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Starting Friday, Physical Therapists are Allowed to Return Youth Athletes to Play after Concussion Evaluations

Posted: Aug. 1, 2019

As of tomorrow, Physical Therapists will be included in the list of providers to make Return To Play determinations for one subset of the Colorado population (11-18 youth organized athletes). PTs are currently managing Coloradan's of all ages with concussions and returning them to a variety of activities.

Physical Therapists with training and pediatric neurology or concussion evaluation and management can return these youth athletes to play. This is a self-determination of competency standard. You may have already received this training during your schooling. If you think you need more training, stayed tuned for training opportunities through APTA Colorado.

Other health care providers currently involved in RTP determination include: MD, DO, Nurse Practitioner, Physician Assistant, Doctor of Psychology with training in neuropsychology or concussion evaluation and management. Over 25 states allow for a PT to make this determination (HI, IA, NV, NM, OR, AZ, DC, AR, CA, DC, IN, ME, MD, MN, MI, MO, NE, NH, MT, ND, OK, SD, UT, VT, WA, WI, and WV).

Read the bill: https://leg.colorado.gov/sites/default/files/2019a_1208_signed.pdf  

 

Gregory Hicks Appointed to APTA’s Board of Directors

Posted July 31, 2019

Gregory Hicks, PT, PhD, FAPTA, has been appointed by the APTA Board of Directors to complete the leadership term of Sheila K. Nicholson, PT, DPT, MBA, MAfollowing her death in June this year.

Hicks, who has been an APTA member for 17 years, is chair of the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Delaware, where he also is director of the school’s Advancing Diversity in Physical Therapy program, known as ADaPT.

In 2018, Hicks was named a Catherine Worthingham Fellow, APTA’s highest membership category, for demonstrating unwavering efforts to advance the physical therapy profession through leadership, influence, and achievement. Also that year, he received the University of Delaware College of Health Sciences’ inaugural Diversity Advocate Award.

“My Board colleagues and I are elated that Greg has consented to serve our association,” said APTA President Sharon Dunn, PT, PhD, board-certified orthopaedic clinical specialist. “Greg will bring wisdom, experience, and leadership to help propel our pursuit of APTA’s 3-year strategic plan.”

Hicks’ Board service begins immediately and ends with the completion of Nicholson’s 3-year term in June 2020, at which point the vacant seat will be filled through the annual slate of candidates process and election by the House of Delegates.

 

SE District Event - Aug. 13: PT Pub Night

Posted: July 25, 2019

Join us on Tuesday, August 13, 2019 at the Trails End Tap Room (3103 W Colorado Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80904) from 7:00pm - 9:00pm for a South East District PT Pub Night! Free to attend. 

**Donations for SE District advocacy accepted but not required.** 

 

SE District Event - Sept. 3rd: Functional Medicine in Physical Therapy

Posted: July 22, 2019

Join the Southeast District on September 3rd from 6:30 - 9:00 pm for the "Functional Medicine in Physical Therapy" workshop. The workshop will be held at Rezac and Associates located at 855 Citadel Dr. Colorado Springs, CO 80909 presented by Dyanna Rezac.

Cost to attend: 

  • APTA PT/PTA Members: $10
  • APTA Student Members: $5
  • Non-Members: $20

Click here to register!

 

APTA Colorado Association – AIM Utilization Management Notification

Help is needed both from Physical Therapists and the consumers of Physical Therapy services. What can you do?

Dear APTA Colorado Members,

As many of you are aware, Anthem Commercial (CA, CO, CT, GA, IN, KY, ME, MO, NV, NY, OH and WI) contracted with AIM Specialty Health for utilization management of Physical Therapy services which was to begin on 7/1/2019. Leaders of Colorado APTA have been working with leaders in the above-mentioned states and with National APTA in preparation for this rollout.

As we have approached the rollout of the program for 7/1/2019, APTA Colorado identified problems in the AIM utilization management (UM) that were system wide and very substantial. Due to these issues, providers have been unable to transition thousands of patients nationally into the AIM portal.

APTA National and multiple state Chapters (including Colorado) have been actively relaying concerns and specific examples of challenges in the AIM UM roll-out to Anthem BCBS and AIM, including face to face meetings.

The Colorado Chapter was notified July 2nd, 2019 that the implementation of AIM authorization for Anthem‘s Commercial Membership is temporarily delayed.

Notification received from AIM is as follows:

“Due to recent system issues, the July 1st implementation of the AIM Rehabilitative program for Anthem’s Commercial Membership is temporarily delayed. The system issues have been associated with portal connectivity, provider data and membership eligibility information. Effective today until July 31st, for requests in progress and for new requests, coverage for PT/ST/OT visits will not require a pre-authorization. The AIM Provider Portal and the AIM call center will begin accepting requests July 17, 2019 for dates of service August 1, 2019 and after. As we work to resolve these issues, we will also use it as an opportunity to provide additional training opportunities. Access the AIM Rehabilitation Provider Portal to register for an upcoming session. There are many resources to assist you (Portal Login/Registration Issues (800) 252-2021) and Rehab Questions [email protected]). We are dedicated to providing an efficient environment for providers to deliver effective therapy care and help patients avoid costlier invasive surgical procedures.”

The Chapter has been informed that as Orthonet is no longer a contracted entity with Anthem, that authorization through Orthonet is not required at this time.

National APTA and APTA CO continues to seek ongoing dialogue with Anthem and AIM, and further meetings are planned. We are aware on significant challenges with finding patients in the new AIM system, significant time delays for providing patient care and a lack of accurate listing of providers in the online database. We are concerned with claim denials based upon the potential inaccurate listing of providers in the AIM database.

Help is needed both from Physical Therapists and the consumers of Physical Therapy services. What can you do?

Physical Therapists:

We have attached a document you can provide to your clients: “Patient Advocacy Template Colorado Final Version”

APTA CO will continue to work on a State and National level to address the challenges and obstacles with this new UM requirements. The new APTA Colorado Utilization Management Discussion Circle will serve as a mechanism to provide ongoing updates.

Respectfully,

Cameron W. MacDonald, APTA Colorado President
Audrey Waldron, APTA Private Practice Chair
Stefan Van Dursen, Interim Practice Chair

 
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