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Revolutionizing Medicare: In Home Physical Therapy for You

Revolutionizing Medicare: In Home Physical Therapy for You

Dr. Michael Derry, DPT, PT, OCS Jacksonville, Florida

My Medicare clients often think they are limited in their care but in reality I have many clients who are eligible for concierge in home physical therapy. This allows us to help you to focus on what's genuinely important to you, your health! 

Medicare Coverage for Home Physical Therapy Services Jacksonville, Florida

The folks I have met in Jacksonville are consistently health focused. Medicare coverage extends right to your home, providing vital outpatient care and home health services, like physical therapy. Medicare has covered many of my clients care. Medicare Part B covers outpatient physical therapy (in a clinic and in your home) while Medicare Advantage typically offers more limited services.

It's understandable if sorting through what Medicare does and doesn't cover feels overwhelming, but we're here to help, at least in regards to physical therapy.

I have spent years trying to figure out how to improve strength and resiliency over time in peoples homes. We should be able to take care of our health in our homes. That's how medicine started! It shouldn't be hard but it does take some work. Check out this presentation I did in Nocatee that covers some of the topics I always discuss with my Medicare clients.

Medicare coverage includes many beneficial services, specifically in-home physical therapy sessions with professional therapists. This provision allows for the continuation of therapeutic exercises, manual therapy, and routines in a familiar and comfortable environment. I have found this to encourage steady progress and growth. This is especially crucial for Medicare patients who may struggle with mobility issues or making regular trips to an outpatient clinic a challenge.

In-home physical therapy is not just convenient, but immensely effective. The professional PT, or Physical Therapist, assigned to your case will guide you through tailored routines, designed to enhance your strength, mobility, and overall physical health.

We stride to improve your Resiliency. That is, if something does happen, how quickly do you bounce back? 

They're not just therapists, they're your partners in recovery and rehabilitation and they come to your home. At Revision Health Services (RHS) we position ourselves as relationship based care and you will feel exactly that if you choose to work with us.

Services like therapeutic exercises, dry needling and education about daily activities are part of the core home care therapy services. However, coverage doesn't stop there. You can have access to your therapist and no more calling clinics and waiting to hear back! We also over advocacy visits which we attend your doctors appointment with you!

Medicare's coverage for these in-home services is a solid testament to their commitment to your health and wellness. Your care is their priority and they are willing to help you get started with Revision Health today! So, if you've been pondering the question, 'will Medicare cover my physical therapy?', the answer is a resounding 'Yes!'. Not only do they cover, they provide coverage for in home care at the same level they do at traditional clinics. This applies for Medicare and some Advantage plans. Your path towards health and your physical progress, shouldn't be hampered by the walls of an clinic. Let's walk this journey, right at your home, in Del Webb, Nocatee, or the Jacksonville area.

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Health Benefits of Medicare-Part B Funded Home Physical Therapy

There's a wealth of health benefits to be had from Medicare-Part funded home physical therapy, especially for those living in Jacksonville, Florida. Physical therapy can be immensely therapeutic and fun! Of course, I am biased but I have seen so many improve and not only feel better in the moment but know what to do for the rest of their lives.

Helping to enhance your overall health and well-being improves your chances to live longer and a more enjoyable life. One of the significant benefits of our concierge care includes the fact that it's funded in part by Medicare, making it a more accessible treatment option for a wide variety of conditions.

With Medicare part coverage, you can access a multitude of health benefits directly from the comfort of your home. This includes treatments aimed at improving mobility, reducing pain, and recuperating from injuries or surgeries. I have treated many conditions ranging from reconditioning to lower back pain! There's no need to go through the hassle of visiting an outside facility or battling the Jacksonville traffic; home physical therapy brings the care right to your doorstep.

The Top 5 Benefits of Home Physical Therapy

  1. Convenience
  2. No traffic
  3. Same therapist every time
  4. Forming a health focused relationships
  5. No wait times

Home physical therapy is specifically catered to your individual health needs. The therapeutic exercises and techniques employed are personalized, taking into account your unique health status, and maximizing the benefits. No cookie cutter care here! In clinics I have seen people receive the same care over and over. That's one of the reasons I started Revision Health Services. People deserve better care and better health experiences.

These benefits extend to both your physical and mental health. You'll not only see improvements in your body's function, but the comfort and familiarity of receiving care at home can do wonders for your emotional well-being as well. Using your Medicare coverage for home physical therapy services are potentially just a call away. It's important to remember, though, that while the funding is partially secured through Medicare, coverage may vary based on your specific Medicare plan. It's always best to check the specifics of your plan to ensure your physical therapy is adequately covered. Doing so can help minimize any potential surprise costs while allowing you to focus on your health and benefitting from your therapy fully.

By all accounts, you're taking a critical step towards improving your quality of life and longevity. Here is a sneak peak of one topic that I focus on when I work with my clients in their home. Building resiliency and how to do it so you can live longer! 

With many of my patients there comes a question of, “can I afford to do this.” Using the benefits that medicare offers, you can eliminate or reduce the financial burden associated with in-home physical therapy. I have worked and managed several clinics across the greater Jacksonville, Florida area. I have had several patients who end up getting surgery, and as a precaution are not allowed to drive.

That makes them reliant on family and friends to get to appointments. By using in-home physical therapy, you can reduce the stress or burden that is put on others by having the therapist come to your house. 

The specialists at Revision Health Services not only come to patient’s homes, they are able to provide exceptional treatment to help patients get to where they need to go. 

The health benefits of in-home physical therapy go much deeper than convenience. A Doctor of Physical Therapy has specialized training to assess your home and ensure that you are able to navigate its environment in a safe manner. I can't tell you the amount of times I wish I could see a patients home because I strive to give them things they can do in their home! Why not just start there?

In home physical therapy with medicare!
Physical Therapy in your home with Medicare!

A licensed doctor of physical therapy can determine if it is safe for you to use the stairs at home. Furthermore, we can teach you techniques so that you can do many of the tasks around the home in a safe and efficient manner. I had a patient whose main goal was to be able to check the mail. They lived on some property and the walk to the mailbox was about 500 feet or so. They just had a hip replacement and were scared to use their walker to get there. Half of the battle with returning to your prior level of function is knowing whether or not you are safe to do so.

Taking that leap of faith while alone could prove to be a dangerous endeavor. By being able to go to this patient’s house, we were able to attack this issue together. I was with them every step of the way and we were able to do it. All it took was some encouragement and tips on walking and foot placement to reach this goal. It may seem like checking the mail isn’t important, but this patient placed a high value on maintaining independence. 

How many physical therapy session does medicare allow in a year? 

Medicare allows as many physical therapy sessions as you need and are determined to me medically necessary. Medical necessary care is determined by your physical therapist and as long as the care is medically necessary to improve your function, then you are most likely covered. I say, most likely because each insurance plan is different and your physical therapist should be able to help you answer those questions.

Medicare used to put a limit on sessions they would cover, but that is no longer the case!

In the end, many people are covered, and can take advantage of concierge physical therapy services. This is how healthcare started and there are many benefits to receiving care in your home. In my experience, I really enjoyed the process and while apprehensive at first, they have never regretted having care in their home. Give mobile home physical therapy a shot! If you are in the Jacksonville area, feel free to reach out to see if we are a good fit! 

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Frequency Asked Questions: 

Q: Does Medicare cover physical therapy in Nocatee, Florida?

A: Yes! Medicare extends its coverage to provide essential outpatient care, including physical therapy right at your home in Nocatee. Both Medicare Part B and Medicare Advantage cover these services to some extent.

Q: What benefits can I enjoy from in-home physical therapy under Medicare coverage?

A: Ensuring your steady progress and growth, in-home physical therapy sessions with professional therapists are part of Medicare coverage. Therapy routines designed to enhance your strength, mobility, and health are all conveniently brought to your doorstep courtesy of your dedicated physical therapist. Benefits also include no traffic, no wait times, and no other patients are seen at the same time.

Q: What specific services related to physical therapy are covered under Medicare?

A: Along with necessary therapeutic exercises, Medicare coverage extends to techniques for pain minimization and education about daily activities. Services also include manual therapy, which can be soft tissue mobilization or manipulations.

Q: Will in-home physical therapy be covered even if I am retired?

A: Absolutely! As long as you were covered under Medicare, you have some sort of physical therapy coverage in your home. Being retired, does not limit you from high-level and experienced care.

Dr. Michael Derry is a Doctor of Physical Therapy and board certified in orthopedics. He is very passionate about treating lower back pain and helping people build their resiliency. He has spent time assisting at universities as well as managing large clinics before starting his own practice in Jacksonville, FL.

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