According to the CDC, heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, while chronic lower respiratory disease, primarily COPD, is the third leading cause of death.¹ With advancing age, an individual undergoes cardiovascular and pulmonary changes resulting in the fundamental physiological problem of reduced oxygen delivery to skeletal muscle.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) states that to be covered, skilled therapy services must meet the following conditions:
• Ordered by a physician
• Be related to an active written treatment plan
• Be of a level of complexity and sophistication requiring the judgment, knowledge, and skills of a therapist
• Accepted under standards of medical practice
• Are reasonable and necessary