Mississippi PT Students Raise Funds for Physical Therapy Research

This year physical therapy students from Mississippi were among the 79 schools that participated in the 2021-2022 VCU-Marquette Challenge to raise $170,221.98 in support of the Foundation of Physical Therapy Research (FPTR).  FPTR wishes to thank the students of William Carey University for their strong support of the Challenge. William Carey University raised $3,000.00 and reachedContinue reading “Mississippi PT Students Raise Funds for Physical Therapy Research”

APTA-Backed Bipartisan House Bill Takes Aim at PTA Differential

The SMART Act would delay implementation, spare rural and underserved areas, and relieve PTA supervision burdens. There could be a temporary reprieve in the works for the startup of the PTA payment differential — and a possible exemption for rural and underserved areas — thanks to a bipartisan bill introduced in the U.S. House ofContinue reading “APTA-Backed Bipartisan House Bill Takes Aim at PTA Differential”

COVID-19 isolation and quarantine period shortened 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has announced it has shortened the recommended isolation and quarantine period for people with COVID-19 to five days, if asymptomatic and if persons can wear a mask when around others. These updates are recommended as the Omicron variant continues to spread throughout the U.S. and reflect the currentContinue reading “COVID-19 isolation and quarantine period shortened “

Medicare Legislative Package Signed Into Law

This afternoon President Biden signed S. 610, the Protecting Medicare & American Farmers from Sequester Cuts Act, into law.  As previously noted the legislation will do the following: CMS will receive a 3% appropriation for 2022 to partially offset its planned 3.75% cut to the conversion factor used to set payment for codes used by providers.Continue reading “Medicare Legislative Package Signed Into Law”

New Physical Therapy Bill Introduced

On Monday Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) and Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS) introduced the APTA-supported legislation Physical Therapist Workforce and Patient Access Act (S. 2676).This legislation would allow physical therapists to participate in the National Health Service Corps Loan Repayment Program. The program involves 2 year contract to work in a health professional shortage area inContinue reading “New Physical Therapy Bill Introduced”

Medicare Sequestration Moratorium Extended

This afternoon the U.S. Senate passed a compromise bill led by Senator Shaheen (D-NH) and Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) to extend the moratorium on the Medicare Sequestration. The Senate compromise bill will provide a 9-month extension of the moratorium on the -2% Medicare sequester through the end of 2021.  While we await official word fromContinue reading “Medicare Sequestration Moratorium Extended”

The new conversion factor released by CMS helps to offset the impact of fee schedule reductions for PT providers.

What began as a projected 9% cut in payment to PTs under Medicare and was later reduced to an estimated 3.6% cut may be whittled down even further thanks to a recently announced change to how payment is calculated. The change comes by way of an adjustment to the conversion factor, the multiplier applied to relativeContinue reading “The new conversion factor released by CMS helps to offset the impact of fee schedule reductions for PT providers.”

Update on the Proposed 9% CMS Reimbursement Cut

Because of your work, Congress reduced the cut from 9% to an estimated 3.6%.  The fight continues and we are immensely grateful for the over 120,000 emails to Congress, taking every opportunity to raise your voice with legislators, and sending over 25,000 comments to CMS.  This campaign has been enormous and we are appreciative of yourContinue reading “Update on the Proposed 9% CMS Reimbursement Cut”

Win: CMS Will Lift Several Code Pairing Restrictions

After an on-again, off-again approach to rules affecting the billing of code pairs that represent common, appropriate physical therapy practice, the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has announced it will accept many of the pairs it had barred for use, or required to be accompanied a modifier if they were used on theContinue reading “Win: CMS Will Lift Several Code Pairing Restrictions”