• 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 …

  • articleJan 26, 2011 | 2 min. read

    IOM listen to stakeholders regarding rehabilitaiton standards

    As a part of essential health benefits to be established under the Health Care Exchanges it is important that the IOM consider benefits' coverage decisions based on effectiveness over cost. and determine essential health benefits based on a national standard of evidence-based medicine divorced from politics and policymakers' influence. Last week at a meeting held by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) and attended by APTA, rehabilitation stakeholders presented on mandatory rehabilitation and habilitation services as a part …

  • 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. …

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