Category Archives: Medicare

Aquatic Therapy: An Alternative to Pain Medication

By John R. Mishock, PT, DPT, DC; Owner of Mishock Physical Therapy & Associates Aquatic therapy is quickly becoming well known for its amazing effects on decreasing pain, speeding recovery and improving function. Aquatic therapy, or pool therapy, consists of an exercise program that is performed in the water. The water provides buoyancy and hydrostatic […]

Understanding Bell’s Palsy

By Monica Hallman, PTA, CKTP, LSVT BIG certified Clinical Director, Barto Bell’s palsy is a condition that affects the nerves and muscles of the face causing the affected side to sag or droop. This is similar to the weakness of the facial muscles of a CVA or stroke. Most Bell’s palsy patients initially believe that […]

The Importance of Physical Therapy for Seniors

By Ann R. Miller, PT, DPT, ATC, CSCS – Clinical Director of Mishock Physical Therapy in Stowe One in four Americans who are currently over the age of 65 will live to be at least 90 years of age. Throughout the aging process our bodies change. Loss of flexibility, strength, endurance and balance as well […]

2018 Guidelines for Medicare Physical Therapy Patients

By Dr. John R. Mishock What is the Medicare Physical Therapy Cap? In 1997, as part of the Balanced Budget Act, a $1,500.00 cap ($2010.00 for 2018) on outpatient physical therapy and occupational therapy services was imposed. Meaning the maximum paid by Medicare for therapy services would be $1,500.00. Each year after this, congress would […]