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Monthly Archives: December 2023

2024 Medicare Rules & Regulations

2024 Medicare Rules & Regulations

Medicare recently published their Final Regulations for 2024. Below is an overview of what to expect:

• Beginning 1/1/2024, Non-Physician Providers (NPPs) may provide Direct Supervision of CR, ICR, SET PAD and PR.
o NPPs are not allowed to:
  • ORDER any of these services.
  • Sign ITPs for CR, ICR, PR.
  • Serve as Medical Directors.
• Virtual Supervision for both hospital-based and physician owned programs has been extended through December 31st, 2024.
o Supervision can be provided by a Physician or NPP.

• Non-Excepted ICR programs located off-campus will now be reimbursed at 100% of the Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment Schedule (HOPPS) rate.
o Starting 1/1/2024, ICR programs provided in a nonexcepted, off-campus Hospital Outpatient Department will be reimbursed at the HOPPS rate vs. the drastically reduced Physician Fee Schedule (PFS).
  • This means that reimbursement for ICR programs will be the same for both Hospital Outpatient Departments and Physician offices.
Healthy Holiday Tips

Healthy Holiday Tips

Happy Holidays from LSI! We know you’re all looking forward to the big meal, dessert, and leftovers. We are too! 😁 Here are a few tips to keep you safe and healthy this holiday season. For more tips and other advocacy materials, please visit our Advocacy Center.

1. Don’t skip meals
Skipping meals to save calories before a big holiday meal can often lead to overeating.

2. Have a healthy snack before dinner
Fruit, veggies, or hummus will help curb your appetite so you don’t feel ravenous by the time you sit down to eat.

3. Make a healthy side dish to include with dinner
Consider grilled or sauteed vegetables to balance the traditional high carb, high fat comfort foods.

4. Practice mindful eating
Take time to enjoy your meal.

5. Wait 20 minutes before going back for seconds
This allows your mind and body time to recognize if you are still hungry.

6. Decide what treats you will splurge on in advance
Set expectations for yourself before you get to the dessert table.
Consider smaller samplings of each vs. a full serving.

7. Stay hydrated
Many of the traditional holiday foods are high in sodium.
It is important to be aware of your water intake.

8. Take a walk after meals
Americans should achieve 150 – 300 mins / week of moderate-intensity exercise.
Any physical activity is beneficial.

9. Get plenty of sleep
Lack of sleep can lead to feelings of increased hunger.

10. Give yourself grace!
Allow yourself to splurge from time-to-time without beating yourself up.