• 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 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 …

  • 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 …

  • 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 …

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