Updates on the latest state and federal issues and information about how you can be involved in our grassroots efforts

The APTA Michigan Legislative Committee works with the APTA Michigan Lobbyist Firm, Muchmore, Harrington, and Smalley (login required) and the APTA Michigan Board of Directors. This committee is a resource for APTA Michigan members to get answers to specific questions regarding legislation in Michigan. Advocacy and Legislation at a National level is handled by APTA. Contact the APTA Michigan office with your question at contact@aptami.org

If you have questions about any of the legislative issues please contact the APTA Michigan office with your question at contact@aptami.org

If you would like to become more involved in legislative issues please see Action Steps for PT.

The support and participation of all APTA Michigan members is much appreciated as we continue this investment in our future. If you have any suggestions, questions, answers or want to get more involved in any other way, please contact the APTA Michigan office.

Legislative News:
 

APTA Michigan Candidate Endorsements 2020

posted: October 14, 2020

APTA MI MPTA Endorsements for 2020 Election - If you are a constituent – Please thank them.  We encourage everyone to vote!

•Julie Rogers, PT – D - House District 60 – Kalamazoo - APTA Michigan Member!

These Representatives sponsored HB 4108 – PT/PTAs as Mandatory Reporters of Suspected Child Neglect or Abuse:

•Rep Roger Hauck R-99 Mt. Pleasant  Incumbent

•Rep Beth Griffin R-66 Paw Paw  Incumbent

•Rep Jim Ellison D-26 Royal Oak  Incumbent

•Rep Jeff Yaroch  R-33 Richmond  Incumbent

•Rep Sheryl Kennedy D-48 Davison   Incumbent

 

•Rep John Chirkun D-22 Roseville   THANK him for being a Friend of Physical Therapy as he is term limited & cannot run again in 2020

 

PT Compact - APTA Michigan Testimony Before Health Policy Committee October 7

posted: October 08, 2020

On Wednesday, October 7, APTA Legislative Director, Jena Colon, provided testimony in support of SB 22 - Legislation to enact the PT Compact.

To view the written statement CLICK HERE.   

APTA Michigan will continue to advocate for participation in the PT Compact.  

 

Prior Authorization Reform Legislation Passes Out of Senate Committee

posted: September 28, 2020

Senate Bill (SB) 612, which seeks to reform prior authorization practices in Michigan, has passed the Senate Health Policy Committee! This bill is the result of our collaboration with a large provider and consumer advocacy group coalition called Health Can’t Wait. The legislation is but one component of this campaign that also includes consumer education and collection of patient stories.

The bill is sponsored by Senator Curt Vanderwall (Benzie, Crawford, Kalkaska, Lake, Leelanau, Manistee, Mason, Missaukee, Ogemaw, Osceola, Roscommon and Wexford). The most important parts of the bill that impact physical therapy include:

  • Requiring payers to post prior authorization requirements on their public website and be readily available to providers at the point of care
  • Using criteria that are based on peer-reviewed clinical review criteria which must be:
    • Based on peer-reviewed clinical review criteria based on either:
      • Working directly with clinicians who do not have a stake in clinical review decisions/outcomes
      • Working with specialty societies
    • Able to account for individual patient variation
    • Evidenced-based
    • Publicly available
    • Reviewed and updated annually
    • Developed in consultation with actively practicing, non-employee physicians and other health professionals when the criteria apply to that other health profession
  • Requiring payers to “conspicuously” post statistics about denials and appeals, including the top 10 reasons for denial, on their public website

Please be ready to contact your State Senator when APTA Michigan calls upon you to do so!

 

Provider Relief Fund - Update from IRS: Payments are taxable

posted: July 20, 2020

The IRS recently announced that the CARES Act Provider Relief Funds are considered taxable income. The following is from the HHS provider relief FAQs that were just posted yesterday (July 13).

May a health care provider that receives a payment from the Provider Relief Fund exclude this payment from gross income as a qualified disaster relief payment under section 139 of the Internal Revenue Code (Code)? (Added 7/10/2020)

No. A payment to a business, even if the business is a sole proprietorship, does not qualify as a qualified disaster relief payment under section 139. The payment from the Provider Relief Fund is includible in gross income under section 61 of the Code. For more information, visit the Internal Revenue Services' website at https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/frequently-asked-questions-about-taxation-of-provider-relief-payments

Is a tax-exempt health care provider subject to tax on a payment it receives from the Provider Relief Fund? (Added 7/10/2020)

Generally, no. A health care provider that is described in section 501(c) of the Code generally is exempt from federal income taxation under section 501(a). Nonetheless, a payment received by a tax-exempt health care provider from the Provider Relief Fund may be subject to tax under section 511 if the payment reimburses the provider for expenses or lost revenue attributable to an unrelated trade or business as defined in section 513. For more information, visit the Internal Revenue Services' website at https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/frequently-asked-questions-about-taxation-of-provider-relief-payments

Provider relief fund FAQs: https://www.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/provider-relief-fund-general-distribution-faqs.pdf

Please note: HHS continues to update the Provider Relief Fund FAQs. Please review them on a regular basis.

 

PT Licensure Compact

posted: July 17, 2020

Senate Bill 22 Physical Therapy Interstate Licensure Compact (PTLC) will increase consumer access to physical therapy services by reducing regulatory barriers to interstate mobility and cross-state practice. The hearing scheduled in April was postponed due to COVID. The hearing has not been rescheduled but APTA Michigan is hoping for a date in the near future. We are also working to schedule a meeting with LARA to discuss any concerns. CMS has updated its policy to accept compact licenses as valid for reimbursement in the license holders' compact state.

 

Senate Bill 898 - Equal reimbursement for telemedicine services

posted: July 17, 2020

Senate Bill 898 to amend the insurance code (1956 PA 218) requiring that a service provided through telemedicine will provide the same coverage and reimbursement as if the service involved face-to-face contact was introduced by Senator Adam Hollier on April 29, 2020 and was referred to the Health Policy Committee. This bill would also require insurers to continue to provide the same reimbursement for physical therapy provided via telehealth beyond the COVID-19 pandemic.


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