Tag: OT

COVID-19: OTs can temporarily perform initial assessments

Now occupational therapists from home health agencies can perform initial assessments on certain homebound patients. This allows home health services to begin and lets home health nurses do more direct patient care. This is part of CMS’ latest efforts to relax a number of rules so that health care facilities can increase their frontline medical […]

PDPM exceeds CMS’ predictions in first billing cycle

PDPM recently completed the first billing cycle since its implementation in October. Data compiled by researchers at Z-CORE Analytics, LLC estimated the PDPM per diem rate for SNFs to be 5% more than CMS’ predictions. Researchers analyzed claims from more than 1,000 SNFs across 38 states and found that 91.5% of facilities had a higher […]

OT to serve prison time after illegally accessing patient information, stealing medication

A licensed occupational therapist was sentenced to 14 months in federal prison for accessing private health and residence information of at least 1,900 patients and burglarizing 13 homes in north central Iowa, according to a release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office. The occupational therapist worked for a hospital as well as various therapy companies. Samantha […]