Regulatory and Advocacy Update, April 2022

Find it hard to keep up with what’s happening on Capitol Hill, in Medicare, and other regulatory arenas? You’re not alone. Now you can get up-to-speed, fast: APTA offers a podcast-based roundup of what’s going on, and what our panel of staff experts says needs to be on your radar. We cover multiple topics from the perspective of what’s happened, what’s hot right now, and what to keep an eye on in the future.

This episode: telehealth legislation, information blocking, and more.

The Referring Provider Owns the Results—Referral for Imaging by Physical Therapists

In this conversation with Editor-in-Chief Alan Jette, Dr. Keil notes that the evidence supporting direct access is now clear and that data indicate that physical therapists refer for imaging less often and use it more appropriately than other first-contact providers.
https://academic.oup.com/ptj/pages/podcasts#36e2ce14316c8af4f11a

START-Play and Motor and Cognitive Outcomes in Infants With Neuromotor Disorders: Author Interview with Dr. Regina Harbourne

Editor-in-Chief Alan Jette gets at the practical—and ethical—realities involved in studying children. Dr. Harbourne shares insights from her decades of research with children, on such topics as parents’ insistence on usual care. What is the take-home message for early interventionists? It might surprise you.

https://academic.oup.com/ptj/article/101/2/pzaa232/6056331

Cost-Effectiveness and Clinical Outcomes of Direct Access to Physical Therapy

Interview with Dr. Sandra Hon on her study—which found that direct access to physical therapy is more cost-effective than physician-first access in the United States, with greater functional improvement–in the context of current and especially pandemic-related economic realities. https://academic.oup.com/ptj/article-abstract/101/1/pzaa201/5999910?redirectedFrom=fulltext