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Action Needed to Protect Therapy Patients During COVID-19

As the COVID-19 outbreak continues to spread and communities are increasingly practicing social distancing, seniors who rely on physical and occupational therapy services to manage their chronic and acute pain are at risk of losing access to necessary care. Fortunately, Congress can help. By allowing Medicare reimbursement for physical and occupational therapy services provided through…

Physical Therapy is a Proven Solution to Falls Among the Elderly

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 30 million elderly Americans fall every year – a figure representing roughly one-quarter of all seniors. This problem is only expected to worsen as America’s population grows older, underscoring the valuable role physical therapy can play in addressing this epidemic. Physical therapy treatments enable seniors to…

APTQI Welcomes Raintree Systems as First Strategic Partner

We are pleased to welcome Raintree Systems as the organization’s first Strategic Partner. Through its strategic partnership, Raintree will work with APTQI to affect positive legislative and regulatory change to support the future of the physical therapy profession. In its capacity as a Strategic Partner, Raintree professionals will support APTQI advocacy efforts, take part in…

Success! CMS Reverses Coding Changes in Response to Physical Therapist Concerns

In January, we asked for your help in reaching out to the National Correct Coding Initiative (NCCI) Contractor to remove new edits that were made to the NCCI Procedure-to-Procedure (PTP). The edits, if implemented as written, would have harmed patients by restricting a physical therapist’s ability to provide treatment during a patient’s first visit. You…

Danger Ahead: More Medicare Cuts in 2021

In the 2020 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services indicated it intends to impose an estimated 8% payment cut to seniors’ therapy services in 2021. This cut, coupled with a series of payment reductions in recent years, will undermine patient access to the care they need and will…

Physical Therapy Advocates Continue to Speak Out Against Medicare Cuts

When the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a projected 8% cut to physical therapy services starting in 2021, the physical therapy community was quick to speak out by submitting more than 2,300 comment letters to CMS expressing concern with the proposed reimbursement reduction to PT services. And while CMS chose to finalize…

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