How can having an MLD/CLT certification help me?
- See powerful growth in your facility/practice with the application of lymphedema therapy, with the ability to see a whole new population of clients.
- Help the people who often go without care and who are unaware that there are solutions to their chronic pain and/or swelling.
- Have the knowledge of various swelling disorders and be skilled in differential diagnosis to determine the most effective treatment for your client
- Lymphedema management is utilized across many areas of practice, including home health, outpatient, private clinic/ practice, SNF, acute care, and palliative/ hospice care.
How can this certification benefit my patients?
As you will learn throughout these courses, learning MLD/CLT will give you the abilities to assist your patients in numerous ways.
- Manual techniques for edema management, especially with post-op hip and knee patients, lead to considerable progress in motion and strength goals. It is a huge advantage to the patient to have their pain and edema reduced.
- Edema reduction brings with it an increased range of motion and therefore increased ability to meet functional goals and daily activities.
- Demonstrate functional outcomes more quickly to your referring physicians.
- Patients are able to see results and are willing to come to therapy even on days when pain and malaise would inhibit them from participating in more aggressive therapies.
- The holistic needs of your patients will be met when they are assisted in detoxification for optimum health or when relief is provided from the symptoms of auto-immune conditions such as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lupus, and more.
How does being a lymphedema therapist apply to oncology?
- There is a growing need for methods that provide relief for the long-term side effects of cancer treatment.
- Certified Lymphedema Therapists apply techniques that help oncology patients tolerate and recover from these side effects.
What are some benefits for practitioners in rehab facilities?
- Assist in your facility’s wound-management program by addressing edema in limbs that keep chronic wounds from healing.
- Assist patients in meeting their gait and balance goals by evacuating even small amounts of fluid in their ankles that can prevent full dorsiflexion and keep the patient retropulsive, leading to frequent falls.
- Treat venous insufficiency quickly and effectively in all your Part B populations, using manual lymph drainage and proper bandaging techniques.
Can I become certified as a Physical Therapy Assistant/ Occupational Therapy Assistant even if my supervising therapist is not certified?
- Yes! PTAs and OTAs can seek full certification even when their supervising therapist is not certified in Lymphedema Therapy. The roles of the supervising therapist would remain per licensing rules as the PT or OT conducting the evaluation, recertification, and discharge, and the PTA or OTA conducting the skilled treatments. It is ideal that the certified assistants be available during the evaluation as the source of knowledge for the supervising therapist. As a PTA or OTA, you can recommend specific assessment tools for the supervising therapist to utilize in tracking patient progress.
Does Medicare and Private Insurance Reimburse for Lymphedema Therapy?
- Yes. CPT codes can be used by licensed Physical and Occupational Therapists for skilled services rendered, which are submitted to insurance companies for reimbursement. Appropriate billing codes are discussed as part of our curriculum.
Lymphedema programs are a growing segment of patient care. Research and trends are changing and expanding every year, particularly in the field of oncology.
Cancellation policy: Refunds can be received up to 30 days before the course start with the reduction of a $100 processing fee for the MLD and MLD/CDP programs or a $50 reduction on advanced courses. Within 30 days of a course starting date, the amount can be credited toward a future course.
Certification will be held until payments are complete, though you will receive your CEU certificates with each completed class.
Inclement Weather Policy: If interstates local to classes being held are closed the night before class begins, the course for that day will be cancelled and rescheduled. If roads are otherwise hazardous but passable, there will be a judgment call by the course instructor. Please call in if there is doubt. My cell: 540-357-2084. I will also leave a message at the front desk of the hotel. Refunds will not be issued, but you will have credit to attend another course.
Referral Bonus Policy: Referral bonuses for referring a student will not be paid out until the referred student has completed the entire certification course and has paid for the course in full.