3. Therapy Services are optional now under PDPM during the PHE.
Medicare has made it very clear that they would not place blanket waivers for essential procedures and treatments. Therapy is an essential treatment, and the “standard of care” is expected to be maintained during this emergency. Facilities do have the ability to pause services as part of an emergency response plan to maintain a safe environment. If such a plan is initiated, CMS gives guidance to ensure that all members of the care team are documenting in the medical record their efforts to adhere to the clients plan of care, including all refused and alternate methods use to preform client visits. Furthermore, therapy follow-ups should be done with all patients that received a lower level of services than usually expected for their condition because of facility emergency procedures.