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  • PTNow Expands Resources, Offers New Search Experience

    If you haven't checked out PTNow lately, you haven't checked out PTNow.

    APTA's online evidence-based practice resource has been updated and expanded significantly. Just how significantly? Additions include:

    • 92 new clinical practice guidelines (and more than 80 updates to existing ones)
    • More than 50 new tests and measures, including new resources on pain and cognitive impairment
    • 22 new clinical summaries
    • 20 new Cochrane reviews

    And getting at those resources is now easier than ever, thanks to a  retooled search function that's both user-friendly and expansive, providing members with easy access to journals and other resources relevant to clinical practice. The PTNow site has also simplified its access to its CPG+ collection, which provides expert appraisal of selected CPGs.

    "The new resources at PTNow enrich offerings to clinicians in some truly meaningful ways," said Anne Reicherter, PT, DPT, PhD, a board-certified orthopaedic clinical specialist and APTA’s senior practice specialist overseeing the PTNow expansion. "And it's not just about the new material—updates to earlier clinical summaries on subjects such as total knee arthroplasty, falls, traumatic brain injury, and unilateral vestibular dysfunction will connect members with some of the latest and best evidence out there."

    Comments on Home Health Due to CMS by September 25; HH Webinar Recording Now Available

    There's still time to submit your comments on the US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' (CMS) plan to dramatically change payment for home health services beginning in 2019. And if you feel like you need to get up to speed on just what those changes entail, APTA has you covered.

    September 25 is the deadline for comments to CMS on its proposal to shift from 60- to 30-day episodes of care and to launch a new case-mix adjustment model that removes physical therapy visit thresholds, among other changes. Combined, the fully implemented proposal could result in a $950 million payment reduction, according to CMS.

    To make it as easy as possible for physical therapists and physical therapist assistants to share their concerns with CMS, APTA has created a customizable template letter that allows individual authors to included details of their own practice circumstances while delivering a shared message: that the proposal "severely devalues the clinical importance of physical therapy." APTA will submit comments to CMS by the September 25 deadline.

    APTA also has made it easy to learn more about the details of both the CMS proposal for 2019 as well as the proposed 2018 payment system, by way of a recorded webinar now available for viewing. The session includes a question-and-answer session with participants in the live session, and viewers of the recorded session also can see text comments that were entered at the time. To view the webinar, visit the APTA webpage on Medicare home health policies, and click on "Recorded Webinar 'Overview of CY 2018 Home Health PPS Proposed Rule.'"