I hope 2015 is going well for everyone so far. In the world of physical therapy in Oklahoma a few things have changed in 2015. The biggest change is the direct access to PT services without a physician referral. Additional changes in 2015 for PT providers nationally who treat Medicare patients under part B are the increased demands from Medicare’s Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS). PT providers who bill Medicare under part B with claims forms are now required to report the following measures:
I recommend that all Medicare patients keep an up to date list of all prescription medications, over the counter medication, vitamins, minerals, and herbs that they routinely take with them when they visit healthcare providers. Make sure the list includes the dosage (i.e. mg), frequency (1x/day), and the route of administration (oral, inhalation, topical, intravenous, intramuscular, sub lingual). Feel free to use our medication form for this purpose.
Fall risks are assessed by inquiring about the frequency of falls and injuries as a result of any falls that may have occurred in the last year. If 2 or more falls are reported, or 1 fall with injury is reported then further clinical assessment of the patients balance/gait is initiated and one or more of the following also performed:
Body Mass Index (BMI ) is measured by the following: English Units: BMI = Weight (lbs.) / (Height (in) x Height (in)) x 703.
Normal BMI for Adults 65 and older ranges from 23-30. Normal BMI for adults 18-64 years range from 18.5-25.
Those Medicare patients that are 65 and older and have a BMI of 30 or higher, or 23 or lower must have a follow up plan documented that may include:
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Thanks for visiting my blog page. My name is Don Stover. I am a seasoned physical therapist in Oklahoma City OK. with over 20 years in the biz. I have a lot of knowledge and training in orthopedic PT and spine care. I will be sharing my thoughts on physical therapy for orthopedic problems such as spinal pain, extremity joint pain, sports injuries, health/fitness, and life in general. I hope you enjoy reading!
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