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  • Audit Resources Now Available

    A new APTA Web resource can help PTs prepare for and successfully get through a Medicare claims audit. The Medicare Claims Audits Web page provides audit tools such as a form for conducting a self audit, an auditing entities chart, information on hiring an attorney, and a link to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' brochure on the appeal process. The page also links to APTA's Defensible Documentation resource; information on enrolling in Medicare; Medicare local coverage decisions; handling fraud and abuse media coverage; Medicare denials, audits, and appeals; and coding and billing information. 

    APTA Announces New Staff Structure

    This week, APTA announced the new staff structure that will take effect February 1. The new staff structure is designed to ensure APTA is properly aligned to achieve its goals (as identified by the House of Delegates and the Board of Directors) by providing for more efficiency, enhancing role clarity, building more trust across the association, and making the association more effective.

    Helpful information about the new staff structure is available for members on APTA's Web site, including:

    • staff structure charts;
    • brief descriptions of all departments;
    • a listing of individual staff, their titles, and contact information; and
    • a document on frequently asked questions (FAQs).

    During the deliberations on the staff structure reforms the following criteria were used to guide decisions:

    • Would a change provide for more efficiency (reduce duplication/redundancies)?
    • Would a change provide role clarity for APTA's units, departments, and individual staff?
    • Would a change help to better address staff performance?
    • Would a change enhance trust among staff across the association?
    • Would a change provide for more effectiveness?

    An association should comprehensively review its staff structure on a regular basis to ensure that the association is properly aligned to achieve its goals. It has been 4 years since APTA's staff structure was comprehensively reviewed. While a staff structure review may not always lead to realignment, in this case we believed it was necessary due to significant changes in our association, the profession, and the external world. 

    If you have any questions about the new staff structure at APTA, contact John Barnes, chief executive officer at APTA, at johnbarnes@apta.org.

    Coding and Compliance Audio Conference: Registration Closes January 23

    Time is running out to register for the Basic Essentials for Physical Therapist Coding and Compliance audio conference, to be held January 26, 2 pm-3:30 pm, ET.

    Register by January 23, 11 pm ET, to find out the top payment challenges for physical therapy and get practical advice on how to address them to ensure you get the revenues you deserve. During the Q & A session following the presentation, participants may ask questions directly to expert rehabilitation consultant Helene Fearon, PT.