Research Article
Issue Date: May 1984
Published Online: May 01, 1984
Updated: April 30, 2020
Reimbursement in Private Practice
Author Affiliations
  • A. Gloria Hershman, OTR, FAOTA, is Director of Hand Rehabilitation Center, 930 Stuyvesant Avenue, Union, NJ 07083; and President of Management Development Services, 2216 Coles Avenue, Scotch Plains, NJ 07076
Article Information
Advocacy / Professional Issues / Features
Research Article   |   May 01, 1984
Reimbursement in Private Practice
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, May 1984, Vol. 38, 299-306.
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, May 1984, Vol. 38, 299-306.
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Occupational therapists in private practice must develop sound business policies and procedures to help ensure third party reimbursement for their services. Carefully delineated protocols and proper documentation in treatment are of utmost importance. Fee schedules are established within the framework of local government regulations, using one or a combination of the following methods: unit value system, modalities and procedures, cost-plus or overhead, and state relative value system or maximum allowable fees. Blue Cross/Blue Shield or other private third party payers, Medicare or Medicaid, and workers’ compensation insurers are the usual parties billed for services rendered. Therapists must use good public relations methods to educate their present and future reimbursers and act as advocates for private practitioners in occupational therapy.