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PTs in the Community

The mission of "PT in the Community" is to impact the lives of locals living in the community that we visit for National PT Conferences, with an emphasis in school-aged children and the homeless population. 

The idea of “PT in the Community” came about in New Orleans, 2018, during CSM. A few of PT's decided to leave the conference center, the area of town all together, and went to a local school fundraiser. They spent time in the community, broke bread with them, danced with them, and donated to their cause. They then realized something that most of us probably already knew, but thought little about. And that is that thousands of us, upwards of 17 thousand, descend upon a city for a few days, but do little for the folks that actually live there. Yes, there have been a couple events geared towards donating money to a local cause, but nothing that facilitated real face-to-face interactions.

2019 was different. A spark was hit and a flame of passion was lit. A handful of PT's decided to pitch in and get supplies to distribute to the homeless of DC. Grabbing others along the way, they put together care packages containing soap, toilet paper, socks, gloves, protein bars, peanuts, sanitary wipes, bananas, oranges, and bottled water. A total of 36 bags were made and distributed, while also getting to learn a little from those that would share.

For CSM 2020, the plan is to do it again! This time an initiative that is two-fold. Educating school-aged children and helping the homeless population.

Educating Kids on Health & Movement
In collaboration with the Colorado Chapter of APTA and the Denver Public Schools, educational assemblies will be held at multiple school locations the afternoon of WEDNESDAY (February 12th) of CSM. The educational material will consist of information on healthier living, the importance of movement & safe physical activity, as well as break out sessions to “MOVE.” We will also be educating on the Physical Therapy profession!

Helping the Homeless
In collaboration with Father Woody's Haven of Hope (a Denver Homeless Shelter), we will be helping to put together care packages and also helping with other hands-on opportunities, such as serving meals!

As you could image, both parts of this initiative will require volunteered time and donated funds to pull it off. We are offering opportunities to present at the school assemblies and serve the undeserved. Donated funds will be used to purchase equipment (such as exercise bands and balance pads) for the schools and items for the homeless care packages. Whether you plan to be in Denver or not, we hope for your support!

Click Here to Donate Your Time!

Click Here to Donate Financially!


APTA Home Health Joins Other Components In Surveying PTs, PTAs For PDGM, PDPM

Over the past several months, some significant changes have occurred in payment methodology for skilled nursing facilities (PDPM) and home health agencies (PDGM). The changes may have led to shifts in practice patterns that may be impacting the patients we serve and you as an individual in the workforce. Three components of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) have joined together to create a survey we hope will provide some important insight and guidance. Those components are APTA Geriatrics, the Home Health Section, and the Health Policy & Administration Section (HPA the Catalyst).

Take the survey here

Your responses are very important and will inform future legislative and regulatory priorities as well as the development of tools and resources to help busy therapists and therapist assistants. The survey is expected to take no more than 10 minutes. Participation is voluntary and all responses are completely anonymous. You are free to share the link with others in the industry (including non-APTA members and those from other disciplines). Please know that the survey link is the same regardless of which section communication leads you to it. You should complete it only once.

Thank you in advance!

Greg Hartley, President APTA Geriatrics
Dee Kornetti, President Home Health Section
Matthew Mesibov, President HPA the Catalyst


APTA Magazine Features Home Health Physical Therapist In Story Titled 'Good To Be Home'

The February edition of PT In Motion magazine features author Chris Hayhurst's article on changes in practice in the home health setting with the admonition "not to believe all the doom and gloom you've been hearing about PDGM," the acronym for the Patient-Driven Groupings Model, the new Medicare payment system for home health providers.

As Hayhurst writes, "This segment of the health care industry is growing faster than any other in the United States. According to the latest analysis by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) as reported in a February 20, 2019 article in Health Affairs, total spending on home care services nationwide is expected to reach nearly $186.8 billion by 2027, up from $108.8 billion in 2019. By 2021, CMS predicts, the annual growth rate for expenditures in the sector is likely to exceed 7% per year — the highest rate of expansion among the categories the agency tracks.

The article quotes top Home Health Section leaders, including President Diana "Dee' Kornetti, Vice President Matt Janes and Treasurer Philip Goldsmith, who provides Hayhurst's anecdotal lead paragraphs.

At the American Physical Therapy Association's National Student Conclave on a Friday morning early last November, Philip Goldsmith, PT, MSPT, EMT, DScPT, took a few minutes to prepare for the day ahead. He was there to represent APTA's Home Health Section, he explained, and over the course of the next 36 hours he'd share his experiences as a home health physical therapist (PT) with anyone who asked. He'd focused on this niche of the profession for the majority of his 20-year career and recently had taken a new position with Southeastern Home Health Services in Pennsylvania.

The students, if they were like those he'd met before, would have questions about potential opportunities in home health, but they'd also want to know about the practice setting's particular challenges. He'd be ready, Goldsmith told them, with an honest assessment of the home health career path and a pitch he hoped would persuade them to join the section and give it a try.

Read the full story here (you must be signed in as an APTA member to view).




CMS Quarterly OASIS Q&As

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released their Q&As for January 2020. Members, please login and click the link below to view. Also released was a clarification Q&A that supersedes the October 2019 CMS Quarterly Q&A #6. Members, click here to view.

Click Here to view January 2020 Q&As



HHS Comments to CMS re: Patients Over Paperwork

Posted: January 21, 2020

In collaboration with APTA and our Government Affairs Committee (GAC), the Home Health Section generated and submitted the letter below to the CMS. It is in response to their request for additional input and recommendations regarding elimination of specific Medicare regulations that require more stringent supervision than existing state scope of practice laws, or that limit health professionals from practicing at the top of their license. 

Members: please click the link to login and view the comments.

Click here to View Comments!

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