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Top 5 Things to Know to Prevent Duplication of Therapy Services

Posted by Kris Mastrangelo, OTR/L, LNHA, MBA on Mon, Apr 25, 2016

Many times, therapy treatments appear to "overlap" in service delivery.  The Occupational Therapist is working on bed mobility, preparing for the patient's discharge to home.  The patient has a higher than normal bed height determined by the home evaluation tool, and the OT is working on techniques for the patient to Independently transfer with a leg lift.  The OT is simulating the at home bed height and room configuration on a real bed located in the OT gym.

The Physical Therapist is also treating the patient for bed mobility. However, the PT is focusing on rolling and supine to sit.  The patient is currently minimal assistance and requires strengthening and technique in order for the patient to function Independently with bed mobility when discharged to home. The PT is working on the actual rolling, lying to sitting and strengthening on a mat in the PT gym.

While these are clearly two different tasks, they can easily be misconstrued as duplication of services.  This misunderstanding starts with the therapy documentation. 

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Topics: Therapy Documentation, Duplication of Services

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