SPECIAL: #STOPTHECAP BEFORE THE END OF THE YEAR

Worried about the Medicare Therapy Cap? Now is the time to act. If permanent fix legislation is not enacted before the end of the year, a hard cap will go into effect. Your patients will be impacted.

This episode recaps what we know about the cap, and tells you how to get involved.

You can find out how to contact your representatives here.

You can send your patients here.

To learn more, check out this.

For a shareable YouTube video to encourage others to contact their representatives, GO HERE.

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TMTalks: AAOMPT: Paul Mintken

Whether you made it to Salt Lake City for the annual AAOMPT conference or not, this interview with Dr. Paul Mintken, Professor in the Physical Therapy Program at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, covers the bases. From the pain science pendulum to professional advocacy this interview offers much to consider.

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TMNews: #19: Nov 6, 2017: Medicare Cap & CMS Updates; Bladder Health Awareness Month

It’s Monday, November 6th. We have good news for you on the home health front, the Medicare cap has a fighting chance at being repealed, New York has title protection for the DPT designation, and it’s the start of bladder health awareness month!

Title Protection:
New York joins 20 other states who have previously protected the title of “DPT”. To find out what title protections your state has (including “PT”) check out this resource through APTA.
These are the states that have protected the “DPT” designation:


Movement on the Medicare Cap

On October 26th the house and senate announced bipartisan agreement on a permanent repeal of the annual Medicare therapy caps. In the current proposal, PT, OT and speech-language pathology services would no longer have a hard cap and the threshold for targeted medical review would be lowered. The next step on the road to repeal is determining how to offset increased costs associated with the elimination of the cap.
Want to advocate for Medicare cap repeal? Download the PTaction app.
For more on the cap listen to our full interview with Justin Elliott on Talus Talks.

Home Health Groupings Model Dropped…for now.

If you’re a home health PT, CMS had some good news for you this week. The Home Health Groupings Model, or HHGM, represented significant cuts in Medicare reimbursement for home health and was removed from their 2018 proposal. The HHGM could have cut home health reimbursement significantly. Over 1300 comments on the proposal led CMS to hold off its implementation. The HHGM may make a reprise down the road, however. While some factors of the proposal may eventually be implemented, others require more study prior to implementation. The change from a 60 day plan of care to a 30 day, for instance, was particularly unpopular.
For previous coverage on the HHGM from Talus Media News, click HERE.

National Bladder Health Awareness Month

Carrie Pagliano weighs in on Bladder Health Awareness Month–how can you make the most out of this month? Check out her full interview here.

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TMTalks: AAOMPT: Elaine Lonnemann, Newly Elected AAOMPT President

In this episode of Taus Media Talks we had the pleasure of sitting down with the newly elected president of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists (AAOMPT), Dr. Elaine Lonnemann. She gives great suggestions for advocacy and leadership roles in the profession as well as hopes for her term as AAOMPT president.

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TMTalks: Bladder Health: Carrie Pagliano, Section on Women’s Health

Did you know November is recognized as Bladder Health Awareness Month? Urinary incontinence isn’t just treated with kegels and doesn’t only affect the female geriatric patient. We talked about it with Vice President of APTA’s Women’s Health Section, Carrie Pagliano.

Listen to find out:
What you can do to help these patients even if you’re not a pelvic PT.
Is it possible to have a tiny bladder?
How should you screen these patients for problems?
Where you can go to find more information or continuing education.

Important links:
Facebook
Twitter: @Womens_PT

Recent Research:
Pelvic floor muscle function and urinary incontinence in the female athlete. The Physician and Sportsmedicine Journal. Nov 2017.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28845723
Urinary incontinence in physically active young women: prevalence and related factors. International Journal of Sports Medicine. Sept 2017.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28950397

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TMTalks: AAOMPT: Joe Donnelly, Distinguished Lecturer

In this episode of Talus Media Talks we had the chance to sit down with Dr. Joe Donnelly, Clinical Professor and Director of Postprofessional Education in the Department of Physical Therapy at Mercer University. We got to talk about mentorship, patient centered care and much more. Buckle up!

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TMNews: #18: Oct 30, 2017: AAOMPT, CA Fires, BPCETF, & CPTA PTA Votes

It’s Monday, October 30th. The American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists wrapped up their annual conference 2 weeks ago, with a new president and honorary fellow. The CA fires have been put out, but a group of Northern California physical therapists found a unique way to help out the first responders. The American Council of Academic Physical Therapy does not support the recommendation for mandatory residency. And last, but not least, we bring you an inside look at the California Physical Therapy Association’s decision to table a vote on PTA apportionment.

Find out more about AAOMPT.

Best Practices in Clinical Education:
Check out our interview with Kathy Mairella–also links to more information.

Find out more about the Education Leadership Conference.

Stay tuned for our interviews with Elaine Lonneman, Paul Mintken, and Joe Donnelly, coming later this week on Talus Media Talks!

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TMNews: #17: Oct 23, 2017: CA Fires, Puerto Rico Updates, & National Student Conclave


It’s Monday, October 23rd. We have an update on Puerto Rico–guest correspondent Jose Canales reports in. The California fires have lost strength, but thousands remain without homes. The US could be at risk for losing a third of rural hospitals in the near future; we tell you why. We also come to you live from Portland, Oregon at National Student conclave, with the election results, and a PT Day of Service recap.

How to help Puerto Rico:
Learn more about Docturas Boricuas
Rehab Therapists Give Back

Check out PT Day of Service stories on Facebook.

Find out more about MoveTogether with this interview with Efosa Guobadia.

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TMTalks: Ascend: Nancy Ham, WebPT’s CEO

Did you attend WebPT’s Ascend Conference last month? Thinking about bettering yourself as a clinician or practice owner? Listen in to hear from CEO of WebPT, Nancy Ham.

Hear all about:
What is the Ascend Event all about
Rehab Therapist’s Give Back
The Payment Reform
Merit-Based Incentive Program
Outcomes and Analytics

Donate to Rehab Therapist’s Give Back here.

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TMNews: #16: Oct 16, 2017: ACA Executive Order, NPTE Changes, & #PTDOS


It’s Monday, Oct 16th. This weekend marked the 2nd annual PT Day of Service, with PTs from all 50 states getting out in their communities to serve. Last week Trump signed an executive order expanding access to new insurance plans outside the ACA. The White House also announced that they would be suspending Cost Sharing Reduction payments. The National Physical Therapy Examination is changing–we bring you the latest. And finally, open enrollment starts Nov 1st. Are you ready?

Important Links: 

PT Day of Service

Effects of Terminating Cost-Sharing Reduction Payments–CBO

Medicare Buy In & Stabilization Act

NPTE Changes:  2018 Content Outline

OPEN ENROLLMENT STARTS NOV 1

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