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Sherrie Glasser-Mayrsohn: Physical Therapy Easier to Access for Seniors Due to Change in Medicare Policy

Feb 14 2013 12:00AM



NEW YORK, NY -- (Marketwire) -- 02/14/13 -- The New York Times reports that a recent change in Medicare coverage will allow seniors to access care regarding certain medical concerns: "Tens of thousands of people with chronic conditions and disabilities may find it easier to qualify for Medicare coverage of potentially costly home health care, skilled nursing home stays and outpatient therapy under policy changes planned by the Obama administration." These changes are in response to a class-action lawsuit and encompass the removal of a program requirement that insisted that beneficiaries "show a likelihood of medical or functional improvement before Medicare would pay for skilled nursing and therapy services." Sherrie Glasser-Mayrsohn, physical therapy professional, is elated by the news that seniors will have improved financial access to the care that they need.

"It is unfortunate that a lawsuit was necessary for Medicare to finally allow healthcare professionals to provide the appropriate care for patients who have chronic illnesses," asserts Sherrie Glasser-Mayrsohn, physical therapy professional. "I am so glad, as a progressive physical therapist, that I am no longer forced to discharge my patients prematurely."

Glasser-Mayrsohn explains that, in the past, Medicare would not continue to pay for physical therapy once substantial improvement in health would no longer justify the cost. As a result, patients who made significant gains in their mobility, strength, endurance, balance, and independence regarding activities of daily living were discharged without the appropriate follow-up care.

"Most Medicare patients are on a fixed income and cannot afford to pay privately," asserts Glasser-Mayrsohn, "and they regress after stopping rehabilitation. Patients with certain diagnoses, such as multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease, and severe balance and gait abnormalities, suffer from safety risks that often lead to falls and, ultimately, medical complications. After breaking a bone, Medicare historically approved additional therapy; however, the unnecessary suffering that patients endured could have been avoided by continuing to pay for therapy in the first place. This is why I am so pleased that the guidelines to the Medicare program have been revised and seniors will be better able to access the care that they need to protect their health and improve their wellbeing."


Sherrie Glasser-Mayrsohn, physical therapy professional, founded Metro Physical & Aquatic Therapy in 1982. Through her work, Sherrie Glasser-Mayrsohn, physical therapy professional, offers quality care to individuals who are in need of a variety of treatments. In particular, she is dedicated to providing seniors throughout the community the care they need to age actively and increase their overall wellbeing. As such, Sherrie Glasser-Mayrsohn, physical therapy professional, offers geriatric services that encompass wellness, Pilates, yoga, fall prevention, balance training, tai chi, and more.

Glasser-Mayrsohn holds a bachelor of science in physical therapy from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Additionally, she holds a master of science in orthopedic physical therapy from The Institute of Graduate Health Sciences.

Source: Marketwire

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