SOWH Federal Affairs Chair Gail Zitterkopf (left) and Director of Programming Sandy Hilton are among the hundreds of APTA physical therapists participating in the 2016 Federal Forum to create and support stronger PT-related legislation. Continue Reading
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Gain valuable insights, resources, and strategies to strengthen your professional journey and equip yourself with knowledge and tools to help advocate for the advancement of the pelvic health physical therapy profession! Stay informed on the latest legislative issues that impact Physical Therapists (PTs), Physical Therapist Assistants (PTAs), Physical Therapy Students (SPTs), and the patients and clients we serve on a state and federal level.
The new craze is all about “alternative payment models” (APM). In January 2015, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced a plan to move aggressively on its goal to transition 30% of traditional fee-for-service Medicare payments to APMs such as the Comprehensive Care Joint Replacem Continue Reading
2016 APTA Minority Scholarship winner Kimmi Edwards, DPT, calls for expanded support of minority PT students to diversify the profession. Do you have strong feelngs about whether minorities are well represented or recruited into the physical therapy (PT) profession? Continue Reading
The “real world” is approaching, and it’s becoming difficult to shake the strange feeling of impending doom that accompanies the thought of student loans. This may sound like gross hyperbole, but more than a few studies link financial stress to poor mental and physical health. Continue Reading
It has been close to three years since the Jimmo v. Sibelius, or the “Improvement Standard,” settlement was announced. Since then, both clinicians and Medicare beneficiaries are unaware of the settlement and what it means for them. Continue Reading
Struggling with ICD-10 for your prenatal and postpartum patients? Why wouldn’t you be? There are typical PT diagnosis codes such as sciatica, muscle weakness, spasm, instability, and more, but there are also a set of O codes listed for obstetric issues. Continue Reading
Most clients’ insurance deductibles follow the calendar year, meaning their out-of-pocket expenses start over January 1, of each year. There are a handful of people, like state employees of Texas, whose “benefits” restart in the middle of the year. Continue Reading
So, now that we’ve attempted ICD-10 with an incontinence patient, let’s try something a little more challenging: pelvic pain. Remember, not all codes are guaranteed payment or simple. While it may be tempting to have a list of frequently used codes, some have exclusions to be mindful of. Complete Continue Reading
I’m here to walk you through some examples of typical patient codes. Remember, this coding system is not as cookie-cutter as ICD-9 was, and it’s brand new to all of us. So, we cannot guarantee that all payors will reimburse specific codes. While there may be some easy crosswalks, not all codes Continue Reading
During my tenure as a pelvic health instructor for the Section on Women’s Health (SoWH), I have only had 2 male students attend the courses. Other instructors have had male students in the pelvic health courses as well, but overall, they are few and far between. Continue Reading
ICD-10 allows for greater detail for laterality, primary encounters, external causes of injury, preventative health, as well as socioeconomic, family, and lifestyle related problems. ICD-10 Code set provides greater specificity for patient diagnosis. It is imperative that your documentation support Continue Reading
I had a great time in Washington last month, and PT Hill Day was a big success, but only the first step to getting legislation passed that helps support our profession and improves access to care. Congress is on recess from August 3rd through September 4th, so here is your chance to get to know your Continue Reading