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Technical Expert Panel Nominations

Posted: January 6, 2020

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is seeking nominees to serve on 2 different technical expert panels that are of relevance to the physical therapy profession:

1. Technical expert panel to develop days at home quality measure
2. Technical expert panel to develop functional outcome quality measures for the home health setting

APTA would like to nominate members to serve on these TEPs. Members can find information about both opportunities, including the time commitment, by clicking on each TEP above and logging in to view details. Please contact the Director of Regulatory Affairs, Kara Gainer ([email protected]), as soon as possible if you or someone you know would to be considered for nomination for either TEP. 

 

 

The CMS is Seeking Feedback

Posted: January 6, 2020

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that it is seeking additional feedback regarding elimination of Medicare regulations that require stricter supervision compared to state scope of practice laws, or that limit health professionals from practicing at the top of their license.

CMS is seeking this feedback in response to the President’s Executive Order (EO) on Protecting and Improving Medicare for our Nation’s Seniors. The EO directs the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to propose reforms to the Medicare program, including changes that eliminate supervision and licensure requirements of the program that are “more stringent than other applicable federal or state laws.” CMS emphasized that these requirements limit healthcare professionals.  

CMS also continues to welcome input on ways in which CMS can reduce unnecessary burden, increase efficiencies, and improve the beneficiary experience. I have attached the press release for more information.

We are encouraging all physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, and physical therapy students to send their thoughts and comments to APTA’s Director of Regulatory Affairs, Kara Gainer, at [email protected] by Friday, January 10, 2020 so that we may incorporate such feedback into APTA’s comment letter to CMS.

In addition, in the coming days, APTA will be making available a unique template letter on APTA’s Regulatory Take Action webpage for physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, and physical therapy students to use to submit their own comments. The agency has requested responses by January 17, 2020.

Should you have any questions, please contact the Director of Regulatory Affairs, Kara Gainer at [email protected].

 

 

PTs and PTAs Receive ACHH Certification 

Posted: January 6, 2020

APTA Home Health Section's Advanced Competency in Home Health program synthesizes current evidence-based practice and tailors it to the unique physical therapy setting of home health. This program enables home health agencies, outpatient practices that provide home care physical therapy, and individual clinicians to enhance efficacy and efficiency of treatment of their home health patients and clients.

This program is for licensed physical therapists and physical therapist assistants.

Individuals who successfully complete the Advanced Competency in Home Health program are provided with a certificate, in, and may describe themselves as having obtained: “Certificate of Advanced Competency in Home Health”.

Congratulations to the latest recipients awarded the ACHH certificate:

  • Jeffrey Child, PT, MPT - Winchester, VA
  • Neal Finkelstein, PT, MPT - Jacksonville, FL
  • Lisa Hatlen, PT - Pacifica, CA
  • Lauren Susco, PT, DPT - Pittsburgh, PA

If you are interested in learning more about the ACHH certification, click here.

 

CSM 2020 Conference & Exposition

Join us in the beautiful city of Denver, Colorado, February 12-15, for APTA's 2020 Combined Sections Meeting (CSM) at the Colorado Convention Center. Our conference co-headquarter hotels are the Hyatt Regency, and the Embassy Suites, both a short 5-minute walk. CSM 2020 will be the largest physical therapy conference in the country. Get inspired to reach a higher peak in your career with our diverse, forward-thinking programming, as you engage through interactive sessions featuring some of the profession's best and brightest educators.

  • Join 13,000+ attendees from 30+ countries, and get inspired to reach a higher peak in your career
  • Experience 350+ specialty-specific sessions, 50+ preconference programs, and over 1,000 poster presentations
  • Soak up 250+ events where you can network with peers and friends from more than 35 countries
  • Explore 450 exhibiting companies showcasing more than 1,000 cutting-edge products and services
  • Your attendance is equivalent to up to 1.8 CEUs (18 contact hours/CCUs)
CSM Overview & Registration
 

PTs in the Community

The mission of "PT in the Community" is to impact the lives of locals living in the community that we visit for National PT Conferences, with an emphasis in school-aged children and the homeless population. 

The idea of “PT in the Community” came about in New Orleans, 2018, during CSM. A few of PT's decided to leave the conference center, the area of town all together, and went to a local school fundraiser. They spent time in the community, broke bread with them, danced with them, and donated to their cause. They then realized something that most of us probably already knew, but thought little about. And that is that thousands of us, upwards of 17 thousand, descend upon a city for a few days, but do little for the folks that actually live there. Yes, there have been a couple events geared towards donating money to a local cause, but nothing that facilitated real face-to-face interactions.

2019 was different. A spark was hit and a flame of passion was lit. A handful of PT's decided to pitch in and get supplies to distribute to the homeless of DC. Grabbing others along the way, they put together care packages containing soap, toilet paper, socks, gloves, protein bars, peanuts, sanitary wipes, bananas, oranges, and bottled water. A total of 36 bags were made and distributed, while also getting to learn a little from those that would share.

For CSM 2020, the plan is to do it again! This time an initiative that is two-fold. Educating school-aged children and helping the homeless population.

Educating Kids on Health & Movement
In collaboration with the Colorado Chapter of APTA and the Denver Public Schools, educational assemblies will be held at multiple school locations the afternoon of WEDNESDAY (February 12th) of CSM. The educational material will consist of information on healthier living, the importance of movement & safe physical activity, as well as break out sessions to “MOVE.” We will also be educating on the Physical Therapy profession!

Helping the Homeless
In collaboration with Father Woody's Haven of Hope (a Denver Homeless Shelter), we will be helping to put together care packages and also helping with other hands-on opportunities, such as serving meals!

As you could image, both parts of this initiative will require volunteered time and donated funds to pull it off. We are offering opportunities to present at the school assemblies and serve the undeserved. Donated funds will be used to purchase equipment (such as exercise bands and balance pads) for the schools and items for the homeless care packages. Whether you plan to be in Denver or not, we hope for your support!

Click Here to Donate Your Time!

Click Here to Donate Financially!

 
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