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  • Get 'Insider Intel' On Hot Topics in Medicare, Insurance Exchanges, Reporting, and More

    Functional limitation reporting, post-acute care setting changes, Medicare Part A to Part B rebilling, health insurance exchanges, and the implementation of multiple procedure payment reduction by Medicare Advantage plans will take center stage for APTA's next "Insider Intel" program on October 8.

    The 30-minute call-in program will begin at 2:00 pm, ET. To register for a spot in the session, e-mail advocacy@apta.org with "October 8 Call" in the subject line.

    "Insider Intel" Q&A call-ins dedicated to specific hot topics in policy and payment are held on the second Tuesday of every month, 2:00 pm–3:00 pm, ET, free to APTA members. If you're unable to participate live, recordings of the calls will be available on the APTA website afterwards.

    Physical therapists and physical therapist assistants work in a fast-paced and changing policy and payment environment. APTA's "Insider Intel" gives you the latest critical information you need to know to keep on top of the changes.

    PT Programs Boost Foundation Funds

    A total of 61 teams from physical therapist and physical therapist assistant programs across the country raised nearly $37,000 for the Foundation for Physical Therapy in a fundraiser that tracked swimming, running, and biking activities. Combined, the participants logged more than 336,000 miles for the foundation as part of the event, dubbed "Log 'N Blog."

    The Log 'N Blog event was created by students from the University of Pittsburgh. Winning teams, individual leaders, and more details are available from the foundation.

    Give Your Patients a (Clean) Hand

    If you find yourself being asked to wash your hands by your next patient, don’t take it personally: patients are increasingly becoming more assertive about seeing to it that health care providers have washed their hands before beginning treatment. You might even say the trend is contagious.

    According to a recent story in the Wall Street Journal, studies show that despite broad understanding of the importance of hand-washing, health care providers manage to wash their hands only about half of the time necessary to control infection. Now patients, encouraged by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Association for Professional in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APICE), are taking matters into their own hands, so to speak.

    CDC has created a video for patients, "Hand Hygiene Saves Lives," that urges patients to not be shy about requesting that a health care provider wash his or her hands in the patient's presence. Patients who watched the video became less hesitant to make the request. This month, APICE is launching a public education effort on the importance of hand-washing by health care providers.

    This kind of patient empowerment still may have a long way to go. According to a recent study in Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, nearly one-third of patients reported that their providers failed to wash their hands. Of the patients who saw the lapse, nearly two-thirds stayed silent.

    Hand washing is crucial in all patient care settings, and APTA offers resources on hygiene from the CDC, including guidelines on infection control for all health care professionals.