• Senate Recesses with No Decision on SGR Bill Image

    articleMar 31, 2015 | 3 min. read

    Senate Recesses with No Decision on SGR Bill

    Let the trepidation commence. The Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula—which Medicare uses to calculate reimbursements—and the therapy cap are both officially in limbo. On March 26, the House of Representatives passed legislation that would repeal SGR and extend the therapy cap exceptions process for another two years. (As an aside, the bill did not include an ICD-10 delay, so that transition is continuing as scheduled.) Enactment of that bill wouldn’t be the optimal outcome for rehab therapists, …

  • Telehealth in PT: Expanding Possibilities Image

    articleMar 31, 2015 | 5 min. read

    Telehealth in PT: Expanding Possibilities

    “Can you hear me now? Good.” Much like the glasses-sporting world traveler in this Verizon commercial , telehealth services aim to ensure patients are heard—whether they’re in the clinic or at home. Telehealth is a fairly new concept, so you might be wondering what services it actually encompasses. According to HealthIT.gov , “The Health Resources Services Administration defines telehealth as the use of electronic information and telecommunications technologies to support long-distance clinical health care, patient and professional …

  • This Week in PT News, March 27 Image

    articleMar 27, 2015 | 2 min. read

    This Week in PT News, March 27

    House Passes SGR Fix, Extends Therapy Cap On March 26, the US House of Representatives passed a bill that would end the sustainable growth rate used to calculate doctors’ payments from Medicare. Unfortunately, this bill only includes a two-year extension of the therapy cap exceptions process rather than a full repeal of the cap. The bill is is expected to pass the Senate—and quickly—before Congress recesses early next week. Read more about this bill and how it …

  • This Week in PT News, February 27 Image

    articleFeb 27, 2015 | 1 min. read

    This Week in PT News, February 27

    PTs Receive Millions in Funding for Outcomes Research Five APTA members recently received $64.1 million in funding thanks to the new Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Pragmatic Clinical Funding Initiative . Researchers will use these funds to conduct comparative effectiveness research studies that will help fill critical evidence gaps as well as produce results PTs can use in clinical practice. Find out more about this groundbreaking initiative and what it means for physical therapists here . Reintroduced …

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    articleFeb 20, 2015 | 1 min. read

    This Week in PT News, February 20

    Hip Replacements on the Rise as Baby Boomers Age According to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of Americans who opt to undergo hip replacement surgery is increasing. Doctors say this surge corresponds to the growing population of aging baby boomers as well as an uptick in the number of people interested in maintaining an active lifestyle as they age. What hasn’t changed: the importance of physical therapy in the …

  • Live from CSM: Leading the Way in Healthcare Reform and Women’s Empowerment Image

    articleFeb 6, 2015 | 15 min. read

    Live from CSM: Leading the Way in Healthcare Reform and Women’s Empowerment

    Temperatures here in Indianapolis have finally broken the freezing mark, with today’s predicted high at a balmy 40 degrees. But that warming trend isn’t limited to the brisk Midwest air. Things also are heating up inside of the Indiana Convention Center, where thousands of physical therapy professionals and students have converged for the APTA’s 2015 Combined Sections Meeting (CSM). There’s no shortage of hot issues on the radar for the physical therapy industry this year—and CSM’s jam-packed …

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    articleFeb 6, 2015 | 3 min. read

    This Week in PT News, February 6

    New Bills Include PTs in Locum Tenens What do chiropractors, osteopaths, and podiatrists have in common? Locum tenens applies to all of them, and thanks to recent companion bills, physical therapists soon might experience the benefits of this law as well. Currently, private practice PTs simply must avoid absences—or “risk gaps”—in patient care. According to this PT in Motion news release , though, the Prevent Interruptions in Physical Therapy Act, which consists of two identical bills (H.R. …

  • Is Outcomes Data Actually Meaningless? 5 More Takeaways from the 2015 Graham Sessions. Image

    articleJan 21, 2015 | 11 min. read

    Is Outcomes Data Actually Meaningless? 5 More Takeaways from the 2015 Graham Sessions.

    Yesterday, I shared my first five quotable takeaways from the 2015 Graham Sessions; today, I’ll reveal the second half of my list. As I mentioned in part one—which you can check out here if you missed it—this was the eighth installment of this annual event, which evolved out of a need for PTs to get together and have real, honest conversations about the issues facing their industry. At this meeting, every voice matters. And to ensure that …

  • Top Regulatory Changes of 2014 Image

    articleDec 22, 2014 | 3 min. read

    Top Regulatory Changes of 2014

    Ch-ch-ch-changes : We’ve seen a plethora of regulatory changes this year in the PT space—from the ICD-10 delay to the therapy cap increase. Although some of these legislative twists and turns have caused headaches for therapists, others have been hugely positive. For instance, some form of direct access is now available in all 50 states as well as Washington, DC, and the US Virgin Islands. Read on to learn this year’s top regulatory changes. Regulatory Heavy-Hitters of …

  • The 2015 Therapy Cap: Same Story, Different Year Image

    articleNov 18, 2014 | 3 min. read

    The 2015 Therapy Cap: Same Story, Different Year

    With all of the blog space we’ve devoted to PQRS this month, it’s easy to forget that Medicare’s final rule addresses more than just our favorite four-letter acronym. But buried deep within CMS’s annual 1,000-plus-page behemoth of government jargon is one more major item of interest to those in the PT, OT, and SLP industries: the therapy cap. First, the good news: in accordance with the Medicare Economic Index (MEI), both cap amounts—the one for occupational therapy …

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