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Federal Affairs Update - April 5, 2017

Posted on April 06, 2017

Check out the latest Federal Affairs Update from APPT Federal Affairs Liaison, Maria Jones: http://www.pediatricapta.org/userfiles/files/Federal%20Affairs%20updates%204-5-2017.pdf

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APTA joins the National Alliance of Specialized Support Personnel in Urging Congress to Reconsider Restructuring Medicaid

Posted on March 23, 2017

Apply to Contribute to APTA PT Outcomes Registry Modules for Pediatrics

Posted on March 01, 2017

Be Part Of The Inaugural Group Of Therapists Who Contribute To The Pediatric Modules Of The APTA PT Outcomes Registry

The goals of the APTA PT Outcomes Registry is to describe actual practice and identify BEST PRACTICE for patients with a variety of conditions. The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) announced the official launch of the Physical Therapy Outcomes Registry at the 2017 Combined Sections Meeting and its collaboration with Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy to create pediatric modules.

 

Click here to download the application packet.

 

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Updates to the Proposed Rule on Orthotics and Prosthetics

Posted on March 01, 2017

On January 12, 2017, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the Establishment of Special Payment Provisions and Requirements for Qualified Practitioners and ified Suppliers of Prosthetics and Custom Fabricated Orthotics proposed rule.

The rule formally defines the terms qualified supplier and qualified practitioner, and would create additional hurdles for PT's providing custom orthotics and prosthetics such as a certification requirement by American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics and Pedorthics (ABC), the Board for Orthotist/Prosthetist Certification International (BOC), or a Secretary-approved organization with standards equivalent to ABC or BOC.

CMS is accepting comments on the proposed rule until March 13, 2017, and APTA will submit comments on behalf of the membership.

APTA will also be releasing a template letter where individual PTs will be able to input their individual information and submit comments themselves. More information will be available, as well as a link to the template letter in an upcoming PT news release.

For more information:
http://www.apta.org/PTinMotion/News/2017/1/17/ProstheticsProposedRule/
http://www.apta.org/Payment/Medicare/DMEPOS/Summaries/2017/1/30/

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Hospital Based SIG February 2017 Newsletter

Posted on February 09, 2017

 

Please download the HB SIG Newsletter here.

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Clarification on role of PTAs and TRICARE

Posted on February 03, 2017

Clarification on role of PTAs and TRICARE

APTA has received many requests from its members for clarification on the role physical therapist assistants (PTAs) can play within TRICARE, the health care program of the US Department of Defense. The confusion is understandable, as neither TRICARE itself nor contractor provider manuals have been crystal clear in their communications. APTA can state without ambiguity, however, that PTAs, unfortunately, are not permitted under any circumstances to provide services for payment under TRICARE.

For more information: http://www.apta.org/PTinMotion/2016/12/ComplianceMatters/

Despite APTA’s efforts, DOD/TRICARE will not agree to make any changes about recognizing PTAs as qualified providers.  As a result, APTA will push for legislative changes in the 115th Congress.  After all Armed Services committee members are names, APTA will meet with appropriate members and will likely pursue independent, stand-alone legislation while working to make changes as part of the National Defense Authorization Act, (NDAA), which is the most likely vehicle. 

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Proposed rule on Orthotics and Prosthetics

Posted on February 03, 2017

Proposed rule on Orthotics and Prosthetics

On January 12, 2017, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the Establishment of Special Payment Provisions and Requirements for Qualified Practitioners and Qualified Suppliers of Prosthetics and Custom Fabricated Orthotics proposed rule.

The proposed rule establishes the qualifications and requirements that must be met in order to be considered a qualified practitioner or a qualified supplier. The proposed rule also amends the special payment rules for items furnished by DMEPOS suppliers and the accreditation organization requirements. Only qualified practitioners who furnish or fabricate prosthetics and custom-fabricated orthotics and qualified suppliers that fabricate 2or bill for prosthetics and custom-fabricated orthotics would be subject to these requirements.

For PTs, the most notable parts of the proposed rule have to do with how a provider would become qualified to participate in the system. According to a fact sheet from CMS, while PTs are among the providers who could participate, they would need to be "licensed by the state [as a qualified provider of prosthetics and custom orthotics], or … certified by the American Board for Certification in Orthotics and Prosthetics … or by the Board for Orthotist/Prosthetist Certification." These requirements would need to be met within a year after CMS posts its final rule, or at the time of the provider's reaccreditation cycle, whichever is later.

For more information: http://www.apta.org/PTinMotion/News/2017/1/17/ProstheticsProposedRule/

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Hospital Based SIG November 2016 Newsletter

Posted on November 04, 2016

Join an APPT Special Interest Group Today!

Posted on June 19, 2016

The Academy is proud to offer members a great array of Special Interest Groups to get involved with.  Please click the Join A SIG box and sign in with your APTA membeship ID to get started.

 

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