During March, in recognition of Brain Injury Awareness Month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is spreading the word and raising awareness about traumatic brain injury (TBI) prevention, recognition, and response. A new CDC Web page brings together a variety of TBI resources, including the "Heads Up" concussion initiative aimed at health care professionals, school professionals, sports coaches, parents, athletes, and others.
APTA's TBI resources, related to the management of mild TBI (mTBI) for wounded warriors, are valuable for physical therapists (PTs) in the Department of Defense, Department of Veterans Affairs, or in community-based practices treating wounded warriors who are returning home; family members/caregivers of wounded warriors with mTBI; and wounded warriors who have sustained mTBI.
For information on federal and state legislation, and APTA's position on the role of physical therapists in concussion management, visit APTA's Concussion Web page. Also, PTs can direct patients to the Physical Therapist's Guide to Concussion, located on APTA's Move Forward consumer Web site.
This month's PTJ includes a study that will "create a lot controversy," a "really fun paper," and an article that will "make a lot of people pleased"—among many other thoughtful research reports. Find out more from PTJ Editor in Chief Rebecca Craik, PT, PhD, FAPTA, in the March Craikcast.
APTA's summary of a proposed rule requiring physical therapists and other health care providers to report and return overpayments from Medicare and Medicaid within 60 days provides members with the proposal's definition of "overpayment," the process of reporting overpayments, and examples of what steps should be taken when an overpayment is identified. In addition, the summary addresses enforcement implications, which include liability under the False Claims Act, and the 10-year lookback period.
Comments for this proposed rule are due before 5 pm April 16. APTA will submit comments on behalf of membership.
Look for this document on APTA's Compliance Web page under Overpayments.