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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With 9 different locations throughout Michigan, Dearborn Speech and Sensory Center Inc, also known as Metro EHS, aims to provide the highest quality clinical care to both children and adults with intellectual as well as developmental disabilities. Their range of services include speech, occupational and physical therapy in addition to ABA (applied behavioral analysis), sensory integration treatments, feeding and gross motor coordination. They also cater to those with attention deficit disorders and developmental delays.
Located in Owensboro, Kentucky, Wendell Foster’s Campus is a private non-profit organization that strives to improve the lives of both adults and children with intellectual or developmental disabilities. Their agency cares for over 2,000 patients within Kentucky and Southern Indiana in addition to actively participating in community support programs such as family networking, transportation accommodations and assistive technology resources for those with disabilities.
With states and government officials easing restrictions and beginning to authorize phased reopening, medical practices will certainly begin to see a revitalized surge in patient visits while society continues to learn how to adapt to the new normal. Over time, schedules will start to fill up as patients feel more comfortable venturing outside their homes, regular work days will resume for your staff and of course, the challenges of efficiently monitoring as well as managing your patient revenue cycle will reappear once your business reopens.
As of early March, telehealth has become the new alternative method of healthcare delivery and has accounted for a majority of patient visits during the beginning of this year. With the adoption of telehealth services becoming more common in late February, it wasn’t until mid April that an overwhelming influx of telehealth visits were scheduled. However, recent studies show a gradual decline in telehealth visits near the end of May, resulting in a significant drop off in June and now July. While certain medical specialties such as dermatology and rheumatology have seen a resurgence of in-person visits, others, particularly physical therapy, pulmonology and some surgical specialties have been most affected by the pandemic and are still seeing in-clinic visit rates below the baseline. This means that for some healthcare providers, telehealth solutions, as of now, are their primary resource to continue caring for their patients. That is why we wanted to list a few different types of telehealth and their benefits in addition to offering some strategic insights of implementing virtual care.
Located in Boise, Meridian and Nampa, Idaho, Sawtooth Physical Therapy strives to provide specialized therapy and rehab services to the whole of the Treasure Valley area. With a team of dedicated occupational and physical therapists, their mission is to elevate patient care as well as educate their patients on the best ways to heal and prevent their bodies from injuries.
As Washington state’s leading provider of work related rehabilitation and evaluation services, Northwest Return Work is located in Lynnwood, WA and offers a variety of services that help protect and heal the working class of America. Founded in 2007 by an occupational therapist who came from a blue collar family, Josh Cobbley wanted to give back to the workforce community in hopes to better appreciate their sacrifices and hard work. So much so, that their mission is, “We believe occupational roles are essential to productive living. We will provide every reasonable resource we have, in a genuine spirit of caring, to help our clients achieve their best functional capacity as they transition back into the role of worker.” (Northwest Return to Work).
While society is just beginning to reopen in phases, the healthcare industry has been facing this new “normal” for quite some time. Whether it be advocating for financial stability or adapting to alternative methods of treatment, therapy practices, behavioral health agencies, specialty clinics and other medical affiliated businesses all have become experts at overcoming the unique challenges of providing patient care during this pandemic.
Located in Covington, Louisiana, Pediatric Therapy Northshore is a private therapy clinic that offers a variety of sensory based treatments, allowing for individualized intervention and quality care. Their services include speech, occupational, music and feeding therapy all of which are provided by their female led team of expert therapists whom a majority have attained Master degrees in the field of Communication Disorders, Occupational Therapy and the Arts.