July 06, 2020

Elections 2020 - Call for Nominations

Click here to submit your name or the name of a peer for nomination

2020 Elections – The following will start their terms of office January 1, 2021:

President – 2-year term

Vice President – 2-year term

Speaker of the Membership – 2-year term

Director for Communications – 2-year term

Director for Payment – 2-year term

Director for Professional Development – 2-year term

Delegate– 2-year term - 2 elected in 2020

PTA Caucus Representation – 2-year term

Nominating Committee Member-at-large – 2-year term

Nominating Committee – Northern District – 2-year term

Nominating Committee – Western District – 2-year term

 

District Offices:

Eastern District Director

Northern District Chair

Western District Chair

Note: Individuals interested in running for an officer or director position may also run for a delegate position.

Nominations Deadline: August 1

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July 01, 2020

The Chart found HERE is a complete, up to date listing of payer policies.

April 30 Update  - Telehealth Services now covered for Medicare Beneficiaries - see additional information in the Chart. https://www.cms.gov/files/document/covid-19-physicians-and-practitioners.pdf

Additional BCBSM Resources:

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June 22, 2020

APTA Michigan will select one individual to participate in the Centennial Scholar Program.  All travel expenses will be covered.  Application deadline:  August 1

Eligibility and Application Requirements

  1. Be a current PT, PTA, or student member of the APTA and APTA Michigan at the time of application and throughout the 2021 Centennial year.
  2. Attend three mandatory in-person events [expenses paid by MPTA] and regularly scheduled virtual meetings. The in-person events are currently scheduled for:
    1. January 16, 2021, New York, NY
    2. April 2021 [exact date TBD] in Alexandria, VA
    3. September 12, 2021 in Washington, D.C.
  3. Commit to developing and completing a capstone project in collaboration with APTA Michigan, which may extend beyond 2021.
  4. Submit a completed application by the application deadline

Click Here to download the application Download file  

More about the Program

The APTA Centennial Scholars Program is designed to build a cadre of future association leaders at both the component and national levels. Demonstrating APTA’s investment in the sustainability of the association as it begins its next 100 years, the program will support our collective quest for a diverse and prepared leadership pool.
How would you describe the program?
The 12-month program will run throughout 2021 with a goal of engaging 100 scholars, including the goal of at least one scholar sponsored by each of APTA’s 71 components. The curriculum will cover association leadership and management topics and be delivered through three face-to-face meetings and regularly scheduled virtual learning experiences. Additionally, scholars will work directly with their sponsoring components or stakeholders to design and complete a capstone project that addresses an existing need as determined by the component. Scholars will also benefit from the guidance of Centennial Scholar mentors who will work directly with the scholars in small groups to support the completion of their projects.
What are the benefits of the program to the participants?
Benefits for Scholars
• Expand awareness of issues and challenges facing APTA and the association community
• Increase leadership skills and recognize arenas in which unique contributions may be applied
• Make an immediate positive impact through their capstone projects
• Network with fellow APTA leaders on a personal and professional level

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June 11, 2020

Message from the APTA Michigan President, Michael Shoemaker, on Social (In)Justice on Behalf of APTA MI and the Board of Directors

As we all continue to reflect on the tragic events in Minneapolis where George Floyd has become yet another example of racism and social injustice. We are reminded of other similar tragic losses: Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Michael Brown, and Freddie Gray. It is all too easy for some of us to feel hopeless, remain silent, and fall into complacency.

George Floyd’s tragic death is not just a law enforcement problem. It is a societal problem. APTA’s vision is to transform society. #BlackLivesMatter is a call to all of us to reflect inwardly and respond to our ethical obligation to fight racism.

If you have not yet done so, please read APTA President Sharon Dunn’s address to the House of Delegates (https://www.apta.org/PresidentLetter/2020/5/31/). She concludes that racism “…is a disease of the heart and mind that has infected not just people but customs, systems, and laws. There is no vaccine. We must be the cure.”

I urge you to accept her charge and find your own way to be a part of the cure. Compassion and caring is one of our professional core values. Listen, learn, and follow the lead of those with lived experience with racism. Address your own unconscious bias as you interact with others in your profession, your place of employment, and your community.

Last year, APTA MI commissioned a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee. Perhaps this is one way you might feel compelled to serve as this Committee develops a roadmap for promoting social justice for APTA MI. Or, perhaps you will seek additional education and training in social determinants of health and how to implement steps in your practice in order to do your part in addressing the ways in which racism and social injustice manifest in our healthcare system. https://learningcenter.apta.org//Student/Catalogue/BrowseCatalogue.aspx?query=social%20determinant The possibilities for you to make an individual difference every day and in every interaction are endless.

The APTA MI strategic plan includes promotion of diversity, equity, and inclusion within the chapter to mirror the communities we serve. The urgency of meeting this objective has never been more important. APTA MI stands with Black, Indigenous, and People of Color and the National Association of Black Physical Therapists and its components. We are a community that condemns racism, discrimination, and violence. We are committed to the pursuit of social justice within healthcare and beyond.

 

 

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May 21, 2020

On May 21, 2020, Governor Whitmer issued Executive Order 2020-97, updating a prior rule on workplace safety. Per the amended order, outpatient health care facilities, including clinics, primary care physician offices, and dental offices, will have to adopt strict protocols to prevent infection. The Executive Order contains a number of requirements for all employers, as well additional requirements for health care operations. Be sure to carefully read Executive Order 2020-97 and implement these requirements in your practice. Additional guidance from the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs will be forthcoming.

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May 19, 2020

On May 14, MPTA and 20 other health care associations sent a letter to Governor Whitmer asking that she rescind EO 2020-17 which mandates the postponement of non-essential health care procedures. The Governor was asked to issue a new Executive Order that would allow health care services to resume in accordance with identified safety protocols.

Click Here to download the letter

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April 24, 2020

http://www.apta.org/PTinMotion/News/2020/04/21/NCCIWin/

Life just got a little easier for PTs dealing with CMS National Correct Coding Initiative edits, known as NCCI edits, that prevented reimbursement for certain activity and evaluation codes when used on the same day unless a modifier was appended to the claim. In response to APTA's efforts to show how the coding changes were impacting care and complicating payment, CMS has backed off on many of the edits that were making reimbursement problematic, likely in large part due to the burden being imposed on providers by the COVID-19 public health emergency.

The Coding Changes
In private practice and institutional settings, PTs are now able to pair the following code combinations without the use of 59 or X modifiers:

97530 with 97116
97161 with 97140
97162 with 97140
97163 with 97140
99281-99285 with 97161-97168
97110 with 97164
97112 with 97164
97113 with 97164
97116 with 97164
97140 with 97164
97150 with 97110
97150 with 97112
97150 with 97116
97150 with 97164

There are additional edit changes as well, and APTA’s National Correct Coding Initiative webpage includes a table of the common edits that remain. Check back regularly as some of these edit changes may be temporary and could be reversed after the COVID-9 public health emergency ends.

Which Payers These NCCI Edit Changes Apply to
Medicare and Medicaid programs follow CMS’ NCCI procedure-to-procedure edits. Additionally, most insurers also follow the NCCI PTP edits. As such, APTA recognizes that providers may receive denials on the commercial side related to these edits if they fail to use the applicable 59 or X modifier. Commercial payers may not realize the files have been updated. APTA encourages providers to use the information in this article and found on the CMS PTP Coding Edits webpage to communicate with commercial payers regarding these edit changes.

 

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April 24, 2020

APTA announced that  the Department of Defense (DoD) released a final rule to add licensed or certified PTAs as TRICARE-authorized providers operating under the same qualifications established by Medicare. Services must be furnished under the supervision of a TRICARE-authorized licensed physical therapist.

This rule says that direct supervision will be required in a private practice setting. General supervision will be required in all settings other than private practice. These guidelines are in line with the Medicare supervision requirements.

The rule is effective on April 16, 2020.

Additional Update April 22:  APTA Advisory: TRICARE Manual Updated to Recognize PTAs as Authorized Providers - April 22, 2020

Don't forget to use the CQ modifier if more than 10% of a service is furnished by a PTA.

TRICARE, the health insurance system used throughout the military, announced that it has officially revised its policy manual to recognize PTAs (and occupational therapy assistants) as authorized providers, outlining the rules and requirements governing assistant qualifications, scope of practice, supervision, and reimbursement.

Now it's up to TRICARE contractors to do the same within approximately 30 days.

As reported earlier, beginning with date of service on April 16, PTAs are recognized as authorized providers under TRICARE and thus eligible for reimbursement for covered services rendered to TRICARE beneficiaries.

Take note: The CQ modifier must be appended to the claim when more than 10% of an outpatient physical therapy service is furnished by the PTA. Check out APTA’s Quick Guide to Using the PTA Modifier.

The presence of the modifier shouldn't impact claims processing. However, if claims are denied, they may need to be resubmitted if the claims are sent to contractors before they fully implement the change.

http://www.apta.org/PTinMotion/News/2020/04/22/TRICAREManualUpdatePTAs/

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December 30, 2019

The Physical Therapy Administrative Rules, which have the weight of law, have been revised and were officially adopted late December 2019. Click here for the new Rules.  Administrative rules are an interpretation and implementation of statute, and are periodically reviewed and revised, even when there has not been a change in statute.

This most recent revision included a variety of clarifications .  Click here for the summary provided by LARA.   One clarification has important implications for supervision of and delegation to an athletic trainer by a physical therapist in a physical therapist practice. The MPTA and the Michigan Athletic Trainers’ Society (MATS) have jointly written an informational memorandum to inform our respective members about this important clarification.

 

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April 24, 2017

The Physical Therapy Section of the Public Health Code has been amended to allow Advanced Practice Registered Nurses to prescribe physical therapy:

 

PUBLIC HEALTH CODE (EXCERPT)
Act 368 of 1978

***** 333.17820.amended THIS AMENDED SECTION IS EFFECTIVE APRIL 9, 2017 *****



333.17820.amended Practice of physical therapy or physical therapist assistant; license or authorization required; engaging in treatment with or without prescription of certain license holders; use of words, titles, or letters.

Sec. 17820.

(1) An individual shall not engage in the practice of physical therapy or practice as a physical therapist assistant unless licensed or otherwise authorized under this part. Except as otherwise provided in this subsection, a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant shall engage in the treatment of a patient if that treatment is prescribed by a health care professional who is an advanced practice registered nurse as that term is defined in section 17201, or who holds a license issued under part 166, 170, 175, or 180, or an equivalent license issued by another state. A physical therapist or a physical therapist assistant may engage in the treatment of a patient without the prescription of a health care professional who is an advanced practice registered nurse as that term is defined in section 17201, or who holds a license issued under part 166, 170, 175, or 180, or an equivalent license issued by another state, under either of the following circumstances:

(a) For 21 days or 10 treatments, whichever first occurs. However, a physical therapist shall determine that the patient's condition requires physical therapy before delegating physical therapy interventions to a physical therapist assistant.

(b) The patient is seeking physical therapy services for the purpose of preventing injury or promoting fitness.

 

 

(2) The following words, titles, or letters or a combination of words, titles, or letters, with or without qualifying words or phrases, are restricted in use only to those persons authorized under this part to use the terms and in a way prescribed in this part: "physical therapy", "physical therapist", "doctor of physiotherapy", "doctor of physical therapy", "physiotherapist", "physiotherapy", "registered physical therapist", "licensed physical therapist", "physical therapy technician", "physical therapist assistant", "physical therapy assistant", "physiotherapist assistant", "physiotherapy assistant", "p.t. assistant", "p.t.", "r.p.t.", "l.p.t.", "c.p.t.", "d.p.t.", "m.p.t.", "p.t.a.", "registered p.t.a.", "licensed p.t.a.", "certified p.t.a.", "c.p.t.a.", "l.p.t.a.", "r.p.t.a.", and "p.t.t.".

Section 17201:

Sec. 17201. (1) As used in this part:

(a) “Advanced practice registered nurse” or “a.p.r.n.” means a registered professional nurse who has been granted

a specialty certification under section 17210 in 1 of the following health profession specialty fields:

(i) Nurse midwifery.

(ii) Nurse practitioner.

(iii) Clinical nurse specialist.

PUBLIC HEALTH CODE (EXCERPT)
Act 368 of 1978

***** 333.17820.amended THIS AMENDED SECTION IS EFFECTIVE APRIL 9, 2017 *****

 


333.17820.amended Practice of physical therapy or physical therapist assistant; license or authorization required; engaging in treatment with or without prescription of certain license holders; use of words, titles, or letters.

 

Sec. 17820.

(1) An individual shall not engage in the practice of physical therapy or practice as a physical therapist assistant unless licensed or otherwise authorized under this part. Except as otherwise provided in this subsection, a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant shall engage in the treatment of a patient if that treatment is prescribed by a health care professional who is an advanced practice registered nurse as that term is defined in section 17201, or who holds a license issued under part 166, 170, 175, or 180, or an equivalent license issued by another state. A physical therapist or a physical therapist assistant may engage in the treatment of a patient without the prescription of a health care professional who is an advanced practice registered nurse as that term is defined in section 17201, or who holds a license issued under part 166, 170, 175, or 180, or an equivalent license issued by another state, under either of the following circumstances:

(a) For 21 days or 10 treatments, whichever first occurs. However, a physical therapist shall determine that the patient's condition requires physical therapy before delegating physical therapy interventions to a physical therapist assistant.

(b) The patient is seeking physical therapy services for the purpose of preventing injury or promoting fitness.

(2) The following words, titles, or letters or a combination of words, titles, or letters, with or without qualifying words or phrases, are restricted in use only to those persons authorized under this part to use the terms and in a way prescribed in this part: "physical therapy", "physical therapist", "doctor of physiotherapy", "doctor of physical therapy", "physiotherapist", "physiotherapy", "registered physical therapist", "licensed physical therapist", "physical therapy technician", "physical therapist assistant", "physical therapy assistant", "physiotherapist assistant", "physiotherapy assistant", "p.t. assistant", "p.t.", "r.p.t.", "l.p.t.", "c.p.t.", "d.p.t.", "m.p.t.", "p.t.a.", "registered p.t.a.", "licensed p.t.a.", "certified p.t.a.", "c.p.t.a.", "l.p.t.a.", "r.p.t.a.", and "p.t.t.".

 

 

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