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Many Have Signed Into APTA Home Health's New Website -- Have You?

Posted: Oct. 6, 2019

The APTA Home Health Section is excited to unveil its new, mobile-friendly website and membership platform. This new website will help us keep our membership connected. To get started on the new site, you’ll first need to set up your password. Here’s what you need to know.

  • Your User ID is the email under which you joined APTA.
  • You’ll need to set up a Password. Go here to set/update your Password: https://aptahhs.memberclicks.net/login#/reset-password
  • Once your Password is set/updated, you can login to the website at homehealthsection.org
  • Let us know if you would like to receive the Quarterly Report electronically, or a printed, mailed version by completing this quick one question form (you must be logged in to access this form).
Once you sign into the new site, you’ll find a wealth of forums, discussion circles and more. We’ll be emailing you frequently about the newest resources, and we encourage your comments at [email protected].
 

Members: APTA's Latest 'Quarterly Report' Now Available 

Posted: Sept. 26, 2019

The latest issue -- Vol 54 N3 -- is being printed and is being sent to Home Health Section members, but members can read it today 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, you should try using a handy new electronic table of contents. Just click the third button from the left on the control panel, and the table of contents appears. 

In this quarterly edition, you'll find the following articles:

  • The Importance of Functional, HIT Strength Training – Why, and How; PDGM and the potential for impact to therapy utilization by Dawn Widmer-Greaves, PT, DPT; Jennifer Stevens-Lapsley, MPT, PhD; Jason Falvey, PT, DPT, PhD; and Donna Diedrich, PT, DPT, GCS
  • Did You Hear? Read All About It: Cindy Krafft appointed to NAHC Government Affairs Advisory Council | APTA Reveals Future National Logo as Part of Association Branding Project | Coming to NAHC? Visit Us at the Home Care and Hospice Conference and Expo | In other news
  • Government Affairs Happenings – Report on Federal Advocacy Forum by Carol Zehnacker PT, DPT, CEEAA
  • APTA Launches New ‘Find a PT’ and ‘ChoosePT.com’ Website to Support Consumer Awareness
  • An Interview With The Section Secretary: Matt Janes, PT, DPT, MHS; Interviewed by Zachary Jarred Hampshire, PTA
  • Care Navigation Through Dementia, Delirium, and Depression by Shannon Liem
  • “A Machine Can’t Tell Me How to Treat a Patient” -- Or Can It? by Bud Langham, PT, MBA
  • A (Relatively) Brief Handy-Dandy Guide to AMA Style by Mary T. Marchetti, PT, PhD, Board Certified Geriatric Clinical Specialist
  • New Website Carries APTA Home Health Section Into Future by Don Knox

 

APTA Home Health Has A New Website -- Members, Have You Signed In Yet?

Posted: Sept. 26, 2019

The APTA Home Health Section is excited to unveil its new, mobile-friendly website and membership platform. This new website will help us keep our membership connected. To get started on the new site, you’ll first need to set up your password. Here’s what you need to know.

  • Your User ID is the email under which you joined APTA.
  • You’ll need to set up a Password. Go here to set/update your Password: https://aptahhs.memberclicks.net/login#/reset-password
  • Once your Password is set/updated, you can login to the website at homehealthsection.org
  • Let us know if you would like to receive the Quarterly Report electronically, or a printed, mailed version by completing this quick one question form (you must be logged in to access this form).
Once you sign into the new site, you’ll find a wealth of forums, discussion circles and more. We’ll be emailing you frequently about the newest resources, and we encourage your comments at [email protected].
 

Naloxone Availability Where Physical Therapist Services Are Provided HOD P06‐19‐76‐64 [Position]

Posted: September 25, 2019

The American Physical Therapy Association supports physical therapist services having naloxone accessible to be  administered to reverse the effects of an opioid overdose, in accordance with recommendations from the  Surgeon General of the United States.

The House of Delegates' position is available for download here. 

 

TRICARE adopts Medicare’s Home Health Value-Based Purchasing Model as a Demonstration

Posted: September 24, 2019

Today, DoD released a notice of TRICARE’s adoption of Medicare’s Home Health Value-Based Purchasing Model as a Demonstration. This notice describes the adoption of Medicare’s Home Health Value-Based Purchasing (HHVBP) adjustments for reimbursement under TRICARE’s Home Health Prospective Payment System (HH PPS).

This demonstration project will be effective January 1, 2020, through December 31, 2022, unless terminated earlier by Medicare or by TRICARE.
The adoption of this model establishes a new value-based initiative within the TRICARE program, based on Medicare’s similar pilot. In the Medicare HHVBP model, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) determines a payment adjustment up to the maximum percentage, upward or downward, based on the Home Health Agency’s (HHA) Total Performance Score (TPS). As a result, the model incentivizes quality improvements and encourages efficiency.

States selected for participation in the Medicare HHVBP model include Arizona, Florida, Iowa, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nebraska, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Washington.  
 CMS cannot release HHVBP adjustment factors to TRICARE, so Home Health Agencies (HHAs) in the participating states will be required to send their annual payment adjustment reports to the applicable TRICARE contractors prior to January 1 each year. Failure to submit the required payment adjustment documentation would result in full application of the negative adjustment factor for the calendar year. This requirement allows TRICARE to mirror Medicare’s HHVBP payment adjustments.  

The TRICARE HHVBP model will only apply to Medicare certified HHAs in the nine participating states.  Specialized HHAs that qualify for corporate services provider status but are not Medicare-certified will continue to be reimbursed under the CHAMPUS Maximum Allowable Charge (CMAC) system and will not be subject to the TRICARE HHVBP model. This demonstration project will assist the Department in evaluating the feasibility of incorporating the HHVBP model in the TRICARE program. TRICARE’s hypothesis is that payments that are linked to quality outcomes will:

(1) Be administratively feasible, meaning that the demonstration will be successfully implemented and administered within a reasonable margin of the DHA’s estimate of this demonstration;
(2) Improve the quality of care delivered over time; and
(3) Be cost-neutral or result in modest long-term cost savings.

Following the end of each 12 months in the demonstration, DHA will measure and report data to the Director, DHA, along with a recommendation of whether to continue or discontinue the demonstration. In the 12 months following termination of the demonstration, DHA shall make a report available to the public on the DHA website which details the findings of this demonstration, and potential next steps, if the demonstration is found to be successful in achieving the anticipated results. Continuation of the demonstration, or a transition into the Basic program reimbursement methodologies will be issued via appropriate Federal Register Notice or rule making action, and will be based on a demonstration that the pilot met the benchmarks set for success that are established in this Notice and Implementing Instructions.

Members, click here to login for more information. You'll find this document under "Home Health General Resources."
 
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