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CMS Reschedules Next Phase of Home Health Review Choice Demonstration in Texas, Florida and North Carolina

Posted: Oct. 21, 2019


To allow Home Health agencies to transition to the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM), which becomes effective on January 1, 2020, CMS is rescheduling the implementation of the Home Health Review Choice Demonstration (RCD) for the remaining states of Texas, North Carolina, and Florida. The demonstration is expected to begin in Texas on March 2, 2020. The choice selection period will begin on January 15, 2020 and end on February 13, 2020 for Home Health Agencies (HHAs) located in Texas, who submit claims to Palmetto GBA, the Jurisdiction M Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC).  

HHAs should visit the Palmetto GBA provider portal for information and instructions on the RCD selection process. Through the portal, HHAs will be able to view the three initial review choices and make their selection. Palmetto GBA will also send letters to all Texas HHAs detailing this information. HHAs that do not make a choice selection by February 13, 2020 will be automatically placed in Choice 2: Post payment Review. 

Following the close of the choice selection period, the demonstration is expected to begin in Texas on March 2, 2020, and all periods of care starting on or after this date will be subject to the requirements of the choice selected.

Following the start of the demonstration in Texas, the demonstration is expected to begin in North Carolina and Florida on May 4, 2020. CMS will monitor the transition to PDGM and assess the need for any change to this date.

With the transition to the PDGM, CMS will phase in the inclusion of Low Utilization Payment Adjustments (LUPAs) within the Review Choice Demonstration (RCD).

Full story on CMS website


The Value of Home Health Physical Therapy

Posted: October 22, 2019

Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. American volume: Home-Health-Care Physical Therapy Improves Early Functional Recovery of Medicare Beneficiaries After Total Knee Arthroplasty

Low home-health-care physical therapy (PT) utilization was significantly associated with worse recovery in activities of daily living after total knee arthroplasty (TKA) for Medicare beneficiaries, after controlling for medical complexity, baseline function, and home-health-care episode duration. Patients who are served by rural agencies or who have higher medical complexity receive fewer PT visits after TKA and may need closer monitoring to ensure optimal functional recovery. Members Jason R. Falvey, PT, DPT, Michael J. Bade, PT, DPT, PhD, and Jennifer E. Stevens-Lapsley, PT, PhD are among the co-authors.

APTA developed worksheets on the Value of Home Health Physical Therapy, in which most of the above research is referenced. 

Members, login to the website to access these worksheets and publications.  You'll find these documents under "Home Health General Resources."


Latest 'Home Health Minute' Podcast Features Public Relations, Volunteering, New Section Website

Posted: Oct. 15, 2019

The newest edition of the Home Health Minute podcast features Section Volunteer Leader and Board Member Sean Hagey discussing the public relations committee. It also talks about volunteering for the section in general and why our volunteers are so vital. This podcast was recorded before our new website launch, and the podcast talks about what you can expect. And speaking of our new website, have you been to our new website? Check out the new resources that are available!

If you're going to the site for the first time, you'll need to create a new password to access members-only features. Here's an article that discusses how to do that.


Come Visit APTA Home Health Section At NAHC Conference Next Week In Seattle

Posted: Oct. 8, 2019

APTA Home Health Section leaders and staff will greet members and prospective members in Seattle at the 2019 Home Care & Hospice Conference and Expo of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice. 

The conference, which begins Sunday, carries the theme "Foresight: Care for the Future." It comes during an acutely important time for home health providers, from CMS' new Patient-Driven Grouping Model (including changes to Requests for Anticipated Payments); expansion of the Review Choice Demonstration program to Texas, Florida and North Carolina; federally mandated Electronic Visit Verification and more. 

APTA Home Health will in Booth #844 of the NAHC exhibit hall, and members and supporters of home health physical therapy are encouraged to stop by and talk to Section President Dee Kornetti and APTA Director of Regulatory Affairs Kara R. Gainer, as well as other section leaders and volunteers.

Section President, Dee Kornetti, and Cindy Krafft will be leading 2 different sessions on Tuesday, October 15th .  The first session topic is Therapy in PDGM, and will take place from 11:00 - 12:00pm (WSCC, 6th Floor) with Jason Falvey, PT, DPT, PhD.  The second session topic is OASIS D, and will take place from 3:45 - 4:45pm. Be sure to check them out!

The section also will feature a door-prize drawing, so be sure to enter!

It's a busy month for the section. APTA Home Health Treasurer Phil Goldsmith will represent the section at the APTA National Student Conclave, Oct. 31-Nov. 2, in Albuquerque, N.M. 

Thank you for being a member of APTA Home Health! Not a member? Join us! 





APTA HHS is Participating in the ONE by ONE Member Referral Campaign

Posted: October 8, 2019

APTA is pleased to share with you the , an APTA member referral campaign. ONE by ONE lets you play an active role in building APTA's membership, and earn rewards for doing so.

As APTA's most valuable assets, our members know firsthand how APTA has grown—one member at a time—into an inclusive and impactful community of over 100,000 members who support APTA's mission of building a community that advances the profession of physical therapy to improve the health of society.

This is the spirit behind the ONE by ONE campaign.

How It Works
ONE by ONE runs October 1, 2019, through September 30, 2020.

Incentives and prizes

  • Recruit at least 1 new member and be entered into monthly drawings for 1 free year of APTA membership. There is no limit to the number of entries you can submit, and you'll receive a bonus entry when a new member also joins a section!
  • Recruit 5 or more new members and be entered to win 1 of 5 iPads at the end of the campaign.
  • Recruit the most members: The top 3 recruiters at the end of the campaign will be named Recruiters of the Year and receive 1 free year of membership, plus 1 complimentary registration to an APTA meeting within the next year.
  • New members recruited via ONE by ONE are entered into a separate monthly drawing for an APTA Passport to Learning—and as members they can begin recruiting other new members for the incentives above.
  • Participating chapters and sections also can win when you recruit a member who lives in your state or joins a section that you belong to. The participating chapter and section with the largest year-over-year growth percentage during ONE by ONE will also win a prize. (To participate, a component agrees to waive annual dues for any winner of the monthly drawings who belongs to their chapter or section. See the  and the for details.)

To make ONE by ONE as easy as possible for you, the following items and resources are available to assist you in your efforts toward makingONE by ONE a success and to help lay the foundation for our next 100 years.

If you have questions about the ONE by ONE campaign, please contact the APTA Membership Development Department by email  or by calling 800/999-APTA (2782).

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