New Medicare Rule Causing Concern Among Therapists.

November 29, 2019

The New York Times (11/29, Span) reported that on October 1, Medicare altered “its payment system for physical, occupational and speech therapy in nursing homes.” One therapist “said that her allotted time with” a nursing home patient “was reduced from 60 minutes to just 20 or so minutes a day, not even long enough to help her leave her bed.” Meanwhile, some groups say “the new Medicare policy has prompted some nursing home chains and rehab companies to scale back the treatment they provide to patients, and to lay off therapists or switch them to part-time status.” The article said the new CMS rule, “called the Patient-Driven Payment Model,” was meant to ensure that “facilities are paid based on patients’ diagnoses and characteristics.” However, it “has left some patients with less help.”



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