Recent increases in copays and deductibles have made collection at time of service critical for the financial health of physical therapy practices. To help members in this administrative function, APTA has launched a new resource titled Collection of Copays, Deductibles, and Other Patient Fees: Best Practices for Physical Therapists. Two new podcast recordings and transcripts complement this resource. Collecting Patient Fees: An Overview reviews compliance issues related to copay collection and describes the relevant resources available for members on this topic. The second podcast, Collecting Patient Fees: One Practice's Success Story, is an interview with a director of operations at a physical therapy private practice who describes a fresh approach for successful collection of patient fees.
New evidence-based clinical practice guidelines are available to help physical therapists manage patients with low back pain. Developed by the Orthopaedic Section, the guidelines describe the peer-reviewed literature and make recommendations related to (1) treatment matched to low back pain subgroup responder categories; (2) treatments that have evidence to prevent recurrence of low back pain; and (3) treatments that have evidence to influence the progression from acute to chronic low back pain and disability.
The Orthopaedic Section has an ongoing effort to create evidence-based practice guidelines for orthopedic physical therapy management of patients with musculoskeletal impairments described in the World Health Organization's International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health.
The low back pain guidelines will be considered for review in 2017, or sooner if new evidence becomes available. Any updates to the guidelines in the interim period will be posted on www.orthopt.org.
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