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APTA Magazine Features Home Health Physical Therapist In Story Titled 'Good To Be Home'

The February edition of PT In Motion magazine features author Chris Hayhurst's article on changes in practice in the home health setting with the admonition "not to believe all the doom and gloom you've been hearing about PDGM," the acronym for the Patient-Driven Groupings Model, the new Medicare payment system for home health providers.

As Hayhurst writes, "This segment of the health care industry is growing faster than any other in the United States. According to the latest analysis by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) as reported in a February 20, 2019 article in Health Affairs, total spending on home care services nationwide is expected to reach nearly $186.8 billion by 2027, up from $108.8 billion in 2019. By 2021, CMS predicts, the annual growth rate for expenditures in the sector is likely to exceed 7% per year — the highest rate of expansion among the categories the agency tracks.

The article quotes top Home Health Section leaders, including President Diana "Dee' Kornetti, Vice President Matt Janes and Treasurer Philip Goldsmith, who provides Hayhurst's anecdotal lead paragraphs.

At the American Physical Therapy Association's National Student Conclave on a Friday morning early last November, Philip Goldsmith, PT, MSPT, EMT, DScPT, took a few minutes to prepare for the day ahead. He was there to represent APTA's Home Health Section, he explained, and over the course of the next 36 hours he'd share his experiences as a home health physical therapist (PT) with anyone who asked. He'd focused on this niche of the profession for the majority of his 20-year career and recently had taken a new position with Southeastern Home Health Services in Pennsylvania.

The students, if they were like those he'd met before, would have questions about potential opportunities in home health, but they'd also want to know about the practice setting's particular challenges. He'd be ready, Goldsmith told them, with an honest assessment of the home health career path and a pitch he hoped would persuade them to join the section and give it a try.

Read the full story here (you must be signed in as an APTA member to view).

 

 

 

CMS Quarterly OASIS Q&As


The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released their Q&As for January 2020. Members, please login and click the link below to view. Also released was a clarification Q&A that supersedes the October 2019 CMS Quarterly Q&A #6. Members, click here to view.

Click Here to view January 2020 Q&As

 

 

HHS Comments to CMS re: Patients Over Paperwork

Posted: January 21, 2020

In collaboration with APTA and our Government Affairs Committee (GAC), the Home Health Section generated and submitted the letter below to the CMS. It is in response to their request for additional input and recommendations regarding elimination of specific Medicare regulations that require more stringent supervision than existing state scope of practice laws, or that limit health professionals from practicing at the top of their license. 

Members: please click the link to login and view the comments.

Click here to View Comments!

 

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].

 

 
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