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Monday to Friday

8:00 to 5:00

phone

Call Us

985-951-2457

FAQ'S


A Certified Hand Therapist is an occupational or physical therapist who has voluntarily undergone advanced education and training to be designated as an upper extremity specialist in the demanding field of rehabilitation. To be designated as a CHT, a therapist must have been in practice for 5 years, have completed at least 4,000 hours of treatment specific to the hand and upper extremity, and successfully passed an extremely extensive and challenging written examination. To maintain the certification, the therapist must complete continuing education courses that ensure the therapist is current on all developments and advancements for upper extremity care. Thus ensuring the most appropriate and knowledgeable care for all upper extremity injuries, conditions and dysfunctions.

OT is an abbreviation of Occupational Therapist and CHT stands for Certified Hand Therapist. A certified hand therapist can be an Occupational Therapist or Physical Therapist who has a minimum of 5 years of clinical experience including 4, 000 hours or more in direct practice in hand therapy. The therapist must then pass an extensive comprehensive examination of advanced clinical skills and theory in upper extremity rehabilitation to acquire the distinction as a Certified Hand Therapist.

When you call to schedule an appointment, please have at hand the following information:

• Your physicians full name and prescription for occupational or hand therapy
• Your insurance company name or workers comp claim number and nurse case manager
• Your Diagnosis

On your first visit, you need to bring your doctor's prescription, your referral (if your insurance plan requires one), and your insurance cards. If you are covered by workers compensation, bring your claim number and your case manager's contact information. For Auto, bring your prescription, claim number, adjustor's contact information and your private insurance cards.

Accelerated Hand Solutions, LLC provides therapy for the rehabilitation of the hand as well as the wrist, elbow, and shoulder.

After your initial evaluation, your therapist will consider your condition and the doctor's order in determining the frequency of treatment. The average therapy session is 45-60 minutes depending on the extent of the injury.

We will make every effort to accommodate a preference, but know that all of our therapists are qualified, certified hand therapists.

Attending therapy sessions continues until you and your therapist decide that you have met your desired level of function or goals. Your physician is also monitoring your therapy progress through your visits and the progress notes he receives from the therapists.

The general rule is the earlier therapy is begun, the better the outcome for the patient. Certified Hand Therapists are specifically trained and experienced in early, safe intervention. In some cases, the early intervention helps to get the patient back to full functional ability and independence faster than the delayed therapy. By keeping structures moving, it decreases the ability of scar tissue to build up that may interfere with the progression of therapy so we generally start therapy early to enhance your function.

A copy of your initial evaluation is sent to your doctor after your first visit. Progress reports are then sent before your follow-up doctor visits so the doctor is kept apprised of your progress. Your therapist will contact your doctor between visits as needed.

Payment for services is due at the time of your visit. All co-payments will be collected at the time of service. For patients covered by health insurance plans for which we are not in-network providers, payment in full will be expected on your service date. If you are unable to pay on the day you receive services from our Hand Therapists, you will be able to discuss the situation with our billing office. We will make every effort to accommodate unusual circumstances.

Please refer to our "Insurance" page which lists all participating providers. If you have a question about your insurance, please call one of our offices and we will be happy to discuss any matters you may have.

If it is considered medically necessary, Medicare will cover occupational therapy with a written prescription from your physician. A new prescription is required every 30 days for therapy to continue.