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Our updates are designed to keep you informed
Our updates are designed to keep you informed
The FDA recently published an article encouraging pregnant women who are taking medications to enroll in a secure database that is collecting information on current medication use during pregnancy.
The article states, "When women are pregnant they take care to eat right and refrain from smoking and drinking alcoholic beverages. But what to do about prescription drugs is a more complicated topic. Approximately half of the 6.3 million women who are pregnant every year take at least one medication, and prescription use is on the rise." The FDA states that more information is clearly needed to understand the effects of medication during the childbearing years.
The goal of the FDA is to identify and address gaps in knowledge and research on safe and effective therapies for pregnant and lactating women. Therefore a registry site has been established to collect information. The FDA is encouraging pregnant women to enroll in a pregnancy exposure registry if they take a prescription drug for a medical condition. Enrolling can help improve safety information for medicines used during pregnancy and can be used to update drug labeling.
FDA’s pregnancy registry site connects women and health professionals and provides links to drug information and educational resources on medication use during pregnancy. Studies conducted with the registry data can help to provide information on the effects of prescription drug and vaccine exposures on the health of pregnant women and, after they give birth, of their babies.
Original article: https://blogs.fda.gov/fdavoice/index.php/2017/08/working-to-improve-information-on-medication-use-during-pregnancy/
NPR recently published a story called "Flattening The 'Mummy Tummy' With 1 Exercise, 10 Minutes A Day." This article received a lot of news coverage because women everywhere agree it would be fabulous if we could eliminate abdominal separation (diastasis recti) so easily. Those of us here at Opt IN! Physical Therapy were immediately concerned because the this article, and the associated study, did not accurately portray what we know to be effective treatment of diastasis recti.
The Women's Health Section of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) has published a complete and accurate response to the NPR publication. Here are the most important points for women to understand:
Addressing the physical changes women experience after carrying and delivering a baby is complex. Women need individualized care to ensure they are doing the right type of exercise to effectively address their body. Opt IN! is here to make it easy for you to get expert care.
APTA's article responding to the original NPR story:
NPR's original story:
Ever wonder what out of network physical therapy means? Many women are often concerned that the cost of care will be quite expensive when a provider is out of network, however this is rarely the case!
For the vast majority of insurances, the final cost of care at OPT IN! is comparable to the cost of a co-payment for an in network provider. In fact, many women find that out-of-pocket costs are significantly lower than those at large medical systems in the triangle region. More information can be found at Fair Health Consumer (fairhealthconsumer.org) which provides estimates for the cost of various health care services. A quick search for the triangle region of NC reveals that Opt IN! Physical Therapy is WELL below the average cost for hospital based and private PT offices. After reimbursement from your insurance provider we feel confident the cost of our care can be within your budget.
Opt IN! Physical Therapy makes it easy for you to submit for reimbursement with your insurance company. After each session, we will provide you with paperwork containing ALL relevant information (including National Provider Identification (NPI) number, professional license number, our company tax ID, and your description of care) to enable your insurance provider to accept the claims and reimburse you directly. If your insurance provider has any additional questions, Opt IN! Physical Therapy will advocate for you and work with your insurance to ensure that you are reimbursed in a timely manner.
This ensure that we meet our goal: To provide expert women's health and pelvic health services, to women of all ages, within the comfort and privacy of each client's home.
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