"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

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Answers about Physical Therapy Functional Status Measures

I'm listening to the National Provider Call that covers the new functional reporting requirements for outpatient therapy services, including physical therapy (PT), occupational therapy (OT), and speech language pathology (SLP) services, effective January 1, 2013.

Here is the presentation.

I notice that many of the participants questions that follwoed the presentation are answered in the links provided at the bottom of the National Provider Call-in page. You can go there now and download the material if you haven't already done so.

The new, non-payable G-codes will be a big hurdle for physical therapists, especially the small, outpatient physical therapist who spends his or her whole day treating patients.
I encourage you to review the CMS material. Also, reach out ot your friends and peers to see how they are handling this burden in their practice. E-mail me if I can help at my e-mail address.

Also, an e-mail mailbox has been created to answer questions related to Functional Status Reporting for Therapy Services at TherapyServicesNPC@cms.hhs.gov.

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