Skilled therapy is services that are reasonable and necessary to treat illness or injury, performed by or under the supervision of a licensed therapist. There are three main types of skilled therapy covered by Medicare:
- Physical therapy (PT): Exercise and physical activities used to condition muscles and improve levels of activity. It is helpful for those with a physically debilitating illness. PT will help you regain movement and strength in a body area.
- Speech/language pathology (SLP): Therapeutic treatment of speech impairments(such as lisping and stuttering) or speech difficulties that result from illness. SLP will help you regain and strengthen speech and language skills.
- Occupational therapy (OT): A type of therapy using meaningful activities of daily living to assist people who have difficulty acquiring or performing meaningful work due to impairment or limitation of physical or mental function. OT helps you regain the ability to do usual daily activities by yourself such as eating and putting on clothes.
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