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  • 07-Dec-2021 4:35 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The end of the year is quickly approaching and the next two weeks are critical, as Congress must act to stop Medicare cuts to dozens of providers, including physical therapists. In addition, Congress must act to prevent the impending 15% payment differential under Medicare when services are provided by a physical therapist assistant.

    Send this template letter to members of Congress. Please do so as soon as possible and urge Congress to include the bill language from the Support Medicare Providers Act (H.R. 6020) and the Stabilizing Medicare Access to Rehabilitation and Therapy Act, or SMART Act (H.R. 5536) in any end-of-year legislation package. Both bills would prevent deep cuts slated to take effect on Jan. 1, 2022 — H.R. 6020 addresses the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule pay cuts, and H.R. 5536 provides relief from the PTA pay differential.

    Thank you for your support of APTA advocacy! Please encourage your patients, friends, and family participate by going to the Patient Action Center.


  • 07-Dec-2021 4:34 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    This from DPHHS:

    Montana Healthcare Programs is excited to introduce a new Provider Services portal. Beginning December 13, 2021, you will notice a change to the online enrollment links. All providers seeking to enroll with Montana Healthcare Programs will be directed to the new MPATH online application offering a more efficient way to enroll, update information, easily submit claims, and even submit electronic claim adjustments!
    Provider Enrollment Portal - The enrollment portal is a self-service online system. The portal provides secure and efficient processing of the enrollment application.

    Significant improvements include:
     The ability to upload supporting documents. There will be no need to fax or email any portion of the application or supporting documentation.
     Faster application processing as the application process is consolidated to one online submission. The portal will guide applicants through the requirements by section. Application forms have required fields with help information icons on every page.
     An online user guide support. A detailed user guide is available to support all features of the provider service module.

    Provider Maintenance Features - Once a provider is active with the portal, the process of updating information is very efficient. Updating the license, address and other relevant information can be done online without the need to fax or email information.
     Upload supporting documentation utilizing varying document types including but not limited to .doc, .pdf, and jpg.
     Submit and manage all updates via the online secure portal.
    MPATH Claims Entry Solution - The claims entry solution is an online tool allowing providers to manually enter claims.
     Electronic Claim Adjustments - Paper adjustment forms are no longer required. The provider service module allows for online claim adjustments.
     The solution contains claim form templates. This will allow providers to create and save templates for common claim submissions. No need to start from scratch every time.
     There is now a Diagnosis and Procedure code look-up. The system has code look-up features to assist with entering the correct information.
     It is a great alternative to WinASAP5010. The claims entry solution is free, simple to use and providers can enter claims without converting and uploading files.

    There will be a temporary freeze on new provider enrollments beginning 12/4/2021 through 12/13/2021. Additionally, emailed provider file update requests will no longer be accepted as of 12/10/2021. For now, faxed provider file updates will continue to be processed.

    Provider Services Portal Trainings – There will be separate training for enrollment and claim changes. Providers can register for training by going to https://medicaidprovider.mt.gov/training.

    Currently, four training dates are available.
     Enrollment (4 Hour Training)
    o Tuesday, December 7, 2021 1pm-5pm
    o Tuesday, December 14, 2021 1pm-5pm
     Claims (3 Hour Training)
    o Wednesday, December 8, 2021, 9 am-12 pm
    o Wednesday, December 15, 2021, 1 pm-4 pm

    Contact Information
    If you have any questions, please contact:
    For additional information, contact Montana Provider Relations at (800) 624-3958 or (406) 442- 1837 or email MTPRHelpdesk@conduent.com.
    Visit the Montana Healthcare Programs Provider Information website at
    www.medicaidprovider.mt.gov.


  • 07-Oct-2021 2:45 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    As the trusted leader of the physical therapy profession, we are proud to provide the APTA Centennial Lecture Series. This continuing education series features recognized leaders on topics in clinical practice, practice management, payment, and innovation. Live attendance also enables you to earn CEUs. Recordings of prior lectures are also available.

     

    Physical Therapist Management of the Bicyclist

    Date: Oct. 22-23

    Presenter: Erik Moen, PT

    Sponsored by: Chattanooga


  • 01-Oct-2021 4:52 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Effective July 1, 2021 Montana officially began issuing and accepting PT Compact Privileges. 

    Read more about how to obtain compact privileges: https://ptcompact.org/How-to-Get-Privileges

  • 22-Sep-2021 3:56 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The American Physical Therapy Association recently launched the APTA Physical Therapy Moves Me Ambassador Program to chapters. Through this program, APTA is focused on providing resources that support recruitment of the next generation of physical therapists and physical therapist assistants. This program also seeks to increase diversity, equity, and inclusion within the profession of physical therapy by helping chapters and academic programs focus their community outreach efforts on diverse populations of K-16 students nationwide. We are excited to work together with chapters on this important mission.

    APTA staff will be presenting more on the PT Moves Me Ambassador Program to chapter presidents during your upcoming council meeting on Monday, Oct. 18. In the interim, we wanted to share some additional information regarding the program with you here.

    The goals of the PT Moves Me Ambassador Program are to:

    1. Raise awareness of the profession of physical therapy.
    2. Recruit the next generation of physical therapists and physical therapist assistants.
    3. Increase diversity within the applicant pool and, ultimately, in the profession.


  • 28-Jun-2021 11:46 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Take the next step in your career and join more than 30,000 physical therapists who have already achieved board certification as clinical specialists. The 10 specialty areas offered by ABPTS are a recognition of the increasingly vital role physical therapy plays in optimizing movement to improve the human experience. It pays to be a member of APTA, as you will save up to $1,070 on certification application and exam fees!

    Online registration for the 2022 ABPTS specialist certification exam cycle is now open. Apply early and take advantage of the delayed payment plan option. Learn more on the specialist certification website.

     

     

    "Becoming board certified has always been a goal of mine. It feels great to show my commitment to my patients, my profession, and to be part of an ever-growing specialty. Preparing for the specialty exam has provided me with the opportunity to network with others who have the same passion that I do, and I’m forever thankful."

    - Amy Vandermark, PT, DPT

    Board-Certified Women’s Health Clinical Specialist

     

    Application Deadlines

    • July 1, 2021: Cardiovascular & Pulmonary, Clinical Electrophysiology, Oncology, Women's Health, Wound Management
    • July 31, 2021: Geriatrics, Neurology, Orthopaedics, Pediatrics
    • Oct. 31, 2021: Sports

     

    Don't wait. Apply today.

     

     

    Application Process

    1. Visit the specialist certification website and select your area of interest.

    2. Download and review the entire Candidate Guide.

    3. Submit your online application.

     

    Questions about certification? Contact the specialist certification program or call 800-999-2782, ext. 8520.

     

    Follow your passion, power your practice and apply to become a board-certified specialist today.


  • 17-Feb-2021 8:11 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    APTA MT supports the continued use of masks per CDC and CMS guidelines.

    APTA MT stands with the Montana Nurses Association and other healthcare groups to encourage continued mask use in public places, including physical therapy clinics.


  • 21-Jan-2021 7:13 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Did you miss the December 2020 Newsletter in your email? Not to worry, we'll place the link here each "tri-mester". 

    December 2020 Newsletter

    Board Reports for meeting on January 23, 2021, 9am meeting here. 

    Please note the legislative updates have changed many times since the previous reports. They will provide a verbal report on 1/23/21, 9am. Please join us: Link found here. 

  • 04-Jan-2021 4:52 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Latest update: Jan 4, 2021, 4:52pm:

    We at APTA MT have been communicating with State and County Health Offices to ensure PTs and PTAs, and possibly staff, are on the priority list for the vaccination. We have been successful in some counties. Unfortunately, there is a great deal of confusion, lack of plans in most counties due to limited doses each week. This is what we know:

    PTs are in Category 1A
    12/30/2020: Governor Bullock provided this infographic .  Here is Missoula County infographic .

    Missoula County:Update January 4, 2021: Missoula County asks you use this form:

    https://bit.ly/3pTCJ3f The link to this form is found on their vaccine info site at https://www.missoulainfo.com/vaccination

    Previous updates have been removed since the information changed each day.

    Gallatin County: Update Jan 4, 2021, from Gallatin County Health: "Call the County’s call center at 548-0123 to give them a number of interested staff from their practices as well as the best contact person for anyone who has not yet called in. We need to get approximate totals to account for available doses. As we receive these counts from practices, we are sending daily emails to those we have heard from with the invitation to schedule their appointments for vaccine at the Fairgrounds."


    Flathead County: Updated 12/31/20, 11:45am: PT/As are on priority list. They vaccinated a few private practice PTs and staff last week when there were doses leftover after the hospitalists were vaccinated. They have vaccinated some staff as doses allowed. They don't have vaccine at this writing (12/31/20, 11:45am), but to check their website, linked here.  The phone number at the top of the page: 406-890-7272 is the best way to reach them about future clinics.

    Yellowstone County:  12/31/20, from Riverstone Health: "At this time, demand for COVID-19 vaccine exceeds supply so the Unified Health Command (UHC), following guidance from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the state of Montana, is taking a tiered approach to COVID-19 vaccination in Yellowstone County. Both Billings Clinic and St. Vincent Healthcare are hosting by appointment only COVID-19 vaccination clinics for employees working in healthcare settings and first responders in Yellowstone County. Call St. Vincent Healthcare at 406.237.7050 and Billings Clinic at 406.435.5744 for more information. Healthcare personnel and first responders must show valid credentials (proof of healthcare entity employment, employee badge, etc.) at the time of vaccination. As COVID-19 vaccine supply becomes more available, the UHC will expand vaccination opportunities for additional community members in accordance with federal, state and local guidelines."

    Lewis and Clark County: PT/As are on the priority list and we worked with them to distribute the logistics to get PT/As vaccinated at a drive up clinic over the last two days (12/29 and 12/30). If you still need a vaccine, call your county health dept and identify yourself as a PT/A to receive priority on the next round of vaccinations.

    Cascade County: UPDATE 12/30/20, 4pm, from Benefis Chief Medical Officer: "Those interested need to fill out the attached survey and demographic sheet and return it to tahneepeppenger@benefis.org.  We may be able to get some in next week (first week of 2021) but it really will depend on them getting the information back to us as quickly as they can. The other we will try to get on the next round."

    Ravalli County: Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital has reached out to all Physical Therapy Clinics in Ravalli County (along with other essential health care providers) and have a list of therapists who want the vaccination. "We are in the process of calling them to schedule appointments for vaccinations as the vaccinations become available. Any therapist that lives and works in Ravalli county that has not already sent their name, D.O.B & contact number can email Pett Dunn directly, pdunn@mdmh.org"

    Silver Bow County: St. James Hospital has been reaching out to clinics to schedule them for vaccination (Source: Private practice PT).

    Rosebud County: We heard Rosebud County has scheduled some PTs at Colstrip Medical Clinic next week, but we aren't sure about Forsyth or IHS in Lame Deer.

    Please contact us if you have additional information from your county or if you need us to call your county health office. We will continue to update this news section.


  • 23-Jun-2020 10:55 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    On Monday we launched APTA’s new brand and website, joining the 32 components that have already launched the unified brand. Member response has been positive. We have known issues that we’re addressing, including updating links. Over the last few months, we’ve made minor updates to our brand guidelines for national and chapters. Access the most up-to-date versions of our APTA Chapter Brand Policies and Guidelines and APTA National Brand Guidelines and Policies for reference when implementing the brand. As of June 2020, 54 components have signed up to align with the unified brand. APTA will support components with brand alignment through the end of 2021. Reach out to Alicia Hosmer at aliciahosmer@apta.org with questions or to learn more about the APTA Component Support Program.


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