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National Women’s Health Week Resources from the NIH

It’s National Women’s Health Week—a time for women to focus on making good choices to promote their physical and mental health.  

We have resources that can help. Visit our website for information on:

Read more at https://www.nccih.nih.gov/health/womens-health-and-complementary-approaches?nav=govd

 

Hip Preservation Symposium Recording

On Saturday, April 2nd over 150 medical professionals in the physical therapy profession gathered in-person and virtually to learn about the latest advancements in hip preservation. Nationally renowned orthopedic surgeons Dr. Mike Ellman and Dr. Ron Hugate from Panorama Orthopedics & Spine Center live-streamed a combined hip arthroscopy and Ganz osteotomy surgery to attendees. Joined by Dr. Dan Haber, the surgeons also reviewed:

  1. How to Identify and Diagnose Hip Conditions
  2. Symptoms of Femoroacetabular Impingement (FAI)
  3. Microinstability and Macroinstability of Hip (including hip dysplasia)
  4. Advanced Treatment Options

Click here to watch the recorded session!

 

Highlights From APTA Combined Sections Meeting 2022

With the apt theme "Better Together. Together Again," APTA CSM 2022 brought the physical therapy community to San Antonio.

Much about the meeting was familiar: ample educational sessions hosted by APTA's sections and academies, networking opportunities such as breakfasts and receptions, an exhibit hall for viewing and trying out products and services, and the inspiring feeling of community that many attendees said was particularly meaningful this year.

But having learned a few things in the past couple of years, APTA also switched up some meeting elements, such as bringing the esteemed Mary McMillan Lecture and the annual Celebration of Diversity to APTA CSM, and adding an on-demand element that made over 100 recorded sessions available online following the meeting.

Click here for highlights!

 

CMS Proposes Updates to Reduce Barriers to Coverage, Simplify Medicare Enrollment and Expand Access

Proposed rule would create Special Enrollment Periods, reduce gaps in Medicare coverage and improve administration of the Medicare Savings Programs.

[The] Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule to update Medicare enrollment and eligibility rules that would expand coverage for people with Medicare and advance health equity. This proposed rule would provide Medicare coverage the month immediately after enrollment, thereby reducing the uninsured period and expand access through Medicare special enrollment periods (SEPs). It would also allow eligible beneficiaries to receive Medicare Part B coverage without a late enrollment penalty. This proposed rule would make it easier for people to enroll in Medicare and eliminate delays in coverage.

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Increasingly we are seeing media reports and company announcements about the use of digital platforms and technologies to provide physical therapy. 

The advancement of care delivery models that embrace technology has great potential to increase consumer access to care, promote consistent evidence-based treatment, and reduce unnecessary, costly, or riskier treatment.

APTA maintains that "physical therapy," whether provided in person or virtually, is performed or directed by licensed physical therapists.

Physical therapist treatment and technology can and should coexist with the health and experience of the consumer in mind. APTA stands ready to collaborate with digital platforms and partners to ensure these care models are consistent with existing laws and regulations, uphold consumer protections, and advance quality practice provided by licensed health professionals in accordance with their professional obligations and state defined scope of practice. 

APTA will continue to advocate for consumer transparency and appropriate use of protected terminology when digital technologies are used to augment physical therapist practice.

 
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