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APTA Report: 44% of PTs, 54% of PTAs Say They Lost Income During Pandemic

The physical therapy profession has experienced some significant setbacks during the COVID-19 pandemic — many of them on a personal level. But results of a new nationwide survey conducted by APTA also reveal how PTs and PTAs are using their resilience to adapt to a changed professional landscape.

APTA summarized results of the survey conducted April 24-May 11 in a new report titled “Impact of COVID-19 on the Physical Therapy Profession.” The report is also the first resource to be released using APTA’s new logo and brand, which will be officially adopted in June.

The report, based on a survey results from 6,500 PTs and PTAs across the country, makes it clear that the COVID-19 pandemic has exacted a literal cost on PTs and PTAs, with 44% of PTs and 54% of PTAs reporting decreased income during the health crisis. Furloughs also were disturbingly high, affecting 17% of PTs and 27% of PTAs. Layoffs were less frequent — though no less troubling — with 5% of PTs and 13% of PTAs reporting job loss.

Full article at APTA

CEUs for Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants, and Occupational Therapists

What is occupational therapy? Everything you need to know.

Occupational therapists focus on enabling people to do the things they want and need to do in their everyday lives.

In this article, we explain what occupational therapy is, what occupational therapists do, and what to expect during an appointment with one of these professionals.

We also explain the differences between occupational therapy and physical therapy.

Full article at Medical News Today

CEUs for Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants, and Occupational Therapists

Check With Your TRICARE Contractor About PTA Services and Billing

Technically, it’s true: beginning with date of service on April 16, physical therapist assistants and occupational therapy assistants will be included as authorized providers under TRICARE, the health insurance system used throughout the military — and thus eligible for reimbursement for covered services rendered to TRICARE beneficiaries. The TRICARE website even says as much.

But according to Kara Gainer, APTA’s director of regulatory affairs, before you begin submitting claims for covered services provided by PTAs to TRICARE beneficiaries, you may want to first check with your TRICARE contractor.

“We’re telling providers that, yes, the change has occurred and that PTAs are eligible for reimbursement for services rendered beginning on April 16, 2020. However, contractors may not yet have made the necessary systems changes,” Gainer said. “It’s important that providers find out whether their contractors are ready to process the claims and if any new coding requirements are being applied to this change.”

Full article at APTA

CEUs for Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants, and Occupational Therapists

COVID-19 and WFOT Minimum Education Standards statement

Statement regarding the WFOT Minimum Standards for the Education of Occupational Therapists (revised 2016) related to COVID-19 pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic is having a profound impact on the lives, health and wellbeing of individuals, families and communities worldwide1. Populations are needing to understand, adjust and compensate their daily routines in order to participate in their usual occupations or discover new ones. As a result, the delivery of occupational therapy practice, education and research are needing to adapt to accommodate the required changes to enable engagement, safety and wellbeing.

The COVID-19 pandemic has generated circumstances where the opportunity for direct contact with people has been restricted. Occupational therapy resources have been prioritised and deployed in accordance with local/national needs and service requirements. Education providers are delivering academic content through online learning, researchers adapting methodologies, recruitment and interventions to continue their investigations.

Full article at WFOT

Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants, and Occupational Therapists Online CEUs

Technology effectively detects harsh side effect of breast cancer treatment

Some 20 percent of breast cancer survivors will suffer from lymphedema, a potentially severe side effect of treatment that makes arms swell with lymph. The disease is often overlooked, but commercially available app-based technology now makes early detection easier, allowing for proactive treatment.

The lymphedema monitoring technology originated through research at the Georgia Institute of Technology and was further developed for market by the company LymphaTech, which also emerged from Georgia Tech. Now, a new study has benchmarked the technology, finding that it effectively detects early arm swelling associated with lymphedema in breast cancer patients.

The detection technology is intended to improve not only patients’ physical health but also their peace of mind and finances.

Full article at News Medical

Orthopedic Physical Therapy Continuing Education Courses

‘100 Milestones of Physical Therapy’ Celebrates the Profession’s Proud History

Think there’s nothing special about history of the physical therapy profession? We’ve got 100 reasons you should think again.

Now available: “100 Milestones of Physical Therapy,” a web-based, multimedia journey through the past 99 years of the profession, beginning with APTA’s founding in the wake of World War I through the celebration of the association’s centennial, coming in 2021. The timeline touches on not just the history of the profession and the association, but the ways in which the profession affected the broader U.S. health care system — events such as the enactment of Medicare legislation in 1965, the signing of Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990, the elimination of the hard cap on therapy services under Medicare in 2018, and more.

The layout of the milestones page makes for easy browsing, allowing visitors to dive more deeply into any of the achievements listed, and to select a specific year from a running index. The new resource includes fascinating photos from historical moments, and features audio and video of some of the profession’s greats, including Florence KendallHelen Hislop, and Charles Magistro.

Full article at APTA

CEUs for Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants, and Occupational Therapists

How Early Intervention Changed My Son’s Life

The doorbell rings at our apartment eight times each week, and my son knows it’s time to play with one of his friends. Patricia helps him learn to walk up the stairs. Lauren helps him use both hands to roll Play-Doh. Alaina helps him profess his love for macaroni and cheese.

We have an All-Star team of cheerful and experienced therapists dedicated to helping him navigate the world. It has already changed his life, and it didn’t cost us a penny.

This is Early Intervention, a national program created in 1986 to help children under age 3 who have developmental delays and disabilities. In New York State, where we live, the program serves nearly 70,000 children each year who have conditions like autism, Down syndrome and vision impairment. Some children, like my son, have a mild disability, and others have more serious challenges.

Full article at the New York Times

25 OF THE MOST WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE BEACHES IN THE WORLD

There is a broad range of wheelchair accessible beaches throughout the world, from a variety within the United States to internationally in some of the most popular vacation destinations. Finding a beautiful beach to visit is fairly easy depending on where you’d like to travel, but finding information about the accessibility can be difficult.

Many beaches offer boardwalks, ramps, and assistive equipment to help wheelchair users enjoy the sand and shore. These top 25 beaches are some of the most wheelchair accessible beaches in the world and are perfect for a vacation destination because of their wheelchair accessibility.

There are several amazing beaches along the coasts of the United States, and many of these beaches are wheelchair accessible, offering a destination that everyone can enjoy. The main accessibility features of these beaches include wider paved paths and handicap parking, while some may have accessibility equipment, ramps, and boardwalks.

Full article at Curb Free with Corey Lee

Flex CEUs: Older Course Removal

Due to the age of the material, Flex CEUs will be removing the following courses from our library on 02/27/2020. After this date you will no longer be able to take these courses for CE credit.

Cervical Spine Injury Medical Treatment Guidelines

Hydrotherapy Outcome Measures for People with Arthritis

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Humana Adopts PTA Coding System, Anticipates Payment Differential Beginning in 2022

Commercial health insurance giant Humana has announced that it’s falling in line with rules from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services designed to establish an 85% payment differential for therapy services delivered “in whole or in part” by a PTA or occupational therapy assistant. Consistent with CMS, Humana is requiring use of code modifiers in 2020, with no changes to payment until 2022.

The new system, which establishes a code modifier (“CQ” for PTAs and “CO” for OTAs) began on January 1 for Medicare Part B payments. The new approach was triggered by federal law that mandated the creation of a way to denote the volume of physical therapy and occupational therapy services delivered by PTAs or OTAs, and then create a payment differential for those services. In its announcement, Humana states that its policy will mirror the CMS rule, “as applicable in the Federal Register and relevant CMS guidance.” Like CMS, Humana also is requiring the modifier on all applicable claims submitted for services delivered beginning January 1, 2020.

Full article at APTA