The new 2020 Home Health Care News Outlook Survey and Report finds that 52% of home health providers believe that PDGM will force a decrease in therapy utilization.
Why is this happening?
Home Health Care News reporter, Robert Holly reports,
“The current shift in how and when home health agencies deliver physical, occupational and speech therapy services begins and ends with the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM). Effective on Jan. 1, PDGM largely bases therapy reimbursement on patients’ characteristics, as opposed to the sheer amount of services delivered.”
So, what’s the problem?
The problem comes when clients who need the therapy are denied access because of cost. And, isn’t it true that EVERY client could benefit from a little therapy?
So how do you keep clients safe, healthy, and strong with LESS therapy?
Use a restorative care approach.
Prepare your team by adopting a “Restorative Care” approach. With a “Restorative Care” model, you’ll train your caregivers to help every client live up to their full potential, so they can rely less on therapy.
Of course, this doesn’t eliminate the need for physical and occupational therapy, but a whole-team approach to restorative care has the potential to benefit your clients and your bottom line, alike.
What exactly is restorative care?
Restorative means “having the ability to renew strength or health.” So, restorative care is a type of care that helps clients feel strong and healthy once more. It’s sort of like restoring a table or a classic car. You take something that has become run-down and worn out and try to bring it back its former beauty and usefulness.
Except with your clients, you’re starting with people who have become weak or frail from illness or disease and you try to revive that spark that once twinkled in their eyes.
How do you do it?
Download the Restorative Care Caregiver Challenge today!
In it you’ll find:
A challenging quiz for
Information on the importance of Range of Motion and Mobility.
And helpful tips on how to inspire clients who are depressed, tired, confused, or in pain and may have trouble getting motivated to participate in restorative care activities.