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Does Medicare Cover Ionto?

September 12, 2015 0 Comments
Does Medicare Cover Ionto?

Therapists always seem to ask “does Medicare cover ionto?”  There is a bit of urban legend that Medicare does not cover this constant attendance modality, where in fact there is not a National Coverage Determination (NCD) that speaks to the use of ionto. According to the clinical responsibility description of iontophoresis at SuperCoder: Iontophorehis (Ionto) is […]

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What is A Rehab Agency?

September 11, 2015 0 Comments
What is A Rehab Agency?

I get calls and inquiries asking “what is a rehab agency”.  Generally people have heard that a rehab agency may be a more profitable outpatient model than private practice, or that supervision rules for assistants are more favorable.  Some outpatient providers have been told by managed care payors that certification as a rehab agency or CORF […]

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Therapy Over the Cap

September 8, 2015 1 Comment
Therapy Over the Cap

It’s that time of the year when therapy providers are carefully reviewing the potential for therapy over the cap for each of their Medicare patients.  Beneficiaries may need to exceed the therapy cap for several reasons:  A single complicated episode of care. Multiple related episodes of care. Multiple unrelated episodes. Using both physical therapy and speech therapy in the […]

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Therapy Supervision

September 6, 2015 4 Comments
Therapy Supervision

Therapy supervision rules differ by venue in terms of Medicare, and may differ by state jurisdiction for Medicaid. Tricare does not have therapist supervision rules for private practice, as therapy assistants are not allowed by Tricare Military policy.  Medicare, Medicaid and Tricare supervision rules are payor rules.  There are also practice rules for supervision noted in your physical […]

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Physical Therapy Locum Tenens

September 4, 2015 0 Comments
Physical Therapy Locum Tenens

Physical therapy locum tenens is once again on the on the legislative “must do” list in 2015.  First, you may be wondering what does physical therapy locum tenens mean?  In short, if you are a physical (or occupational, or speech) therapist in a small private practice and you or one of your staff members takes […]

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Becoming A Therapy Compliance Officer

September 2, 2015 2 Comments
Becoming A Therapy Compliance Officer

Are you thinking of becoming a therapy compliance officer?  I often get inquiries by phone, through this website and via email from clinicians asking about becoming a compliance officer.  Some inquiries are from clinicians that are excited about compliance, some are from clinicians that are burned out and looking for a new career opportunity, others […]

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Aquatic Therapy Compliance

September 1, 2015 2 Comments
Aquatic Therapy Compliance

Does your facility offer aquatic therapy?  If so do you have aquatic therapy compliance addressed to ensure compliance with Medicare requirements for your type of Medicare enrollment?  Aquatic therapy may be offered at your facility, next door at the health club or a community pool such as the local YMCA.  Look to your Medicare Administrative […]

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