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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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Hawai’i Pacific University Adding First Hawaii DPT Program

Posted on January 3, 2020 by Chapter Staff Originally Published in APTA Hawaii’s Monthly e-Newsletter – January 2020 Hawai’i Pacific University (HPU) plans to launch the first DPT program in Hawaii. The university has hired Tricia Catalino, PT, DSc, Board Certified Specialist in Pediatric Physical Therapy, as its program director and will begin accepting applications…

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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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PT Role in the Opioid Crisis and Access to Rural Health Top APTA Federal Priorities

Posted on May 2, 2019 by Chapter Staff Originally Published in HAPTA’s e-Newsletter, What’s HAPTAnin’ – May 2019 From March 31 to April 2, 300 physical therapists, physical therapist assistants and physical therapy students met in Washington, DC for the 2109 APTA Federal Affairs Forum (FAF). The advocacy objectives of the FAF are set by the…

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KCC PTA Student Landon Luna Receives APTA Minority Scholarship Award

Posted on April 1, 2019 by Chapter Staff Originally Published in HAPTA’s e-Newsletter, What’s HAPTAnin’ – April 2019 HAPTA member Landon Luna, who is a student at Kapiolani Community College in Honolulu, received an APTA Minority Scholarship Award in 2019. Congratulations Landon! “Landon has been a standout student in our program, both academically and in…

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Bills to Update our Physical Therapy Practice Act on Hold

Posted on March 4, 2019 by Chapter Staff Originally Published in HAPTA’s e-Newsletter, What’s HAPTAnin’ – March 2019 HB701 and SB547, our two companion bills to update the Hawaii physical therapy practice act to include dry needling, are on hold until the 2020 legislative session. The House version is currently waiting to be heard in…

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Celebrating KCC’s Pro Bono PT Clinic Opening and getting SPTAs involved in 2019!

Posted on February 6, 2019 by Chapter Staff Originally Published in HAPTA’s e-Newsletter, What’s HAPTAnin’ – February 2019 I visited Kapiolani Community College (KCC) on 01-30-19 to engage our future PTAs but arrived to find the PTA program celebrating day one of their new pro bono PT clinic. Uninsured patients are seen at no charge…

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CSM 2019 in Washington DC Was a Chance To Redefine Who We Are

Attending CSM in Washington, DC from January 23-26 and representing HAPTA was inspiring. We opened with Dr. Jerome Adams, US Surgeon General, who called for us to engage in collective futures together with new partnerships. His public health perspective is timely as we look at health promotion and wellness as a means to prevent injuries…

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