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PTs and PTAs are critical members of the health care teams in hospital settings.

From acute care to rehabilitation, physical therapists and physical therapist assistants are part of the collaborative care team in various hospital settings.

Physical therapists are increasingly part of emergency departments.

The APTA Academy of Acute Care Physical Therapy is dedicated to those who share a common interest in acute care.

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Additional Hospital Settings and Physical Therapy Content

Final FY '24 SNF and IRF Rules Keep Payment Bump; Offer Few Surprises

Aug 16, 2023 / Review

Each facility type will see a 4% payment increase, with CMS holding off on implementing several potentially problematic provisions.

Study: More Postop Mobilization Tied to Fewer Complications During Recovery

Jun 21, 2023 / Review

Authors analyzed accelerometer data to objectively measure patient movement for 48 hours after elective surgery.

CMS Listens to APTA, Reverses Course, OKs Hospital Use of Telehealth Post-PHE

May 15, 2023 / News

APTA and other organizations continue to push for clarification in a range of other facility settings.

For Facilities, What About Telehealth Post-PHE? APTA Presses CMS for Answers

May 9, 2023 / News

With the end of the health emergency looming, APTA, AOTA, and ASHA are urging CMS to eliminate a gap in its extension of telehealth waivers.

More Rehab in Acute Care Leads to Reduced Readmission Rates Post-Hip Fracture

Apr 25, 2023 / Review

Authors of a study published in PTJ also found significant variation in therapy time among acute care facilities.

Final 2023 Outpatient Payment Rule Is Good News for Rural Emergency Hospitals

Nov 18, 2022 / Review

This rule doesn't directly affect physical therapy payment, but it covers other services that could impact PT practice.

Proposed Rule: New 'Rural Emergency Hospital' Designation Includes Rehab

Jul 20, 2022 / Review

CMS has laid out some of the particulars of a new facility category aimed at helping rural hospitals survive.

Proposed FY '23 IRF Rule: 2% Increase, Cap on Wage Index Cut, Calls for Input

Apr 5, 2022 / Review

Similar to the 2022 rule, CMS keeps changes minimal in response to pandemic-related disruptions.

Transitioning Pediatric Patients to Adult Services

Apr 1, 2022 / Article

Preparing a pediatric patient who will need ongoing physical therapy into adulthood may require years of planning.

Final '22 Hospital Outpatient and ASC Rule Ups the Ante on Price Transparency

Nov 9, 2021 / Review

CMS establishes penalties for noncompliance in the rule, which also includes a 2.0% pay increase.