Category: Physical Therapist Assistants

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

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What are the differences between paraplegia and quadriplegia?

Paraplegia and quadriplegia are two types of paralysis that often result from spinal cord injuries.

According to 2013 estimates, nearly 5.4 million people in the United States live with paralysis.

Paraplegia refers to the loss of movement and sensation in both legs and, sometimes, part of the lower abdomen. Quadriplegia affects all four limbs and, in some people, parts of the chest, abdomen, and back.

In this article, we describe both types of paralysis, including their causes and treatment options.

Full article at Medical News Today

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HHS to States: Ease State Laws and Regs Now

The Department of Health and Human Services says that federal waivers can only go so far, and calls on states to quickly act to relax licensure, telehealth, and other requirements that may impede an effective response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is calling on states to take “immediate actions” to relax laws and regulations that HHS thinks could get in the way of effective health care responses to the COVID-19 pandemic. The recommended actions include licensure exemptions and disciplinary moratoriums, waiver of telemedicine practice prohibitions, relaxation of scope-of-practice requirements, and easing of malpractice liability.

In a March 24 letter to U.S. state governors, HHS Secretary Alexander Azar wrote that the requests are being made “to carry outa whole-America response to the COVID-19 pandemic,” adding that “your help is needed to ensure health professionals maximize their scopes of practice and are able to travel across state lines or provide telemedicine to their communities or where they are needed most.”

Full article at APTA

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Asking the Right Questions About Telehealth

As the coronavirus pandemic worsens, PTs and PTAs are looking for answers around what they can and can’t do in terms of telehealth. APTA’s advice: Get the right answers by asking the right questions.

According to Alice Bell, PT, DPT, APTA senior payment specialist, in addition to federal-level changes around digital communications with patients, the telehealth environment is also evolving rapidly at both the private payer and state regulatory levels.

“Right now, there’s a great deal of confusion around the coverage of telehealth when provided by physical therapists,” Bell said. “Some broad policies and federal and state legislation may be interpreted as including physical therapists even though this is not explicitly stated.”

Daniel Markels, APTA state affairs manager, says that miscommunication can make matters worse.

Full article at APTA

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Back anatomy: Bones, nerves, and conditions

The back supports the weight of the body, allowing for flexible movement while protecting vital organs and nerve structures.

This article looks at the anatomy of the back, including bones, muscles, and nerves. It also covers some common conditions and injuries that can affect the back.

Interactive model

Click on the interactive model below to explore the anatomy of the back.

Anatomy

The back comprises the spine and spinal nerves, as well as several different muscle groups. The sections below will cover these elements in more detail.

Full article at Medical News Today

Physical Therapist Assistant Continuing Education Courses

Furnishing and Billing E-Visits: Addressing Your Questions

APTA is receiving many questions about the recent regulatory waivers announced by CMS related to digital communication between providers and patients, particularly regarding e-visits and the use of HCPCS codes G2061-G2063. We’ve compiled this list of the 25 most common questions we’ve received so far.

Please note that e-visits are NOT the same as telehealth or telerehab services. Congress and CMS have not modified Medicare to allow physical therapists to the roster of providers who can be reimbursed for telehealth services. With that said, APTA regulatory and payment staff are working directly with CMS and private payers to seek expansion of coverage of telehealth services to include physical therapy services.

Also important to keep in mind: If you don’t find the answer to your question here, continue to consult trusted sources such as APTA (advocacy@apta.org). Avoid acting on conjecture or recommendations that you don’t know to be reliable.

Full list of Q&A at APTA

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Alert: Suspect ‘Checks’ Are Making the Rounds

Did you recently receive what appears to be a check for payment of services from a national proprietary provider network? Be careful: It may not be what you think.

APTA has been made aware that some PTs are receiving what looks like a check but is in fact an agreement to participate in a provider network. The fine print that accompanies the check makes it clear: Endorsing and cashing or depositing this check constitutes acceptance of network participation, and acceptance and agreement of all terms and conditions of the agreement. APTA is sharing this information with you as a reminder of the importance of thoroughly reading all information from a payer or third-party administrator, or TPA.

Full article at APTA

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Advisory: PTs, Telehealth, and the Coronavirus

As the coronavirus continues to spread globally, members are asking about the possibility of reducing infection risk by conducting PT services through telehealth. There are important factors to consider, particularly related to telehealth services to Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries.

Remember: Physical therapists are not statutorily authorized Medicare providers of telehealth, and physical therapy services delivered via telehealth are not payable under the physician fee schedule. Before you consider furnishing telehealth services to Medicare beneficiaries and collecting out of pocket payment, contact your Medicare Administrative Contractor or CMS regional office to ask for an opinion.

Full article at APTA

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Newly developed mobile app helps reduce pain in osteoarthritis patients

By performing a few simple physical exercises daily, and receiving information about their disease regularly, 500 osteoarthritis patients were able to on average halve their pain in 6 months – and improve their physical function. The participants in the study from Lund University in Sweden used a newly developed mobile app to help them keep track.

“We expected patients to see an improvement, but these results exceeded our expectations. This demonstrates that using digital tools when treating chronic illnesses such as osteoarthritis can work very well”, says researcher and physiotherapist Håkan Nero at Lund University.

The study is published in the scientific journal PLOS ONE, and is somewhat unique in that the researchers followed the patients over a longer time period, in some cases for up to a year.

Full article at News Medical

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What to know about scapular winging

Scapular winging involves one or both shoulder blades sticking out from the back rather than lying flat. It can happen as a result of injury or nerve damage.

The scapula, or shoulder blades, are flat bones that connect the upper arm to the collar bone. When they come out of place, it can cause scapular winging.

Scapular winging is a rare condition that can be painful.

This article will discuss the possible causes of scapular winging, as well as symptoms and treatment methods.

Full article at Medical News Today

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