TRAZER FAQs for Orthopaedics

What if a patient changes healthcare providers?

TRAZER offers consistency of care. Though the patient may not have the same therapist or nurse from time-to-time, he can be administered the identical program via TRAZER, and the reporting is objective for each session. With proper password protected access, the patient’s TRAZER records can be shared with a new healthcare provider across town or around the world via the HIPAA Compliant Cloud.

How does the PT determine the patient’s functional measures?

The PT determines the patient’s functional measures via:

  1. The patient’s self-report regarding restrictions, pain, etc.
  2. A functional performance test, which needs to be interpreted and scored. As your facility’s functional performance test, TRAZER provides the most relevant and objective functional data for the weight-bearing population, as well as the ability to baseline at the first, tenth, and discharge visits (as required by Medicare) to document the efficacy of your program.

How does insurance cover TRAZER rehabilitation?

If a patient has been prescribed nursing care, insurance might pay $1200-$1800 for 60 days. If TRAZER’s objective documentation shows a need for therapy, reimbursement would increase to $4-$5,000 for the 60 days. The nursing visit might be once a week at $35-$50 per visit; the therapy visit might be 3-5 times per week at $150 per visit.

How can TRAZER data be accessed?

TRAZER data is available in real time on our HIPAA compliant Cloud website. Immediate access to TRAZER’s objective trend reports and test results give the patient, his family, and the healthcare provider unique, relevant and invaluable information both for insurance reimbursement, and to assist in on-going treatment decisions. TRAZER reports decrease time spent on documentation and paperwork, freeing staff for treatment time and improving patient care.

How does TRAZER mimic game-like conditions?

TRAZER’s continuous measurement of heart rate (by telemetry) and movement velocity (including acceleration/deceleration in 8 movement directions) measures the athlete’s work capacity and can be compared to baseline or normative data. The athlete’s reaction time to unplanned visual cues provides a measure of the athlete’s cognitive prowess during game-like conditions.

Can you cheat the TRAZER test?

Unlike with any other concussion baseline methodology, it is difficult, if not impossible, to “cheat” on a TRAZER assessment as objective physiological / performance responses such as heart rate, reaction time, acceleration and velocity are being measured and compared to both baseline testing and normative data. Healthcare professionals value TRAZERʼs easy-to-read format; the red and green column assists in making expeditious return-to-play assessments; the red numbers show percent of deficit; the green show percent of improvement.

How does TRAZER help with cognitive disorders?

According to an independent study done by Barry University, skills such as sequencing movements, multitasking, following commands, and safety awareness can be enhanced by TRAZER play, even in patients with Alzheimer’s.

Click here to see the study in its entirety

Is TRAZER reimbursable through insurance?

TRAZER is reimbursable through Medicare, Medicaid, and 3rd party payers via standard CPT coding.

How does TRAZER help seniors with fall prevention?

TRAZER offers quick to perform, reliable assessments that document objectively the services needed, and the results from delivery of those services. For example, if the patient has decreased balance and tends to fall, TRAZER can show his static and dynamic balance/functional movement, his reaction time, acceleration, speed, etc.- documenting the need for therapy. And if he works on TRAZER regularly, he can improve all of the above, which will lead to a decreased risk for falling.

How does TRAZER help with the cognitive effects of concussion?

Reaction based sports challenge the athlete’s cognitive, sensory, and neuromuscular systems. These three systems must be assessed concurrently.  Only TRAZER provides multiple cognitive tasks simultaneously that directly replicate the challenges of sport.

Patients suffering from dementia and other neurological diseases are important for nursing home’s case load. TRAZER has been shown to be effective in Alzheimer’s patients, improving balance, strength, and decision making.

How does TRAZER help senior citizens with their everyday activities?

Regular low amplitude play on TRAZER has been shown to improve standing balance, strength, ability to accomplish activities of daily living, reaction time, speed over distance and more- all important to reducing the risk of falling. With TRAZER, the intensity of care can be increases because TRAZER’s Perceived Exertion Rate is very low. If you can improve the strength and efficiency of the patient’s musculature, you will improve their overall capacity.

How will TRAZER benefit my business?

Differentiation is important for a PT facility. Integration of TRAZER into your physical therapy and fall prevention programs will lead to better, faster, and stronger outcomes and happier and healthier patients. And that means increased revenue.

Why use TRAZER over other types of balance tests?

Unlike static balance tests, fundamental aspects of depth perception, dynamic visual acuity, peripheral awareness and anticipation skills are assessed by TRAZER during the execution of realistic game scenarios.  The continuous tracking of body rotations as well as elevational changes more realistically challenges the sensory and vestibular systems than do current approaches.

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