"Physical therapy is not a subspecialty of the medical profession and physical therapists are not medical doctors; we are a separate profession that provides a unique service that physicians are unable and untrained to provide."

Letter to the AMA from the APTA, Dec 2009

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Physical Therapist Joins Committee to Advise Medicare Contractor

My local Part B Medicare contractor is asking for help with its provider education strategies and efforts so, on June 10th, 2010 I made the early-morning drive down Interstate 4 to Orlando, Florida to meet about 20 like-minded health care providers for a two-hour question & answer session.

Our mandate is to...
  • Reviewing new and existing Medicare education programs
  • Recommending changes to these programs
  • Alerting FCSO to problems or concerns affecting providers
  • Networking with other professionals interested in Medicare
  • Disseminating information from the POE-AG to the organizations each member represents.
Our meeting agenda covered these topics:
  • Enrollment
  • Site surveys, PECOS
  • Original signatures vs. electronic signatures
  • HIPPA 5010
  • ICD-10
  • The new FCSO website
  • CERT/RAC audits
  • Issues with E/M coding
For those providers interested in joining and contributing your expertise please contact FCSO here.

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Tim Richardson, PT owns a private practice at Medical Arts Rehabilitation, Inc in Palmetto, Florida. The clinic website is at MedicalArtsRehab.com.

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