Join the SigmaCare by MatrixCare Sprint Review and Focus Group!

After each development sprint, we welcome customers to join us in previewing the new enhancements and functionality that the team worked on most recently and will be available in the next release of SigmaCare by MatrixCare. Your participation ensures that we identify and address any workflow gaps, usability issues, or additional desired enhancements during the development process. We also review proposed functionality that we would like YOUR feedback on!

On the most recent sprint review, we demonstrated and discussed items related to:

  • MDS Oct 1, 2019 Updates
    • Section Updates
    • Section Edits/Validations
    • Addition of the Interim Payment Assessment
  • MDS Clinical Assessment Updates
    • Clinical Assessment Questions for J2100, J2300 to J5000
    • Pre-pop of J2100 and J2300 to J5000 to the MDS
    • Standard Clinical Content Update
  • Proposed Changes
    • Updates to the Resident MDS Assessment Scheduling Page
    • Continued RUG Handling for Like-Med A Insurances

Each session is filled with vibrant discussion and insightful questions, if you’re not on the invites yet, reach out to your Account Manager or Customer Support today!

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Product News

INTERACT Helps Improve Quality Outcomes & Reduce Hospital Readmissions

Interventions to Reduce Acute Care Transfers (INTERACT) is a quality improvement program that aims to improve the identification, evaluation and documentation of acute changes in resident status and condition in long-term care facilities. It involves a collection of communication, care pathway and care planning tools that, when used in concert, can reduce the likelihood of rehospitalization.

INTERACT tools are available within the SigmaCare by MatrixCare software to assist in reducing rehospitalization.

  • Stop & Watch: CNA’s are often the first to notice subtle changes in a resident that could indicate a larger problem. Completing the brief Stop and Watch tool will alert the nurse to these changes.
  • SBAR: Upon evaluation of the reported changes on the Stop and Watch, the nurse may need to contact the physician. The SBAR is a tool designed to capture all of the information that the physician may need to make a well informed decision on the follow up course of care.
  • Change in Condition Cards: Answers provided by the nurse in the SBAR tool will trigger notifications which will provide guidance on the urgency of physician notification.

Please contact your Account Manager to discover more about implementing this module at your facility.

Increase Census & Maximize Reimbursements with ReferralConnect

Today’s complex healthcare environment is more challenging than ever. With reimbursement changes and narrowing referral networks, it’s becoming more difficult for providers to increase revenue and optimize census. Designed specifically for long-term and post-acute care providers, ReferralConnect delivers robust tools and intelligence so you can discover hidden referral sources, focus your marketing efforts, and build sustainable relationships that attract even more referrals.

Qualify Referrals to Ensure Quality Outcomes
Capture clinical-based information to aid in qualifying referrals prior to admission. Leverage the information tracked for internal analysis and subsequent conversions with referral sources. Admitting the residents that best fit your facility’s care capabilities will be critical to maximizing reimbursements under PDPM.

Measure & Manage Referral Sources to Optimize Census
Qualify the true potential of all the new and existing referral sources so you can prioritize your resources on those that are high value. Monitor activity to provide visibility into referral source relationships and identify referrals from that referral source. Analyze market and referral data to identify the best sources of referrals that best fit your ideal resident profile and lead to more admissions.

Read our blog post Why Referral Tracking Matters written by Bradley Lawton, Product Manager at MatrixCare to learn more!

Are you interested in Referral Connect? Contact your MatrixCare Account Representative or submit an inquiry on our ReferralConnect landing page.

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Upcoming Webinars

Access the MatrixCare Client Community to register for upcoming webinars & events. For assistance with accessing the Client Community, please contact our Support team.

  • What to do Today for Optimized PDPM Success Tomorrow
    July 10, 2019 at 10:00am-11:00am CST
    In this session, VP of Skilled Nursing Strategy, Amy Ostrem and Product Manager, Jessica Stagg provide an overview of the integrated tools that MatrixCare offers and how they work together to provide insights and capabilities your organization can use TODAY to help prepare for and perform profitably under PDPM. Plus, find out about specific PDPM training and optimization of the software you already have that can give your staff a leg up in meeting this industry challenge.
  • PDPM: Maximizing Reimbursement and Thriving with PDPM ICD-10 Coding
    July 16, 2019 at 1:00pm-2:00pm CST
    The Patient Driven Payment Model (PDPM) is approximately four months away, is your facility ready? The key to maximize reimbursement is accurate ICD-10-CM codes, learn the first step in correct code assignment, The Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting. Join us for a webinar led by MatrixCare Senior Implementation Consultant, Tracey Beattie, RHIA, CCS-P, AHIMA Approved ICD-10-CM Training Ambassador, to learn the importance of accurate ICD-10-CM code assignment to meet the requirements of PDPM and maximize revenue under this value-based care model.This is our second webinar in a series of upcoming PDPM/ICD-10-CM educational webinars. Earn while you learn! Attendees of this webinar will earn 1 CEU.
  • Getting Started with Resident Programs
    July 23, 2019 – 12:00pm-12:45pm CST
    It is important to have the ability to assign and track various payment reform or other facility specific programs to provide better visibility into your resident population. The Resident Programs module in SigmaCare by MatrixCare will provide the ability to track performance and ultimately outcomes, providing increased knowledge for appropriate budget planning. Join this session to learn more about using the Resident Programs module.
  • Enhance Your Revenue with Proper PDPM Documentation
    Tuesday, July 30, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. CST
    This session will focus on the financial details of the new Patient-Drive Patient Model. We will identify financial drivers of PDPM and what documentation changes need to be made within the organization to enhance revenue. We will also discuss operational changes to consider during PDPM implementation.Attendees of this session may earn 1 CEU – pending NAB approval.

Conduit Coaching Teleforum Recording Now Available

On Wednesday, June 26, 2019, Denise Wassenaar, VP Clinical & Regulatory Affairs & CCO at MatrixCare and Senior Care Leadership expert, Mary Ellen Sanajko of Conduit Coaching, led a 60-minute, complimentary thought-leadership teleforum on Powerful Principles of a Competency Program to Manage Performance.

During this session, they discussed the nuts and bolts of creating a Competency Program that will work for you and the essential leadership skills to make it stick.

Learn what you can do to manage performance and help your community be more successful!

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Partner News

Partner Webinar Recording Now Available On-Demand

Our webinar, Elevate Your MatrixCare Investment with Partner Product Integrations, held on Wednesday, June 19, 2019, was led by a panel of our certified partners who presented on products and solutions that help you simplify complicated administrative and clinical operations, support online bill pay, automate vitals documentation, and create better customer experiences through RetailTracker.

Featured Partners:

 ABILITY  PayRight  Medline  Par Tech

Watch this webinar again or share it with a colleague!

Regulatory News

2020 ICD-10-CM Information Available

CMS has published information on the ICD-10-CM updates for FY 2020. The 2020 ICD-10-CM codes are to be used for discharges occurring from October 1, 2019, through September 30, 2020, and for patient encounters occurring from October 1, 2019, through September 30, 2020.

Access the 2020 ICD-10CM files from the CMS webpage.

CMS Training Available for Coding Specific Section GG Items

The Skilled Nursing Facility PPS Patient Driven Payment Model (PDPM) relies on accurate coding of several MDS Section GG mobility and self-care items that impact the PT, OT, and Nursing component per-diem case-mix payment rates.

On June 7, 2019, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a series of short videos to assist providers with coding select Section GG items on the MDS. These videos, ranging from 4-12 minutes, are designed to provide targeted guidance using simulated patient scenarios. To access the videos, click on the links below:

On June 26, 2019, CMS also released a web-based training course on how to properly code Section GG of the MDS. The 45-minute course is divided into the following four lessons and includes interactive exercises that allow you to test your knowledge in real life scenarios:

  • Lesson 1: Importance of Section GG for Post-Acute Care
  • Lesson 2: Section GG Assessment and Coding Principles
  • Lesson 3: Coding GG0130.Self-Care Items
  • Lesson 4: Coding GG0170.Mobility Items

Access the Section GG web-based training course

Review all SNF Quality Reporting Program spotlights and announcements

CDC Infection Control Training and Education

Environmental services (EVS) personnel have the shared responsibility to help stop healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) from spreading by working with colleagues, prioritizing areas that pose immediate safety risks, and following guidelines for cleaning and disinfecting. An interactive training is now available which illustrates the important role EVS personnel have in the prevention of HAIs.

Visit the CDC > Infection Control > Training and Education page for more information.

Industry Events

Upcoming Tradeshows & Meetings

We look forward to seeing you at the upcoming events. Be sure to visit with one of our representatives and learn more about all the MatrixCare solutions available to you.