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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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Calling all advocates! Critical votes will occur on Tuesday, January 31st, so TAKE ACTION NOW!

Posted on January 28, 2017

Calling all advocates!  We encourage Academy members to pay attention to what is happening in Washington, DC and address any concerns you may have with your members of Congress.  Critical votes will occur on Tuesday, January 31st, so TAKE ACTION NOW!

You can use the links below to locate your Representatives or Senators.     

 

Don’t forget the APTA advocacy resources available to you at the following links 

Talking Points:

  • Physical therapists (PTs) and physical therapist assistants (PTAs)
  • work with individuals with chronic childhood conditions in a variety of settings, including early intervention and school settings under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), hospitals, rehabilitation facilities, outpatient settings, and community-based settings.
  • have strong interest in cabinet positions and policies that will impact children with disabilities and their families.
  • want to ensure children with disabilities and their families have access to the necessary services to promote their development, learning, and participation in life activities
  • Emphasize that any candidate considered for the position of Secretary of Education should
  • have a strong understanding of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act  (IDEA), essential federal legislation that protects the rights of all children to receive a free and appropriate education
  • have a strong understanding of the history of this law and the need for a federal mandate (not relinquishing control to states)
  • be a strong advocate for IDEA and for services that support the education of all children, including children with special needs
  • acknowledge that many children were routinely segregated and denied the basic right to education prior to passage of IDEA
  • must fully embrace and support IDEA
  • Invite your Senators and Representatives to your facility, so they can better appreciate our roles in healthcare & education.

 

 

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APPT communicates with Senate Committee reviewing Nominee for Secretary of Education

Posted on January 27, 2017

 

 

APPT communicates with Senate Committee reviewing Nominee for Secretary of Education.

Details Here

 

 

 

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STUDENTS! Meet Us @CSM2017

Posted on December 21, 2016

The Student & New Professional SIG will be onsite at CSM 2017 in San Antonio.  Contact us here for events!

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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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