APTA Magazine Features Home Health Physical Therapist In Story Titled 'Good To Be Home'

The February edition of PT In Motion magazine features author Chris Hayhurst's article on changes in practice in the home health setting with the admonition "not to believe all the doom and gloom you've been hearing about PDGM," the acronym for the Patient-Driven Groupings Model, the new Medicare payment system for home health providers.

As Hayhurst writes, "This segment of the health care industry is growing faster than any other in the United States. According to the latest analysis by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) as reported in a February 20, 2019 article in Health Affairs, total spending on home care services nationwide is expected to reach nearly $186.8 billion by 2027, up from $108.8 billion in 2019. By 2021, CMS predicts, the annual growth rate for expenditures in the sector is likely to exceed 7% per year — the highest rate of expansion among the categories the agency tracks.

The article quotes top Home Health Section leaders, including President Diana "Dee' Kornetti, Vice President Matt Janes and Treasurer Philip Goldsmith, who provides Hayhurst's anecdotal lead paragraphs.

At the American Physical Therapy Association's National Student Conclave on a Friday morning early last November, Philip Goldsmith, PT, MSPT, EMT, DScPT, took a few minutes to prepare for the day ahead. He was there to represent APTA's Home Health Section, he explained, and over the course of the next 36 hours he'd share his experiences as a home health physical therapist (PT) with anyone who asked. He'd focused on this niche of the profession for the majority of his 20-year career and recently had taken a new position with Southeastern Home Health Services in Pennsylvania.

The students, if they were like those he'd met before, would have questions about potential opportunities in home health, but they'd also want to know about the practice setting's particular challenges. He'd be ready, Goldsmith told them, with an honest assessment of the home health career path and a pitch he hoped would persuade them to join the section and give it a try.

Read the full story here (you must be signed in as an APTA member to view).