• articleAug 15, 2011 | 2 min. read

    How can an EMR in the Cloud Increase Profits for my Clinic

    By now, everyone is aware of the financial incentives available for clinicians who switch to Electronic Medical Records. The incentives are supposed to help clinics offset their costs while they digitize their entire office, including getting rid of those awful filing cabinets. Before too much excitement sets in, you should also be aware that while rehab professionals are not eligible for the financial incentives . The reasons for this exclusion are confusing, but we will save that …

  • articleJun 15, 2011 | 1 min. read

    CA Physical therapists celebrate victory for private practice

    The California Physical Therapy Association is celebrating the failure of a bill they claimed would limit patient choice and provide a conflict of interest in regards to Physical Therapy treatment. California Physical Therapy Association is cheering the failure of a bill that it claimed would’ve limited patient choices in physical therapists and created a conflict of interest among doctors. Assembly Bill 783 allowed physicians employ physical therapists and to refer services to their employees. It did not …

  • articleApr 8, 2011 | 4 min. read

    Understanding the Meaningful Use of EMR in Your PT Practice

    The recent emphasis on healthcare has been contentious, but there are some good outcomes from the dialog. One of the biggest areas of evolution in how any medical practice runs is the move toward computerization of medical records. The automation of a PT practice documentation system fits in with those changes because the move toward networked and automated management of patient records is changing the physical therapy world in a very positive way. In terms of the …

  • articleMar 7, 2011 | 4 min. read

    Support physical therapists to assist in treatment of head injuries sustained by student athletes in AZ

    SB 1521 too narrowly defines health care providers and limits capable and knowledgeable Physical Therapists from assisting in such injury cases. Contact a representative today to ammned the bill. The AzPTA State Government Affairs team has been monitoring  SB 1521; Schools; head injury policies; athletics  - a bill thatrequires school district governing boards to implement policies and procedures regarding concussions and head injuries of students participating in school-sponsored athletic activities. Specifically, this bill: 1. Directs school district …

  • articleMar 7, 2011 | 1 min. read

    House Passes Repeal of 1099 Tax Reporting

    Yesterday the House of Representatives passed the Small Business Paperwork Mandate Elimination Act of 2011 (HR 4) by a vote of 314-112. The large bipartisan support signifies the importance of repealing the burdensome 1099 IRS tax filing requirement that would compel businesses, including physical therapy practitioners and business owners, to file an Internal Revenue Service Form 1099 for all business transactions of $600 or greater in aggregate with the same entity for each given year. The requirement …

  • articleFeb 28, 2011 | 2 min. read

    DOJ Updates Accessibility Requirements Under ADA

    New provisions in the Americans with Disabilities Act will provide new guidelines for Accessable Design. Read the full article below as the new regulations go into effect on March 15th. Physical therapists in private practice and those who work in medical care facilities, rehabilitation centers, and long-term care facilities should be aware of new ADA regulations for accessible design that will go in effect next month.    The Department of Justice (DOJ) published a final rule for Title …

  • articleFeb 28, 2011 | 2 min. read

    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. Physical therapy services are not essential to diagnosis, and thus should be removed from the in-office ancillary exception to the Stark II physician self-referral law, APTA told the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) this week at a …

  • articleJan 31, 2011 | 1 min. read

    Handout highlighting how the health care reform law will affect physical therapists

    Visit APTA's Issue in Focus to get handouts highlighting how health care reform will affect PT's. APTA's "Spotlight on Physical Therapy Private Practice and Small Business" handout highlights how the health care reform law will affect physical therapists who own or work in small businesses. This resource details the various payment, practice, coverage, and tax provisions in the law that are currently in effect or will go into effect in the future. Handouts on skilled nursing facilities …

  • articleJan 31, 2011 | 3 min. read

    APTA Provides Snapshot of Regulations under Affordable Care Act

    The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has released the final rule with comment period that will implement new provider screening and enforcement measures aimed at reducing fraudulent providers and suppliers from enrolling in Medicare, Medicaid, and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP). The final rule also grants these federal programs authority to suspend payments when a credible allegation of fraud is being investigated. As the federal government continues the process of implementing the Patient …

  • 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 …

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