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  • New Podcast: Improving Access to Care for Medicare Patients

    APTA member Danielle Haggerty, PT, explains how her practice has successfully provided direct access to Medicare beneficiaries in a new APTA podcast. Haggerty shares her office's protocol for obtaining a signed plan of care to ensure that patients have access to physical therapy services and payment is received, and discusses the importance of educating therapists and office staff on Medicare requirements. In addition, Haggerty explains why she opts to have physicians recertify the plan of care every 30 days and how this has turned into an "excellent marketing tool" that strengthens the practice's relationship with the physician community.          

    For more information about direct access and Medicare, go to www.apta.org/DirectAccess/Medicare/

    CMMI Seeks Reviewers for Bundling Payment Improvement Initiative

    Physical therapists are encouraged to apply to become review panelists for the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation's (CMMI) Bundled Payments for Care Improvement Initiative. This initiative has 4 broadly defined models of care, 3 of which would involve a retrospective bundled payment arrangement, with a target price (target payment amount) for a defined episode of care and 1 of which would be paid prospectively. CMMI is ready to bring together expert panel members for the review of applications for models 2, 3, and 4. 

    Review panels will be held in Baltimore, Maryland, for 2 full days of meetings the week of September 19. Prior time commitment and travel to Baltimore will be required. Reimbursement of travel expenses and an honorarium will be offered.

    If you are interested in participating, e-mail Diane Graham by August 17. CMMI will evaluate the panel list, finalize the list of panel reviewers, and contact applicants by August 27.