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  • Beyond Vision 2020 – Member Input Is Critical

    APTA requests members' assistance in completing its Vision Environmental Scan Survey to gather views about the physical therapy profession's future. The survey was e-mailed this week to all members for whom APTA has permission to e-mail, with a personal link to the survey. If you did not receive the e-mail and would like to participate in the survey, contact research-dept@apta.org.

    The analysis of the collected data will help APTA identify the preferred future direction of the profession that will culminate in the presentation of a revised vision to the 2013 House of Delegates for adoption. Responses also will be used to inform APTA's strategic planning process. All individual responses will remain strictly confidential and results will be reported in aggregate form only. 

    The deadline to complete the survey is July 6. Questions or requests for additional information can be sent to Marc Goldstein, EdD, APTA's senior director of Research, at research-dept@apta.org.

    Post-House Packet Available Online

    A Post-House Packet containing draft final motion language for all the motions acted on at the 2012 House of Delegates (House) in Tampa is posted in the House community in the archive folder 2012 (found under the reference materials). The House of Delegates minutes, with final language for all motions, will be posted by September 4. In addition, a House of Delegates summary has been prepared in both Word and PowerPoint formats to serve as foundational elements for articles in newsletters and presentations at chapter, district, or facility meetings to educate both members and nonmembers on the actions taken by the House. In response to the passage of RC 30-12, the reports of the 4 Governance Review Subgroups (House, Board of Directors, Chapter, and Section) have been posted to the governance review community in the Reference Materials document library.

    Insurers to Refund Consumers $1.1 Billion

    More than 12 million Americans will receive $1.1 billion in rebates from insurance companies this summer because of the Affordable Care Act's 80/20 rule, known as the Medical Loss Ratio standard. These rebates will be an average of $151 for each family covered by a policy.

    The health care law generally requires insurance companies to spend at least 80% of consumers' premium dollars on medical care and quality improvement. Insurers can spend the remaining 20% on administrative costs, such as salaries, sales, and advertising. Beginning this year, insurers must notify customers how much of their premiums actually have been spent on medical care and quality improvement.

    Insurance companies that do not meet the 80/20 standard must provide their policyholders a rebate for the difference no later than August 1.

    Consumers owed a rebate will either receive a rebate check in the mail, a lump-sum reimbursement to the same account that they used to pay the premium if by credit card or debit card, or a reduction in their future premiums, or their employer will apply the rebate in a manner that benefits its employees.

    Consumers in every state will receive a notice from their insurance company informing them of the 80/20 rule, whether their company met the standard, and, if not, how much of  the difference between what the insurer did or did not spend  on medical care and quality improvement will be returned to them.

    A detailed breakdown of the rebates by states and market is available on HealthCare.gov.