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Coruzant Technologies ft. Terrence Sims

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Terrence Sims

Discover more about optimizing healthcare technology that is built for providers, partners and patient consumers alike! 

Read the full article here, https://coruzant.com/health-tech/how-to-optimize-your-healthcare-practice-with-advanced-technology-solutions/ or listen to the podcast, https://coruzant.com/profiles/terrence-sims/. 

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American Heart Month 2021

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Kristin Davis

While February is most commonly associated with Valentine's Day, for over 50 years it has also been recognized as the official American Heart Month in which advocacy efforts are made nationwide to bring awareness to cardiovascular health. That is why, today we are discussing the importance of observing American Heart Month as well as providing some helpful resources for everyone to read and share!

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How COVID Has Shaped Healthcare

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Jessica Shaw

The year 2020 has brought many unexpected challenges, but with unexpected challenges come unexpected solutions. Which is why we wanted to discuss the future of healthcare from what has already changed to the ways in which experts anticipate how new technological developments and progressing patient behavioral trends are predicted to continuously impact how medical providers facilitate care even after the CoronaVirus.

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Living In 2021: Part 2

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Jessica Shaw and Kristin Davis

Earlier this week, we discussed the impact COVID has had on some of our everyday habits in terms of how we socialize with others in public spaces like stores, gyms, restaurants and even on dates all during a pandemic. While we can only offer so many social safety tips, it’s important to also note the overwhelming developments of digital engagement technology that continue to connect us with our loved ones, educate us even when schools are closed, provide virtual healthcare services in addition to stabilize our economy with remote workforce management. That’s why in part 2 of our “Living In 2021” blog series, we are going to discuss how these advancements have evolved how we define “social interaction” as well as what this year ahead will look like with continuity of communication as its focus.

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Living In 2021: Part 1

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Jessica Shaw and Kristin Davis

A year ago today we had no idea what 2020 would have in store for us. Although we have each experienced trials and tribulations both collectively and individually, we are here today to face yet another new year full of opportunities. That being said, it will also be another year of navigating continuous change, so to stay safe but still manage to live your life, we’ve created a two part “Living In 2021” series that will cover what to expect and how to overcome the new “normal”.

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How Telehealth Benefits Physical Therapy

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Jessica Shaw

As of August 3, two proposals have been made that will change healthcare delivery now and even after the pandemic is over. Both positive and negative, the first was announced by President Trump’s administration to propose expanded beneficiary access to telehealth for rural communities and the second was proposed by CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) to implement up to 9% payment cuts for both physical and occupational therapy. You can learn more about these propositions and how they will affect patient care by clicking on the links below. 

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APTQI: Take Action

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Jessica Shaw

As a strategic partner of the Alliance for Physical Therapy Quality and Innovation (APTQI), Raintree stands with their commitment to elevating patient care and providing value management for PT, OT and SLP practices. With the healthcare industry rapidly changing due to the uncertainty of COVID-19, Medicare reimbursements have continued to play a vital role in allowing physical therapists to offer alternative methods of care such as telehealth. However, due to the budget neutrality requirements that limit federal spending during the time of a waiver period, Congress is now considering increased rates for evaluation and management (E/M) billing codes. This change would go into effect at the start of the new year (2021) and result in an estimated 8% cut for therapy services. 

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Client Testimonial: Greater Brunswick

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Jessica Shaw

With five locations throughout southern Maine, Greater Brunswick & Core Physical Therapy has been providing skilled and passionate care since 1988. While they primarily focus on holistic and physical therapy, they also provide craniosacral, pelvic, neuromuscular and orthopedic therapy via aquatics, taping, massage and personal training services. 

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Stimulus Act Updates I 2020

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Jessica Shaw

While we are beginning to see certain states start to reopen beaches, restaurants and public businesses, it will be interesting to see how the government continues to handle kickstarting the economy as well as stabilizing the returning workforce. 

As of April 21, 2020 the Senate has approved a bill that provides an additional $484 billion of financial relief to America’s economic recovery during the COVID pandemic. From these funds, $310 billion serve as an extension to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) which was released as part of the CARES Act in late March (and ran out of funds by April 16). The remaining finances will be contributed to these new acts that are being proposed. 

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CMS Announcement

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Jessica Shaw

Over these past few months, the healthcare industry has been actively following the rules, updates and changes made by CMS. Primarily, the rise of telehealth has become a priority for the government to accept and allow medical providers, in particular physical therapists, the ability to offer virtual patient care through the use of video chat resources. While only certain providers were eligible, CMS has recently announced that they will now reimburse physical therapists for services rendered in outpatient settings. This emergency waiver includes PT, OT and SLP specialties and will last for the duration of the COVID-19 crisis. 

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