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AOTA, APTA Sound Off on PDGM’s ‘Terrifying’ Therapy Consequences

Therapy layoffs, conversions to part-time status and general service reductions are beginning to ramp up in the home health space, multiple professional association groups told Home Health Care News. So much so, in fact, the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) may be preparing to speak up.

The current shift in how and when home health agencies deliver physical, occupational and speech therapy services begins and ends with the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM). Effective on Jan. 1, PDGM largely bases therapy reimbursement on patients’ characteristics, as opposed to the sheer amount of services delivered.

Minimizing therapy volume’s role in the reimbursement equation is an intentional effort by CMS to fix what it and others have historically seen as over-utilization. Contrary to some misconceptions, PDGM does not stop reimbursing for therapy services entirely, nor does it mean home health agencies can decline to deliver therapy service when a patient’s plan of care explicitly calls for it.

Full article at Home Health Care News

CEUs for Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants, and Occupational Therapists

The Five Things I’ve Learned as a Cash-Based Physical Therapy Practice Owner

What’s the greatest number of patients you’ve treated in one day? My record is 43. I treated 43 patients one day, as a student. That’s more than four people per hour during a 10-hour workday. 

In that environment (and business model) I wasn’t able to spend any quality time with my patients or treat them the way I thought was most effective. I wasn’t able to work out, go to yoga, or even spend time with my wife. It was insane.

But it doesn’t have to be this way. 

Fast forward from my days as an exhausted student to today, where I am the proud owner of LeBauer Physical Therapy, a 100% cash-based practice in Greensboro, North Carolina. We help active people stay fit, healthy, and mobile without medications, injections, or surgery. And we do it without the time-consuming hassles from CMS or third-party payers who seem to constantly want to pay less for more.

Full article at APTA

CEUs for Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants, and Occupational Therapists

What to do if your home health care agency ditches you

Craig Holly was determined to fight when the home health agency caring for his wife decided to cut off services Jan. 18.

The reason he was given by an agency nurse? His wife was disabled but stable, and Medicare was changing its payment system for home health.

Euphrosyne “Effie” Costas-Holly, 67, has advanced multiple sclerosis. She can’t walk or stand and relies on an overhead lift system to move from room to room in their house.

Effie wasn’t receiving a lot of care: just two visits every week from aides who gave her a bath, and one visit every two weeks from a nurse who evaluated her and changed her suprapubic catheter, a device that drains urine from a tube inserted in the abdomen.

Full story at News Medical

CEUs for Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants, and Occupational Therapists

Researchers identify link between decreased depressive symptoms, yoga and the neurotransmitter GABA

The benefits of yoga have been widely documented by scientific research, but previously it was not clear as to how yoga exerts its physiologic effect.

Now a new study from Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) proposes that yoga can increase levels of Gamma-amino butyric acid (GABA) in the short-term and completing one yoga class per week may maintain elevated GABA that could mitigate depressive symptoms.

Depression is a highly prevalent and disabling disease. According to the World Health Organization, depression affects approximately 16 million people in the U.S. every year and is the leading cause of disability worldwide. Given its high morbidity, extensive research has been done on effective treatment modalities for depression. GABA is an amino acid that acts as a neurotransmitter in the central nervous system and has been associated with decreased depressive symptoms.

Full article at Medical Xpress

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Lawmakers Want Answers From CMS on Planned 2021 Payment Cuts

Explain yourself: That’s the message of a bipartisan letter to CMS signed by 99 members of the U.S. House of Representatives who are concerned about the agency’s plan to make cuts to Medicare that include an estimated 8% reduction in payment to PTs. APTA led efforts to inform legislators of the issue.

And if that’s not enough to get CMS to take another look at the planned cut, maybe a letter from a prominent U.S. senator might help.

In a February 5 letter, the representatives write that their constituents have concerns about whether the planned cuts will reduce access to health services. In order to respond to those concerns, the legislators are asking about the process CMS used to reach the decision to reduce the reimbursement for services furnished by certain providers in 2021 in order to accommodate increases to values of the office/outpatient evaluation and management codes, known as E/M codes.

Full article at APTA

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