• articleFeb 13, 2011 | 3 min. read

    New Orleans APTA Combined Sections Meeting 2011

    Brrrr! As a cold front descended on New Orleans, Louisiana (or Nawlins as the locals say), so did just over 9100 PTs, PTAs, and PT students for 2011 CSM. Per the APTA , this was one of the best attended Combined Sections Meetings to date. The city has a lot of draw with Bourbon Street, riverboat gambling, hurricanes (the drink of course), ghost and swamp tours, and Cajun food. There was also the Rock-n-Roll Marathon & ½ …

  • articleFeb 9, 2011 | 4 min. read

    Registry vs Claims-Based Reporting for PQRS (PQRI)

    The Physician Quality Reporting Initiative (PQRI) is a program designed by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to improve the quality of reporting in the healthcare industry. The program is now considered to be permanent and therefore the program name has been amended to the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS). PQRS reporting is based on individual measures which are associated to a specific patient group by diagnosis, ailment, age, or clinical action taken by the reporting …

  • articleFeb 8, 2011 | 3 min. read

    PQRI and PQRS Explained for PTs

    In our effort to simplify the clinical environment while maintaining quality and compliance, we decided to dedicate this month the exciting topic of Medicare Regulations. This topic can to be either terrifying or boring for PTs, but it is something that must be considered and is equally important in patient care. This article aims to clear up some of the most common questions regarding the program formally known as PQRI. For your convenience I have translated the …

  • articleJan 31, 2011 | 4 min. read

    Apple iPad FAQ for PTs

    Thank you to everyone who attended our webinar last week on "iPad use for the Physical Therapists." For those of you who couldn’t attend the webinar, we will be posting a recorded version of the presentation on our website in the near future. Each of the sessions we hosted for the webinar ended with a 15 minute Q&A period. This gave us at WebPT some valuable insight into the concerns of the modern physical therapy clinic. We …

  • articleJan 31, 2011 | 1 min. read

    APTA spokesperson quote on U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' recovery from a bullet wound

    "There's still so much we don't know about her brain injuries," says McCulloch, director of physical therapy education at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. She is not involved in Giffords' care but says she is watching every step of the congresswoman's progress from afar. "The fact that she is a motivated, driven, bright, active person could be assets. If she has really good endurance, that can be helpful." APTA spokesperson Karen McCulloch, PT, PhD, NCS, was …

  • articleJan 31, 2011 | 4 min. read

    iPad Alternatives - Mobile Tablet Technologies for Physical Therapists

    The iPad has so far dominated the conversation in the healthcare world when it comes to mobile technology, but there are a few shortcomings being pointed out by medical professionals. Most of these shortcomings can be circumvented through planning and consideration, but these things may be opening the door for other technology providers to make their way into the medical world. For instance, if you are still using a desktop application in your clinic process, it simply …

  • articleJan 31, 2011 | 1 min. read

    Handout highlighting how the health care reform law will affect physical therapists

    Visit APTA's Issue in Focus to get handouts highlighting how health care reform will affect PT's. APTA's "Spotlight on Physical Therapy Private Practice and Small Business" handout highlights how the health care reform law will affect physical therapists who own or work in small businesses. This resource details the various payment, practice, coverage, and tax provisions in the law that are currently in effect or will go into effect in the future. Handouts on skilled nursing facilities …

  • articleJan 31, 2011 | 3 min. read

    APTA Provides Snapshot of Regulations under Affordable Care Act

    The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has released the final rule with comment period that will implement new provider screening and enforcement measures aimed at reducing fraudulent providers and suppliers from enrolling in Medicare, Medicaid, and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP). The final rule also grants these federal programs authority to suspend payments when a credible allegation of fraud is being investigated. As the federal government continues the process of implementing the Patient …

  • articleJan 26, 2011 | 1 min. read

    APTA 2011-2012 Public Policy Priorities

    Representing the critical policy issues, APTA's public policy priorities,  anticipates to advance physical therapy practice, education, and research in 2011 and 2012. APTA's public policy priorities represent the critical policy issues the association anticipates to advance physical therapy practice, education, and research in 2011 and 2012. Developed with input from APTA members, the 7 objectives and 15 policy strategies will be monitored by the Government Affairs Committee in conjunction with APTA's Board of Directors and, as appropriate, …

  • articleJan 26, 2011 | 2 min. read

    Repeal of Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act passes in House of Representatives

    House of Representatives passed legislation that would repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). The legislation now will move to the Senate. It is likely that the bill will not even be brought to the floor for consideration. Wednesday evening, the House of Representatives passed legislation that would repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). The vote serves mainly as a symbolic statement of the new Republican majority in the House, as the …

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