TMNews #23: Jan. 29, 2018: Justin Elliot on the Medicare Cap, CHIP Renewal, Rising Rate of MSK Conditions, SD Dry Needling, & Larry Nassar

Its Monday, January 29th. The government has re-opened, bringing with it the renewal of the Children’s Health Insurance Program, or CHIP. Let’s check out some headlines from the PT world. An advance copy of a study from the US Bone and Joint Initiative shows that musculoskeletal conditions are on the rise in the US. South Dakota moved one step closer to green-lighting dry needling.  Also, an op-ed in the Huffington Post explains that pelvic health physical therapy is nothing like the monstrous abuses of the now-sentenced Larry Nassar. Last, we sit down with Justin Elliott, APTA VP of government affairs to talk the Medicare Cap–politics, partisanship, and process have delayed the permanent fix, but we’re on a hard push for the February 8th deadline.

We still need your voice on the Therapy Cap!

We discussed the Therapy Cap with APTA VP of Government Affairs Justin Elliot – Check out the full episode and show note here.

CHIP Reauthorized for 6 Years with Government Funding Bill

The Children’s Health Insurance Program, or CHIP, was funded for a total of 6 years under the spending bill that re-opened the government. This program provides health coverage for underprivileged children, including physical therapy. This comes as a relief for many families that rely on the coverage this program provides, as some states were weeks away from running out of funding all together.

Preliminary Report from USBJI shows Musculoskeletal Conditions on the Rise

An early report from the US Bone and Joint Institute on Musculoskeletal Disease shows that over half of Americans report a chronic musculoskeletal condition, a number outpacing other prevalent chronic disease such as hypertension.

South Dakota Legislature moves Dry Needling Bill Forward

A bill that would allow physical therapists in South Dakota to utilize dry needling to treat their patients passed the House this week, and has moved into the Senate. If signed into law, a rules-making process will dictate hours of training needed to allow PTs in the Rushmore state to utilize this therapy. We’ll keep you updated as the bill advances through the legislature.

Check out our previous coverage of Illinois’ dry needling legislation here.

Vice President of the Section on Women’s Health defends Pelvic Floor Therapy in wake of Larry Nassar sentencing

Lori Mize, VP of the Women’s Health Section, wrote an Op-ed in the Huffington Post this week defending the therapeutic benefits of pelvic physical therapy for women when utilized properly and administered by a professional.

You can read Lori Mize’s Op-Ed in the Huffington Post here.