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APTA Urges MedPAC to Reconsider Self-Referral Exception

The Medicare Payment Advisory Comission recently met with APTA to discuss a series of 4 recommendations. They urged the comission to reconsider a self-referral law that typically encourages physician owned physical therapy practices. You can find the full article below. 

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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.

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Medicare and Medicaid Extenders Act of 2010 Update

The legislation recently stopped the 24.9% payment cut from occurring on January 1, 2011. However, CMS announced that the conversion factor used to update payment for next year will be $33.9764 instead of the $36.8729 conversion factor that was in effect in 2010.

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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.

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President Obama stops SGR cuts

By signing HR 4994 into law Presiden Obama prevents the scheduled 24.9% Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) Medicare payment cut and extending current Medicare payment rates through December 31, 2011.

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