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President's Message

Posted: May 6, 2021

Spring Cleaning

The older I get, the more I appreciate this time of year for opening the windows and doing a thorough “top to bottom” clean up and clean out of my homestead.  I never really understood the drive to get things sorted and put away quite as much as I do now, having moved from a 27-year residence across the state of Florida to my current home/home office residence on the East Coast in June of 2019.  It is a good feeling, to open up those packed away boxes of mementos, clothing, pictures, furniture . . . . and everything else we decide to hold onto probably longer than we should!

This quarter, and through the summer months, the Home Health Academy is also spring cleaning its volumes of resources, historical documents, and its current policies & procedures.  I have decided to actively participate in this process to ensure that as I end my term as your president, I have done my best to set the stage for my successor to continue to move the Academy toward its mission and vision in a  “fresh & clean” establishment.  As with all my spring cleaning activities, I am excited to reveal the polished veneer of the Home Health Academy to all members, and look forward to a powerful slate of interested candidates stepping up to volunteer for leadership.  Why not get involved, what with the curb appeal of this Academy?!

I challenge each of you, to take on a task for your professional association – be it contribution to our publications, committee involvement, or willingness to serve as a volunteer leader – just like with spring cleaning, many hands make the workload easier!

As always, be vigilant.  Be prepared.  Stay informed.  Get vaccinated. . . .#IAmVaccinated!

Sincerely,

Dee Kornetti
President
APTA Home Health Academy

            

 

Next Week: ACHH Graduate Journal Club

When: Thursday, May 13, 2021 | 7:00pm - 8:30pm Eastern 

The ACHH held its first graduates' virtual happy hour in December 2020, during which the concept of a Journal club was raised.  Since then, the faculty of the ACHH have worked with the board of APTA Home Health to initiate a journal club exclusively for the PT and PTA graduates of the ACHH certification program.

The ACHH journal club will take place three times a year on the second Thursday of January, May, and September, from 7:00pm – 8:30pm EST.  The first 30 minutes will be a happy hour of networking and discussion and then one member will lead a guided journal club.  Participation in the club will carry points towards recertification, with one point for each club attended, to a maximum of 5, and 3 points for the individual leading the discussion.  The club will be held virtually, and details and the link will be sent by the section to all graduates of the program.  It is planned that the topics will rotate through different major areas such as neurological, cardiopulmonary, musculoskeletal and issues specific to PTAs. 

The first event will be on Thursday, May 13th. Any volunteers to lead journal discussions in the September and subsequent meetings will be appreciated. If interested, please email us at [email protected].

ACHH program graduates, click here to register for free! 

 

APTA Legislative Updates

Below are updates on Congressional bills that APTA is advocating in support of:

  • The Improving Social Determinants of Health Act of 2021 (S. 104/H.R. 379) would create a SDOH program at CDC, including grants to states for a public health approach to SDOH. A fact sheet to the bill, which includes a list of endorsing organizations, can be found at: https://www.tfah.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/SDOH-bill-fact-sheet.pdf

  • The Public Health Infrastructure Saves Lives Act (S. 674) would establish a Core Public Health Infrastructure Program at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), awarding grants to state, local, tribal and territorial health departments to ensure they have the tools, workforce, and systems in place to address existing and emerging health threats and reduce health disparities. A fact sheet to the bill, which includes a list of endorsing organizations, can be found: https://www.tfah.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/Public-Health-Infrastructure-Fact-Sheet.pdf
  • Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI) and Rep. David McKinley (R-WV) have introduced the Physical Activity Recommendations for American Acts (H.R. 2094) that would ensure that the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans are revised and updated regularly to provide the most up-to-date information. A senate companion is expected to be introduced by Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Roger Wicker (R-MS) in the near future. 
  • The Lymphedema Treatment Act (S. 1315) introduced by Sen. Maria Cantwell would require Medicare to cover compression supplies used daily in lymphedema treatment. Resources at: https://lymphedematreatmentact.org/

  • Home Health Emergency Access to Telehealth (HEAT) Act, (S. 1309) introduced by Sen Collins and Sen Cardin would provide Medicare reimbursement for audio and video telehealth services furnished by home health agencies during the COVID-19 emergency and future public health emergencies. The services would not be reimbursed unless the beneficiary consents to receiving the services via telehealth. To ensure that the Medicare home health benefit does not become a telehealth-only benefit, Medicare reimbursement would only be provided if the telehealth services constitute no more than half of the billable visits made during the 30-day payment period.

  • The APTA has also provided comments and signed on to a group letter to the Senate and House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, HHS, Education and Related Agencies. The letter requests that the FY22 Labor, HHS, Education and Related Agencies bill include a minimum of $10 million for the Administration for Community Living (ACL) engagement of the aging services network to implement and sustain evidence-based falls prevention programs and $4 million for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Center for Injury Prevention and Control programming and research to prevent older adult falls. 

Get Involved

APTA makes it easy to add your voice to the effort: PTs, PTAs, students, patients and others can send messages to lawmakers by way of the APTA Action Center. Just follow the instructions for contacting members of Congress.

 

Webinar: Medicare Payment Myths and Misunderstandings

In the ever-changing landscape of Medicare rules and regulations impacting the practice of physical therapy, providers are spending more time trying to decipher, learn, and apply Medicare rules and regulations to their practice while continuing to deliver high-quality, evidence-based care. This session will review Medicare documentation requirements, unravel the most common Medicare myths, including those related to maintenance therapy and the KX modifier therapy threshold, and answer audience questions.
On Demand Replay
Presented: April 22, 2021
CEUs: 0.15
Pricing: $50
Click here for more information & to register.

 

APTA Combined Sections Meeting: A Virtual Experience

Much of the APTA Combined Sections Meeting experience was different this year. We held it virtually because of the continuing public health emergency and concern for everyone's safety. But, with over 15,000 registrants, APTA CSM continued as the country's largest gathering of the physical therapy profession.

Not to be daunted by the challenges of social distancing and travel restrictions, the meeting provided participants access to hundreds of educational sessions through a virtual platform that included live and on-demand presentations, Q&A opportunities through online chats, more than 1,200 digital posters, and the potential to earn up to 2.0 CEUs — 20 contact hours — for attendees who completed posttests after the sessions.

While we missed the in-person camaraderie and look forward to a more traditional APTA CSM next year, the meeting exceeded registration expectations, and we tried a few new things that you may see again. We hope to see you in San Antonio, Feb. 2-5, 2022! 

Click here to read about the featured Home Health session from CSM 2021, "The PT as DJ: Using Music To Spark Movement," presented by Chris Childers, PT, PhD. 

 
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