• articleDec 21, 2010 | 2 min. read

    APTA defines "essential" in the context of essential benefits

    What is your interpretation of the word “essential” in the context of an essential benefit package? The official response from APTA: “Essential,” in the context of essential benefits provided under insurance plans, should mean benefits that are available and accessible to all individuals with coverage without increased premiums and co-payments. Essential benefits include, but are not limited, to preventing the spread of disease, improving and/or eradicating certain medical conditions or disease states, improving and minimizing the effects …

  • articleDec 21, 2010 | 2 min. read

    Physical Therapists should be included in the ACO model to be fully effective

    An Accountable Care Organization (ACO), is an organization of health care providers that agrees to be accountable for the quality, cost, and overall care of Medicare beneficiaries who are enrolled in the traditional fee-for-service program who are assigned to it. APTA argues that PTs should be included in the ACO model in order to continue quality of care throughout different treatment settings. For an accountable care organization (ACO) model to be successful, it will be essential that …

  • articleDec 21, 2010 | 1 min. read

    President Obama stops SGR cuts

    By signing HR 4994 into law Presiden Obama prevents the scheduled 24.9% Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) Medicare payment cut and extending current Medicare payment rates through December 31, 2011. On Wednesday, President Obama signed Senate Amendment to HR 4994, the Medicare and Medicaid Extenders Act of 2010, into law -- preventing the scheduled 24.9% Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) Medicare payment cut and extending current Medicare payment rates through December 31, 2011. The law also extends the therapy …

  • articleDec 13, 2010 | 2 min. read

    FTC gives PT'=s a reprieve on Red Flag Rules

    Red Flag rules go into effect January 1, 2011 but physical therapist in small practices are exempt due to a new ruling this week. Legislation passed this week exempts physical therapists in small practices and other health care providers from the Red Flags Rule requirements that will go into effect January 1. The Red Flag Program Act of 2010 (S 3987), signed into law Wednesday after passing the House of Representatives, narrows the scope of Section 114 …

  • articleDec 13, 2010 | 2 min. read

    Healthcare Jobs, including Physical Therapist , make list of best jobs for 2011

    As the population ages and baby boomers find themselvs in need of healthcare services, occupations with fewer years of study and moderate salaries—like physical therapist assistant, are in high demand. Jennifer Gamboa, PT, DPT, OCS, and Janet Crosier, PT, DPT, MEd, director of APTA’s Physical Therapist Assistant Services, offer "real advice" for people interested in becoming physical therapists and physical therapist assistants in US News & World Report’s article on the 50 best health care careers of …

  • articleDec 9, 2010 | 2 min. read

    The Medicare and Medicaid Extenders Act of 2010

    This legislation would prevent the scheduled 25.5% Medicare payment cut to physical therapists and other health care providers paid under the physician fee schedule. Today, the US House of Representatives passed Senate Amendment to H.R. 4994 , the Medicare and Medicaid Extenders Act of 2010 (by a vote of 409-2). This legislation would prevent the scheduled 25.5% Medicare payment cut to physical therapists and other health care providers paid under the physician fee schedule. The provision in …

  • articleDec 6, 2010 | 1 min. read

    Ad sponsored by APTA had impact on Medicare

    Scott Ward, APTA President, writes a letter talking about the importance of "strength in numbers" in urging Congress to pass legislation to extend the therapy cap exceptions process beyond December 31. A full-page ad on the detrimental effects of the therapy cap on Medicare beneficiaries ran yesterday in Roll Call and Politico – the two newspapers most widely read by members of Congress and their staff. The ad, sponsored by APTA and other members of the Therapy …

  • articleDec 6, 2010 | 1 min. read

    Phyical Therapists will continue to get paid by Medicare until Dec. 31

    A new ruling provdes an update and avoids Medicare cuts for now. Law Extends Current Payment Until December 31 Physical therapists and other health care providers who receive payment under the Medicare physician fee schedule will continue to be paid at the existing 2.2% Medicare payment update through December 31. The Physician Payment and Therapy Relief Act (PPTRA) of 2010, signed into law Tuesday, codifies a modification of the multiple procedure payment reduction (MPPR) finalized by the …

  • articleDec 4, 2010 | 3 min. read

    Viva Las Vegas and the Sports PT Conference

    Highlights of the Team Concept Conference 2010: Collaboration on a Global Scale December 2-4, 2010 Las Vegas         Cha- Ching! Normally I would honor the code of "What happens in Vegas..." but: WebPT proudly exhibited at the Sports Physical Therapy Section's Team Concept Conference in Las Vegas this week. This was our 1st time attending and it was a very successful show. Mary Wilkinson and Mark  De Carlo of the admin team for SPTS should be very proud …

  • articleNov 25, 2010 | 4 min. read

    What We at WebPT are Thankful For

    On this Thanksgiving Day, in an effort to give some insight to the people behind the scenes at WebPT, I wanted to share some things that we are so very thankful for.  In these times of economic struggle for many, it's important to raise the nose off the grind stone and reflect on the things that we have accomplished and are thankful for. For so such a simple question, the answers are many, both simple and complicated all …

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