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On August 5, 2019 and in anticipation of a new Medicare home health patient classification and payment system (Patient Driven Groupings Model - PDGM) the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) collaborated with the three national professional rehabilitation associations (ASHA, APTA and AOTA). Collectively, they presented an educational webinar regarding the patient classifications essential to this new patient classification system and the associated payment model.
Scheduled for implementation in January 2020, home health clinicians are encouraged to understand that services are to be assessed and paid under a predetermined value system. Although the OASIS will continue to be submitted every 60 days, the resources used to care for the patient will be reviewed and re-assessed every 30 days.
The slides used for the August webinar are being shared with PSHA members here. CMS and the three associations committed to posting the recorded webinar. That recorded webinar will be shared when it becomes available. In addition, more detail regarding PDGM will be shared in the Fall 2019 Keystater.
On September 4, 2019 and in anticipation of a new Medicare skilled nursing facility patient classification and payment system (Patient Driven Payment Model -PDPM) the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) collaborated with the three national professional rehabilitation associations ( ASHA, APTA and AOTA). Collectively, they presented an educational webinar regarding the patient classifications essential to this new patient classification system and the associated payment model.
Scheduled for implementation in October 2019, skilled nursing facility clinicians are encouraged to understand that services are to be assessed and paid under a predetermined value system. The MDS Initial Assessment will be completed within three days of admission. The patient will be classified as needing services based on the presence of diagnoses historically identified as needing SLP care.
Update June 8, 2018:
The license renewal e-mail notice sent out the week of June 4 had the incorrect expiration date listed. Current licenses have an expiration date of July 31, 2018. The licensing board understanding is that a corrected e-mail renewal notice will be sent. Licensees will also receive a mailed renewal notice providing them with information on how to renew online.
Any additional questions related to the renewal should be directed to the licensing board.
Update April 3, 2018:
Update July 17, 2017:
PSHA is pleased to announce that thee new regulations are now published in the July 15th edition of the Pennsylvania Bulletin. The new SLP License regulations go into effect beginning July 15, 2017 and are available at http://www.pabulletin.com/secure/data/vol47/47-28/1160.html.
Update June 22, 2017:
On June 15, the final form regulation of our Licensure Act 106 of 2014 has been approved by Office of General Council, Budget Committees and the Independent Regulatory Review Commission (IRRC). In the next few weeks, it will be published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin to make it official. The provisional license applications are now available for new graduates in the state of Pennsylvania online through the Pennsylvania Licensing System (PALS).
Update May 22, 2017:
Great news! Provisional licensing now available!
PSHA was notified on May 17, 2017 that the State Board of Examiners in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology delivered the final form of our regulations, known as Licensure Act 106 of 2014, to the Independent Regulatory Review Commission (IRRC) and the designated standing committees of the PA House and Senate for consideration. IRRC will vote on the rulemaking at its June 15, 2017 public meeting. Once the IRRC review and vote are completed in June, the official publication in the PA Bulletin will make the law fully legal.
In the meantime, Board of Examiners notified PSHA that provisional license applications are now available for new graduates online through the Pennsylvania Licensing System, (PALS) at www.pals.pa.gov.
Update January 16, 2017:
Dave Tive, Lobbyist and Anne Gilbertson, President, attended the Board of Examiners meeting on Friday 1/3/17.
The BOE reviewed all the comments sent in by PSHA, PAA, Roy Shinn and IRRC. Board Counsel Judy Schulder, had everything prepared with each comment arranged by which section of the proposed regs it dealt with. Where she felt it was necessary, she had prepared possible changes to the proposed form of the regs. In the end the BOE approved both the changes and the comments on a unanimous vote.
With regard to the two changes recommended by PSHA, the BOE accepted the first one, to change the reference to the ASBA Scope of Practice for SLP to the 2016 version instead of the previous outdated version. Our other suggested change, to replace all references to “supervisor” and “supervision” with “mentor” and “mentoring”, as preferred by ASHA, was rejected. The rationale for that was that the licensure law specifically uses the “supervisor” and “supervision” language so the BOE has no flexibility to change the wording in the regulations.
Each of the comments from IRRC was discussed, and in a couple of places small changes were made to address those comments. In other places, such as the IRRC request for a 10-year budget projection, that was approved and the document will be sent to IRRC.
The regulations are now to be referred to as “final form” instead of “proposed”. They were sent on Tues, 1/17/2017 to the Department of State legal office for review and from there on to the Governor’s office and the Attorney General for further review. After that they will be looked at by the House and Senate licensure committees, and then there will be a final vote taken by IRRC.
It seems that the Department now understands the urgency for getting this done before spring graduation. Since everything was ready to go at the conclusion of the BOE meeting, there would be no delay in getting the approved document sent to the Department legal office, and Schulder is already looking at trying to find a way to begin the application process for provisional licenses even before we have final approval by IRRC. She made it clear that she could not promise anything along those lines, but she is trying to find a way to get it started.
Just a brief reminder that this could all still fall apart if any of the legal offices, the legislative committees or IRRC discover that they have a problem. BUT if we all cross our fingers and toes, hopefully this will be completed by spring for May graduates to apply for provisional licensure.
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