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   Pulmonary Rehabilitation

We have been "Shaping the future of Respiratory Care" for over four decades. As one of the largest providers of respiratory care in the United States, Meridian Healthcare Group, Inc. and its subsidiary Golden Care Inc. have built a national network of clinical programs in hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, outpatient clinics, homecare centers, sleep labs and respiratory pharmacies.


   Program Benefits      Coverage Criteria
Turnkey Operation
  • Experienced management team with proven track record
  • Personnel, equipment and supplies provided
Marketing & Case Management
  • Establishes specialty niche in the medical community
  • Evidence based protocols and consistent surveillance
  • Enhances patient satisfaction and quality of care
  • Regulatory Compliance is assured 
Practice Enrichment
  • Increased practice referrals
Professional Staff
  • Recruitment/retention of staff
  • CEU approved education and training programs
Financial Performance
  • Positive cash flow
  • Optimal utilization of resources
  • Medicare and private insurance coverage

 

Physician Prescribed
  • Patient must be under the care of Physician
  • Coverage is incident to Physician services
  • ICD-9 Codes must support medical necessity
  • Specify type, frequency and duration of service
Medically Necessary for the Diagnosis
  • Respiratory system impairment
  • FEV1 < 70% of predicted norm
  • Limited functional status
Reasonable Frequency & Duration
  • 1-2 hrs per day
  • 2-3 days per week
  • 8-12 weeks duration
Promote Recovery & Restore Function
  • Demonstrate practical improvement & decreased symptoms
  • Increase exercise tolerance
  • Improve functional ability
Site Requirements
  • Physician, PA or NP must be on site when services are rendered
  • Sufficient treatment area, 12 x 14 office suite
  • Adequate and convenient parking

   Program Goals      Program Components
  • Prevent Disease Progression
  • Relieve medical symptoms
  • Decrease disability
  • Increase functional status
  • Improve exercise capacity
  • Improve health status & quality of life
  • Reduce exacerbations
  • Professional Staff
  • Diagnostic Testing
  • Treatment Protocols
  • Education & Training
  • Therapeutic Exercise
  • Bronchial Hygiene
  • Activities of Daily Living
  • Outcome Assessment

   Case Management
  • Exercise Performance Testing
  • Pulmonary Function Testing
  • Functional Goals Attainment
  • Dyspnea Management
  • Energy conservation
  • Medication compliance
  • Healthcare resource utilization
  • National clinical benchmarking