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  • articleDec 6, 2010 | 1 min. read

    Ad sponsored by APTA had impact on Medicare

    Scott Ward, APTA President, writes a letter talking about the importance of "strength in numbers" in urging Congress to pass legislation to extend the therapy cap exceptions process beyond December 31. A full-page ad on the detrimental effects of the therapy cap on Medicare beneficiaries ran yesterday in Roll Call and Politico – the two newspapers most widely read by members of Congress and their staff. The ad, sponsored by APTA and other members of the Therapy …

  • articleDec 6, 2010 | 1 min. read

    Phyical Therapists will continue to get paid by Medicare until Dec. 31

    A new ruling provdes an update and avoids Medicare cuts for now. Law Extends Current Payment Until December 31 Physical therapists and other health care providers who receive payment under the Medicare physician fee schedule will continue to be paid at the existing 2.2% Medicare payment update through December 31. The Physician Payment and Therapy Relief Act (PPTRA) of 2010, signed into law Tuesday, codifies a modification of the multiple procedure payment reduction (MPPR) finalized by the …

  • articleDec 4, 2010 | 3 min. read

    Viva Las Vegas and the Sports PT Conference

    Highlights of the Team Concept Conference 2010: Collaboration on a Global Scale December 2-4, 2010 Las Vegas         Cha- Ching! Normally I would honor the code of "What happens in Vegas..." but: WebPT proudly exhibited at the Sports Physical Therapy Section's Team Concept Conference in Las Vegas this week. This was our 1st time attending and it was a very successful show. Mary Wilkinson and Mark  De Carlo of the admin team for SPTS should be very proud …

  • articleNov 25, 2010 | 4 min. read

    What We at WebPT are Thankful For

    On this Thanksgiving Day, in an effort to give some insight to the people behind the scenes at WebPT, I wanted to share some things that we are so very thankful for.  In these times of economic struggle for many, it's important to raise the nose off the grind stone and reflect on the things that we have accomplished and are thankful for. For so such a simple question, the answers are many, both simple and complicated all …

  • articleNov 23, 2010 | 2 min. read

    Communication with patients is often the most difficult part of therapy.

    Sometimes therapy is a matter of restoring mobility and rehabilitating someone's physical capabilities to the original state, however, as we all know that is not always the case. Often times, the patient must learn to live with physical restrictions and use therapy to learn to adapt to a more permanent disability. This is not always welcome news and it takes a certain approach to communicating this type of information to the patients. Giving a patient unwelcome medical …

  • articleNov 23, 2010 | 2 min. read

    Technology used in therapy treatments in unusal ways

    In today's modern technology world PT patients are used to using their technology resources, such as their phones and PDAs, for everyday tasks. Why not add these tools to their rehabilitation program. Using these tools to record images and videos of their exercises can be a great way to remind the patient how to do the exercise correctly and provide added visuals many people need. In the recent discussion on the use of new technology to deliver …

  • 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

    APTA speaks out about continued outpatient therapy cuts

    APTA's President R. Scott Ward, PT, PhD issued a statement representing the associations disappointment in continued Medicare cuts that specifically impact therapy services. The 7%-9% reduction in payments will have reprecussions that will greatly impact our nation's seniors and disabled and anyone needing long-term care our out patient services. Statement by APTA President R. Scott Ward, PT, PhD Today the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the 2011 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule, which, …

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