Medicare Changes for 2012

Medicare once again is planning big changes for the new year. Although the decision has been put off for a while, it is important to know what you should do in order to continue receiving and maximizing your Medicare benefits. Altho the Medicare cap was slightly increased for Medicare recipients, the overall reimbursements for physical therapy services and for providers are being cut by a proposed 27.4%. Arroyo Physical Therapy will still be providing services under Medicare, however, wanted you to be aware of things you are now responsible for: Some things to remember: You MUST see your own physician and obtain any new or updated prescription. We can no longer obtain prescriptions for you. You MUST comply with your Home Exercise Program(s) and participate in your therapy regime. If gains are NOT being made, medicare requires that you be discharged. You can no longer be seen for the same condition if there is no change in your functional status. This is considered "maintenance" and is NOT covered by medicare. You can NOT automatically return to therapy, if there is a hiatus, if you have not or are not making gains or progress. You can NOT been seen at 2 different facilities for physical therapy, even if it's for a different diagnosis. You can NOT receive Home Health Services and Out Patient Services at the same time under Medicare.

Once you have exhausted your benefits under Medicare, we invite you to consider our Concierge Services to continue your care at your convenience.

Our goal at Arroyo Physical Therapy in Pasadena, CA., is to work with you and improve your quality of life and keep you active and healthy as possible. This is a team effort, and we look forward to working together with you for a better, safer and stronger 2012.

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