Legislation Archives | WebPT

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What’s New with the PT Interstate Licensure Compact?

In theory, a PT patient who needs help with low back pain should receive the same care in Alaska as they do in Hawaii. After all, PTs across the country should have equivalent skills. It should follow that a licensed Alaskan PT could move to Hawaii and immediately treat patients—right?

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Founder Letter: Vote PT: Why the 2020 Election Matters to Rehab Therapists

As of this article’s publication date, we are less than one month away from the 2020 presidential election, but I’m sure I don’t have to tell you that. Unless you’ve completely unplugged from all forms of media and resettled in the middle of nowhere, you’ve undoubtedly been confronted with phone calls, advertisements, and mailers reminding you when to vote—and for whom.

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4 Ways the 9% Cut Will Harm Medicare Patients

When the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized a 9% cut to Medicare payments for rehab therapy services, the industry exploded. Therapy organizations leapt into action, firing up advocacy efforts to convince Congress to intervene.

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How PPP Funding Affects the Sale of Your Physical Therapy Clinic

Back in March, the future seemed hazy—to put it mildly. COVID-19 cases were spreading throughout the US, many states went on economic lockdown, and a huge number of small businesses suddenly found themselves without enough revenue to stay open—let alone pay their employees.

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CMS Threw Down the Gauntlet: Are We Ready to Fight the 9% Medicare Cut?

CMS has thrown down the gauntlet for PTs and OTs. It yet again challenged us, clear as day, to fight for our Medicare payments and prove our worth as healthcare providers. Sure, CMS isn’t looking for a literal round of fisticuffs—but its planned payment reduction will inflict harm just the same.

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CMS Offers MIPS Flexibility in Light of COVID-19

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will offer flexibilities to clinicians who chose (or were mandated) to participate in MIPS during the 2020 performance year. 

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Everything You Need to Know About Legally Providing Telehealth

Prior to the pandemic, telehealth was slowly gaining traction as a viable mode of service delivery for OTs, PTs, and SLPs. Providers and patients were beginning to appreciate its benefits (especially for patients in rural areas and pediatric patients living on federal land) but adoption was scattered. Some states, such as Georgia, explicitly authorized telehealth in their rehab therapy state practice acts, while others authorized rehab therapy telehealth via a separate, related statute.

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The 4 Biggest Telehealth Challenges for PT Clinics

Last week, CMS announced that PTs—along with OTs and SLPs—are eligible to provide telehealth services to Medicare beneficiaries for the duration of this emergency, which is huge. Rehab therapists have been advocating hard for this move since well before the pandemic struck, and now that this change is on the books,

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5 Strategies to Safely Reopen Your Rehab Therapy Practice

Slowly but surely, the country is starting to open up again following weeks of state-issued orders to stay home or shelter in place. For many, one of the first changes is allowing elective surgeries and other “non-essential” medical procedures to resume—something that,

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Breaking News: CMS Authorizes PTs, OTs, and SLPs to Provide Telehealth Services

On Thursday, April 30, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services officially made physical therapists, occupational therapists, and speech-language pathologists eligible to deliver—and receive reimbursement for—telehealth services for the remainder of the public health emergency period. This change—along with all other temporary provisions included in the full CMS bulletin—is retroactive to March 1, 2020.

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Medicare’s Accelerated and Advance Payment Program: Everything Rehab Therapists Need to Know

Because of the coronavirus, many rehab therapy clinics are in dire financial straits. Appointment cancellations are spiking, cash flow is dwindling, and practices are struggling to pay employees. So, when the President signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act into law on Friday, March 27, 2020, many healthcare providers were thrilled to learn it included provisions for accelerated and advance payments from Medicare. 

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