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Recognizing Older Americans Month and Working to Prevent Costly Falls

May is Older Americans Month, a time to honor the contributions of our elders and address their unique needs. At APTQI, we recognize the crucial role that physical therapy services play in ensuring that older Americans can rehabilitate and regain bodily function, manage pain, prevent injury, and improve their mobility, flexibility, and balance. Physical and…

APTQI Members Host Spring Clinic Tours and Advocate for Legislation to Improve Access to Physical Therapy

As we wrap up the Spring portion of our 2024 Practice Tour Program, APTQI is proud to have hosted Members of Congress for local practice tours and facilitated conversations with patients, clinic owners, and seasoned physical therapists. In March and April, lawmakers and their staff toured eight APTQI member clinics across the country, meeting with…

As Falls Experts, Physical and Occupational Therapists Can Prevent Dangerous and Costly Senior Falls

Falls-related injuries and deaths among seniors are increasing: the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) predict that senior falls will rise to 52+ million annually by 2030. This staggering statistic underscores the need for more Medicare beneficiaries to receive a falls assessment from a falls expert: a physical or occupational therapist (PT and OT).…

Ask Your Member of Congress to Help Prevent Harmful Senior Falls

The Stopping Addiction and Falls for the Elderly (SAFE) Act (H.R. 7618), recently introduced by Congresswomen Carol Miller (R-WV) and Melanie Stansbury (D-NM), aims to enhance Medicare by offering coverage for falls prevention done by physical or occupational therapists (PTs and OTs) at annual wellness visits and initial preventive physical exams. Falls are a significant…

APTQI Facilitates Tours with Members of Congress to Help Shape Policy and Empower Patients

APTQI’s 2024 Practice Tour Program for Members of Congress is off to a successful start! These clinic-based tours enable meaningful interactions between lawmakers, congressional staffers, and physical therapy practices nationwide. These tours serve as a platform for education, advocacy, and collaboration, addressing critical legislative issues shaping the future of physical therapy and patient care. The…

APTQI Supports Bipartisan Effort to Stop Medicare Cuts

In February, a bipartisan group of more than thirty Senators sent a letter to Majority Leader Schumer and Minority Leader McConnell urging them to stop the severe Medicare payment cuts to healthcare providers, including physical therapists. On January 1, a 3.37 percent cut to Medicare payments went into effect. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid…

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