New APTA resources available online are helping members understand health care reform and giving them a way to communicate their experiences in this changed—and changing—landscape.
The association's efforts to keep physical therapists (PTs) and physical therapist assistants (PTAs) informed are centered at the Health Care Reform webpage, where members can access detailed information on the health insurance marketplaces, Medicaid expansion, new delivery models, payment changes, and program integrity efforts under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Resources touch on everything from collaborative care models to managing a Medicare claims audit under the new law.
PTs and PTAs can also get a handle on how some of the components of health care reform affect physical therapy through APTA's Making Sense of Health Care Reform series. This set of articles highlights pressing issues including essential health benefits, "grace period" provisions, and the Small Business Health Options program. Each article provides background and explanation of the issue, implications and tips for practice, and links to more resources.
In addition to background and context, members can let APTA know how reform is affecting them by way of the APTA Feedback Form, a quick and easy way to share complaints, problems, and questions with association staff—and, when appropriate, with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Feedback provided by PTs and PTAs will help to inform APTA's future advocacy efforts on these issues.
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