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  • APTA Provides Highlights of 2014 Proposed Physician Fee Schedule

    A new APTA document provides highlights of the provisions in the 2014 proposed physician fee schedule rule that will affect physical therapy.

    Available to members on APTA's Medicare Physician Fee Schedule webpage, the highlight summary document covers changes that will affect payments, the proposed addition of critical access hospitals to the therapy cap, changes to the Physician Quality Reporting System, claims and registry reporting, and more.

    APTA to Host Third Call-In on Medicare's Functional Limitation Reporting Requirements

    Due to continued high demand, APTA will host a third Q&A call for members to answer questions about functional limitation reporting requirements. The next call-in will be Tuesday, July 23, 2:00 pm-3:00 pm (ET). Participants will need access to a computer and the Internet. Space is limited, so secure your spot soon. To register please e-mail advocacy@apta.org with "July 23 Call" in the subject line.

    All providers who bill outpatient therapy services under Medicare Part B must submit functional limitation data (G-codes and appropriate modifiers) for any Medicare beneficiary, or claims will be returned unpaid. Therapists must report functional limitation data on the beneficiaries' current functional status and on the projected goal at scheduled intervals throughout the episode of care, including at the outset of the therapy episode, no less frequently than every 10th visit, and at discharge.

    If you can't make any of the call-in sessions, APTA will add questions posed during these calls to its existing FAQ documents on the Functional Limitation Reporting webpage.

    WCPT Partners With PEDro and Physiopedia

    Saying that they share many of the same objectives and values, the World Confederation for Physical Therapy (WCPT) has agreed to promote 2 physical therapy knowledge resources: the Physiotherapy Evidence Database (PEDro) and Physiopedia.

    Produced by the Centre for Evidence-Based Physiotherapy at The George Institute for Global Health, PEDro provides online access to over 24,000 randomized trials, systematic reviews, and clinical practice guidelines in physical therapy. Physiopedia is a free online wiki for physical therapists.

    Hooked on Evidence is another free physical therapy research resource. APTA's database of current research evidence on the effectiveness of physical therapy interventions was opened to public access last year.