How to Integrate the End of Medicare’s “Failure to Improve” Standard into Your Clinical Practices

How to Integrate the End of Medicare’s “Failure to Improve” Standard into Your Clinical Practices

If a Medicare patient has achieved their maximum level of recovery, and additional therapy would not help them improve beyond that point, then additional treatment isn’t warranted or medically necessary. Plus, Medicare surely won’t foot the bill.  You, their PT, think that additional therapy would help them from getting worse, but that’s not the standard. It’s time to discharge them,...

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How to Determine Whether Your Practice Should Accept Medicare: An Interview with an Active “Old Geezer”

How to Determine Whether Your Practice Should Accept Medicare: An Interview with an Active “Old Geezer”

My success in reaching 79 years of age might be attributed to moderation in the usual "abuses"--alcohol, drugs, tobacco, stress, excessive food and lots of exercise every day.  Had I subscribed to this regimen when I was in my 30's and 40's, it would have been even more prudent -- maybe leading me to tip over the century mark.  But who really wants to do...

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