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Home Health Section Members Adopt Statement on the Value of Home Health Physical Therapy

November 3, 2017

At the end of September of 2017, Home Health Section members adopted a statement on the value of home health physical therapy. The value statement was in response to a charge by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) House of Delegates (HoD) several years ago that each physical therapy practice setting establish a position statement intended to educate clinicians and the public about the value of each setting to achieving outcomes.

The Statement provides evidence-based guidance to clarify and identify the role, benefits and appropriate utilization of Home Health Physical Therapy (HHPT) services as an essential part in the continuum of care for qualified beneficiaries in the home health setting.

It addresses patient care outcomes and compares post-acute care costs needed to attain these outcomes. Lastly, the statement discusses the patient’s perception of care delivery in the HH setting.

The position statement ensures physical therapists and physical therapist assistants know the value of providing physical therapy in the HH setting. External stakeholders, including the general public, other health care professionals, professional organizations, policy makers, beneficiaries and payer sources also benefit from the statement with information about who we are and what we do.

Source: Home Health Section

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