Calling the supporting evidence “at least equivalent to already covered therapies” for intermittent claudication (IC), the US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that it will extend Medicare coverage for supervised exercise therapy (SET) to treat peripheral artery disease (PAD).
With the US Senate considering action on health care, APTA is making it clear that at least 1 of the options available—the adoption of the American Health Care Act passed by the US House of Representatives—falls short of providing “adequate, affordable, and quality health care services for all Americans.”
In a May 22 letter to Senators, APTA President Sharon Dunn, … Read full post
APTA is only 2,000 members away from 100,000 members – APTA will be an even stronger voice for advocating for physical therapy once they are 100,000 strong! We all know that chapter membership is one of the greatest benefits of APTA membership, so we hope you’ll consider reaching out to encourage a friend, colleague, or former classmate who is not … Read full post
As the debate about the fate of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and its replacement—if any—begins to take center stage in Washington, APTA and 2 other therapy organizations have joined together to urge the Secretary of the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to focus on access to “affordable, high-quality, and patient-centered health insurance coverage” that includes strong … Read full post
After several years of careful development, APTA has launched what it predicts will be a new chapter in the history of the physical therapy profession: the Physical Therapy Outcomes Registry (Registry). The project aims to build an extensive nationwide repository of patient and practice data that APTA Chief Executive Officer Justin Moore, PT, DPT, describes as “a bridge from our … Read full post
After falling short by the narrowest of margins in 2015, an APTA-supported bill to end the Medicare therapy cap has been reintroduced in both houses of Congress. And now it’s time for the physical therapy community to make its voice heard.
The bill, named the Medicare Access to Rehabilitation Services Act (HR 807, S 253) would repeal the therapy cap … Read full post
A new guide to using the 3 new tiered evaluation codes that come into play January 1, 2017, gives APTA members a quick graphical explanation of the criteria for determining when an evaluation is considered “low,” “moderate,” or “high” complexity. Developed by APTA, the guide is available as a 2-page printable PDF download and, as a bonus, is being included … Read full post
Now available to APTA members: context and details to help you understand final 2017 rules from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on the home health (HH PPS) and outpatient (OPPS) prospective payment systems.
The final OPPS rule, which grabbed headlines earlier this year for its elimination of pain management questions from patient satisfaction surveys, also includes payment … Read full post