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The Status of Direct Access to Physical Therapy in Hawaii

In response to a recent member query, past HAPTA President and “Chapter Historian” Herb Yee provided this authoritative and comprehensive recap about the state of direct access in Hawaii. The issue of insurers continuing to require a physician referral is still prevalent in many if not most states, despite the passage of direct access in…

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HAPTA Will Continue to Advocate for Improved Workers’ Compensation Payments

As the Hawaii legislative session draws to a close, we thought members would be interested in an update about our efforts this year to tackle workers’ compensation (WC) issues. It was our priority this year to tackle: 1. injured workers’ access to medical care, 2. the challenges of physicians and physical therapists taking on WC…

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Hawaii Makes Success List at CSM; APTA 100K in 2017

I had the pleasure of attending a variety of meetings during APTA’s Combined Sections Meeting. APTA President Sharon Dunn and CEO Justin Moore offered updates and a look at the future. We heard successful programming and how-tos from component leaders from around the country, and updates about practice, legislative and membership issues from APTA staff.…

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Happy New Year 2017!

With 2017 looking bright, here’s to some of the best 2016 moments that got us here. HAPTA was able to do more with improved budgeting and revenue. Our 2016 Spring Conference was “hip” on Maui and included bylaw changes such as PTA full voting. Committees gained direction as our leaders stepped confidently: A Dry Needling…

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Member Action Helped Avert Workers’ Comp Payment Crisis

On November 17, the Hawaii Department of Labor and Industrial Relations (DLIR) held a hearing on a proposal that would have switched the medical fee schedule back to Medicare plus 10 percent. Doing so would have pushed the clock back to a time when reimbursements for workers’ comp cases were barely sustainable. Due to notice…

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HPA The Catalyst Seeks Documentation for Data Standardization Project

HPA the Catalyst’s Technology SIG needs your help for an important data standardization project. We are aware that most physical therapists currently use an electronic health record (EHR) for documentation. We are asking that you submit examples of current active physical therapy documentation to aptahpa.org/DataProject, including: Evaluation Reevaluation Progress Report Daily Note Discharge Summary Data…

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CPT Evaluation Codes Changing January 1, 2017

On January 1, 2017, the PT initial evaluation and reevaluation codes (97001 and 97002) will disappear from the AMA’s CPT coding. Poof. Just like that. That’s right, the AMA will replace codes 97001 and 97002 with 97161, 97162, 97163 (for low, moderate and high complexity initial evaluations) and 97164 (reevaluations). This will affect claims for…

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APTA Board and Staff at 2016 HAPTA Fall Conference

Our APTA Board of Director’s liaison Carolyn Oddo and staff liaison Elizabeth Grotos will join us for the 2016 HAPTA Fall Conference, which starts on Saturday, November 12, at 8 a.m. at REHAB Hospital of the Pacific in Honolulu. In between, we’ll offer a 12 CCU stroke management course presented by Marghuretta Bland on, with…

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HAPTA Practice Chair Marco Adamé Receives APTA Emerging Leader Award

HAPTA member Marco Adamé, PT, DPT, ATC, OCS, received a 2016 APTA Emerging Leader Award, after being nominated by the HAPTA Board of Directors for his work as the chapter’s practice chair and Dry Needling Task Force chair. Each year, APTA accepts nominations from chapters and sections for PT or PTA members who are early…

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HAPTA Leader Joins United Spinal Association in Advocacy and Honoring Hawaiian Senator

HAPTA Legislative Committee member Abi Leddy joined the United Spinal Association during their annual Roll on Capitol Hill (ROCH) in Washington, DC last month so she could advocate for priority legislation and to help present their VetsFirst program Congressional Bronze Star Award to Hawaii Sen. Mazie Hironi. During the ROCH, Dr. Leddy joined more than…

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