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Medicare Part A Reform: Resident Classification System (RCS-I)

Course: #8273Level: Intermediate1 Hour 526 Reviews

Current efforts to reform the SNF Part A benefit are based upon recommendations from the Office of Inspector General (OIG) and Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) to move from volume- to value-based care, which is based upon patient characteristics. This course will review the current Resident Classification System, Version I (RCS-I) model which has been published by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) as an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rule Making.

Course created on December 21, 2017

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Course Type: Video

CEUs/Hours Offered: ASHA/0.1 Intermediate, Related; IACET/0.1; Kansas LTS-S1370/1.0; SAC/1.0

Learning Outcomes

  • checkmarkAfter this course, participants will be able to explain why CMS sees a need to change the current PPS structure and the goals for developing an alternative payment model.
  • checkmarkAfter this course, participants will be able to define the structure of the RCS-I model in comparison to current RUGs-IV model.
  • checkmarkAfter this course, participants will be able to list the specific criteria which make up each of the five (5) buckets in RCS-I including: Physical and Occupational Therapy; Speech-language Pathology; Non-Therapy Ancillary; Nursing; and Non-Case Mix
  • checkmarkAfter this course, participants will be able to describe the MDS areas in which the entire interdisciplinary team (IDT) should become fluent: 1) understanding of scoring methodology and 2) case-mix impacts.


0-5 Minutes Introduction
5-10 Minutes Background for RCS development
10-20 Minutes Outline of structure of RCS
20-40 Minutes Explanation of criteria for case mix
40-55 Minutes Specific patient case studies
55-60 Minutes Summary, Q&A


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Presenter Disclosure: Financial: Renee Kinder was paid an honorarium for this presentation by SpeechPathology.com. Non-financial: Author of McKnight's Long Term Care News "Rehab Realities" blog; RUC Alternate Advisor to the American Medical Association's Health Care Professionals Advisory Committee (HCPAC); Professional Development Manager for Gerontology and State Advocate for Medicare Policy (StAMP) for the state of Kentucky.

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American Speech-Language-Hearing Assn.

American Speech-Language-Hearing Assn.

Intermediate Level

International Association for Continuing Education and Training

International Association for Continuing Education and Training

continued, LLC, DBA AudiologyOnline, is accredited by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). continued complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard, which is recognized internationally as a standard of excellence in instructional practices. As a result of this accreditation, continued is authorized to issue the IACET CEU. continued, LLC, is authorized by IACET to offer 0.1 CEUs for this program.

Kansas Dept for Aging and Disability Services

Approved for 1 continuing education clock hour(s) for Kansas licensed Speech Pathologists by the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services. Long-Term Sponsorship number: LTS-S1370.

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Speech-Language and Audiology Canada

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