The Patient-Driven
Groupings Model
(PDGM) begins
January 1, 2020


Implemented by the
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

How will the PDGM affect you and your patients' care?

The PDGM requires primary diagnoses to include underlying cause(s) or to be more specific.

Meeting the more detailed diagnoses requirements from CMS will help ensure expedient initiation of care for your patients.

Here are two examples:


Underlying Cause(s) example

Incomplete Diagnosis:
Muscle weakness

CMS-Acceptable Diagnosis:
Muscle weakness due to
acute exacerbation of heart failure


Type Specificity example

Incomplete Diagnosis:
Fracture of clavicle

CMS-Acceptable Diagnosis:
Fracture of clavicle, right proximal

Electronic Medical Records ensure expedient initiation of care.

Enhanced clinical quality, patient satisfaction, and operational efficiency are just one click away.

Shared EMR access offers:

chemarkNear real-time data, including patient vitals, diagnosis, wound history and medications

chemarkThe latest and most accurate answers for patient/family inquiries

chemarkLess time and space dedicated to office filing

chemarkElectronic signatures for home health orders, re-certifications, and face-to-face documentation

chemarkIdentification of billing eligibility for time spent on Care Plan Oversight

chemarkHPAA-compliant data handling

AccentCare offers ProviderLink or can partner with a variety of other EMRs such as Epic, Doctor Alliance, and SutureSign.