Florida Spine & Pain Management Institute

Did You Know We Offer Physiatry & Pain Management Services To Skilled Nursing Homes?

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Physiatrists are medical specialists in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) who have expertise in rehabilitation management and work to assure the highest quality of rehabilitative care in the most cost-effective manner so patients will achieve the highest level of functional ability and quality of life.

In all post-acute care settings, including skilled nursing facilities, physiatrists play an essential leadership and patient care role. By virtue of their unique blend of experience and specialized training, physiatrists are well prepared to achieve the best possible functional outcome for patients at a minimal cost.

A skilled nursing facility rehabilitation program comprising physiatry and pain management services can significantly improve the residents’ welfare and quality of life. 

Dr Javier Placer, a double-board-certified physiatrist, and his team at Florida Spine & Pain Institute have a wealth of experience in using skilled nursing facility rehabilitation programs to assist patients with regaining strength and mobility. 

Continue reading if you’d like to learn more about how Dr Javier Placer and his team can improve the quality of life and everyday functioning of those living in nursing facilities.

Florida Spine & Pain Institute is

Palm Garden


Dr. Placer says he looks forward to not just track the medical status of Palm Garden’s guests but will track and document the patient’s functional status demonstrating progress toward goals and identifying barriers to reaching functional goals.

According to the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Physiatrists focus on the coordination of the rehabilitation team, set functional goals, manage medical and other complications related to the rehabilitation diagnosis, minimize hospital readmissions, and work to transition the patient to home as quickly and safely as possible. The physiatry management of patients in the SNF setting leads to greater functional gains by the patient, earlier discharge and cost savings for the healthcare system.

Physiatrists will also provide medical services such as treatment of spasticity or pain that is limiting functional gains and will make recommendations for further medical evaluation and treatment. When clinically appropriate, they will additionally identify and prescribe adaptive or assistive devices for safety and to further facilitate function.

Services We Offer To Skilled Nursing Facilities

A skilled nursing facility rehab program is a professional service provided by the Florida Spine & Pain Institute. Specialist physiatrist Dr Placer visits facilities to carry out comprehensive rehabilitation programs. 


The program begins with an assessment and diagnosis. The program runs convenient diagnostic testing facilities, including on-site EMG (electromyography) testing with same-day results. 

Pain management and interventional pain treatments are provided along with:

  • 2-3 patient visits per week (or as required)
  • Consistent monitoring of functional patient care
  • Participation in care planning sessions 
  • Regular representation at Medicare and insurance meetings
  • Involvement in safe discharge arrangements 
  • Consultations for long-term and assisted living residents (who could benefit from obtaining Medicare Part B treatment services)
  • Assisting the primary care team
  • Offering in-service education for the therapy/nursing team
  • Collaboration with local surgeons, hospitals, clinics, and social workers
  • Administering joint injections as necessary
  • Diagnosing orthopedic and neuro-muscular problems 
  • Pain and opioid medication management
  • Arrangement of peer-to-peer reviews for insurance denials
  • Signing home health and equipment orders for discharges
  • Providing clinical documentation to help support therapy, audits, and surveys 

Physiatrist-led therapies often lower patients’ risk of surgery but can also enhance postsurgical outcomes if surgery is needed. The skilled nursing facility rehab program we offer is a personalized solution that’s created to match the unique demands of each nursing facility. In addition to regular patient visits, the program provides weekly rehab staff rounds. The rehabilitation program helps enhance a facility’s regulatory processes and provide better care for residents.

Why We’re The Provider Of Choice

Our physiatrists’ main goals are to enhance patients’ quality of life and everyday function. 

Exclusive devotion to rehabilitation means that we’re always striving towards:


  • Optimization of patient care 

Our physiatrists collaborate with a facility’s care team to develop the most effective treatment programs for patients.


  • Lower readmission rates 

Our increased patient contact and care team coordination decrease a patient’s likelihood of rehospitalization.


  • Collaboration 

Our physiatrists partner with other members of the facility’s care team, such as the medical director, primary care physician, nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, and speech specialists.


  • Enhanced patient satisfaction 

We have more patient encounters to swiftly decide if a patient’s treatment plan needs revision or if they are ready to go home.


  • Boosted family satisfaction 

We embrace family involvement and often speak with family members to discuss their loved one’s rehab experience and what they may expect following discharge.


  • Pain/opioid management 

To prepare patients for discharge, we manage and wean pain control medications.


  • Faster, safer discharge 

Regularly scheduled patient visits ensure functional status is acceptable and monitor any obstacles to discharge.


  • Reduction in patient falls 

Our enhanced physician screenings mean we are more likely to notice mobility concerns and implement fall preventative measures.


  • No overlap with medical treatment

Our billing codes are entirely distinct from a facility’s medical, psychiatric, and therapeutic care, and we may charge on the same day as primary care without conflict.

Physiatry And Pain Management Services To Aid Recovery

Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNFs) are becoming increasingly important for providing rehabilitation care in the US health system, with more patients receiving rehabilitation care in SNFs than in hospitals and acute inpatient rehabilitation units. Our team works with skilled nursing facilities’ primary care physicians, nurses, and therapists to maximize a patient’s treatment plan and overall care. 

Highly experienced physiatrist Dr Javier Placer is the owner and founder of Florida Spine & Pain Institute, a renowned physical medicine and rehabilitation practice with offices in Clermont, Davenport and Orlando, Florida. He is an award-winning provider and is regarded by his patients and other physicians as an extraordinary pain medicine expert. Dr Placer is certified by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and the American Board of Pain Medicine. 

As professionals in rehabilitation, our physiatrists assist individuals who have experienced some form of functional loss in regaining that function. Both patients and their families enjoy their team’s focus on functional therapy and recovery. This facilitates a patient’s speedier, safer return home or to their former living environment. 

The facilities we work with appreciate our ability to adhere to and monitor the length of stay guidelines and handle higher-acuity patients. With the US 65+ population predicted to nearly double by 2050, our physiatrists are ideally equipped for today’s healthcare climate in which payers are lowering costs and increasingly sending patients to skilled nursing facilities for post-acute care. 

Our physiatrists take a holistic approach to patient care, recognizing the increased demand for rehabilitation and pain management in post-acute settings.

Physiatry and Pain Management Services Are Available To Skilled Nursing Facilities In:

  • Clermont
  • Orlando
  • Ocala
  • Lakeland
  • Winter Haven
  • Leesburg
  • Deland
  • Eustis
  • Ocoee

We help patients in skilled nursing facilities to recover strength and mobility with our extensive expertise. To learn more about the benefits of a skilled nursing facility rehabilitation program, call the Florida Spine & Pain Institute today

Written by Abraham