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Chair Exercises to Get Fit While You Sit

Did you know that you can still get a workout while sitting down? Exercise helps keep our bodies healthy and strong. Try incorporating these exercises into your daily routine to stay active and in shape at home.   Ankle Circles Sit…
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Properly Using Personal Protective Equipment

Blog by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention SEQUENCE FOR PUTTING ON PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT (PPE) The type of PPE used will vary based on the level of precautions required, such as standard and contact, droplet or airborne…
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Pulmonary Therapy Interventions for COVID-19 Patients

HTS is excited to launch Breathe: A Pulmonary Intervention Program supported and directed by physical and occupational therapists. Breathe is focused on Percussion and Postural Drainage Therapy also known as chest physical therapy. Therapy interventions…
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COVID-19 Clinical Tips for Respiratory Assessment

Blog by Sherry Roberts, RN, Clinical Consultant, Proactive Medical Review COVID-19 is an acute, sometimes severe, respiratory illness caused by a novel coronavirus SARS-CoV2. Person-to-person spread occurs through contact with infected secretions,…
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May is Better Hearing & Speech Awareness Month

  May is Better Hearing & Speech Awareness Month. Speech-Language Pathologists play an important role in working with the aging population. Speech-Language Pathologists are highly trained to help older adults with communication,…
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Homemade Cloth Masks: Proper Washing Guide

Proper Washing Guide for Homemade/Donated Cloth Masks Before Your First Wear, Wash or Soak in Vinegar to Preserve the Color—Since They will be Washed Often Washing Machine Recommended Versus Handwashing If You Wash Multiple Masks Together,…
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Occupational Therapy Helps People Enjoy Life

Occupational therapists enable people of all ages to live life to its fullest by helping them promote health, and prevent (or live better with) injury, illness, or disability. Occupational therapy interventions include helping people learn how…

Improve Brain Health & Memory

As we age, our bodies go through a lot of changes including the brain. Aging often causes us to experience normal changes in memory such as losing our car keys, recalling someone’s name and forgetting an appointment. Although subtle memory…

Prior-Authorization is Required for Humana Part B Through Optum/OrthoNet

Effective January 1, 2020 prior authorization from Optum/OrthoNet is required for all physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy providers as well as any provider type billing one of the below CPT codes for Humana Commercial,…
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SLP Case-Mix Group: What We’ve Learned

Accurate coding for the SLP Component under the PDPM reimbursement methodology has been an area of opportunity across the industry. HTS has uniquely positioned itself with a team of seasoned therapists and nurses to analyze data and trends to…

Cognitive Therapy Coding Changes Effective 1/1/2020

The CY 2020 Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule updates payment policies, rates and provides other provisions for services under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) effective January 1, 2020. Below are changes related to cognitive therapy…

2020 OIG Work Plan

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) 2020 workplan includes residents who were receiving Medicaid nursing home care and then were hospitalized. The beneficiary then returned to the same facility and received Medicare covered post-hospital SNF…