AGPT Events

August 2019
 August 15, 2019 @ 8:00 AM to September 27, 2019 @ 10:00 PM

  • CMS 2020 Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule: The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued its proposed rule on the physician fee schedule and Quality Payment Program (QPP) for 2020. It outlines rules for applying modifiers when a PTA furnishes outpatient therapy services at least in part; sets reimbursement values for the new trigger point injection dry needling codes; and seeks feedback on opportunities to expand the concept of bundling to recognize efficiencies among services paid under the fee schedule. CMS also proposes revisions to QPP's MIPS program, including changes to the PT/OT measure set for 2020 and a new, simpler MIPS Value Pathways (MVPs) option starting in 2021 that would align activities across the 4 MIPS categories by specialties or conditions. APTA will provide comments, and individuals may submit comments independently using an APTA template letter developed specifically for the proposed rule (link below).

    Deadline for Comments: Friday, September 27, 2019
    Review proposed rule (.pdf)
    Review fact sheet
    Review press release
    Take Action: Submit comments | PTA Modifier Policy Template Letter for Clinicians (.docx) | Template letter for patients coming soon!


September 2019
 September 21, 2019 @ 7:30 AM to September 22, 2019 @ 4:30 PM

The Advanced CEEAA course will provide clinicians the opportunity to further develop clinical reasoning skills related to aging adults with various levels of complexity and across the continuum of care.

The purpose of the Advanced Credential as an Exercise Expert for Aging Adults course is to develop advanced clinical decision making skills by integrating and analyzing data collected during the physical therapy examination; the history (including consideration of Social Determinants of Health (SDOH), Review of Systems, Systems Review, and Tests and Measures). The movement system will be used to problem solve and critically think about movement in areas of musculoskeletal, cardiopulmonary, neuromuscular, and integumentary practices. This data is analyzed in order to synthesize the findings into an evaluation that includes the diagnosis, prognosis, interventions, goals, and outcomes.

Participants must have completed the entire CEEAA course series (all 3 courses) prior to attending the advanced course. The designation of Advanced Credential will ONLY be granted to participants that have successfully completed the CEEAA (pre/post tests and practical) and Advanced (pre/post tests) course requirements.

Certificates of Completion will be granted to all attendees. Participants will engage in evaluation of tests and measures, rationalize appropriate use of tests and measures, and develop a patient specific exercise prescription for presentation that discusses the appropriate tests and measures across a variety of rehabilitation settings.

Registration and full details available at



October 2019
 October 1, 2019 @ 6:00 AM to 11:30 PM

On October 1, the new Patient Driven Payment Model (PDPM) is replacing the Resource Utilization Group, Version IV (RUG-IV) for the Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Prospective Payment System (PPS). PDPM improves the accuracy and appropriateness of payments by classifying patients into payment groups based on specific, data-driven patient characteristics, while simultaneously reducing administrative burden.

Changes to the Assessment:

Both RUG-IV and PDPM use the Minimum Data Set (MDS) 3.0 as the basis for patient assessment and classification, but the assessment schedule under PDPM is more streamlined and less burdensome on providers. See the presentation (starting on slide 52) to find out how your assessments will change.

Billing for Services:

Use the Health Insurance Prospective Payment System (HIPPS) code generated from assessments with an assessment reference date on or after October 1, 2019, to bill under the PDPM.

Changes to Payment:

Under the PDPM, clinically relevant factors and patient characteristics are used to assign patients into case-mix groups across the payment components to derive payment. Additionally, the PDPM adjusts per diem payments to reflect varying costs throughout the stay.

CMS has resources to help you prepare:



 October 5, 2019 @ 7:30 AM to October 6, 2019 @ 4:30 PM

 October 31, 2019 @ 8:00 AM to November 2, 2019 @ 5:00 PM

Albuquerque, NM



November 2019
 November 2, 2019 @ 7:30 AM to November 3, 2019 @ 4:30 PM

February 2020
 February 12, 2020 @ 6:00 AM to February 15, 2020 @ 5:00 PM


April 2020
 April 25, 2020 @ 7:30 AM to April 26, 2020 @ 4:30 PM

May 2020
 May 30, 2020 @ 7:30 AM to May 31, 2020 @ 4:30 PM

June 2020
 June 3, 2020 @ 7:00 AM to June 6, 2020 @ 6:00 PM

Phoenix, AZ


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