I am an occupational therapist in New Jersey and just finished
reading Jeffrey M. Arnette’s article on combining occupational
therapy and physical therapy as one animal [” New
Professional Standards To Enter O&P: A Plan,” February
2004]. Although I can see how he could make the assumption that
this idea may save on Medicare costs, I do not think that he fully
understands what goes into a person’s rehabilitation. For example,
if a person has a stroke, it is likely that he will need
occupational therapy, physical therapy, and speech therapy.
Medicare would have to put out the same amount of money to rehab
this person secondary to the amount of therapy needed.