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.
Five years ago, about a quarter of all nursing facility residents were receiving rehab care in concurrent therapy sessions. These days, almost none do. But it’s not hard to see why this service option has essentially dried up.
Providers at a special healthcare policy forum in Washington received a sobering evaluation Monday for why they were hit with an average 11.1% cut in Medicare reimbursement starting Oct. 1. A top long-term care official with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services systematically rejected common complaints and excuses regarding the $4 billion take-back by the federal government.