On July 25, 2017, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the Calendar Year 2018 Home Health PPS proposed rule. Within the rule, CMS proposes to modify the home health payment system by implementing a new model, entitled the Home Health Grouping Model (HHGM), which would become effective on January 1, 2019. Given the potential impact of HHGM adoption, APTA and the Home Health Section would like to provide members with detailed information on the proposal being put forth by CMS.
To that end, APTA and the Home Health Section will co-host a webinar via Adobe Connect on Wednesday, August 23rd from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. EST to share information on the provisions included within the Home Health PPS proposed rule, solicit input from members on their concerns regarding CMS’s proposed changes to the home health payment system, and provide information and guidance on how members may engage in the rule-making process.
Participation is free and limited to APTA members on a first-come, first-served basis. The recording of the webinar will be posted following the call.
If you would like to attend the webinar, please RSVP by email prior to August 23rd. Those who have RSVP’d will receive a link from APTA that directs them to the webinar.
The 2017 State Policy and Payment Forum will be held September 16-17 at the Detroit Marriott Renaissance Center in Detroit, Michigan.
This event is designed to increase your involvement in, and knowledge of state legislative issues that have an impact on the practice and payment of physical therapy, and to improve your advocacy efforts at the state level. Programming will focus on physical therapy payment & legislative issues at the state level and will include presentations on state scope of practice issues, payment issues, state legislative advocacy, Medicaid, infringement challenges, effective legislative testifying, state licensure issues, and much more!
You will hear from influential public policy makers and other physical therapy advocates; collaborate with colleagues in developing your chapter or section's advocacy efforts; and network with other professionals from across the country. Chapter presidents, legislative chairs, reimbursement chairs, chapter executives, lobbyists, students, and anyone interested in state-level advocacy should attend!
National Fall Prevention Awareness Day (FPAD) is only a little more than a month away and I hope that most of you have started planning for your local event. If you have not it is not too late and NCOA is hosting a webinar that will have information about what you can do.
Their annual FPAD webinar is on August 10 from 3:00-4:30 p.m. EDT. Details and registration are below.
Falls Prevention Awareness Day 2017: 10 Years Standing Together to Prevent Falls
Register here (free)
Learn about ideas, tools, and new resources to maximize your impact on Falls Prevention Awareness Day and beyond. This year marks the 10th anniversary of Falls Prevention Awareness Day and this year's theme is 10 Years Standing Together to Prevent Falls. Join NCOA's National Falls Prevention Resource Center, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the National Safety Council for this informative webinar.
If you have started planning for your local event, but need additional information/resources visit https://www.ncoa.org/healthy-aging/falls-prevention/falls-prevention-awareness-day/
Thank you, everyone, for your active involvement your promotion/participation in National Fall Prevention Day helps identify individuals at risk and provide them with the resources and guidance they need to improve their balance and decrease their risk for falling.
Prevention should be our first line of defense.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at email@example.com
Mariana Wingood, DPT PT GCS CEEAA
AGPT Balance and Falls SIG Chair
After partnering with the Athletic Business Conference and Expo for it's annual conference in November for the past 15 years, the International Council on Active Aging (ICAA) will be holding it's own conference in October this year. The ICAA Annual Conference is always a great opportunity to interact with individuals and organizations from across the active aging spectrum and focus on real-world application of wellness.
Please note the early-registration discount date is prior to June 5, 2017.
ICAA Conference and Trade Show
Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center,
October 12-14, 2017
For further information: http://icaa.cc/conferenceandevents/overview.htm
The 2017 Celebration of Diversity event is cohosted by APTA's Section on Education and the American Council of Academic Physical Therapy (ACAPT) and will be held in conjunction with the Education Leadership Conference (ELC).
Saturday, October 14, 2017
Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
7:00 pm-11:00 pm
This 2-day course will focus on the Physical Therapist Assistant’s (PTA) use of exercise as an advanced rehabilitation intervention for the aging adult. Several common functional outcome measures will be actively performed by participants or demonstrated by instructors. The physical stress theory regarding proper exercise intensity will be presented. PTA’s will learn how to utilize this concept in exercise programs for aging adults, as indicated by the physical therapy (PT) plan of care (POC), for aerobic conditioning, balance, gait and strength training. A variety of diagnoses commonly treated in aging adults will be reviewed and discussed relative to the application of exercise principles, treatment progression, and precautions. A discussion of barriers and motivation strategies to assist the aging adult in achieving goals will be included. The course will include both lecture and hands-on practical lab activities. Maximum number of participants is 60.
More info and registration is available at http://geriatricspt.org/?5efosu