Barbara M. Doucet; Quantifying Function: Status Critical. Am J Occup Ther 2014;68(2):123-126. doi: 10.5014/ajot.2014.010991.
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Your role in restoring autonomy, self respect and quality of life to our friends and neighbors is critical. You need to be involved in patient care sooner and longer than currently recognized. Your position on the healthcare team is secure and will increasingly be recognized for the critical role you have. In the future, OT will not be an afterthought, but a first thought in the care of patients. (Holly, 2013).
Although there is widespread agreement that beneficiary condition and functional limitations are critical to developing and evaluating an alternative payment system for therapy services, a system for collecting such data does not exist. Diagnosis information is available from Medicare claims. However, we believe that the primary diagnosis on the claim is a poor predictor for the type and duration of therapy services required. (Medicare Program, 2012)
Mobility: walking and moving around
Changing and maintaining body position
Carrying, moving, and handling objects
Spoken language comprehension
Spoken language expression
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