Breaking Down the Criteria for OT to Stand Alone in Home Health
How many visits does another qualified practitioner have to complete before occupational therapy can stand alone for a Medicare home health patient? This is a question I got asked more than once and wanted to take the time to get to the bottom of this question and address some of the myths around the order of service. That’s why this week on The Amplify OT Podcast, I am breaking down the criteria for OT to stand alone in home health.
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In this episode, I cover:
- Reviewing the definition of a qualifying service in Medicare Part A.
- What it means to be able to “stand alone” in home health.
- Breaking down the policy and answering the question: ow many visits does another qualified practitioner have to complete before occupational therapy can stand alone for a Medicare home health patient?
- Whether or not it matters what order the therapies go in in order to qualify for home health.
- Instances where agencies may be hesitant to allow OTs to initiate the start of care.
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