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Meet the 2021 APTA Home Health Award Recipients

The following recipients were nominated by various members of the HHS, and were selected based on the outlined criteria below by the executive committee of the Home Health Section. These Home Health Awards were presented to recipients at the APTA Home Health business meeting on Thursday, February 25, 2021.

To view award details and recipient bios, please click here

President's Award 

  • Matt Janes, PT, DPT, MHS

Friend of the Home Health Section Award

  • Senator Ben Cardin

Excellence in Home Health Leadership Award

  • Paula DeLorm PT, DPT, CEEAA
  • Diana "Dee" Kornetti, PT, MA, HCS-D, COS-C
  • Ellen R. Strunk, PT, MS, GCS, ACEEAA, CHC, RAC-CT

Excellence in Home Health Clinical Practice Award

  • Marissa Cruz, DPT, GCS
 

Ethical and Professional Impacts of COVID19 on the Practice of Physical Therapy Study

Researchers at the University of South Florida School of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences are conducting a study to discover new professional and ethical issues facing physical therapists and physical therapist assistants resulting from COVID-19 pandemic (STUDY000969). Recruitment for volunteers is focused on those impacted professionally by COVID-19 in both home health and outpatient settings. If you are interested in participating in the study, please view this flyer to see if you are eligible. Contact [email protected] if you have questions or would like to participate.

 

APTA Telehealth Certificate Course Ready To Roll

Our new online series delivers what you need to know about providing services via telehealth — and even includes some "secret sauce."

Telehealth isn't new to physical therapy, but the COVID-19 pandemic has thrust the concept into the forefront, now that most payers — including CMS — are allowing PT services to be delivered remotely. But being permitted to engage in telehealth isn't the same as understanding how to use telehealth effectively.

That's where APTA comes in. Click here for more information on the six-part telehealth certificate series from APTA. 

 

$1.9T Stimulus Bill Now Includes 10% Payment Boost for Home- and Community-Based Services

Home Health Care News
By Andrew Donlan | March 8, 2021
 
The $1.9 trillion stimulus package took a critical step on Saturday. It passed in the Senate, which then sent it back to the House of Representatives for final deliberation before ultimately landing on President Joe Biden’s desk.
 
From a home-based care perspective, one of the most noteworthy elements of the Senate passage was that the home- and community-based services (HCBS) Federal Medicaid Assistance Percentage (FMAP) payment boost was even higher than expected. Instead of a 7.35% hike to HCBS funding, the stimulus bill now includes a 10% increase.
 
The 10% FMAP increase means an additional $12.67 billion in funding for HCBS from April 1 of 2021 to March 31 of next year...

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Therapy’s Future Under Patient-Driven Groupings Model Unclear Due to COVID-19 Chaos

Home Health Care News 
By Andrew Donlan | March 7, 2021
 
The Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) was described as home health care’s “boogeyman” before it was implemented.
 
One of the chief concerns, especially for therapists, was that therapy utilization would significantly decrease in 2020 — and beyond — because of what PDGM incentivizes. 
 
But preliminary data suggests that therapy did not decrease overall in 2020. It’s not that those who predicted a dramatic decrease in therapy were wrong, however. Instead, the answer is more nuanced. For a variety of reasons, therapy increased in some places — and decreased in others.
 
From January to October, in fact, the percentage of therapy visits compared to overall visits actually increased, from 45.9% to 46.8%, according to data from BlackTree Healthcare Consulting. Therapy visits per episode also increased slightly. 
 
“From my perspective, I think there [are] just so many variables that have figured into therapy utilization during the pandemic,” Mission Healthcare CEO Paul VerHoeve told Home Health Care News last week during HHCN’s PDGM Summit. 

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