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Recognizing National Safety Month

June is National Safety Month, and we are proud of the pivotal role physical therapy plays in improving older Americans’ safety by reducing their risk of falls. Falls are the number one cause of injury for older Americans, and physical therapy can help restore their confidence and stability. Unfortunately, falls among older Americans are all…

Lawmakers Urge HHS to Protect Rural Therapy Providers from Harmful Cuts

Recognizing the importance of maintaining patient access to therapy services in rural and underserved communities, a bipartisan group of lawmakers recently sent a letter to Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra urging the agency to exempt rural areas from pending Medicare cuts to services provided by physical and occupational therapy assistants.…

Urge Congress to Stop Planned Medicare Cuts for 2022

As we continue to face the financial pressures caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, specialty providers—including physical, occupational, and speech therapists—have additional, potentially devastating Medicare cuts ahead of them. In December 2020, lawmakers passed bipartisan legislation to ease large funding cuts to specialty providers scheduled to go into effect in 2021, which they reduced from -9%…

Comparing Physical & Occupational Therapy

April is Occupational Therapy Month, a perfect opportunity to recognize the thousands of skilled occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants across the country who help patients rehabilitate through the performance of activities required in daily life. While occupational therapy and physical therapy are both types of rehabilitative care, and both aim to improve overall functioning…

Physical Therapy for COVID ‘Long Haulers’

More than a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, we continue to learn more about the novel coronavirus and the variety of symptoms that individuals may experience when infected. While many recover from COVID-19 within a few weeks, some individuals – now referred to as ‘long haulers’ – continue to experience symptoms even after initial recovery.…

Critical Legislation to Expand Physical Therapy Access Introduced

As the nation works to address the growing gaps, delays, and changes in healthcare created by the COVID-19 pandemic, Representatives Gus Bilirakis (R-FL) and Paul Tonko (D-NY) are taking bipartisan action to ensure and expand access to physical therapy. On March 10, the Congressmen introduced the Prevent Interruptions in Physical Therapy Act (H.R. 1611), which…

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