The beauty of the CORF is the expansive number of services it provides. Under one roof – without being in a hospital adjacent to a COVID ward – a patient can benefit from the work of:
- Rehabilitative Therapists (Occupational and Physical)
- Speech Therapists
- Respiratory Therapists
- Psychosocial Professionals
So, from assisting the recovery after a stroke to benefiting from the medication educational services of an experienced nurse to learning how to manage breathing and specialized pulmonary medical equipment from a respiratory therapist after a diagnosis of COPD or pulmonary fibrosis, a patient is exposed to a bonanza of care along the continuum.
Think about this for just a moment from the eye of a primary care physician, pulmonologist, interventional cardiologist, or immunologist. They see a patient repeatedly, perhaps for the same issue, and on a regular basis there are compliance issues with the patient regarding how they take or understand certain medications and medical equipment. The follow-up visit to the physician is not how the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services wants these matters handled. Hence, the initiation of the CORF.
Are you now beginning to think like the physician, and the federal department that surveys, certifies and regulates CORFs?
Why does this matter? Because you need to draw attention to special areas of advantage that your CORF offers that many physicians in your area may not even be aware of. What they are aware of are serious deficiencies in their patients that require the kind of regular intervention their medical practice is not equipped nor established to manage or oversee multiple times per week.
And let’s face another reality: A patient in a doctor’s office multiple times per week is a bullseye for an insurance company to stop paying for some if not most of the visits.
Thankfully, there is an alternative in the community, and it’s called a CORF.
Perhaps as a proprietor of a CORF you have already reached the conclusion to which we have been drawing you. What is that? When marketing in writing and when using other venues, you must tell a story. That is the story of what a CORF is and how it benefits both the patient and the referring medical practice.
You must draw attention to how the CORF is not traditional outpatient rehabilitation, but a combination of multiple services utilizing the collaborative approach of multiple disciplines to promote medical stability.
And now to a letter we write to physicians within 50 miles of CORFs our company develops, especially for those with transportation.
June 11, 2015
Dr. Mark Mallory
Mallory & Associates, PLLC
Macon, GA 31204
Dear Dr. Mallory:
We are thrilled that someone in your practice is reading this. This will advise that a Medicare certified Comprehensive Outpatient Rehabilitative Facility, (CORF) is now operating at 222 Nowhere Lane in the City of Macon. This program is designed to complement the work of the medical practice such as yours.
How? By bringing together – outside of the walls of a hospital – multiple medical, clinical, and rehabilitative professionals who all follow a Treatment Plan on which you will opine and pre-approve. Disciplines involved includes:
- Nurses – Medical education, medication compliance, wound management, more.
- Occupational Therapists – Rehabilitative recovery and strengthening.
- Physical Therapists – Rehabilitative recovery and strengthening.
- Speech Therapists Rehabilitative recovery and strengthening, swallowing disorder management, post-stroke speech recovery.
- Psychosocial Professionals – (Minimum graduate level social workers) – Who work with patients on a variety of psychological needs.
- Respiratory Therapists – For that special assistance with COPD, chronic asthma and other conditions affecting the respiratory and pulmonary systems of the body.
This is the only outpatient environment that Medicare certifies designed to treat the entire person. The goal is to minimize trips to the emergency room, hospitalizations and self-neglect that occurs so often in the home.
We are enclosing a sample of the Treatment Plan used to commence services as well as the Updated Plan Form, both of which are Medicare requirements. On the first Tuesday of each month, we hold an online informational session for medical staffs such as yours, to create more familiarity in the community about how the CORF can benefit so many.
The dates are posted on our website at: _______________________.com. Referrals can also securely be made there.
We look forward to answering any questions and welcome a visit at any time.
Most sincerely yours,
Chief Clinical Officer
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