The 2013 Slate of Candidates for APTA National Office now is
available on the APTA website. It also may be found in the House of Delegates community documents. The Candidate webpage, including
candidate statements will be posted on February 8, 2013. Elections for
national office will be held at the 2013 House of Delegates
on June 24, 2013. Please contact Angela Boyd in APTA's National
Governance and Leadership Department for additional information.
Physical therapists are encouraged to attend a conference call hosted by
the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on December 12, 1:30 pm
ET, that will cover the new functional reporting requirements for outpatient
physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech language pathology services,
effective January 1, 2013.
Participants will learn how to report patient functional limitation information
on claims using the 42 new nonpayable functional G-codes and 7 new
severity/complexity modifiers on claims for physical therapy, occupational
therapy, and speech language pathology services. These G-codes and modifiers
will be required on selected claims for all outpatient therapy services. In
addition, the G-codes and severity modifiers used in the functional reporting
are required to be documented in the patient's medical record of therapy
services. To ensure a smooth transition, CMS sets forth a testing period from
January 1, 2013, until July 1, 2013. After July 1, 2013, claims submitted
without the appropriate G-codes and modifiers would be returned unpaid.
The call will include an overview of the new functional reporting requirement, including
effective dates, and information on:
question and answer session also will be held.
speaker for this call is Pamela R. West,
PT, DPT, MPH.
presentation for the call will be posted at least 1 day in advance of the call
on the FFS National Provider Calls
webpage. In addition, the link to the slide presentation will be e-mailed to
all registrants on the day of the call.
Registration will close at 12:00 pm ET on the
day of the call, or when available space has been filled.
therapists practicing in Joint Commission-accredited ambulatory care settings
may wish to comment on proposed revisions to the Comprehensive
Accreditation Manual for Ambulatory Care. Comments are due December 10. Visit
the Commission's website for instructions on providing
APTA members have been selected to share their innovative practice models with
their colleagues during the upcoming Innovation Summit 2013: Collaborative Care Models. These members were nominated by
their chapters or sections because of their involvement in innovative care
delivery models. The nominations were reviewed and scored by a panel of APTA
innovators will receive funding to attend the Summit where they will interact
with policy makers, payers, physical therapists and other health professionals
as they explore the role of physical therapists in new models of health care
delivery and payment. They will share information about their work with both
onsite and virtual audiences.
Innovation Summit will be held on March 8, 2013. The Summit program will
include panel discussions on the role of physical therapists in accountable
care organizations, patient-centered medical homes, bundling initiatives, new
private payment models, and employer driven programs. Virtual attendees will
attend the programming and interact with panelists and other attendees through
an innovative online platform and social media. Registration now is open.
selected innovator are: Mark Amundson, PT, DSc, DPT, SCS, Private Practice Section; Michael Billings, PT, MS, CEEAA, Oregon
Chapter; Andrea Branas, PT, MPT, MSE,
CLT, Women’s Health Section and Oncology Section; Allison Daly, PT, DPT, Louisiana Chapter; Michael Eisenhart , PT, New Jersey Chapter; Jay
Irrgang, PT, PhD, ATC, FAPTA, Orthopaedic Section; Rich Larsen, PT, OCS, Wisconsin Chapter; Mike Lebec, PT, PhD, Acute Care Section; Judy Lindsay, PT, Pediatric Section; Thomas Moriarity, PT, OCS, South Carolina Chapter; Kim Nixon-Cave, PT, PhD, PCS, Pennsylvania
Chapter; Peter Rigby, PT, Washington
Chapter; Jennifer Sidelinker, PT, GCS,
Geriatric Section; Mary Stilphen, PT,
DPT, Health Policy and
Administration Section; Kristine Terrio,
PT, MSHS, New Hampshire Chapter; Darin
Trees, PT, DPT, CWS, Texas Chapter; Phil
Tygiel, PT, MTC, Arizona Chapter; Chris
Wilson, SPT, Ohio Chapter.
introduction of the supine sleep position to reduce the prevalence of Sudden
Infant Death Syndrome has not altered the timing or sequence of infant rolling
abilities, say authors of an article published
online in Early Human Development. This information is valuable to health care
providers involved in the surveillance of infants' development, they add.
Original normative age estimates for these 2 motor abilities are still
The aim of this study was to compare the order and age
of emergence of rolling prone to supine and supine to prone before the
introduction of back to sleep guidelines and 20 years after their introduction.
The original normative data for the Alberta Infant Motor Scale (AIMS) were
collected just prior to the introduction of back to sleep guidelines in 1992.
Currently these norms are being reevaluated. Data of rolling patterns of
infants 36 weeks of age or younger from the original sample (n=1,114) and the
contemporary sample (n=351) were evaluated to compare the sequence of
appearance of prone to supine and supine to prone rolls (proportion of infants
passing each roll) and the ages of emergence (estimated age when 50% of infants
passed each roll).
According to the results, the sequence of emergence
and estimated age of appearance of both rolling directions were similar between
the 2 time periods.
conjunction with the Therapy Cap Coalition, is launching a national grassroots
campaign to "Stop the Therapy Cap" on Monday, December 3. The patient impact of the cap is the theme of Monday's
campaign. Almost 50 associations, organizations and patient groups will
be sending action alerts to their members. With about 30 days left until
expiration of the therapy cap exceptions process, the goal is to create a
significant surge in Congressional e-mails and phone calls urging members of
Congress to stop the therapy cap from taking effect in 2013.
provided association members form letters and e-mails in its Legislative Action Center. To access the materials, log in
to the website, click "Take Action" under "Stop the Medicare Therapy Cap and
Prevent SGR Payment Cuts," and follow the instructions. If you have time,
personalize the e-mail and let Congress know how the cap impacts your patients.
has been very clear: it will not take action without input from constituents.
If you only send 1 advocacy e-mail or make 1 advocacy phone call this year, do
it on Monday.
will send out an Action Alert Monday morning with talking
points and instructions for contacting your legislators. Also, ask your
patients to e-mail or call their members of Congress on Monday using APTA’sPatient Action Center.
For more information on APTA's advocacy efforts, visit the Medicare Therapy Cap website.
running out! Take 5 minutes on Monday and contact your legislators. You can
make a difference and help prevent a hard Medicare therapy cap of $1,900 from
being implemented in 2013.
patients to e-mail their clinicians and access their records online is
associated with more, not fewer, telephone calls, office visits, and clinical
services in general, says a Medscape
Medical News article based on a study published in the
November 21 issue of JAMA.
Researchers studied the effect of an online Web
portal for patients enrolled in Kaiser Permanente (KP) Colorado. The portal,
called My Health Manager (MHM), connects to KP's electronic health record
system. MHM allows patients access test results, request medicine refills,
schedule nonurgent appointments, and exchange messages with their clinicians on
nonurgent health issues.
The authors measured the use of health care services by 44,321 users of MHM
before and after KP Colorado adopted the system compared with health care use
by an equal number of nonusers. All patients in the study were continuously
enrolled in KP Colorado for at least 2 years from March 2005 through June 2010.
Lead author Ted Palen, MD, PhD, MSPH, and
coauthors found that the number of office visits by MHM users increased by 0.7
per member per year compared with nonusers. Telephone encounters rose at a
smaller rate of 0.3 per member per year. The rates of after-hours clinic
visits, emergency department encounters, and hospitalizations per 1,000 members
per year rose significantly, by 18.7, 11.2, and 19.9, respectively. These
patterns held true whether the patients were younger or older than 50 years,
says the article.
In contrast, a 2007 KP study of this issue in the organization's Northwest
region reported that office visits decreased between 7% and 10% for patients
using the patient portal. At that time, however, only 6% of KP Northwest
patients were signed up for it. Today, roughly 50% of all KP patients, and
about 60% of those in Colorado, are logging on.
Online access might have helped patients take more responsibility for their
health care, which led them to use more services, Palen told Medscape
Medical News. Or perhaps patients who signed up for MHM were already likely
to use more services because of clinical characteristics that the study failed
to control for. Future research will try to tease out cause and effect, he
An even more important question to answer, said Palen, is the effect of the
online clinician–patient relationship on clinical outcomes. If virtual visits
lead to more face-to-face visits, does a patient's health necessarily improve
as a result?