We want to provide as many options and reliable sources for our patients as possible, so that they can get the quality of care they deserve without having to end treatment early or pay more money due to having exceeded their caps
Riverton, WY (PRWEB) January 22, 2013
Jeff McMenamy, owner of Teton Therapy, a physical, occupational and hand therapy clinic with locations in Riverton, Lander and Dubois, Wyoming, is advising Medicare patients to be aware of the new healthcare changes that may directly affect them, such as therapy caps and increased costs per visit. Based on his experience, McMenamy says that his patients don’t understand the hidden costs they may encounter. Teton is taking action and helping patients learn, embrace, and deal with the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
Three new provisions of the Affordable Care Act are now in effect: One addresses Medicaid programs covering preventive care; another increases Medicaid payments to primary care doctors; and another, a pilot program called “bundling,” provides a flat rate to hospitals, doctors and medical providers for services rendered (1). Additionally, in 2013, the annual Medicare therapy cap amount is $1,900 for physical therapy (2).
One of the most crucial ways of cutting costs for patients is eliminating time spent in the clinic. McMenamy and his staff are working towards promoting an efficient yet effective clinic, and are doing so by:
● Investing in equipment and technology upgrades to improve the efficiency of treatment delivery;
● Ongoing staff education, to ensure that each therapist is kept abreast of changes in the field; and
● Providing PT exercises on video, which patients can access over the Internet from the privacy of their own homes.
“We want to provide as many options and reliable sources for our patients as possible, so that they can get the quality of care they deserve without having to end treatment early or pay more money due to having exceeded their caps,” McMenamy commented.
Other actions Teton Therapy has adopted to help patients better manage and afford services include:
● Free follow-up consultations for all past patients;
● Allowing patients to use equipment in the clinic after being discharged from therapy;
● Each patient is assigned a clinical case manager and a financial case manager to guide the entire therapy process; and
● Tracking the number of visits or dollar amount limit that a patient might have, according to their insurance carrier, so that the patient does not go over their limit.
McMenamy added, “Patients will need to get better faster. That means that Teton Therapy will need to get the same results we have always gotten, but in a much shorter time frame. We will continue to find ways to reduce clinic time and lower out-of-pocket costs.”
Teton Therapy is a privately-owned physical and occupational therapy outpatient clinic with services and treatment modalities comprising orthopedic, chronic pain, neurological disorders, industrial rehab,hand therapy, pediatric, kinesiotape (therapeutic elastic tape), balance, dizziness, lymphedema and orthotic treatments.
For more information or to get a free screening, visit http://www.tetontherapypc.com.
About Teton Therapy
Teton Therapy is a privately-owned physical and occupational therapy outpatient clinic owned by Jeff McMenamy, OTR, and Margi Zeiss-Raney, PT, which brings over 75 years of combined experience in physical and occupational therapy services to Fremont County, Wyoming. Teton Therapy first opened its doors in a small office in 2001 with three therapists. Through excellent patient care and developed relationships, Teton Therapy outgrew this facility and purchased a 5,700 square foot building, opening its new location in September of 2008. Teton Therapy has continued to grow over the years; in 2010, they opened a clinic in Dubois; and more recently, they opened their doors in Lander in January of 2012. They now have a combined staff of 20 employees. Services include physical, occupational and hand therapy treatment. For more information, visit http://www.tetontherapypc.com.
(1) Kennerly, B. FloridaToday.com. January 14, 2013. “Health care myths hit Florida seniors”. floridatoday.com/article/20130114/NEWS01/301140009/Health-care-myths-hit-Florida-seniors
(2) APTA.org. Accessed January 9, 2013. “Medicare Therapy Cap.” apta.org/Medicare/TherapyCap/FAQ/