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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…

A Conversation with Ashim Bakshi, Partner & Clinical Director of the Hand and Orthopedic Rehab Clinics

As our nation continues to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, physical and occupational therapists are urgently working to ensure patients in need of therapy services are able to continue receiving care. As the physical and occupational therapy community gains a better understanding of the challenges ahead, we spoke with The Hand and Orthopedic Rehab Clinics Partner…

A Discussion with Wright Physical Therapy CEO Bryan Wright About the COVID-19 Crisis

During this unprecedented public health emergency, millions of Medicare patients have lost access to the physical therapy services they rely on to manage their pain, post-operative care, mobility, and risk of falling. The interruption in care caused by this pandemic will undoubtedly cause a myriad of downstream, long-term negative effects for patients, physical therapy practices…

CMS Expands Telehealth Payment to Include Physical & Occupational Therapists

As the COVID-19 crisis unfolded, we asked for your help in urging the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to allow physical and occupational therapists to provide telehealth services to Medicare beneficiaries. And our advocates responded by submitting more than 1,400 comment letters to CMS! Yesterday, CMS announced it is dramatically extending provider reimbursement…

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