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AOTA Celebrates Repeal of Outpatient Medicare Therapy Cap

 

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American Occupational Therapy Association
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Based in Orange, California, Dr. Grace Walker, physical and occupational therapist has treated patients at Walker Physical Therapy and Pain Center since 1982. Committed to continual professional development, Dr. Grace Walker is a longtime member of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA).

AOTA recently celebrated the repeal of the Outpatient Medicare Therapy cap. On Feb. 9, 2018, President Donald Trump signed into law a budget agreement that fully repealed the limit on Medicare outpatient occupational therapy and physical therapy services. The repeal now means that Medicare beneficiaries who were at risk of being denied outpatient Medicare Part B therapy services, particularly those who had crossed or were close to crossing the $2,010 therapy cap, can now receive those services.

For over two decades, AOTA has been advocating for the repeal of the therapy cap on the grounds that it denied persons with severe illnesses such as Parkinson’s disease, ALS, and multiple sclerosis the therapeutic medical services they needed. The repeal was aided in part by a 2017 study by AOTA demonstrating that patients receiving high-level therapy had lower overall health care costs. This inspired a bipartisan proposal that was agreed to by Congress in the fall of 2017, paving the way for a repeal of the therapy cap.

For an appointment with an expert, caring physical therapist call Walker physical therapy and Pain Center at 714-997-5518.

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AOTA Gives Tips on How to Prevent Falls

American Occupational Therapy Association pic

American Occupational Therapy Association
Image: aota.org

Since 1982, Dr. Grace Walker has owned and operated the Walker Physical Therapy and Pain Center in Orange, California, and uses her training as an occupational and physical therapist to treat patients with a wide range of issues. In an effort to stay up-to-date with the latest in occupational medicine, Dr. Grace Walker maintains membership in the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA).

For adults 65 years of age and older, falls represent the leading injury/death risk. There are several mitigating factors that can lead to falls, such as the wrong shoes, items in the home that represent a tripping risk, and health conditions that can cause impaired balance, among others.

Input from experienced occupational therapists can help reduce the risk of falling. That’s why AOTA has published a list of recommendations to help make the home safer for elderly adults. Arranging the furniture to create more room, adding support rails in potential fall zones, and placing rubber mats on the floor in the bathroom and kitchen can go a long way toward reducing falling hazards in the home. For the complete list of recommendations, visit aota.org.

For an appointment with an excellent Physical therapist call Walker Physical Therapy and Pain Center at 714-997-5518.