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While health care was not central to the 2016 Presidential campaign, the election’s outcome will be a major determining factor in the country’s future health care policy. A number of issues have garnered media attention, including the future of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), rising prescription drug costs, and the opioid epidemic.
Documentation of Skilled Versus Unskilled Care for Medicare Beneficiaries: Speech
Medicare guidelines state that all services must be medically necessary and be provided at a level of complexity and sophistication that requires a speech-language pathologist to perform the tasks. They further stipulate that the interventions provided “require the expertise, knowledge, clinical judgment, decision making and abilities of a therapist that assistants, qualified personnel, caretakers or the patient cannot provide independently” (Medicare Benefit Policy Manual, Chapter 15, Section 220.3B [PDF]).