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APTA: CMS Position on Therapy in PDGM

The CMS MLN Matters article provides information on the continuing role of therapy under the newly implemented home health prospective payment system (HH PPS) case-mix adjustment methodology, named the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM), for home health periods of care starting on and after January 1, 2020. To read the full MLN article, click here

In response, APTA released their position on therapy in PDGM. Members can login and click here to read. 


CPG Survey for Cardiac Post-Surgical Care

There is a CVP Section group working on a CPG (clinical practice guideline) for Cardiac Post-Surgical Care.  The group is looking for feedback from all PTs that work with patients post-cardiac surgery.  Much of this survey is directed at those that treat patients in home health, but it may also apply to those in acute care or sub-acute care.  This survey should take no more than 10 min to complete.  The CPG group greatly appreciates feedback that will help direct what level of care the CPG really focuses on. Any questions you can contact Shweta Gore at [email protected] or Sherry Pinkstaff at [email protected]. Please complete this survey no later than March 31, 2020. 
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PTJ: New CPG Supported by APTA Provides Guidance on PT Treatment of Individuals With Heart Failure

A new clinical practice guideline supported by APTA and developed by the Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Section of APTA includes nine evidence-based action statements for the evaluation and management of patients diagnosed with heart failure and two clinical algorithms to support clinical decision making. Physical therapy interventions can improve activity level, participation, and quality of life, as well as reduce hospital readmissions for individuals with heart failure, authors write, and PTs should "work collaboratively with other members of the health care team" to achieve these goals.

Read the full article here


Get Your Household Ready for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

The CDC has released interim guidance to help household members plan for community transmission of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) encourages household members to prepare for the possibility of a COVID-19 outbreak in their community. COVID-19 is caused by a new virus. There is much to learn about its transmissibility, severity, and other features of the disease. We want to help everyone prepare to respond to this public health threat. To read the full CDC article, click here

The Administration for Community Living (ACL) has also created an information resource page, What Do Older Adults and People with Disabilities Need to Know About Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)? The page describes actions that everyone can take to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and all respiratory diseases, resources for inclusive emergency management, and links to the latest updates and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 


Good Times at CSM 2020 in Denver, CO

Thank you for all APTA & Home Health Section members that attended, and took part in CSM 2020!  We set a record for attendance topping 18,000 this year ~ due in large part to outstanding programming led by Section Program Chair (SPC), Erin Pazour.  Strong support for the Section's Advanced Competency in Home Health (AHCC) pre-conference course continues to support "top of license" practice in a Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) for home health and kicked off main conference courses that afforded clinicians the opportunity to engage with industry leaders including BIll Dombi President, National Association of Home Care & Hospice and Judith A. Stein, JD, lead attorney on Jimmo v. Sebelius and Executive Director of the Center for Medicare Advocacy, as well as Medicare Administrative Contractors and CMS.  Special guests included Hillary Loeffler, Center for Medicare Division of Home Health and Hospice, Harry Feliciano, MD, MPH, PalmettoGBA Sr Medical Director,  Lauri Domingo, RN, NGS, and Sandy Decker, formerly with CGS and now VP of Home Health Regulatory & Clinical Affairs for NC/SC State Home Care Associations.

Beyond educational sessions, I am proud to report that Section members showed up to support 2 additional CSM activities.  First, PT After Dark in record numbers, where the topic of diversity, equity and inclusion were discussed.  This Section-sponsored event is the brainchild of our Public Relations Chair and social media wizard, Sean Hagey.  Secondly, #PTinTheCommunity, a collaborative socially aware event organized by APTA member Patrick Berner, PT, DPT, RDN (@TheFuelPhysio) and co-sponsored by the Home Health Section.  This 2-pronged event provided an educational component as well as a "giving back" to the community component with care packages to the homeless. Thanks to Tonya Miller, PT, DPT, PhD, Sherry Teague, MESS, ATC, PTA, and Joan Beliomini, PT for representing the HH Section and building care packages for the homeless of Denver. 

Thanks to everyone for making CSM 2020 a great event!  I look forward to 2021 and the Centennial Celebration of the APTA in Orlando, FL and hope that all Home Health Section members will join in to celebrate our first 100 years of the physical therapy profession.  Hope to see y'all there!


Dee Kornetti
APTA Home Health Section

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