Physical Therapy Home Visits

Author: Paul Singh

Several years ago, we created a post entitled PT House Calls Provide Opportunity and Growth.  With everything happening in the world, we felt this was a good time to revisit this topic.  As we stated in our original article, physical therapy home visits may provide an opportunity to start a physical therapy practice or expand the patient reach of an existing practice. Today, physical therapy is one of the most demanded services for in-home care.

Physical therapy home visits can be an incredibly convenient option to offer your patients.  It’s a great alternative for patients who are concerned about leaving home and want to minimize group settings or those with limited mobility that have difficulty getting to appointments.  There is also a reduction of cost since they do not need to drive or arrange for transportation services.

If you have an existing Part-A business, offering home visits under Part-B is an excellent way to provide continuity of care to patients that have been discharged from Part-A and can still benefit from ongoing therapy. Physical therapy home visits under Part-B are simply outpatient therapy services provided in a different setting rather than “home health” as defined under Part-A. Learn more about how to seamlessly transition your existing patients to Part-B.

In order to provide home visits under Part-B, you must be properly credentialed with Medicare.  For Part-B services, each therapist is required to be individually credentialed, which is a major difference from services under Part-A.  Additionally, some commercial Medicare replacement plans have limitations for home visits.  Please be sure to verify a patient’s benefits for in home visits prior to treatment.

For physical therapists that wish to start their own business, not having a brick-and-mortar location has huge advantages.  You must follow the requirements of your professional license and your state’s regulations, but focusing on physical therapy home visits would tremendously reduce your start-up and overhead expenses.  Your office follows you wherever you go and the world is your gym! 

If you have any questions about providing in-home physical therapy services, StrataPT is here to help.  Speak with an Expert today and we’ll show you how to become a more successful, more profitable and more efficient PT/OT practice.  Guaranteed.

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