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Recent News and Course Content Reminders of Medicare Billing Requirements

With recent news in Hawaii along with information provided during the Medicare class that HAPTA hosted in early October, we thought we should provide reminders about some Medicare billing areas that continue to cause problems for some providers: In order to bill for physical therapy, services need to be provided by a licensed physical therapist,…

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Bundled Payment Will Require New Solutions

PT practice is changing and much of it comes from external stressors. Especially as we step into new payment models such as bundled payment, we must come up with new solutions. Many physical therapy practices attempt to meet these demands by increasing productivity, driving down costs, and being selective with payers. We must ask ourselves…

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Federal Regulation, Dry Needling and Licensure Compact Highlights from 2017 APTA State Policy and Payment Forum

HAPTA members Joanne Zazzera, Patti Taira-Tokuuke and I (Justin Ledbetter) recently traveled to Detroit, Michigan to attend the annual APTA State Policy and Payment Forum. In addition to Joanne receiving the APTA State Legislative Leadership Award, we learned a lot about what’s going on around the country. Here are some highlights. Federal Regulatory Affairs PTs…

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HAPTA Legislative Activities – Review of 2017

With the recent end of the Hawaii 2017 legislative session, we would like to update our members on what HAPTA did this year and how our efforts turned out. We began 2017 with a contracted lobbyist and some strong strategies. Our plan was for legislators to become familiar with us and to have our voice…

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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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