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Apply for APTACO's Young Leadership Scholar Program

We Want to Invest in YOU!

Deadline to Apply: Saturday, September 10, 2022

APTA Colorado is excited to continue the Young Leadership Scholar Program, intended to recruit and develop leadership within our newest members. The program will entail structured learning in the areas of leadership, professional development, strategic planning, project development, and APTA structure/governance. 

Who: Current APTA Colorado Members who are recent graduates from a PT or PTA program and currently licensed in Colorado. (Graduated within last year.) Up to one (1) PT and one (1) PTA will be selected for this program.

What: The PT and PTA Scholars will be provided with an APTA Board member mentor with whom they will work closely throughout the course of their one-year program. Training described above will also be provided. The Scholar will complete a capstone project to benefit APTA Colorado in the area of their choice.  A stipend (up to $1,500.00) is included with the scholar program to cover any of the following: APTA dues, travel to a National APTA event, and APTA Colorado Conference attendance. Attendance at the APTA Colorado annual conference as well as quarterly Board meetings will also be expected. Structure beyond these requirements will be delineated in partnership with the mentor and program facilitator. 

For more information & to apply, click here

 

Monkeypox a Federal Public Health Emergency

On 08/04/2022, the Biden administration declared a federal public health emergency (PHE) for monkeypox.

During a call with reporters, HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra said that some 6,600 cases of the virus had already been reported for the week compared to less than 5,000 the week before.

The virus has spread primarily through close contact with someone who is infected. Treatment includes isolation and pain management, often at home. It is rarely fatal.

Designating the outbreak as a PHE allows federal agencies to access emergency funding and allocate funds and other resources to help prevent the spread of the virus. Such declarations also permit the waiver of some laws and requirements to allow healthcare providers to respond to the disease.

On July 23 the World Health Organization (WHO) declared a global health emergency over the outbreak.

 

The Proposed 2023 Fee Schedule: 4 Things to Know

Of course, the proposed cuts are at the center — but there are some significant opportunities for change and making your voice heard.

  1. The 4.4% cut to the conversion factor would affect a wide range of providers and threatens patient access to needed services.
  2. CMS wants to hear about underutilized services in Medicare. This is a significant opportunity to make the case for physical therapy.
  3. CMS is considering making virtual direct supervision of PTAs permanent and wants input on the idea — another great opportunity that we need to seize.
  4. CMS wants to hear from individual providers, and new APTA resources make it easy to craft individualized comment letters.

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7 Conversations to Have With Your Legislators While They're Back Home in August

District offices, town halls, maybe a visit to your clinic? Here are some topics worth mentioning.

  1. The proposed fee schedule needs a short-term fix — and a long-term overhaul.
  2. Protect access to PTAs, especially in rural and underserved areas.
  3. Let's bring care to where it's needed — and help relieve student debt.
  4. We can make our health care workforce more diverse and improve outcomes for all.
  5. Postpartum care can be strengthened.
  6. Continuity in outpatient PT care is within reach.
  7. We can help the right care happen faster (while relieving administrative burden).

 

 

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CMS Seeks Public Feedback to Improve Medicare Advantage

Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a Request for Information seeking public comment on the Medicare Advantage program. CMS is asking for input on ways to achieve the agency’s vision so that all parts of Medicare are working towards a future where people with Medicare receive more equitable, high quality, and person-centered care that is affordable and sustainable.

“Medicare Advantage is a critical part of CMS’ vision to advance health equity; expand access to affordable coverage and care; drive high quality, person-centered care; and promote affordability and sustainability of Medicare,” said CMS Administrator Chiquita Brooks-LaSure. “Medicare Advantage plans are essential partners in this work.”

“We see a huge opportunity for partnership with as many stakeholders as possible to better understand how care innovations are changing outcomes and costs and how Medicare Advantage is working for enrollees,” said Dr. Meena Seshamani, CMS Deputy Administrator and Director of the Center for Medicare. “It’s important that CMS engage as many stakeholders as possible to achieve our collective vision of equity, access, quality and affordability.”

The CMS Strategic Pillars prioritize increased engagement with the agency’s partners and the communities we serve throughout the policy development and implementation process. CMS is committed to creating additional opportunities to engage the public and drive innovation in ways that best serve people with Medicare.

In the Medicare Advantage program – also known as Medicare Part C – Medicare contracts with private insurers that must offer all Traditional Medicare services to people with Medicare and may offer added supplemental benefits, such as vision or dental benefits. Most Medicare Advantage Plans also include prescription drug coverage (Part D).

CMS encourages the public to submit comments to the Request for Information. Feedback from plans, providers, beneficiary advocates, states, employers and unions, and other partners to this Request for Information will help inform the Medicare Advantage policy development and implementation process.

The Request for Information can be accessed from the Federal Register at: https://www.federalregister.gov/public-inspection/2022-16463/request-for-information-medicare-program

 
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