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Students Treating in the IRF Setting

by • November 19, 2018 • 8 Comments

Last week, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) held a conference call on the Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility (IRF) Payment and Coverage Policies. During the phone call, the presenter stated that according to hospital conditions of participation that IRFs must meet, students do not have a role in providing therapy or therapy minutes to patients, even under direct supervision of the licensed therapist.

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8 thoughts on “Students Treating in the IRF Setting”

  1. Scott Gaydos says:

    Do you know if the APTA has received a meeting date with CMS to resolve this? Thanks.

    1. Rick Gawenda says:

      As of today, no.

  2. Todd Olson says:

    Hi Rick,

    Do we know if this impacts students treating Med A in the SNF setting?

    1. Rick Gawenda says:

      This article only addresses the IRF setting.

  3. Thomas Murray says:

    What about acute inpatient care. For ono-IRF billing that is really just a DRG payment can students bill? Historically we all know once students meet competency we let them treat on their own without direct / line of site supervision…supervision is generally throughout the day and co-signing

    1. Rick Gawenda says:

      This article only addresses what CMS mentioned about the IRF setting. CMS did not address acute care inpatient during that call.

  4. Thomas Murray says:

    Outside of the call, how does CMS interpret billing on the acute side considering it is DRG based.

    1. Rick Gawenda says:

      We are waiting for them to confirm the use of students with our professional organizations.

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