Caring for the Elderly: Eliminating an Annual Cap on Physical Therapy Visits
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Most physicians encourage a physical therapy program to be completed after a major surgery or injury. Since Medicare started in 1965, elderly patients have struggled with receiving enough physical therapy visits after their surgeries or injuries. Unfortunately, since Medicare limits the number allowed, they often cannot fully heal. I will take a closer look at why Medicare patients have an annual cap on physical therapy visits. I will investigate the ways local and national Physical Therapists, Physical Therapy students, and physicians can partner with these patients in their recovery journey. Focusing on ways to provide a healthier life for Medicare patients, I will defend and advocate for these patients by exploring practical ways to enable Medicare patients to obtain more physical therapy visits.