies’ top concerns:

49.7%  Change from 60 day to 30 day payment periods
17.0%  Elimination of therapy thresholds
8.2%    Education of staff and management

Clinical Preparation
Agencies were asked if they were making changes in their clinical practice to prepare for PDGM, to which they responded in this manner:

21.5%   Yes, they have already started making changes in anticipation of the new model
55.7%   Not yet, but are creating a plan to be implemented when PDGM goes live
19.0%   Said that their current practices would translate into the new payment model

Help Needed
Agencies said they would need the most help in these areas:

22.9%   Understanding the impact of PDGM on their quality outcomes
45.8%   Understanding the impact of PDGM on their reimbursement
11.8%   Educating their clinical staff on the new model

We will continue to keep you up to date about this important change for our industry. Click here if you’d like to learn more about Fazzi’s PDGM Readiness Services.