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Home Health Section Members Adopt Statement on the Value of Home Health Physical Therapy

At the end of September of 2017, Home Health Section members adopted a statement on the value of home health physical therapy.

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2017 ALAPTA Election Results

The results are in!

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2018 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule

CMS has finally released their proposed 2018 Medicare physician fee schedule on Friday, July 14.  The Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) includes some positive news for physical therapists.

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RECENT POSTS FROM APTA

  • The 2018 Physician Fee Schedule: Where We Are, How We Got Here, What's Ahead

    The fee schedule: where we are, how we got here, what happens next.

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  • Bill Allowing PTAs in TRICARE Ready for President's Signature

    Well, that was quick. The bill that would include PTAs in TRICARE is ready to be signed into law.

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  • The Good Stuff: Members and the Profession in Local News, November 2017

    Come and get the Good Stuff.

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  • Choosing Wisely at 5: Is It Making a Difference (And What About the Next 5 Years)?

    Has the Choosing Wisely campaign resulted in a significant change to the use of low-value tests and treatments?

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  • Review: Sport Specialization at an Early Age Can Increase Injury Risk

    Parents and coaches: be wary of encouraging children to specialize in 1 sport at a young age.

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  • Defense Bill Headed for Final Votes Will Include PTAs in TRICARE

    The Armed Services Committees for both the US House and Senate reached an agreement on a National Defense Authorization Act  that includes language proposed by APTA to add PTAs and occupational therapy assistants to the TRICARE program.

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  • Study: Direct Access to Physical Therapy Safe, Effective, and Cheaper Than Referral-Based Care

    “When patients chose to see a physical therapist first, there were no identified incidents of missed diagnosis or delays in care as a result of physical therapists’ clinical decision making,"

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  • Required Rehabilitation Benefits Under Threat: Time to Make PT Voices Heard

    HHS has proposed changes that will hurt essential health benefits, including rehabilitation. It's time to act.

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  • Study: For Individuals With Knee OA, 3 Tests Can Predict Ability to Walk 6k Steps a Day

      In a study of 1,925 participants with or at risk for knee OA, researchers sought to link performance on 3 tests to walking patterns outside the clinic.

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  • Washington Post: Female PTs Will Spend Last 4 Weeks of 2017 Working 'For Free'

    Guess what the majority of PTs will be doing beginning December 2?

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  • Move Forward Radio: Pain Does Not Discriminate, Even in Hollywood

    Karen Joubert, PT, DPT, says her services provide a “back-to-basics” approach for all of her clients, celebrities and noncelebrities alike.

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  • From PT in Motion: The Power and Potential of Clinical Registries

    "When you pay attention to the data…it helps improve your treatment and your documentation."

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  • Mary Edmonds, Founding Director of Cleveland PT Program, Dies at 85

    Mary Louise McKinney Edmonds, PT, PhD, FAPTA, well respected for her personal strength, her love of study, and her commitment to physical therapy and minority affairs, has died at age 85

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  • Final Fee Schedule Rule a Mixed Bag; Outpatient Rule More Positive

    While some practice expense RVUs may drop, the final rule includes no cuts to the work RVUs and actually increases values for a few.

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  • CMS Drops Home Health Payment Plan Opposed by APTA

    "It appears our efforts--along with those of many others in the home health industry--were compelling."

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  • HHS Unveils Proposal Allowing States to Change Details of Essential Health Benefits

      CMS wants to change the ways the Affordable Care Act's state insurance exchanges set up their coverage requirements--and not in a good way.

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  • From PTJ: PTs, PTAs, Students Report High Rates of Inappropriate Sexual Behavior by Patients

    Survey: 84% of PTs, PTAs, and students reported some form of inappropriate patient sexual behavior at some point during their careers or training.

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  • Just Taking a Walk Can Extend Your Life, Say Researchers

    Few studies have explored the potential association between walking and mortality rates in the aging adult population

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  • Therapy Cap Breakthrough? Legislators Reach Bipartisan Agreement on Repeal

    Could the end of the therapy cap be near?

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  • US Receives Failing Grades on Walking and Walkability

    The country's report card on walking and walkability isn't honor roll material.

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  • APTA Expands Efforts to Address the Opioid Crisis

    APTA has been bringing the physical therapy profession’s voice and perspective to the national dialogue on how best to reshape the health care system’s approach to pain treatment and management.

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  • Researchers Find No Evidence for Popular Treatment for UI, POP

    “This particular treatment currently illustrates the phenomenon that not all recommended treatments are evidence based.”

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