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Letter of Aloha from APTA Hawaii's New President Nick Bronowski

Aloha, For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Nick Bronowski and I am the new president of APTA Hawaii. I am a practicing physical therapist, outpatient orthopedic clinic director, board certified orthopedic clinical specialist, teacher, and – most importantly – the backup to my amazing wife April, who some of you…

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Gregg Pacilio’s Six-Year Legacy Sets Stage for New President

Vision. Service. Kindness. Enthusiasm. Passion for the profession. When asked what they remembered and appreciated about Gregg Pacilio during his six-year tenure as APTA Hawaii president, those words came up again and again. Gregg’s term ends on December 31, 2020 when President Elect Nick Bronowski takes over. In a tribute to departing president’s at APTA’s…

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Apply to be APTA Hawaii’s Centennial Scholar

In 2021, APTA will celebrate its Centennial year and APTA Hawaii will join the efforts to celebrate the legacy of this great profession and generate momentum for the next 100 years. One of the ways we will do that is to develop a diverse and prepared leadership pool through the Centennial Scholar Program.  APTA Hawaii…

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E-visits, Telehealth, and Payment in the Time of the Pandemic

Originally Published in APTA Hawaii’s Monthly e-Newsletter – April 2020 With the ever changing environment with the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve heard and received many questions and comments about e-visits and telehealth by physical therapists in Hawaii. First of all, our state Practice Act and Administrative Rules are “silent” about whether PTs and PTAs may provide…

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APTA President Sharon Dunn’s Message About Facing the COVID-19 Challenges Together

APTA President Sharon Dunn’s letter to the membership about the challenges we’re facing during the COVID-19 epidemic and how we must face them together.

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COVID-19 and Telehealth Resources and Information

This page will be updated as new resources and information becomes available. Last Updated January 6, 2021, 3 p.m. HST COVID-19 Vaccine Vaccine sign up survey for healthcare personnel State of Hawaii COVID-19 daily news digest page State of Hawaii COVID-19 vaccine website Payers and Telehealth On May 15, Humana announced it will pay for…

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Payment News

Posted on Feb 6, 2020 by Chapter Staff Originally Published in APTA Hawaii’s Monthly e-Newsletter – February 2020 CMS Reverses Same-Day Coding Methodology Changes Implemented on January 1 If you haven’t heard yet – on January 24, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) announced it was reversing its decision to disallow payment for some…

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High-Profile Federal Fraud Convictions Serve as Reminder to Know and Follow Practice and Insurance Laws

Posted on August 2, 2018 by Chapter Staff Originally Published in HAPTA’s e-Newsletter, What’s HAPTAnin’ – August 2018 Recent events in Hawaii serve as a stark reminder of the importance of complying with our state practice act and the serious consequences of health insurance fraud. Two recent court cases found island physical therapists guilty on…

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Fraud Sentencing Reminds Us Who Cannot Bill for Physical Therapy

Posted on July 1, 2019 by Chapter Staff Originally Published in HAPTA’s e-Newsletter, What’s HAPTAnin’ – July 2019 After the May 2019 sentencing of Aiea physical therapist Garrett Okubo to 42 months in prison for fraudulent billing of nearly $4 million for physical therapy treatment, much of which was provided by unlicensed personnel, HAPTA wishes…

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Longtime HAPTA Volunteer Appointed to Board of PT

Posted on July 1, 2019 by Chapter Staff Originally Published in HAPTA’s e-Newsletter, What’s HAPTAnin’ – July 2019 On July 1, HAPTA member Cindy Tamayo, PT, begins serving as a member of the Hawaii Board of Physical Therapy, after being appointed to a four-year term by the Hawaii Legislature. She is the Director of Rehabilitation…

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