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CARe SIG Event - Sept. 25th: Career CPR: From Surviving To Thriving As An Acute Therapist

Posted: September 9, 2019

Join CARe SIG on Wednesday, September 25th from 6:00pm - 8:00pm MT for "Career CPR: From Surviving To Thriving As An Acute Therapist".

Speakers: Beth Anne Fisher PT, DPT, CSCS, WHC and Renee Ostertag, PT

Class Description: 

A constantly changing set of institutional policies, productivity requirements, and a sicker patient population wear on the body, mind, and soul of the rehab therapist in the acute care setting.  Sensible coping strategies such as exercise, meditation, and ‘vegging out’ are satisfactory as short-term measures, but if a therapist is truly aiming for long-term career sustainability and professional satisfaction, physiological self-regulation in the moments of the work day, even while working with patients, is a ‘must.’ 

Beth Anne Fisher PT, DPT, CSCS, WHC and Renee Ostertag, PT, DPT, M.Physio, Cert. MDT will deliver key learnings that support the rehab therapist in the acute care setting to develop resiliency skills required to thrive.  They will share from their own professional narratives around compassion fatigue, burnout, and secondary trauma.  Participants will receive an interactive learning experience that addresses concepts of truth-telling, self-regulation, and boundaries.  Together, we will promote the conversation that stretches and supports us all to be more resilient in today’s acute care environment.   

Cost: $20 APTA Non-Members, $10 APTA Members, $5 PT Students

Location: Regis University
    3333 Regis Blvd 
                 Denver, CO 80221 
                 ** Peter Claver Hall Room 409 **
                 (Parking Map)


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Woman Organizes Benefit Concert For CU Physical Therapy Program Scholarships

Posted: September 10, 2019

A woman who says physical therapy changed her life is raising money to help others receive the best care. Colleen Rapp was injured on the job four years ago when she slipped and hurt her back. 

Rapp said her physical therapist at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus worked relentlessly to help her recover. Rapp said she was so motivated by her experience that she now raises money for student scholarships in the CU Physical Therapy Program.

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Northeast District Event - Sept. 12: "Better Bite and Breathing" 

Posted: September 5, 2019

Date & Time of Event: Thursday, September 12, 2019 - 6:30 pm- 8:30 pm
Course Title: "Better Bite and Breathing: An introduction to a novel approach to promote proper occlusion, nasal breathing, and airway expansion in the developing child."
Location: 1024 Centre Ave, Fort Collins, CO 80526
Event Contact: Michael Chavez - (970) 391-8816

Course Description: 
The structure and function of the airway is life’s most important physiological function. It affects your health, performance, and overall well-being. An adequate airway, correct tongue positioning, chewing, and proper swallowing are critical in the development of a child’s face and cranium. This good “oral posture” and function can dramatically impact the overall health of a child throughout their lifetime.
Often, children who grow up as “mouth breathers” develop musculoskeletal and respiratory problems
that we will eventually treat in our physical therapy practices. Compromised airways and a diet of relative soft foods are leading causes of an epidemic of health issues that affect approximately 50% of our patients. ProActive Physical Therapy and Performance Center works with local dentist and orthodontist groups in an integrated effort to promote optimal health, function, and development. We will discuss how entwined dental health, airway efficiency, musculoskeletal issues, and neurological issues can be. The presentation will offer suggestions as to what we, as preventative healthcare providers, can do about it. Additionally, it will be an introduction to ProActive Physical Therapy and Performance Center’s Better Bite and Breathing program.


Craig Depperschmidt, DPT, PRC
Craig is a native of Colorado, originally from Loveland, CO. After getting his undergraduate degree in integrative physiology from University of Colorado at Boulder, he pursued his Doctorate in Physical Therapy at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, AZ. He has practiced in Fort Collins as a physical therapist since 2009. Craig has extensive experience with personal injuries from his background as an athlete, which is part of the reason he became a physical therapist. He specializes in addressing movement and postural dysfunction that leads to abnormal bio-mechanics and pain. He enjoys working with runners, triathletes, and anyone who has a desire to feel better. He recently has been collaborating with dentists and orthodontists to help identify issues in children that may be affecting development. Craig is one of the relatively few clinicians, in Colorado and world-wide, who is Postural Restoration Certified™.

Brian Benjamin, DPT, PRC
Brian graduated from Ohio University and then went on to earn his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania. He lived in Estes Park, CO for 14 years before moving down to Fort Collins. He started ProActive Physical Therapy and Performance Center in Fort Collins with his friend Andy Collingwood in 2008. He enjoys working with post-operative patients and enjoys educating people who want to get better. He recently has been seeing younger individuals who have had breathing issues which have affected function and development. Brian recently earned his certification through the Postural Restoration Institute ™ to further his capacity to help patients.

CE Credit: Category II - 1 point (s)

Cost: Non-members - $20; PT & PTA Members - $10; Students - $5

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Mile High District Event - Sept. 17: "Dry Needling for Athletes"

Posted: September 12, 2019

Join the Mile High District for "Dry Needling for Athletes" presented by Freeborn Mondello, PT, DPT on Tuesday, September 17, 2019. The meeting will take place from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm at Regis University, Room 409The event costs $20 for non-members, $10 for members and $5 for student members. 

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Action Alert for PTs, PTAs & Students: Please Oppose Flawed Proposed CMS Policy

Posted: Aug. 26, 2019

On July 29, 2019, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the 2020 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) proposed rule. Within this rule, CMS puts forth additional guidance regarding application of the new therapy assistant modifiers (CQ/CO modifiers for outpatient therapy services furnished by PTA or OTAs respectively). This builds upon CMS’s guidance issued in last year’s PFS final rule.

Now that the 2020 PFS proposed rule has been released and APTA has had a chance to review the proposed policy, APTA (and AOTA and other stakeholders) have serious concerns. In APTA’s view, the modifier policy proposed in this rule is not only inherently complex, but it is a gross overreach of CMS’s statutory authority, is not in line with congressional intent, and would result in drastic underpayments for outpatient therapy services beginning in 2022, severely restricting beneficiary access to vital therapy services, particularly in rural and underserved areas. The policy fails to put the needs of the patient first and ignores the therapist’s active engagement in treatment, reducing reimbursement not only for the assistant’s services but also the services performed by the therapist. Moreover, if CMS adopts this flawed policy, not only will it negatively impact providers treating Medicare beneficiaries, but commercial payers are likely to adopt the same flawed policy, thereby negatively impacting all outpatient physical (and occupational) therapy providers.

APTA is asking all PTs, PTAs, and students of physical therapy to submit comments to CMS opposing the proposed application of the 10% de minimis standard, using APTA’s template letter. It only takes 5 minutes! The template letter for clinicians and the template letter for patients can be found on APTA’s Regulatory Issues: Take Action webpage. Copied below is where the template letters can be found on the webpage. The letters can be accessed and personalized by anyone – members and non-members.

  • CMS 2020 Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule: The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued its proposed rule on the physician fee schedule and Quality Payment Program (QPP) for 2020. It outlines rules for applying modifiers when a PTA furnishes outpatient therapy services at least in part; sets reimbursement values for the new trigger point injection dry needling codes; and seeks feedback on opportunities to expand the concept of bundling to recognize efficiencies among services paid under the fee schedule. CMS also proposes revisions to QPP's MIPS program, including changes to the PT/OT measure set for 2020 and a new, simpler MIPS Value Pathways (MVPs) option starting in 2021 that would align activities across the 4 MIPS categories by specialties or conditions. APTA will provide comments, and individuals may submit comments independently using an APTA template letter developed specifically for the proposed rule (link below).  Deadline for Comments: Friday, September 27, 2019 Review proposed rule (.pdf) Review fact sheet Review press release Take Action: Submit comments | PTA Modifier Policy Template Letter for Clinicians (.docx) | Access to therapy services patient template letter (PTA modifier, SNF PDM, HHA PDGM, copays, prior authorization) (.docx)
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