• articleJan 26, 2011 | 2 min. read

    "Improvement Standard" reason for denying treatment is brought to a lawsuit

    Center for Medicare Advocacy want to require Medicare to cover certain rehabilitative care, such as physical therapy, even when it is likely that there will be no "improvement" in the patient's condition. In recent months, the Department of Health and Human Services has faced a series of judicial challenges regarding its statutory and regulatory authority to deny coverage to Medicare beneficiaries for therapy services based on the conclusion that the patient is medically stable and the services …

  • articleJan 25, 2011 | 3 min. read

    iPad Buying Guide for PTs: 3G or not 3G?

    Thinking about getting an Apple iPad to do your documentation in the clinic? There are a few important things to consider before investing your hard earned money in an iPad,  especially with clinical use in mind. We all know that the iPad does not come cheap, so to prevent any buyer's remorse we have created this buying guide to make sure you get the iPad that is right for you in the clinic.  Following this guide will …

  • articleJan 14, 2011 | 1 min. read

    An account of 8 physical therapists who helped in Haiti relief efforts

    In an effort to highlight thehard work and giving nature of PTs, APTA is showing its apprecation by telling the stories of 8 PT aide workers that gave their time and expertise to Haiti victims. APTA is showing its appreciation A year after the devastating earthquake in Haiti that left thousands of people severely injured, APTA is showing its appreciation for member physical therapists (PTs) who donated their time, resources, and services to the relief effort. MoveForwardPT.com …

  • articleJan 14, 2011 | 2 min. read

    Canalith Repositioning Code Change

    CMS changed the status of 95992 in CY 2011 once again to make it "active," allowing PTs to submit for payment for canalith repositioning using 95992. WebPT will be updating its system to accomodate new rules and code changes. Because WebPT is web-based you will see these changes take affect automatically. As of January 1, physical therapists (PTs) should bill for canalith repositioning using CPT code 95992 based on a change in the 2011 Physician Fee Schedule …

  • articleJan 12, 2011 | 3 min. read

    How Can the iPad Help PTs?

    As we start a new year and a new decade, many of us want to start fresh with something that can improve our lives. 2011 has the potential for some game changing technological innovations in healthcare. In April 2010, Apple released the iPad , which has taken the world by storm. More importantly it has given healthcare professionals mobility, easy access to web-based EMR , real time data access and a more interactive method of patient education. …

  • articleJan 11, 2011 | 5 min. read

    Webinar Update from CMS

    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Provider Communications Group will host a national provider conference call on the 2011 Physician Quality Reporting System and Electronic Prescribing (eRx) Incentive Program. The eRx Incentive Program is an incentive program for eligible professionals initially implemented in 2009 as a result of section 132(b) of the MIPPA.  The eRx Incentive Program promotes the adoption and use of eRx systems by individual eligible professionals and beginning with the 2010 eRx …

  • articleJan 11, 2011 | 4 min. read

    Motion Doctor Develops iPad app designed for Physical Therapy home exercise instruction

    The new iPad app includes over 60 videos categorized by body part, activity, sport and occupation. The videos are designed to help everyday people maintain their health and mobility, pain free. The Motion Doctor iPad app can also be used by Physical Therapists as a reference tool, showing patients how to properly perform exercises at home by taking the iPad anywhere they may go and watching the videos on demand. Wellington, Florida – Conshohocken Physical Therapy, Inc. …

  • articleJan 11, 2011 | 1 min. read

    APTA recommends rejection of recommended work value for wound care

    APTA urges payments that accurately reflect the resources needed to provide services including wound care. In comments to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on the 2011 final fee schedule rule, APTA strongly recommends that the agency reconsider its rejection of the Health Care Professionals Advisory Committee's (HCPAC) recommended work value for wound care codes. "Over the past few years, the HCPAC has been very thorough in its review of new, revised, and potentially misvalued …

  • articleJan 10, 2011 | 2 min. read

    Online calculators reflect new medicare fee schedule conversion factor

    APTA's online fee schedule calculator now reflects the $33.9764 conversion factor that will be used in 2011. To use these calculators , click here. Updated Fee Schedule and MPPR Calculators Now Available APTA has updated its Medicare fee schedule calculator to reflect the $33.9764 conversion factor that will be used in 2011. The fee schedule calculator provides the payment amount for each CPT code based on geographic location. It does not guarantee that a local contractor will …

  • articleJan 10, 2011 | 2 min. read

    46 states give direct access to a therapy evaluation without a referral

    With the addition of Hawaii, 46 states now give patients the ability to get an evaluation from physical therapists without having to get a referral from their doctor. Patients in Hawaii now can be evaluated and treated by physical therapists without first having to obtain a physician referral. With the passage of new State Board of Physical Therapy regulations last month, Hawaii becomes the 46th state to achieve direct access. On November 9, 2010, the Hawaii Board …

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