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  • New Medicare Home Health Payment System Explained in Upcoming Q-and-A Sessions

    Private practice physical therapists (PTs) aren't the only ones facing major changes in the way Medicare provides reimbursement: PTs and other providers in the home health setting will face an entirely new payment methodology beginning next year. APTA can help you get up to speed.

    Coming in early March: 2 live Q-and-A sessions with APTA experts on the coming payment system, known as the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM). Presenters for the hour-long sessions—offered on March 5, 2:00 pm-3:00 pm ET, and March 6, 7:00 pm-8:00 pm ET—will answer questions from registered participants who've reviewed a prerecorded webinar that will be available February 20. The recorded webinar and live sessions are free to APTA members.

    Interested? Start by registering now for 1 of the Q-and-A sessions, then check back in on the Home Health Patient-Driven Groupings Model Webinars page on or after February 20 to download and review the recorded webinar. Have your questions ready for the hosts, including APTA Director of Regulatory Affairs Kara Gainer, JD; Bud Langham, PT, MBA; Carol Zehnacker, PT, DPT; and Ellen Strunk, PT, MS, a board-certified geriatric clinical specialist.

    Providers in skilled nursing facilities will face a similar change in payment methodology beginning in October, with implementation of the Patient-Driven Payment Model (PDPM). APTA will host 2 Q-and-A sessions on the PDPM March 12 and 14.

    [Editor's note: Even more information on both the new home health and skilled nursing facility payment models is available on a specially created APTA webpage that includes resources from APTA and the US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.]

    Foundation Has a New Name, Logo, and Website

    What's in a name? For the organization formerly known as The Foundation for Physical Therapy (Foundation), just about everything.

    Earlier this month, the Foundation announced a name change for the organization, from the Foundation for Physical Therapy to the Foundation for Physical Therapy Research. It's a subtle change, but an important one, according to Foundation President Edelle Field-Fote, PT, PhD, FAPTA.

    "After much consideration, the board of trustees concluded that this addition to our name would more clearly define what we do," Field-Fote said in a Foundation news release. "Research has always been the core of our identity. Now it's a part of our name."

    The name change, adopted in the Foundation's 40th anniversary year, was accompanied by a new logo and redesigned website. The shifts were the result of a nearly 2-year communications assessment.

    Rather than an attempt to capture a new direction, the name change is intended to make the Foundation's focus as clear as possible. According to Field-Fote, the work of the Foundation will continue unaltered.

    "Although our name and logo have changed…our everyday work and enduring commitment to the profession remain unwavering," Field-Fote said.

    Since its establishment with the financial support of APTA in 1979, the Foundation has become an independent 501(c)(3) organization that has awarded more than $17 million in grants, scholarships, and fellowships. In addition, the Foundation established the Center on Health Services Training and Research (CoHSTAR), a multi-institutional research and training program. APTA is a Foundation Pinnacle Partner in Research and was a lead donor to the establishment of CoHSTAR.