• articleNov 20, 2010 | 2 min. read

    Temporary Reprieve to some Final Rule Changes Passed by Senate but the Fight is NOT Over!

    Last night the Senate passed a bill  by unanimous vote called The Physician Payment and Therapy Relief Act of 2010 (PPTRA) that allows a 30 day reprieve from the Medicare Final Rule and continue the existing 2.2% Medicare payment update that expires November 30. The PPTRA also changes  the multiple payment procedure reduction (MPPR) finalized by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) this month, by applying a 20% reduction, rather than the 25% reduction in the …

  • articleNov 18, 2010 | 4 min. read

    What PTs Should Know About 2011 Final Rule Medicare Changes

    Some major changes are headed our way in terms of the 2011 Medicare Final Rule on the Physician Fee schedule and Other Policies to be effective January 1, 2011.  The Rule included a number of provisions that have impact on outpatient therapy services. The net effect of the policies could lead to payment reductions of approximately 30%. If you see Medicare patients and they impact your revenue, there are several things to pay attention to and deal …

  • articleNov 16, 2010 | 2 min. read

    Medicare guidelines for skilled nursing home care and home health care are ruled too strinct

    Medicare budget cuts are forcing new guildines for skilled nursing home care and home health care but two courts have recently ruled these guidlines to be too strict. New guidlines would have meant it was the patient's responsability to prove their condition would improve over time with this assistance. The courts ruled that chronic patients in need of long-term care should not be denied services. WASHINGTON — Two federal courts have ruled that the Obama administration is …

  • 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 1, 2010 | 1 min. read

    Older Workers Bring Unique Workplace Pains

    As our population increases and workers find themselves living with pain caused by repeat behaviors over long periods of time, Physical Therapy needs for this aging workforce grow. Home and office exercise programs to develop new habits for these workers become a part of the documented care plan. The American work force is in the midst of a monumental shift in the age of its workers as baby boomers enter their late 40s to early 60s. Between …

  • articleSep 7, 2010 | 1 min. read

    Billing Risks Reduced

    While monitoring your own billing risks is an ongoing task, CMS is stepping in with Comparative Billing Reports to help identify errors. However, many billing mistakes can be managed through proper billing codes, clean documentation and having the most up-to-date Medicare information available. Reprinted from REPORT ON MEDICARE COMPLIANCE, the nation's leading source of news and strategic information on false claims, overpayments, compliance programs, billing errors and other Medicare compliance issues. By Nina Youngstrom, Managing Editor (nyoungstrom@aispub.com) …

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