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Providers: Veto could shut down any South Carolina healthcare expansion
The State
South Carolina hospitals and nursing homes now have to ask permission of the state before they can expand or add services. But what if there was no one to ask? That is the question state health officials and healthcare providers were grappling with after the South Carolina House upheld Gov. Nikki Haley's veto of the $1.7 million certificate-of need program.
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Communications audit
SCAPTA
In accordance with our strategic plan and in an attempt to improve SCAPTA communication efforts, member engagement and the sharing of information with SC licensees, SCAPTA leadership is attempting to tailor efforts to your needs. We want to know: How do South Carolina physical therapy licensees want to receive news and information? Tell us by filling out this brief, 5-question survey.
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Call for Proposals for SCAPTA Annual Conference
SCAPTA
SCAPTA is accepting proposals for its Annual Conference to be held March 27-30, 2014, at MUSC in Charleston. We welcome PTs, PTAs and all others with expertise in the topic of their presentation to present a proposal for this conference. Proposals will be accepted through Aug. 1.
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Conference dispatch: The adoption of a new vision
APTA via YouTube
VideoBrief APTA Director Lisa K. Saladin, PT, Ph.D., discusses the 2013 APTA House of Delegates adoption of a new vision for the physical therapy profession.
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Providers: Veto could shut down any South Carolina healthcare expansion
The State
South Carolina hospitals and nursing homes now have to ask permission of the state before they can expand or add services. But what if there was no one to ask? That is the question state health officials and healthcare providers were grappling with after the South Carolina House upheld Gov. Nikki Haley's veto of the $1.7 million certificate-of need program.

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CMS changes July 1 functional limitation reporting instructions for current patients
PT in Motion
In response to concerns raised by APTA, providers, and other stakeholders, CMS has changed its functional limitation reporting instructions for claims submitted for each patient's first visit on or after July 1. As a result of the change, therapy providers who have submitted functional limitation data on Medicare Part B patients prior to July 1 will not need to restart functional limitation reporting on the first date of service on or after July 1.

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FAQ: Medicare beneficiaries may see increased access to physical therapy or some other services
Kaiser Health News with The Washington Post
For years, seniors in Medicare have been told that if they don't improve when getting physical therapy or other skilled care, that care won't be paid for. No progress, no Medicare coverage — unless the problem got worse, in which case the treatment could resume.

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Webinar: HIPAA Omnibus Final Rule Requirements
APTA
Join Adam H. Green, MPH, JD, and Meri L. Shaffer, RN, BA, COS-C, on July 18 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. EDT for "HIPPA Omnibus Final Rule Requirements," a webinar. This session will update participants on the many important changes to the new HIPPA Omnibus Final Rule, of which both covered entities and business associates must comply. Learn more about risks for noncompliance and other important aspects of the HIPAA rule by joining these exceptional experts.
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Medicare's 'improvement standard' for physical therapy has changed
The Washington Post
For years, seniors in Medicare have been told that if they don't improve when getting physical therapy or other skilled care, that care won't be paid for. No progress, no Medicare coverage unless the problem got worse, in which case the treatment could resume. This frustrating Catch-22 spurred a class action lawsuit against Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. In January 2013, a federal judge approved a settlement in which the government agreed that this "improvement standard" is not necessary to receive coverage.
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CMS changes July 1 functional limitation reporting instructions for current patients
PT in Motion
In response to concerns raised by APTA, providers, and other stakeholders, CMS has changed its functional limitation reporting instructions for claims submitted for each patient's first visit on or after July 1. As a result of the change, therapy providers who have submitted functional limitation data on Medicare Part B patients prior to July 1 will not need to restart functional limitation reporting on the first date of service on or after July 1.
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Is a cash-based physical therapy clinic right for you?
PutMeBackTogether.com
Dwindling reimbursement rates and increased business costs have impacted the profitability of many insurance-based physical therapy practices. Looking at the hassles and paperwork associated with insurance and Medicare reimbursements, it's no wonder that the idea of running a cash-based physical therapy clinic sounds very appealing. However, the challenge of changing from a traditional insurance-based business model to one that accepts only cash for payment keeps most physical therapists from taking this approach.
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CMS posts FAQ on Functional Limitation Reporting
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
Reporting functional status via claims for Medicare patients — the Medicare Functional Limitation Reporting program — became mandatory on July 1. CMS has posted an FLR FAQ document on their website.
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Hawaii becomes final state to require regulation of PTAs
PT in Motion
In a move that also provides title protection for PTAs and the doctor of physical therapy degree, Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie signed a bill (SB 1074) requiring the licensure of physical therapist assistants in the state. Passage of SB 1074 signifies another landmark moment for the physical therapy profession in that all 50 states and the District of Columbia now regulate physical therapist assistants.
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