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  • Corrected Link to Task Force Opportunity

    A story in the Friday, September 5 issue of PT in Motion News contained an incorrect link to more information on the APTA Scope of Practice task force, which is seeking volunteers. That link has been corrected in the original story, and is provided here: http://www.apta.org/VolunteerGroups/TaskForce/ScopeofPractice/ . PT in Motion News regrets the error.

    Therapy Cap Repeal Gets Majority House Support

    It's official: a majority of members of the US House of Representatives are now cosponsors of a bill that would repeal the Medicare therapy cap, a strong sign that the legislation has solid bipartisan support as both a long term therapy cap solution and a component in larger sustainable growth rate (SGR) reform legislation.

    On Tuesday, the cosponsor number for H.R. 713 reached 220—just over the 218-member majority mark, and a level of support not achieved by most legislation. The House has no plans to vote on the legislation before it recesses in advance of the fall elections, but may take up SGR reform after the elections or in 2015.

    APTA advocacy staff see the upcoming 6-week recess as a perfect opportunity for members to personally thank their legislators for supporting therapy cap repeal, and are urging physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, patients, clients, and others to consider attending local town hall meetings hosting practice visits, or setting up office meetings with their representatives while representatives are in their home districts.

    A complete list of therapy cap repeal cosponsors can be found on the Congress.gov website.

    New Website Highlights Integrity in Physical Therapy Practice

    A new website launched by APTA will support the profession’s effort to eliminate fraud, abuse, and waste in the health care system.

    The APTA Center for Integrity in Practice website houses information on how physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, and students can continue to uphold the profession's high standards.

    Resources include information on the recently-released Choosing Wisely® list of "5 Things Physical Therapists and Patients Should Question;” a primer on preventing fraud, abuse, and waste; a free course on compliance; and other information on regulation and payment systems, evidence-based practice, ethics, professionalism, and fraud prevention.

    The site is part of the association's Integrity in Practice Campaign, a broad initiative that seeks to position physical therapy as a leader in responsible patient-centered care.

    Plans are for the website to continue expanding its offerings, and APTA is seeking partners to share resources, work together on advocacy, and possibly develop joint educational offerings to bring the message of practice integrity to the widest possible audience.