COVID-19, PDGM Hit Home Health Therapy Staff with Double Whammy

POSTED ON MONDAY, July 13, 2020 

It has been over 6 months since the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) took effect. Despite the long warning, many home health providers are still adjusting their therapy strategies, prolonging the initial layoffs, pay cuts and furloughs that took place at the beginning of the year.

The coronavirus is a huge reason for the therapy adjustments.

“We probably saw a lot more effects of … the COVID crisis than we did with the inception of PDGM,” Diana Kornetti, president of the American Physical Therapy Association’s (APTA) home health section, told Home Health Care News. “That was like the double whammy, like the other shoe landing. … That really had a greater impact on a lot of therapists’ ability to be gainfully employed during the pandemic.”

“We are seeing some decline in home health cases, specifically therapy-led cases,” said Jennifer Sheets, Interim Healthcare told HHCN, also in April. “That’s mainly due to cancellation of elective orthopedic surgeries like knee or hip replacements.”

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