Tuesday - Carroll County Memorial Hospital held a ceremonial ground breaking for its new 43,000 square foot, Ambulatory Surgery and Medical Office Building. CCMH president and CEO Jeff Tindle was joined by members of the Board of Directors, staff and special VIPs for the event that will mark a construction project estimated to last just under two years.
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Carroll County Memorial Hospital honors the outstanding performance of a team member.
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Beginning October 1, Medicare has placed a limit on outpatient physical therapy, speech therapy and occupational therapy services in nursing homes, outpatient clinics and some hospital departments.
However, this cap does not apply to Carroll County Memorial Hospital, since it is classified as a Critical Access Hospital (CAH).
Patients will likely be receiving a Therapy Cap Beneficiary letter notifying them of the year-to-date benefits paid by Medicare for Rehabilitation services rendered in 2012, and the amount of benefit remaining. There is an exception process for the non-CAH facilities until the end of 2012, but after that, it is a hard cap unless this ruling is rescinded.
“We are trying to educate our patients, physicians and staff on this issue,” stated Nancy Lock, Director of Rehabilitation Services at CCMH. “We will be glad to answer questions about this issue and who and how they will be affected.”
The cap is for $1,880 for physical therapy (PT) and speech therapy (ST) combined for a calendar year and an additional benefit of $1,880 $1,880 for occupational therapy (OT) for a calendar year.
“This can be easily reached in one significant episode,” she added. “At this time it is irrelevant to Medicare if an additional injury or illness occurs inthe same year.”