The COVID-19 response is moving at a furious pace. With changes happening by the day—sometimes even by the hour—staying on top of all the rehab-relevant news can feel impossible. Not to worry, though, because we’re staying on top of it for you—and bringing together our crew of business, billing, and legal experts to help guide you through the next phase of this ever-evolving situation.
On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization declared the outbreak of the COVID-19 coronavirus a major pandemic. In an unprecedented turn of events, people across the globe are now struggling to not only protect themselves and their families, but also keep their businesses afloat and care for their communities.
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World events have created a boom in all things video conferencing. Kids, teenagers, grandmas, and office workers alike are turning to video services like Zoom or Skype to connect with their friends, family, or colleagues—while staying safe at home.
In the wake of social distancing orders, shelter in place decrees, and, in some cases, mandated business closures, many rehab therapy providers are turning to telehealth and other remote care options to help support patient care continuity—and keep their practices afloat. But while Medicare—along with some commercial insurance carriers—have introduced new options to help make that a reality, navigating the world of telehealth and e-visits can be overwhelming for PTs, OTs, and SLPs.
As our nation unites to fight the spread of COVID-19, many rehab therapy practices have reduced or eliminated in-person treatment sessions. Unfortunately, PTs, OTs, and SLPs aren’t universally authorized to provide telehealth services. Well, there’s never been a better time to change that—starting with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).
The COVID-19 pandemic has thrown the entire rehab therapy industry a major curveball. From contending with patient attrition to figuring out how to provide traditionally face-to-face treatments from a safe physical distance, PTs, OTs, and SLPs are having to roll with a lot of punches.
New patient volume is incredibly important for rehab therapy practices. After all, you’ve likely spent quite a bit of effort marketing directly to patients or referral sources to ensure those patients who could benefit from your services actually do.
With many rehab therapists looking to transition their patients to remote care environments, the Internet has been flooded with information on telehealth, telemedicine, virtual visits, e-visits, and the like. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, these concepts were largely foreign to PTs, OTs, and SLPs. But with federal guidelines and payer policies changing almost daily to allow more patients to access more types of care remotely,
On the evening of Friday, March 27, President Trump signed into law the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act—a $2.2 trillion dollar spending bill providing much-needed financial support for businesses and individuals affected by the COVID-19 crisis.