Packer Perspective: September 2020

Published in Complex Rehab on September 14, 2020

“Success is not final; failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts.” – Winston Churchill

I found this quote to be quite appropriate for the current times we are going through this year with the pandemic. Remember that U.S. Rehab and VGM are here for your success and to help ensure that you do not have failure—and that it is not fatal if you do have some. 

I am very excited to share a recent podcast that was recorded with Dr. Mark Schmeler, Dan Fedor, Kyle Walker, and myself about a new educational program focused around telehealth and CRT. In this episode, we discuss the history of telehealth, how providers are willing to challenge the status quo by embracing untraditional methods for assessments and non-billable services within virtual technology, the policies surrounding telehealth services from a payer standpoint, and how telehealth is not a one-size-fits-all solution. It is imperative to continue working on this and determine all variables so providers can address the needs of the patient and best serve them. 

Embracing telehealth is multi-faceted. From the standpoint of payers, clinicians, and providers, they all go hand-in-hand as our industry continues to transition to the pay-for-performance model of value-based care. When thinking about the future of telehealth and what healthcare services look like for the CRT industry, it is essential to remember to show the effectiveness of these services for the patient and how they can lead to positive outcomes.

Click here to listen to the podcast.

We will continue to release more episodes to give you information on what to expect in the future. Please let us know if you have questions and/or comments when you see the release of this much-needed educational programming.

Thank you for being a member and for your continued support of the programs and items we deliver to you each and every day.

Greg Packer
President, U.S. Rehab


TAGS

  1. complex rehab
  2. vgm

comments powered by Disqus

From Our Experts

U.S. Rehab Tech Training at Heartland Addresses All Levels of Experience thumbnail U.S. Rehab Tech Training at Heartland Addresses All Levels of Experience Complex rehab providers attending VGM's 20th Heartland Conference will have the opportunity to increase their expertise in repairing and programming complex rehab wheelchairs as part of U.S. Rehab's Tech Training. CMS Announces 90-Day Extension For CRT Manual Wheelchair Accessories thumbnail CMS Announces 90-Day Extension For CRT Manual Wheelchair Accessories CMS announced a 90-day extension of the suspension of the application of Medicare Competitive Bidding Program pricing to CRT manual wheelchair accessories. The current policy will stay in place through October 1 and there will not be any payment cuts or claims processing changes. Don't Allow Medicare Advantage Plans and MCOs Take Advantage of YOU! thumbnail Don't Allow Medicare Advantage Plans and MCOs Take Advantage of YOU! The HME supplier has always had challenges in getting paid timely and accurately for the items and services they provide to their customers. This is an assumed cost of doing business but the HME supplier still does this because of the reward of taking care of their customers. But nothing has challenged the supplier as much as when a customer has a Medicare Advantage Plan or an MCO. Right to Repair Legislation: Just Say No thumbnail Right to Repair Legislation: Just Say No Over the past few months there have been several bills introduced at the state level titled "Right to Repair." The purpose of these bills is to give the consumer the right to purchase parts from manufacturers directly in order to repair their own products. This may be fine for some consumer goods, but it could have devastating consequences to consumers attempting to repair their own medical equipment for several reasons. The Q2 Buyer's Guide is Available Now thumbnail The Q2 Buyer's Guide is Available Now VGM & Associates is excited to announce that the second quarter Digital Buyer's Guide has been released. The latest edition can be downloaded now. Complex Rehab Legislative Update thumbnail Complex Rehab Legislative Update Legislation is always a hot topic in CRT and this year is no different. We have 5 major issues that we are working: Stopping June 30 Cuts to CRT Manual Wheelchair Accessories, Establishing Coverage for Power Seat Elevation and Power Standing System, Securing Permanent Remote Service and Telehealth Options for CRT, Establishing a Medicare Separate Benefit Category for CRT, State Medicaid Cuts, and the Right to Repair legislation that is currently being introduced in several states. Telehealth for Complex Rehab Technology: Is It Effective? thumbnail Telehealth for Complex Rehab Technology: Is It Effective? This report analyzes telehealth in the complex rehab technology (CRT) industry. In this report, we define telehealth in the current environment of CRT and how we see it moving forward post-pandemic. Then, we will summarize our feelings of how we see the industry moving forward and utilizing the tools that are available to better the industry and patient care. We also have a list of studies on this subject provided at the end of this report. U.S. Rehab Releases Whitepaper on Telehealth in CRT thumbnail U.S. Rehab Releases Whitepaper on Telehealth in CRT U.S. Rehab has released a whitepaper on the use of telehealth in the CRT industry, “Telehealth for Complex Rehab Technology: Is It Effective?”