Friday, March 15, 2013 APTA Moves Forward With Development of an Alternative Payment System A new message from APTA President Paul A. Rockar Jr, PT, DPT, MS, and Steve Levine, PT, DPT, MSHA, chair of the Alternative Payment System Task Force, provides an update on the alternative payment system (APS), now known as the physical therapy classification and payment system (PTCPS), for outpatient physical therapy services. In their message, Rockar and Levine outline the progression of the proposed payment model and the need for a comprehensive plan "to maximize the opportunity for successful transition to a physical therapy classification and payment system." In addition to the message, APTA members can access an executive summary and a full report of the survey results that were used to refine the first APS developmental draft, which was sent in spring 2012 to association members for comment. The second developmental draft of the APS/PTCPS will be available to members shortly. APTA expects to transition to a new outpatient therapy payment system by January 1, 2015.