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  • Innovation 2.0 Deadline January 20

    APTA members have a Monday, January 20, deadline to submit letters of intent to let staff know if they will be making a proposal to receive funding and mentoring through the association's Innovation 2.0 program.

    APTA's Innovation 2.0 program will offer up to $150,000 to support innovation in service delivery and payment in a wide range of areas from the integration of physical therapy into collaborative care models to management of patients and clients that focuses on reducing hospital readmissions. The complete list of proposal areas can be found on APTA's Innovation 2.0 webpage.

    Interested candidates should submit a letter of intent to APTA Innovation 2.0 staff by January 20. The letter should include contact information for the project leader, name of the organization, and a brief description of the model. The formal call for proposals will begin January 17 with a February 13 deadline.

    Though not required in order to submit the formal proposal, candidates are encouraged to submit letters of intent to help APTA staff prepare for the review process.

    Questions? Need more details? Contact the Innovation 2.0 staff.

    Changes to CPT Editorial Process Emphasize Transparency

    Recently announced changes to the American Medical Association's (AMA's) Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) editorial process emphasize greater transparency and collaboration, and could bolster opportunities for physical therapists (PTs) to work with APTA to ensure the codes accurately reflect practice.

    The changes put in place are the result of input received by AMA from stakeholder organizations. According to an AMA press release, the new approaches are designed to "increase transparency and fairness" in the process through more in-person meetings beyond the CPT editorial and advisory committee, more wide and proactive communication about requested code changes, and the establishment of a "medical advisor" to facilitate the process with staff and applicants new to the CPT process.

    APTA works closely with AMA and other associations during the CPT editorial process, and relies on input from PTs to get the best possible information on how the system works at the individual practitioner level. The information received by APTA is extremely important to the work the association is doing on the Physical Therapy Classification and Payment System.

    APTA continues to work toward an accurate payment system that recognizes and promotes the clinical judgment of the physical therapist as well as improving quality of care. Contact advocacy staff with your questions.

    APTA Committee Members Needed

    Here's a great new year's resolution: get more involved in APTA.

    The call for volunteers to serve on APTA committees is open now through February 11. Members interested in serving on the Ethics and Judicial, Finance and Audit, Leadership Development, and Public Policy and Advocacy committees, or the Awards subcommittees, are encouraged to let APTA know of their willingness to participate. APTA relies heavily on its volunteers, who in turn gain valuable leadership and growth opportunities while working with some of the most outstanding physical therapists in the country.

    The first step is to complete an interest profile on the Volunteer Interest Pool webpage. Once completed, click on the "Apply for Current Opportunities" button and select the committee you're interested in joining. Complete details on all committees can be found on APTA's Volunteer Groups webpage.

    New Wound Treatment Code Available to PTs

    A new code for the use of a modality to heal wounds using sound energy has been made available to physical therapists (PTs) in the 2014 version of the Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) document maintained by the American Medical Association (AMA).

    The new active wound care management code—97610—replaces Category III code 0183T. The modality uses acoustic energy to atomize saline and deliver ultrasound energy by way of a continuous mist to the wound bed and surrounding tissue, and is identified as "low frequency, non-contact, non-thermal ultrasound, including topical application(s), when performed, wound assessment, and instruction(s) for ongoing care, per day."

    Always check payer policy to determine coverage of this code. For more information on CPT codes, visit APTA's Coding and Billing webpage.