DPTA is proud to report that Governor Carney signed Senate Bill 83, the Physical Therapy Licensure Compact into law. Angela Smith, President of the Delaware Examining Board of Physical Therapists and Athletic Trainers and DPTA member as well as DPTA Chief Delegate, Lynne Sturgill joined the governor and representatives from his administration for the bill signing. Congratulations and thank you … Read full post
DPTA successfully worked with David Mangler, Director of the Division of Professional Regulation, to assure that the compact licensure bill (SB 83) would be released from committee. Our lobbyist, Scott Kidner, kept a close watch on the situation and the bill was sent out of the sunset committee on June 4, 2019 and is waiting to be introduced on the … Read full post
Last night the U.S. House of Representatives released legislative language on Medicare extenders that are currently included in the continuing resolution (CR) to fund the government beyond the current February 8, 2018 expiration date. The good news is language to permanently repeal the hard therapy caps is included in the House bill. It would address this issue once and … Read full post
Because of inaction by Congress, the hard cap on outpatient therapy services under Medicare has been implemented. The cap, which began on January 1, 2018, includes no KX modifier exceptions and has created uncertainty for providers, patients, and their families.
APTA has requested that the US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) provide information and guidance for providers on … Read full post
Efforts by the US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to make Medicare Advantage (MA) plans more accessible to more vulnerable beneficiaries are laudable, and provisions that would steer patients away from overuse of drugs are understandable, but CMS needs to be mindful of the unintended consequences of these and other changes, says APTA in its comments on proposed … Read full post
Physical therapist assistants (PTAs) are on their way to officially joining the TRICARE payment program used throughout the Department of Defense (DoD) health care system. President Donald Trump’s signature on the National Defense Authorization Act enacts a change long advocated by APTA, but what happens next isn’t entirely clear.
One thing that’s certain: the change won’t take effect immediately. APTA … Read full post
Some form of direct access to physical therapist (PT) services has been a reality in all 50 states since early 2015. But just how much of a reality is it? That’s another question.
The US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) would like to remove barriers to telehealth and allow its providers—including physical therapists (PTs)—to conduct telehealth activities across all 50 states and in non-federal sites, including patients’ and providers’ homes.