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  • Clinical Education Webinar Series Continues With Focus on Partnerships

    A sweeping multiorganizational effort to create a shared vision for physical therapist clinical education continues to advance, and now needs stakeholders to participate in webinars focused on partnerships.

    The webinars are the latest in a series of open forums that allow participants to engage in discussions around position papers that were published in a special issue of the Journal of Physical Therapy Education (JOPTE). The next 2 webinars will focus on the papers by McCallum, et al, and Applebaum, et al. The first will be held on Wednesday, July 23, 8:00 pm–9:15 pm ET, and the second is scheduled for Tuesday, July 29, 4:00 pm–5:15 pm ET. Webinar facilitators will be Peggy Gleeson, PT, PhD, Scott Euype, PT, DPT, MHS, OCS, and Stephanie Piper Kelly, PT, PhD.

    Instructions for joining the webinars can be found here. Participants are strongly urged to read the position papers before the online sessions.

    Discussions from the webinars will inform the creation of a shared vision at the Clinical Education Summit planned for October 12–13 in Kansas City, Missouri, where participants will use the positions from the JOPTE papers as they have been shaped through discussions to reach agreement on best practices. The effort is being led by the American Council of Academic Physical Therapy (ACAPT), APTA, the Education Section of APTA, and the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBT).

    Proposed CMS Rule Would Reduce Prosthetics, Orthotics, Other DME Reimbursement; APTA Posts Summary

    A Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) proposed rule (.pdf) could reduce reimbursement for durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics, and supplies (DMEPOS) by more than $7 billion from 2016 through 2020, largely through applying payment rates from the DMEPOS competitive bidding program in noncompetitive bidding areas. APTA has published a detailed "highlights" summary of the rule on the DMEPOS webpage, part of a suite of APTA resources on Medicare payment.

    Additional proposed policies that would impact physical therapists (PTs) include:

    • In 12 competitive bidding areas (CBAs), CMS would provide payment on a continuous monthly rental basis for certain items (including standard manual wheelchairs, standard power wheelchairs, and hospital beds). This payment would cover the item and ongoing maintenance and servicing, as well as replacement of supplies.
    • Where payment is made in a competitive bidding program (CBP) on a capped rental basis, CMS would require contract suppliers for power wheelchairs to retain responsibility for all necessary repairs, maintenance, and servicing of any power wheelchairs they furnish under the CBP.
    • CMS would identify PTs as “individuals with specialized training” to provide custom-fitted orthotics.

    The public will have until September 2, 2014, to submit comments on the rule, and APTA will submit comments on behalf of its members.