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Billing for PT and OT Telehealth Services During the COVID-19 Response

In these tumultuous times, it is of the utmost importance that we prioritize the safety of our fellow healthcare workers and patients. That is why many providers are seriously considering changing their business model and reallocating resources to telehealth—especially considering that CMS is beginning to reimburse PTs and OTs for certain telehealth services.

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5 Crucial Communication To-Dos When Reopening Your Practice

The pandemic isn’t over, but many rehab therapy clinics are starting to resume operations. Yet, things aren’t—and can’t be—the same as they were before (at least not for the time being), which means in order to move into this next phase, clear communication is paramount.

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The Role of Telehealth as the World Reopens

The coronavirus pandemic was a catalyst for a new wave of regulatory changes that expanded the rehab therapist toolbox almost overnight. Most recently, CMS made telehealth more widely accessible to rehab therapy providers. (Hallelujah!) While the industry has been fighting for this privilege for years, the swift change cast many providers into the uncharted waters of remote care with very little time to prepare.

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The Rehab Therapist’s Guide to Practicing Telehealth

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, telehealth wasn’t a common means of treatment delivery for rehab therapists. After all, rehab therapy is largely hands-on—and telehealth was largely absent from rehab therapy state practice acts, Medicare coverage guidelines, and commercial payer policies.

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Shining a Light on SLPs for Better Hearing and Speech Month

For those who have no experience with hearing and speech deficits, it’s hard to grasp just how lonely life can be for those who do. Add to that the self-quarantine and social distancing measures implemented in response to the novel coronavirus outbreak, and it’s a recipe for an incredibly isolating experience.

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5 Ways to Find Normalcy in the Time of COVID-19

“New normal.” It’s a phrase we’re hearing more and more as the US begins to open up and resume operations—at least partially. This tentative move toward some sense of normalcy means many of us will face significant change in the weeks ahead.

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The Dos and Don’ts of Telehealth Billing Compliance

Some states—such as Louisiana and Ohio—had already authorized telehealth as a mode of service delivery for physical therapists. A few state Medicaid programs, such as Minnesota, reimbursed for OT and SLP telehealth services. Of course, Medicare did not authorize rehabilitation providers to deliver services virtually

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