The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced on Tuesday that the expansion of coverage to chronic heart failure patients is official.
As RehabCare Advantage wrote in December, Medicare proposed including coverage for chronic heart failure (CHF) patients in 2013. The previous standard meant that patients only received coverage for major coronary events that took place within a certain time frame. But an analysis of cardiac rehab literature that began in 2006 convinced CMS that rehab is appropriate for patients with steady and chronic heart failure.
“Who can say that therapy after surgery is an enjoyable experience? But I just love it.”
Though sessions are challenging, Father William Kurz was pleasantly surprised by how much he liked his physical therapy treatment following hip surgery. He was thrilled by how quickly he made progress as his therapists helped him begin to walk again.
A recent article in Provider Magazine reminds rehab teams that from start to finish, clinicians need to consistently communicate with and listen to all parties involved in the patient’s care.
From the outset, the patient and the multidisciplinary rehab team should take the opportunity to educate each other. Clinicians inform the patient and the patient’s family about the clinical implications of stroke, and the patient gets the chance to explain their goals and their life before their stroke.
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