Legislation

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A recently published study finds that neuromuscular patients who received physical therapy treatment immediately at an urgent care center underwent fewer tests and procedures, and therefore had significantly lower healthcare costs, compared to patients who were referred to physical therapists for a separate visit.
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A recent news release from the APTA highlights the reintroduction of legislation in the US Senate and House of Representatives recognizing the ability of PTs to make return-to-play decisions for youth sports participants.
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Michigan Governor Rick Snyder signed legislation on July 1 that grants direct access to physical therapy to the state’s residents, which makes it the final state in the nation to allow patients direct access.
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The House of Representatives has passed the TBI Reauthorization Act (HR 1098), which is an act that will provide funding for research and programs for traumatic brain injury (TBI).
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Legislation sponsored by Senator John Moolenaar to allow direct consumer access to physical therapy services in Michigan was unanimously approved on Tuesday by the Michigan Senate.
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The Oklahoma House of Representatives recently passed legislation that allows physical therapists to treat ailments without prior referral from a physician or other medical professional.
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The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) will present the annual Federal Advocacy Forum in Washington, DC, April 6 to 8.
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Senator John Moolenaar has sponsored Senate Bill 690, which would allow direct consumer access to physical therapy services in the state of Michigan.
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The federal budget compromise passed by Congress includes a temporary “fix” that will prevent implementation of Medicare payment cuts associated with the sustainable growth rate (SGR).
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A new law passed in April of 2013 in the state of Tennessee is designed to reduce concussions in youth sports as well as increase awareness of traumatic brain injury.
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New legislative policies at the state and federal level, as well as their potential impact on physical therapy, will be the focus of a January webinar presented by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Learning Center.
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The Protecting Student Athletes From Concussions Act (HR 3532), which aims to establish guidelines to prevent and manage concussions for youth athletes, has been reintroduced in Congress.
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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued final rules on the physician fee schedule for 2014, including the therapy cap amount on outpatient services.
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The federal Prevent Interruptions in Physical Therapy Act of 2013 (HR 3426) would allow physical therapists to bring in other licensed physical therapists during absences to continue care and avoid gaps in costs to practice.
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The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) is launching a new grassroots campaign that will allow physical therapists and others to combine their social media reach to end the hard cap in Medicare outpatient physical therapy services.
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The California Physical Therapy Association (CPTA) reports that on October 7, 2013, California Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 1000 into law, which enables California residents to directly access physical therapy services.
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The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) has new online resources available for members to understand federal self-referral efforts.
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The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) reports that practitioners have until September 23 to comply with provisions of a final rule that modified the security, privacy, and enforcement regulations established under HIPAA.
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The Promoting Integrity in Medicare Act, a new federal bill introduced by Rep. Jackie Speier will remove physical therapy and other health care services from the in-office ancillary services (IOAS) exception from the federal Stark laws.
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The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) reports that registration is now open for the 2013 APTA State Policy & Payment Forum.