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This Week in Physical Therapy

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This Week in Physical Therapy

December 20, 2016







We're pleased to present the latest edition of This Week in Physical Therapy.

KPTA Office Holiday Schedule


The KPTA office will be closed December 23-January 2.


Registration Open: Therapy Alliance Legislative Day



Make your voice heard at the 2017 Therapy Alliance Legislative Day! This event will be held at 9:30am (EST) on February 8th in the Capitol Rotunda in Frankfort. Following a brief opening ceremony, members will disburse to meet with their state legislators. Talking points this year will center on the State Compact for Physical Therapy legislation and #ChoosePT and our efforts to combat the opioid epidemic in Kentucky. If you need information on how to contact your state legislator, visit the APTA Legislative Action Center or contact Click here for additional resources and to register. Please bring a photo ID to enter the Capitol.

21st Century Care Act Includes Locum Tenens Language


On December 13, President Obama signed the 21st Century Care Act into law. This new legislation not only sets in motion a series of broad changes that could step up cancer research and improve responses to the opioid crisis, it also provides PTs with the ability to provide care continuity for patients in the PT's absence through a provision known as "locum tenens." For more details, read this PT in Motion News story.


Patient Education Tool


KPTA has developed a simple tool to help patients file complaints with the Kentucky Department of Insurance. These complaints should be filed for denials of physical therapy coverage and/or adverse benefit determinations (for example, if the patient has 20 covered visits in their benefit plan but the insurance company or utilization review company will only authorize 6). This easy to complete form will help your patients become advocates for their health. The form is available for download from the Payment Policy News section of our website.


Member Value Program – Benefits That Members Can Use this Holiday Season


As the holiday shopping season continues, visit the APTA Online Mall. Members can earn up to 20% cash back on online purchases from hundreds of retailers, including Target, Kohl’s, Nordstrom, and Zappos. Learn more about the online mall and other member value programs.


State Compact for Physical Therapy Webinar Recording


A recorded webinar is available giving viewers an overview of the State Compact for Physical Therapy. Watch here. The purpose of the compact is to increase consumer access to physical therapy services by reducing regulatory barriers to interstate mobility and cross –state practice. Currently, Arizona, Missouri, Oregon and Tennessee have passed compact legislation. Learn more about the compact and its effect on consumers and therapists by watching this important webinar. Scott D. Majors, Executive Director of the KBPT, and Louis Kelly, KBPT Legal Counsel, will be presenting.


Free CEUs: Webinars for KPTA Members

  • Developing Exercise Programs for Individuals with Chronic Heart Disease

A brief overview of the pathophysiology of chronic heart failure will be presented as well as the different types, classification schemes and current medical management strategies. The focus of this presentation will be on the evidence-based exercise guidelines for endurance, resistance, and ventilatory muscle training of individuals with heart failure. At the end of this session participants will be able to develop an appropriate exercise prescription for an individual with chronic heart failure. 2 CEUs. Register here.

  • New Payment System – On Demand

This course is designed to introduce physical therapists to the new evaluation and reevaluation codes, and teach therapists how to select the appropriate evaluation code based on patient presentation. The new evaluation codes are split into 3 levels: low complexity evaluation, moderate complexity evaluation, and high complexity evaluation. Physical therapists will need to select the appropriate evaluation level based on 4 components: patient history, examination, patient presentation, and complexity of clinical decision making. This course includes patient scenarios specific to a variety of physical therapist practice settings, including cardiovascular and pulmonary, geriatrics, neurology, orthopedics, pediatrics, and private practice. Register here.


Kentucky Physical Therapy Association
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Verona, KY 41092

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