• 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 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 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 16, 2010 | 2 min. read

    APTA speaks out about continued outpatient therapy cuts

    APTA's President R. Scott Ward, PT, PhD issued a statement representing the associations disappointment in continued Medicare cuts that specifically impact therapy services. The 7%-9% reduction in payments will have reprecussions that will greatly impact our nation's seniors and disabled and anyone needing long-term care our out patient services. Statement by APTA President R. Scott Ward, PT, PhD Today the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the 2011 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule, which, …

  • articleNov 16, 2010 | 2 min. read

    Continued Medicare cuts and caps will affect therapy patients and providers in 2011

    The American Physical Therapy Association(APTA) is keeping its members informed about continued cuts and caps for Medicare beneficiaries. In an attempt to control cost, Medicare patients continue to see limitations on their service and the hardest hit areas are long-term rehabilitation care and outpatient services. The hardest hit by these cuts are our nation's seniors and disabled and the providers that service them. Payment cuts and caps on services will affect patients and providers in 2011 Medicare …

  • articleNov 15, 2010 | 4 min. read

    PPS 2010 Conference Highlights

    The WebPT team attended and exhibited at the annual APTA  PPS 2010 Conference last week in Washington DC. This conference emphasized the business side of PT and how to improve your practice. This year's focus was marketing and tools to build your business. In this time of declining revenues per visit, PT clinic owners are being forced to think outside the box and really go after referrals, improve their billing practices to maximize returns, develop creative staff …

  • articleNov 1, 2010 | 1 min. read

    WebPT Brings You Local and National Legislation Updates: Optional PT services for children under Medicaid

    Physical Therapy is often considered an “optional” service under Medicaid guidelines. Children can often suffer from this the most. APTA has written the following letter on behalf of the PT industry in order to offer legislative recommendations regarding this vital issue. RE: CMS-2480-NC Medicaid Program; Request for Comments on Legislative Changes to Provide Quality of Care to Children Dear Secretary Sebelius: On behalf of the American Physical Therapy Association and our 74,000 physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, …

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