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  • APTA Pledges to Support Health Care Access for People With Chronic Disability

    Noting that "the current model of management involving episodic care is not adequate to meet the needs of those living with chronic disability and relying on both Medicare and Medicaid for the reimbursement of physical therapy services," a new APTA position pledges action on the issue.

    The Role of Physical Therapy in Health Management for People With Chronic Disability emphasizes that government agencies are the insurers of "last resort"for most people with chronic or degenerative disabilities who are classified as "dual eligible"(beneficiaries of both Medicare and Medicaid). APTA resolves to "support and advocate"for that population’s "timely and regular"access to physical therapist services, needed equipment, and assistive and adaptive devices.

    A companion motion commits APTA to develop a plan to meet the motion’s intent. An interim report is due to the House of Delegates in 2014 and a final report in 2015. [RC 25-13, RC 26-13]

    Draft language adopted by the 2013 House of Delegates will be available on the House Community no later than July 12. Final language for all actions taken by the June 2013 House will be available by September after the minutes have been approved.

    See more results of the 2013 House of Delegates by following this link, or click on July 9 from the News Now calendar.

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