Advocacy Update: Payment Cuts, PTA Differential, and Other Issues in the Last Weeks of 2021

As Congress attends to business in the last days before recess for the year, there are several important issues on the table, including a bill to address the fee schedule cuts, and legislation aimed at the PTA differential. Here’s a rundown of where things stand, and what you can do to help urge Congress to act.

Telehealth, Utilization Management, and Claims Challenges: Commercial Payers Update

APTA’s monthly advocacy and regulatory update has expanded to cover commercial payment issues! In this episode: how the commercial insurance industry is altering the course of telehealth for PTs and PTAs, the evolution of utilization management (and APTA’s impact on that evolution), and advice on addressing challenges with payers.

Vestibular Disorders: Fear-Avoidance Beliefs and Perceived Disability

PTJ talks with Pamela Dunlap about fear-avoidance beliefs and how measurement of those beliefs can help clinicians identify people at a greater risk of disability after vestibular disorder. “We had hypothesized that fear-avoidance would be associated with symptom burden, function, quality of life, disability, and psychological distress,” Dunlap says, but until the development of the Vestibular Activities Avoidance Instrument, there was no measure. https://academic.oup.com/ptj/article/101/9/pzab147/6297426

Advancing Inclusion in the Classroom — and Beyond

Have you ever stopped to think about your bias? In ways big and small, we all express bias, but it’s up to us to meet our bias with awareness, empathy, and with inclusivity in mind. In this discussion, we’ll talk about these themes and more with physical therapist and educator Brian Wilkinson, PT, DPT, who is a professor at Pacific University in Hillsboro, Oregon.

The #FightTheCut Virtual Rally: How Did We Do, and What’s Next?

We’ve wrapped up a #FightTheCut virtual rally that brought together PTs, PTAs, and students from across the country to send a clear message to CMS about the flawed 2022 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule it proposed. So where do things stand now? This podcast takes a post-rally look at where we are—and what needs to happen next.