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HHS Extends Application Deadline for Medicaid Providers and Plans to Reopen Portal to Certain Medicare Providers

As part of its ongoing efforts to provide financial relief to healthcare providers impacted by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced an application deadline extension for the Phase 2 general distribution to Medicaid, Medicaid managed care, Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and dental providers. HHS also plans to allow certain Medicare providers who experienced challenges in the Phase 1 Medicare General Distribution application period a second opportunity to receive funding. Both groups will have until Friday, August 28, 2020 to apply.

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Outpatient, Physical and Occupational Therapy Providers

48-Unit Benefit Limit in Provider Web Portal

Providers are reminded that members may receive up to 48 units of any combination of physical therapy/occupational therapy (PT/OT) services per rolling 12-month period before a Prior Authorization Request (PAR) is required. Evaluation and orthotic services are not included in this limit. This equates to roughly 12 hours of therapy services (each unit of service being equal to 15 minutes). This unit limit will be automatically enforced by the Colorado interChange by denying claims that exceed the limit.

The Provider Web Portal will display the number of outpatient PT/OT units a member has used in the past 12 months; however, the accuracy of the Web Portal is limited by the timeliness of submitted claims. It should not be relied upon to inform the provider of an absolute number of remaining units. Providers are advised to always seek a PAR at the beginning of a member’s therapy if it is anticipated the member will require more than 48 units of service in a 12-month period.

Beginning September 1, 2020, providers will not be granted a retroactive PAR based on the unit count displayed in the Provider Web Portal.

Contact Alex Weichselbaum at [email protected] with questions.

(Provider Bulletin - Page 5)


Call For Centennial Scholar Applications

The Colorado Chapter is seeking a candidate to sponsor for APTA’s Centennial Scholars program. The APTA Centennial Scholars Program is designed to build a cadre of future association leaders at both the component and national levels.  The recipient will receive a year-long program of live and virtual leadership training, mentoring from an APTA-assigned mentor with significant leadership experience, and attendance at three key APTA Centennial events for up to one hundred Scholars. Centennial scholars will complete a capstone project of their choosing that will leave a lasting legacy for the Colorado Chapter and APTA.

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Conference Early Bird Pricing Ends August 15th

Register NOW to attend the first ever Virtual APTA Annual Conference, September 25-26, 2020. We will be offering multiple tracks simultaneously throughout the two days with other offerings scattered throughout the day. On a normal in-person year one attendee can receive up to 12 continuing competency hours for attending the entire conference, this year you will be able to earn many more hours by attending pre-recorded sessions after the live meeting is over, almost 3X the amount of continuing competency hours!

Early Bird Pricing Ends August 15, 2020!

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Call for Abstracts and Posters for the 2020 Fall Conference

We encourage all PTs, PTAs, and students to submit abstracts and platforms on case reports, special interest reports, or research projects for the 2020 Fall Virtual Conference, September 25-26, 2020. Abstracts and posters submitted will be selected for presentation that demonstrates quality research and clinical relevance. Deadline to submit is Friday, August 14, 2020. 

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