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Presidents Message

Posted: August 13, 2020

As we continue to function in our state of a national Pandemic Health Emergency (PHE), we are where I expected to be based on spiking of various state cases through the summer months.  On July 25th, with expiration of this declaration set to expire, we received a 90-day extension to carry us through Fall 2020.  With events as they are - wearisome and worrisome - I am proud of the APTA for making the call now to transition CSM 2021 to a virtual platform.  Yes, I will regret the time spent in person with members from around the country and getting caught up in the celebrations of our centennial year as a profession right here in my backyard of Orlando, Florida.  However, I can’t help but feel proud, and even more dedicated to my chosen profession, and our collective association, then I do right now!

Let me tell you why.  Decisioning has followed the science; it was done with the health and safety of the PT community, our exhibitors, and the Orlando community we would be descending upon foremost in our mind.  We do not accept this as the new normal forever, but we as a profession, will modify, adapt and continue to move forward in the current health environment we live, both safely and with an intentionality that reminds us why we all chose to be a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant.

I had the opportunity to listen and participate in discussions prior to the APTA Board of Directors making this decision, and will continue to participate, along with Erin Pazour, Section Program Chair, and Tracy Collins, Section Research Chair, in ongoing meetings to shape CSM 2021 into the best of experiences for those attending.  Please stay tuned to learn about the “in & outs” of Virtual CSM 2021, as well as APTA’s planned Centennial Celebration activities as they become finalized . . . and I hope to “see” all of you there!

Until then -

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

Sincerely,

Dee Kornetti
President
APTA Home Health Section

 

 

Centennial Scholarship Applications

**SUBMISSION DEADLINE EXTENDED. Applications must be submitted by AUGUST 15, 2020 at 11:59pm EST.**

The Home Health Section is seeking one or more candidates to sponsor for APTA’s Centennial Scholars program. This program includes leadership training, mentoring, and a capstone project deliverable to the Home Health Section at the conclusion of the program. Recipient(s) will receive a year-long program of live and virtual leadership training, mentoring from an APTA-assigned mentor with significant leadership experience, and attendance at three key APTA Centennial events for up to one hundred Scholars. Centennial scholars will complete a capstone project of their choosing that will leave a lasting legacy for the Home Health Section and APTA. 

For more information & to submit an application, CLICK HERE!

 

Latest 'Quarterly Report' Available Electronically Now

Posted: August 13, 2020

The latest print issue -- Summer 2020 Vol. 55 No. 3 -- of the APTA Home Health Quarterly Report is on its way to section members, however HHS members can read it now on the section's new Quarterly Report Library page and selecting either the E-Reader or Download option (you must be signed in as a member to view this page). Not a member? Join us!

 

 

The ACHH Live Course is Going Virtual for 2020!

The 2-day live component is a critical element of the Advanced Competency in Home Health Certification program.  The live course requires actual demonstration of skills being discussed and active participation. The 2-day live portion also offers a huge networking opportunity which is one of the strengths of the program.

Due to the current and foreseeable future COVID-19 restrictions, hosting this in-person course does not seem probable through the end of 2020. We are very aware that there are participants who are on a time crunch to complete the certification within the 24-month time window, and therefore are pleased to offer this virtual option for calendar year 2020! 

Live content will be delivered in a virtual synchronous format with interactive videos and breakout sessions (using a webinar platform such as Zoom) and will be offered in 2 different seminars. Each seminar will consist of 4 weekend days of 4-hour sessions numbered 1 through 4 which must be taken sequentially. These seminars are designed to complement and build on the core modules of the Advanced Competency in Home Health program. They have online pre-requisite courses, in which  you must successfully complete prior to attending. 

Early Bird Pricing Ends in FOUR DAYS on August 17th!

For more information & to register, CLICK HERE

 

OIG Report: CMS Could Have Saved $192 Million

The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) did an audit to determine whether payments for home health services with five to seven visits in a payment episode complied with Medicare requirements. The found that CMS could have saved $192 Million by targeting home health claims for review with visits slightly above the threshold that triggers a higher Medicare payment. 

CLICK HERE to read the full report. 

 

 
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