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Back to Care in Light of the Ongoing COVID-19 Crisis: An Interview with Brittany Rice

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has changed and restricted the delivery of physical and occupational therapy services for many patients in need. We recently spoke with L. Brittany Rice, PT, DPT, the Area Manager for Pivot Physical Therapy in Clayton, NC, about the impact of COVID-19 on her practice and what patients can expect when receiving…

Physical Therapy During the COVID-19 Crisis: A Discussion with Millie Parekh

While the COVID-19 crisis evolves and the virus continues to spread, many individuals still require medically necessary physical and occupational therapy services. Millions of seniors rely on physical therapy services to manage their pain, post-operative care, mobility, and fall risks. Delays in care and the consequences of missing therapy guided treatment can have long-term health…

Returning to Physical Therapy in Light of the Ongoing COVID-19 Crisis

While the COVID-19 crisis evolves and the virus continues to spread, many individuals still require medically necessary healthcare services like physical and occupational therapy. Millions of seniors rely on physical therapy services to manage their pain, post-operative care, mobility, and fall risk, and the consequences of missing therapy care can be severe. We recently spoke…

DOD Establishes TRICARE Low Back Pain and Physical Therapy Demonstration

The Alliance for Physical Therapy Quality and Innovation (APTQI) applauds the Department of Defense (DOD) for approving the creation of a demonstration project to waive cost-sharing for a maximum of three physical therapy visits for TRICARE beneficiaries who suffer from low back pain (LBP). Major provisions of the final rule read: TRICARE beneficiaries must have…

APTQI Joins Stakeholders in Asking for Regulatory Relief to Support Economic Recovery

On June 10, the APTQI and more than a dozen stakeholder groups sent a letter to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alexander Azar urging the Administration to include physical therapy measures on his list of COVID-19 regulatory relief actions that would support economic recovery if made permanent. The HHS is required by a…

APTQI Commends Bipartisan Lawmakers for Urging House Leaders to Block Planned Cuts to Medicare Specialty Providers

On May 29, U.S. Representatives Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) and Susan W. Brooks (R-Ind.) sent a bipartisan letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) urging House leadership to protect patients and medical professionals by taking action to prevent pending Medicare reimbursement cuts for physical therapists, occupational therapists, and speech-language…

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