Prep Your Restorative Nursing Program for PDPM

By Caralyn Davis, Staff Writer - August 21, 2019

Under the Patient-Driven Payment Model (PDPM) that goes into effect this October 1 for the Skilled Nursing Facility Prospective Payment System (SNF PPS), restorative nursing plays two key roles, just as it did under RUG-IV:

1.  It is a qualifier for two payment classification categories in the nursing component of PDPM:

a. Behavioral Symptoms and Cognitive Performance, and

b. Reduced Physical Function.

Note: See the chart at the end of this article for an overview of restorative nursing’s role in the nursing component of PDPM.

2.  It also can serve as the daily skilled service required to meet a skilled level of care for Medicare Part A patients (e.g., upon admission when skilled therapy isn’t medically necessary, in conjunction with skilled therapy that doesn’t meet the daily requirement, or after the patient is discharged from skilled therapy). Section 30.6, Daily Skilled Services Defined, in Chapter 8, “Coverage of Extended Care (SNF) Services Under Hospital Insurance,” of the Medicare Benefit Policy Manual offers insights into its role as a daily skilled service:

“In instances when a patient requires a skilled restorative nursing program to positively affect his functional well-being, the expectation is that the program be rendered at least 6 days a week. (Note that when a patient’s skilled status is based on a restorative program, medical evidence must be documented to justify the services. In most instances, it is expected that a skilled restorative program will be, at most, only a few weeks in duration.)”