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  • Collaborative Stop the Cap Efforts from APTA, AOTA, ASHA Receive National Award

    APTA has earned another national award—this time for collaborative efforts to push for an end to the Medicare outpatient therapy cap.

    The American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) announced that APTA, the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) were the joint winners of a 2018 Power of A Gold Award for their combined "Stop the Cap" efforts. The work of the 3 associations was instrumental in a congressional decision to permanently end the flawed cap process.

    ASAE's Power of A (the A stands for "association") Awards, are the industry's highest honor, recognizing the association community's valuable contributions on local, national, and global levels. The award will be presented to APTA, AOTA, and ASHA at an ASAE awards dinner on October 3. As a Gold Award winner, the Stop the Cap program is 1 of 6 campaigns under consideration for ASAE's Summit Award, which will be announced later this summer.

    "This award underscores the importance and power of collaboration and coordination," said APTA CEO Justin Moore, PT, DPT, in an APTA news release. "For 2 decades our associations fought side-by-side for patients' rights to care and to tear down this arbitrary roadblock. And we did it. We stopped the cap. That accomplishment was only possible through teamwork. We appreciate this recognition and look forward to continued advocacy on behalf of the people we serve."

    The most recent ASAE award marks the fourth time APTA has been recognized by the association industry group in the past 2 years: in April, APTA's membership renewal efforts earned the association a Gold Circle award for an outstanding member retention campaign, and in 2017, ASAE recognized APTA's public service announcement video for its #ChoosePT campaign as the winner for best video of the year, as well as the entire #ChoosePT campaign as one of the nation's top public awareness campaigns.

    Comments

    • It still amazes me that the APTA exec's believe they "stopped the cap." In reality, they sealed it in concrete to continue with limitations to beneficiaries and providers that will be difficult if not impossible to remove in the future. If grand-ma breaks her hip in the spring and requires extensive therapy to recover and then has a CVA later in the year shouldn't she be able to receive all the therapy that is indicated for her recovery? A revamping of the APTA interests needs serious consideration.

      Posted by David McLeary on 6/21/2018 8:57 AM

    • David - not true. The hard cap on therapy services was eliminated. We won't ever have to go back to Congress on an annual basis to plead for a temporary patch or exception to the hard cap - its gone. All that is needed now is to use the KX modifier to denote medical necessity. So Grandma can get therapy for a broken hip and CVA in the same year..

      Posted by Michael on 6/25/2018 5:58 PM

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