Frequently Asked Questions

A Private Medical Practice located in Baltimore, MD

Frequently Asked Questions 1

What is P.R.O. and what do you offer?

P.R.O. is a telehealth program providing comprehensive pulmonary support from home. Our program includes respiratory therapy, dietary suggestions, and access to a pulmonologist, stress management, yoga, educational classes, and dance therapy.

What does the program entail?

Our program includes education on techniques, exercise routines, and guidance on various aspects such as medication intake and home environment. You'll work with a team of specialists including dietitians, physical therapists, occupational therapists, respiratory therapists, and doctors, all provided as part of the program.

Frequently Asked Questions 2

Is a referral from my doctor necessary to enroll in the program?

While anyone can join, we will reach out to your doctor to obtain a referral as it is necessary for insurance purposes.

Will my doctor be informed about my progress?

Yes, we regularly communicate with your doctor regarding updates or issues related to your health and performance throughout the program.

What insurance plans do you accept?

Our program is approved through Medicare, some Medicaid plans, and commercial insurances. For uninsured individuals, we offer payment options designed to be accessible and affordable.

I am uninsured and on a fixed income-would I be able to participate in the program?

Yes! Our program aims to be accessible, especially for those without insurance coverage. Our program is structured to cater to individuals unable to afford traditional rehabilitation or constrained by scheduling conflicts. By delivering therapy digitally, we reduce costs while maintaining or exceeding the success rates of traditional facilities.

How long does the program last?

Medicare allows for up to 72 sessions in our program, but we prioritize achieving results efficiently. The duration may extend based on the severity of your condition as determined by your doctor.

Do I have to give you my Medical History?

While it is not mandatory, sharing your medical history enables us to gain a comprehensive understanding of your current health status and better tailor our approach to your needs.

How are your success rates determined?

Our success rates are determined through various assessments conducted before and after the program. These assessments include pre- and post-exercise toleration data, the CAT (COPD Assessment Test), the 6-Minute Walk Test, the MMRc scale, and, when necessary, a PFT (Pulmonary Function Test). These comprehensive evaluations allow us to measure improvements in various aspects of pulmonary health and function, providing a clear understanding of the effectiveness of our program.

Do I need to travel to your facility for therapy sessions?

No, all therapy sessions are conducted in the comfort of your own home, allowing for convenient engagement using your phone, laptop, or TV. We provide assistance in setting up everything you need for the sessions.

Do I need to purchase equipment for the therapy?

While it is recommended to have the necessary equipment for optimal therapy, we understand that it may not always be feasible. However, we can provide alternatives or assistance in acquiring essential equipment. The basic equipment needed includes:

  • Incentive Spirometer
  • Blood Pressure Machine
  • Pulse Oximeter
  • Medium strength therapy bands
  • Free weights (soup cans and water bottles work well) up to 5 lbs.

We are here to help you navigate your options and ensure you have what you need to participate in the program effectively.

Is this a membership-based program?

While we offer a maintenance program similar to a membership, we also provide participants with the option of a "self-paced membership program," offering more flexibility and personalized pacing.

How do you motivate participants to engage in therapy?

We adhere to legal regulations that prevent us from coercing individuals into activities they do not wish to participate in, a standard upheld in hospitals and facilities. Instead, we employ a group-based approach infused with elements of fun to foster engagement and enthusiasm. Our aim is to create an enjoyable atmosphere that encourages active participation, ultimately paving the way for a brighter future. Additionally, we collaborate closely with your primary doctor, facilitating communication between our physicians and your Primary Care Physician to discuss recommendations and ensure comprehensive care.

Can my friend, who is a Respiratory Therapist, conduct pulmonary rehab for me?

While your friend may be knowledgeable, our therapists are highly skilled and qualified practitioners who are required to undergo extensive training and hold certifications in both cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation from the AACVPR, ensuring the highest standard of care. Pulmonary rehabilitation is often not covered extensively in academic programs but is typically taught through hospital settings or on-the-job training. The quality of rehabilitation may vary depending on the therapist's experience and expertise. Our program emphasizes the importance of receiving therapy from. We understand the significance of proper technique and adherence to established protocols.

My friend signed up and had severe COPD, but his doctor tested him after the program and found that he no longer has COPD. Did you cure it, and can I expect similar results?

While we don't claim to cure COPD, it's not uncommon for individuals to be misdiagnosed with the condition. Our program focuses on therapy that can lead to improvements in lung function for some participants. However, the extent of improvement depends on various factors, including the diligence with which the patient engages in the therapy. Results vary from patient to patient based on their commitment to the program and other individual factors.

I attended pulmonary rehab previously, and it didn't yield any results. How will your program different?

While the effectiveness of rehabilitation programs can vary, we pride ourselves on offering one of the highest success rates among telehealth and pulmonary rehabilitation facilities. The American Thoracic Society (ATS) has affirmed that online rehabilitation can be as effective as traditional facilities. Therefore, you can trust that our program is designed to deliver tangible benefits and positive outcomes for our participants.