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President's Message

Posted: September 10, 2020

As we approach the 19th anniversary of 9/11 here at home, I would like to invite each of you to take a moment and pause in remembrance of those who lost their lives on this day in 2001.  Being from the tri-state area of New Jersey, I grew up and went to school with individuals who were personally affected by this tragedy, along with many of you.  It unfolded as one of the most horrific days in the history of our country, and one I hope we never again experience. 

In remembrance -

As always, be vigilant.  Be prepared.  Stay informed.

Sincerely,

Dee Kornetti
President
APTA Home Health Section

 

Home Health Section Elections

The 2020 Home Health Section Board elections are now OPEN! The Nominating Committee is looking to fill the following positions:

  • Vice President  
  • Secretary
  • Nominating Committee Member

Click Here to View the Slate of Candidates

Duties of the above positions are described in the Home Health Section Bylaws and the relevant Section job description. It is expected that elected Home Health Section leaders will not be restricted by their employment responsibilities from attending, and be willing to attend, Section Board and Business meetings when required by their leadership roles. 

Only Current PT and PTA Home Health Section Members will be permitted to vote. Members, click here to login and vote by Wednesday, September 30th!

 

2021 HHS Award Nominations

The APTA Home Health Section Awards are presented annually for deserving individuals recognized by peers and colleagues through an award nomination process.  The deadline for all award nominations to be considered and presented during APTA's annual Combined Sections Meeting, is on December 31, 2020.  Take a moment and consider an impactful individual to home health practice worthy of recognition. 

To view awards, criteria and to submit a nomination, click here

 

Regulatory Action Alert: It’s Critical to Submit Your Comments to CMS Today

A few weeks ago, APTA asked you to submit comments to CMS to oppose the estimated 9% cut to physical therapy services under Medicare. As of this week, only 1,749 comments have been submitted to CMS by the physical therapy profession. We need thousands of letters submitted to CMS to really make an impact.

Consider this: If we don't convey significant opposition to the 9% cut through many thousands of comments, CMS will assume we accept the cut and there is little to no reason to alter the policy in the final rule. Imagine the impact we could have if every one of the 330,000 physical therapy professionals, in addition to the thousands of physical therapy students, submitted comments opposing the cut? CMS would be required to take notice.

Do you want to know what else is extremely impactful in CMS' decision-making? The patient voice. Educate your patients about the impact these cuts could have on their access to physical therapy in the future, and encourage them to submit comments to CMS.

To make it as easy as possible and to provide a unified message, download APTA's letter for PTs, PTAs, and students and then submit your letter via regulations.gov.

Please take a few minutes to submit your comments today and encourage your patients, colleagues, friends, and family to do the same. There is just a little over a month until the deadline and every comment counts! 

Thank you for your advocacy.

 

CMS Home Health QRP COVID-19 PR Tip Sheet is Available

The Home Health COVID-19 PR Tip Sheet is now available. The purpose of this Tip Sheet is to help providers understand CMS’ public reporting strategy for the PAC QRP in the midst of the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE).  This Tip Sheet explains the CMS strategy to account for CMS quality data which were exempted from public reporting due to COVID-19, and the impact on CMS’ Home Health Agency (HHA) Compare website refreshes.  Please navigate to the Home Health QRP Training webpage to download this document.

 
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