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It isn't really payment for services — it's a tactic that makes it easy for you to unwittingly agree to join a provider network.

It isn't really payment for services — it's a tactic that makes it easy for you to unwittingly agree to join a provider network.

Did you recently receive what appears to be a check for payment of services from a national proprietary provider network? Be careful: It may not be what you think.

APTA has been made aware that some PTs are receiving what looks like a check but is in fact an agreement to participate in a provider network. The fine print that accompanies the check makes it clear: Endorsing and cashing or depositing this check constitutes acceptance of network participation, and acceptance and agreement of all terms and conditions of the agreement. APTA is sharing this information with you as a reminder of the importance of thoroughly reading all information from a payer or third-party administrator, or TPA.

Before cashing or depositing checks from payers or third-party administrators make sure you are aware of any conditions associated with its processing. If you have office staff that manages checks received by your clinic, it is strongly recommended that you inform them of this practice and the need for you to be alerted to this type of communication from a payer or TPA.

If you have questions or concerns contact advocacy@apta.org. Additionally, if you have been solicited by a network such as the one described above please let us know. For more information regarding managed care contracting, visit the APTA Commercial Insurance webpage.

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