Change in Medicare Alarms Therapists

In a recent article by the New York Times, it states that the revamping of Medicare and its reimbursement policy for physical, occupational and speech therapy may have a major affect on nursing home residents. This change may leave some patients with less help available help.

Therapists nationwide have been expressing concern that the new Medicare policy has prompted some nursing home chains and rehab companies to scale back the treatment they provide to patients, and to also lay off therapists or switch them to part-time status, thus affecting their ability to receive benefits. Before October 1st, Medicare reimbursed nursing homes for therapy based on the number of minutes they provided to each patient, the maximum amount which was 720 minutes a week. The goal being to help patients regain mobility and the ability to perform daily tasks, so that they can safely return home.

About 70 percent of the United State's 15,000 or so nursing homes and assisted living facilities are for-profit and have proved adept at maintaining profit margins despite policy shifts, said Toby Edelman, senior policy attorney at the Center for Medicare Advocacy. 

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