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APTA's Latest 'Quarterly Report' Available Electronically Now

Posted: Dec. 17, 2019

The latest print issue -- Vol. 54 No. 4 -- of the APTA Home Health Quarterly Report is on its way to section members, but 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). Not a member? Join us!

If you use the E-Reader, try using the handy new electronic table of contents. Just click the third button from the left on the control panel, and the table of contents appears. 




Posted: December 18, 2019

As part of overall efforts to move Medicare payment away from fee for service and toward a structure that holds providers accountable for patient outcomes and costs, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has made significant changes to the skilled nursing facility (SNF) and home health payment systems. The SNF Patient-Driven Payment Model (PDPM) began October 1, and the Home Health Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) begins January 1, 2020.

Both PDPM and PDGM align payment with patient characteristics, conditions, and needs, and eliminate the connection between reimbursement and the volume of therapy services provided—time spent and number of visits. This change makes it ever more important to show the value and cost-effectiveness of physical therapist services within SNFs and home health care. At the same time, what doesn't change is the coverage criteria or documentation requirements associated with the skilled therapy service coverage under PDPM and PDGM. More important, there is no change to the care needs of patients, which should be the primary driver of care decisions, including the type, duration, and intensity of skilled therapies.

APTA has been working to keep the profession up-to-date with the evolution of the PDPM and PDGM through our news and social media outlets, webinars, phone-in sessions, and other free, open access resources on the APTA SNF and Home Health Payment Models website.

Three of the APTA Sections - Home Health Section, Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy, and HPA the Catalyst, have a number of other resources on their respective websites to help clinicians prepare and thrive in these new payment models.

APTA also has been actively communicating with the press to highlight concerns surrounding the industry’s implementation of PDPM and potential inappropriate behaviors. Recent articles include:

The new payment models do not change the value of physical therapy services or patient needs. PDPM and PDGM expect rehabilitation professionals will continue to furnish high-quality therapy services that are reasonable and necessary. APTA maintains an ongoing dialogue with CMS and we are sharing with them the feedback we’re receiving from physical therapists and physical therapist assistants regarding their experiences with PDPM and PDGM. APTA will continue to carefully monitor implementation of the models and advocate for appropriate changes as CMS evaluates the systems during the first year of implementation.

Questions? Comments? Concerns? All physical therapists and physical therapist assistants (members and non-members) are encouraged to share their PDPM and PDGM experiences at [email protected]. Also, if you’d like to join the Post-Acute Care online community (Hub), please contact Kara Gainer at [email protected].



CMS has a new case-mix classification model, the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM), effective beginning January 1, 2020. APTA HHS Members, click the link below to login and check out the information on how this new model compares with the Home Health Prospective Payment System (HH PPS).

Click Here to Login and View Document!



2020 Home Health Section Awards

The Home Health Section Awards are presented to recipients at the APTA Home Health business meeting at APTA's annual Combined Sections Meeting in February.

The HHS is still accepting nominations for the following awards through January 1, 2020:

  • Emerging Leader in the APTA Home Health Section: Recognizes and honors one Physical Therapist or Physical Therapist Assistant who has demonstrated extraordinary service and clinical passion early in his or her home health career. The individual should have made exceptional overall accomplishments and contributions to the APTA and/or the Home Health Section mission and vision, and to the physical therapy profession to advance quality and evidenced‐based care in the home.

  • Excellence in Home Health Clinical Practice Award: Recognizes a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant for outstanding clinical practice in a home health care setting.

  • Excellence in Home Health Leadership Award: Recognizes the exceptional contribution of an APTA Home Health member in promoting home health physical therapy practice.

  • Friends of the Home Health Section Award: Acknowledges an individual, group or organization that has made an enduring contribution to the home health industry and that has been an advocate of the profession of physical therapy in the home, as is relates to clinical practice and/or regulations.

  • Preceptor Award: Acknowledges an individual that has been chosen by their agency/company to be a preceptor. This therapist demonstrates the unique qualities, high standards and clinical skills that are exemplary. They are organized and able to teach processes and procedures to newly hired staff, molding them into confident and talented home care clinicians.

  • President’s Award: Recognizes a Home Health Section member who has provided notable service to the Section.

To learn more about each award and to submit your nominations, click here


2020 ACHH Certification Live Courses - Save the Date!

The Advanced Competency in Home Health program is a hybrid program consisting of core and elective on line modules and a 2-day live face to face course. There will be at least 3 different times and locations in 2020 that we will offer this face-to-face course. This 2 day, 15 hour course is designed to complement and build on the core modules of the Advanced Competency in Home Health program. This course has four online pre-requisite courses. You must have successfully completed the pre-requisite courses prior to attending this course. 

Learn More about the ACHH Certification Here.

  • When: Feb. 11-12, 2020; 8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. MT
    Where: APTA CSM in Denver, CO at the Colorado Convention Center
    To register, please fill out the registration form on the CSM website, here. You will need to select ACHH as your pre-conference. 

  • When: June 6-7, 2020; 8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. CT  *CANCELLED*
    Where: University of St. Augustine
                 Dallas, TX Campus
                 5010 Riverside Drive, Suite 120
                 Irving, TX 75039
    **Due to the latest developments in the COVID-19 pandemic and the venue's closure until early July, we are forced to cancel the Dallas live course. We are looking at possibly rescheduling in Dallas later this year. Please check this page for updates.**

  • When: Sept. 7-8, 2020; 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. ET
    Where: Chatham University Eastside Physical Therapy Dept.
                 6585 Penn Avenue
                 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15206

    Click Here to Register for Pittsburgh!

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