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Infinity Rehab Director of Professional Development Named President of Oregon Physical Therapy Association

Derek Fenwick, PT, MBA, GCS was elected as the President of the Oregon Physical Therapy Association (OPTA) after serving as Vice President of the professional association for four years. In this role, Derek will continue to advocate on behalf of physical therapists and physical therapist assistants on a local and national level, grow the organization’s membership base, head strategic planning, leadership development, and succession planning. “I’d like to congratulate Derek on his election as President of the OPTA, says Mike Billings, PT, MS, CEEAA. “Derek brings a unique blend of passion for the physical therapy profession and passion for developing future … Continue reading

Ask Congress to Repeal the Therapy Cap – Support H.R. 775

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Ask Congress to Repeal the Therapy Cap – Support H.R. 775 Protect Patients Access to Outpatient Therapy Services Take Action! Ask Congress to Repeal the Therapy Cap – Support H.R. 775 With the expiration of the therapy cap exceptions process fast approaching on March 31, Representatives Charles Boustany (R-LA), Xavier Becerra (D-CA), Marsha Blackburn (R-TX) and Lois Capps (D-CA) have introduced a bill, which would protect patients and consumers from arbitrary limits on the Medicare outpatient therapy services.H.R. 775, the Medicare Access to Rehabilitation Services Act would permanently repeal the $1,940 cap imposed on physical therapy and speech-language pathology combined and … Continue reading

HHS Announces Timeline for Transition from Fee-for-Service to Value-Based Payment Models

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From the National Association for the Support of Long-term Care: On January 26, Sylvia M. Burwell, Secretary Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced a significant new initiative to transition payments under the traditional, Medicare fee-for-service program to alternative value-based payment models. HHS set a goal of achieving value-based payments through the use of alternative payment models for 30 percent of Medicare fee-for-service payments by the end of 2016, and 50 percent of payments by the end of 2018. In addition, HHS announced a separate goal of linking 85 percent of all Medicare fee-for-service payments to quality or value … Continue reading

Influencing Therapy through Transtheoretical Stages of Change

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We are nearly one month into 2015 and I need you to be honest. Raise your hand if you have already begun to slip on one or more of your New Year resolutions. If you are like most people, your hand is in the air. I know I’m struggling with one or two goals on my list. However, like a good Physical Therapist, I’ve written down my 2015 goals in my planner (yes, I still use a written planner) so they serve as a constant reminder to keep me on track. As a PT, I am confident in my ability … Continue reading

7 Simple Tips to Winterize your Older Adults!

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This post is written by Mindy Oxman Renfro, PT, PhD, DPT, GCS Chair, APTA’s AGPT Balance & Falls SIGLead. The post originally appeared in the Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy/APTA group and is reprinted with her permission. As winter approaches, the risk of falls to you, your families and your patients grows. Please help us to be proactive as a profession to prevent that first fall! Remember, when you treat an injury from a fall to also treat the reason for the fall! Here are seven simple steps that YOU can take today to make a big impact on falls … Continue reading

Infinicast Vol.13 — IMPACT Act and the Changing Landscape of Post-Acute Therapy

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Mike and Derek sit down to discuss some major legislative changes that will have an IMPACT on many aspects of Post-Acute Therapy. Specifically, they go into detail on the IMPACT Act of 2014 which will “Amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for standardized post-acute care assessment data for quality, payment, and discharge planning, and for other purposes.” Here is a summary of the bill: http://www.finance.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/IMPACT%20Summary.pdf Click the play button to view this highly informative Infinicast.