Faculty Member Beth McManus Publishes Research: Therapy Use for Children With Developmental Conditions: Analysis of Colorado Medicaid Data


We would like to share this research report authored by:
McManus, Beth M. PT, MPH, ScD; Rapport, Mary Jane PT, DPT, PhD; Richardson, Zachary MA; Lindrooth, Richard PhD
published in:
Pediatric Physical Therapy: July 2017 – Volume 29 – Issue 3 – p 192–198

Study Purpose: To examine therapy use and spending for Medicaid-enrolled infants and toddlers with developmental conditions.

Methods: Sample infants and toddlers had a diagnosis (eg, cerebral palsy) or developmental delay (DD). Colorado Children’s Medicaid administrative outpatient therapy claims (2006-2008) were used to estimate differences, by condition type and number of comorbid chronic conditions (CCCs), of any physical therapy (PT)/occupational therapy (OT) and Medicaid PT/OT spending.

Results: The sample included 20 959 children. Children with at least 2 CCCs had higher odds of PT/OT than children with no CCC. Children with DD had 12-fold higher odds of having any PT/OT compared with children with diagnosis. Children with a DD and 2 CCCs had the highest PT/OT spending.

Conclusions: Medicaid PT/OT use and spending are higher for children with more CCCs and those with DD because children with DD receive more specialized PT/OT.

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Beth McManus is taking a break from teaching for a while to spend time with her family, but we are honored that she will be teaching 2 more dates for us this year, and we want to make sure that you don’t miss them:

Advanced Clinical Practice in the NICU
October 6-7, 2017 – Indianapolis, IN
November 3-4, 2017 – San Leandro, CA

Click here for full course details, CEU information, to download a brochure, and for registration information.