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  • 2013 Slate of Candidates Posted

    The 2013 Slate of Candidates for APTA National Office now is available on the APTA website. It also may be found in the House of Delegates community documents. The Candidate webpage, including candidate statements will be posted on February 8, 2013. Elections for national office will be held at the 2013 House of Delegates on June 24, 2013. Please contact Angela Boyd in APTA's National Governance and Leadership Department for additional information.

    CMS to Host Conference Call on Functional Limitation Reporting Requirements on December 12

    Physical therapists are encouraged to attend a conference call hosted by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on December 12, 1:30 pm ET, that will cover the new functional reporting requirements for outpatient physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech language pathology services, effective January 1, 2013.

    Participants will learn how to report patient functional limitation information on claims using the 42 new nonpayable functional G-codes and 7 new severity/complexity modifiers on claims for physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech language pathology services. These G-codes and modifiers will be required on selected claims for all outpatient therapy services. In addition, the G-codes and severity modifiers used in the functional reporting are required to be documented in the patient's medical record of therapy services. To ensure a smooth transition, CMS sets forth a testing period from January 1, 2013, until July 1, 2013. After July 1, 2013, claims submitted without the appropriate G-codes and modifiers would be returned unpaid.

    The call will include an overview of the new functional reporting requirement, including effective dates, and information on:

    • professionals and providers affected
    • nonpayable G-codes used to report functional limitations
    • modifiers used to report the severity of functional limitations
    • when reporting is required
    • documentation requirements

    A question and answer session also will be held.  

    The speaker for this call is Pamela R. West, PT, DPT, MPH.

    The presentation for the call will be posted at least 1 day in advance of the call on the FFS National Provider Calls webpage. In addition, the link to the slide presentation will be e-mailed to all registrants on the day of the call.

    Registration will close at 12:00 pm ET on the day of the call, or when available space has been filled.

    Call for Comments: Modifications for Joint Commission Ambulatory Care Standards

    Physical therapists practicing in Joint Commission-accredited ambulatory care settings may wish to comment on proposed revisions to the Comprehensive Accreditation Manual for Ambulatory Care. Comments are due December 10. Visit the Commission's website for instructions on providing input. 

    APTA Announces Member Innovators for Innovation Summit 2013

    Eighteen APTA members have been selected to share their innovative practice models with their colleagues during the upcoming Innovation Summit 2013:  Collaborative Care Models. These members were nominated by their chapters or sections because of their involvement in innovative care delivery models. The nominations were reviewed and scored by a panel of APTA member experts. 

    The innovators will receive funding to attend the Summit where they will interact with policy makers, payers, physical therapists and other health professionals as they explore the role of physical therapists in new models of health care delivery and payment. They will share information about their work with both onsite and virtual audiences. 

    The Innovation Summit will be held on March 8, 2013. The Summit program will include panel discussions on the role of physical therapists in accountable care organizations, patient-centered medical homes, bundling initiatives, new private payment models, and employer driven programs. Virtual attendees will attend the programming and interact with panelists and other attendees through an innovative online platform and social media. Registration now is open.

    The selected innovator are: Mark Amundson, PT, DSc, DPT, SCS, Private Practice Section; Michael Billings, PT, MS, CEEAA, Oregon Chapter; Andrea Branas, PT, MPT, MSE, CLT, Women’s Health Section and Oncology Section; Allison Daly, PT, DPT, Louisiana Chapter; Michael Eisenhart , PT, New Jersey Chapter;  Jay Irrgang, PT, PhD, ATC, FAPTA, Orthopaedic Section; Rich Larsen, PT, OCS, Wisconsin Chapter; Mike Lebec, PT, PhD, Acute Care Section; Judy Lindsay, PT, Pediatric Section; Thomas Moriarity, PT, OCS, South Carolina Chapter; Kim Nixon-Cave, PT, PhD, PCS, Pennsylvania Chapter;  Peter Rigby, PT,  Washington Chapter; Jennifer Sidelinker, PT, GCS, Geriatric Section; Mary Stilphen, PT, DPT,  Health Policy and Administration Section; Kristine Terrio, PT, MSHS, New Hampshire Chapter; Darin Trees, PT, DPT, CWS, Texas Chapter; Phil Tygiel, PT, MTC, Arizona Chapter; Chris Wilson, SPT, Ohio Chapter.