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  • Ask for Therapy Cap Repeal During National Stroke Awareness Month

    There are 7 million people in the United States who have survived a stroke, according to the National Stroke Association-and these survivors are your patients. Now, during National Stroke Awareness Month, help ensure their access to physical therapist services by e-mailing your legislators and asking them to repeal the Medicare therapy cap. Tell Congress that your patients-their constituents-must receive timely and proper care after they have suffered a stroke.

    APTA has joined the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) to highlight National Stroke Awareness month on Capitol Hill through this rolling e-mail campaign. The goal is not only to repeal the cap but to bring awareness to the importance of rehabilitation following a stroke.

    Nonmembers and patients can also get involved and contact their legislators using APTA's Patient Action Center. Please take time to personalize your e-mails and share your experience as a physical therapist, physical therapist assistant, or patient. Members of Congress care how this issue impacts their constituents.

    As summer approaches, this issue will heat up as Congress works on legislation to reform the Medicare physician fee schedule and the sustainable growth rate formula. It is more important than ever to let your members of Congress know that patients should not be subjected to an arbitrary cap on medically necessary services.

    Join Mike Klonowski, PT, DPT, PCS, who has been treating Sen Mark Kirk (R-IL) following his stroke in 2012, and help ensure no one is denied necessary physical therapy by taking action today.

    World's Health Professions Call for New Emphasis on Working Together

    The global bodies for the 5 leading health professions, representing more than 26 million health professionals worldwide, are calling for a new emphasis on collaborative practice. Health professions working together around the world can lead to improved health services and a more effective use of resources, they say.

    The World Health Professions Alliance (WHPA), which brings together the World Confederation for Physical Therapy, the International Council of Nurses, the International Pharmaceutical Federation, the World Dental Federation, and the World Medical Association, issued a statement during the World Health Organization's 66th World Health Assembly this week.

    WHPA calls on governments to fund health system structures that support interprofessional collaborative practice, promote shared learning in education programs, and encourage health professionals to respect each others' expertise.

    Marilyn Moffat, PT, DPT, PhD, DSc (hon), GCS, CSCS, CEEAA, FAPTA, president of the World Confederation for Physical Therapy said: "Effective interprofessional collaborative practice brings benefits in every area of health services-from health promotion through injury prevention to condition management. Working together, professionals can effectively address pressing societal health needs such as the growing burden of noncommunicable diseases and their risk factors."

    CMS Offers Webinars on Health Insurance Marketplace

    Physical therapists and physical therapist assistants who want to better understand the health insurance exchange initiative that resulted from the Affordable Care Act, also being called the health insurance marketplace, can tune in to webinars from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

    Repeated several times throughout June and July, these training opportunities are broken into 2 levels:

    Level 1: Health Insurance Marketplace 101. A 1-hour high-level overview of the accomplishments of the Affordable Care Act and a basic introduction to the marketplace (exchanges) highlighting who is eligible and how the marketplace will work.

    Level 2: Understanding the Health Insurance Marketplace. A 2-hour detailed review of the marketplace (exchanges), including eligibility, enrollment, plan structure, Medicaid expansion, and the streamlined application.

    The training sessions are free but first-come-first-served, with a limit of 200 people per session. CMS said, however, that it will add sessions if there's high demand.