Speech Therapy

Bon appétit for therapy!

Bon appétit for therapy!

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Once upon a time, in a faraway land, physical, occupational and speech therapy used to provide group therapy and often co-treat. This was a totally different time and place for the history of rehabilitation.

Ready or not: The MDS is changing again!

Ready or not: The MDS is changing again!

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On Oct. 1, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will be updating the Minimum Data Set with another round of changes. Most are minor but there will be two changes to the therapy section. Your case-mix utilization and scheduling, will determine the degree of impact of these new changes.

50 shades of G-coding

50 shades of G-coding

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Sorry, ladies, I didn't mean to get your hopes up with that title. But does anyone else feel like there is a lot of ambiguity to the new G-Coding system? Well, it's a little too early to tell for sure, but I can already see how the new G-codes will be riddled with red flags in the next few months.

Reviewing the top 10 errors in rehab documentation

Reviewing the top 10 errors in rehab documentation

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As a long-term care therapy consultant, I work on a lot of claim reviews and denials management with my clients. I've also read a lot of peer-review research articles related to this subject, and have compiled a list of common mistakes that cause denials. Here's my Top 10 list.

Loopholes to help you track Medicare Part B therapy billing

Loopholes to help you track Medicare Part B therapy billing

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Every time we send our patients to the hospital for rehab-related tests, exams or services, these services are billed to Medicare Part B, and, therefore, reduce our cap allowances. Any small oversights could have major impacts on our ability to successfully track therapy cap levels. Here's some help.

Therapy can still benefit older, long-time aphasia sufferers, study shows

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Therapy can improve language function and general cognition for seniors who have had aphasia for years, according to a recently published study.

Non-invasive brain stimulation improves speech, memory skills, research suggests

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A non-invasive brain stimulation technique shows promise in speeding speech recovery in stroke patients and improving memory and cognitive function in Alzheimer's patients, new research suggests.

Is this billable time?

Is this billable time?

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The title sounds like an obvious question, but I can guarantee that the majority of therapists have under billed at some point in their career.

LTC groups urge Congress to pass a therapy cap extension

LTC groups urge Congress to pass a therapy cap extension

Congress should extend the therapy caps exception process for medically necessary Medicare Part B outpatient therapy services, several long-term care groups said Tuesday.

How old is too old?

How old is too old?

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"They don't need rehab, they're too old!" How many times have we heard or even asked this question? Did you know that Regis Philbin turned 80 on August 25? The Dancing with the Stars cast has included Cloris Leachman, age 85, Florence Henderson, age 77, and Buzz Aldrin, age 81. Celebrities are the easiest to spotlight, but many of us have relatives, friends, and neighbors that exceed the norm.

Snowstorm in capital sidelines discussions on therapy caps, Medicare physician pay cut

Snowstorm in capital sidelines discussions on therapy caps, Medicare physician pay cut

A snowstorm that pummeled the East Coast this week has delayed the Senate's consideration of a jobs bill that would extend the Medicare Part B therapy caps exceptions process and prevent a pay cut for Medicare physicians, according to reports from Washington.

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