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PT News Roundup: Proposed 2018 Physician Fee Schedule, Opioid prescriptions drop for the first time

This week in the news, we talk about a new water therapy program for veterans, some positive news from the proposed 2018 Physician Fee Schedule and more. Enjoy!

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Payment Cuts Avoided in Proposed 2018 Physician Fee Schedule, PT in Motion, July 13, 2017: The proposed 2018 Medicare and Medicaid physician fee schedule was released this week and it included positive news for physical therapists – a proposal to maintain the values of some current CPT codes commonly used by PTs and even increase values for a few. The proposed rule is a win for the profession and its ability to serve and treat patients.

Opioid prescriptions dropped for the first time in the modern drug crisis, Washington Post, July 6, 2017: The number of opioid prescriptions written by healthcare providers declined between 2012 and 2015, the government recently reported. This shows we are moving in the right direction, and the decline in prescriptions may trigger fewer first-time addictions in the future. Physicians are becoming more cautious with their prescribing decisions and are looking to safer and more effective pain management – like physical therapy.

Forget Politics: Three ways to improve healthcare delivery no matter what happens in Washington, FierceHealthcare, July 13, 2017: While the focus has been on the fight to repeal and replace the ACA, improving our healthcare system requires transforming its delivery system first and foremost. Healthcare leaders are now advising those in Washington to switch their focus from just healthcare coverage to how we can transform and modernize the delivery system. Though this is easier said than done, here are three factors that are absolutely fundamental to improving our healthcare system.

Immersion Therapy at the Pool, for Vets and Civilians, New York Times, July 13, 2017: An indoor swimming center in Manhattan has introduced a new water therapy program. Called WETs for Vets (WET stands for water exercise techniques), this is a new physical therapy program that looks to help rehab the vast injuries veterans incur during war. Participants come with varying degrees of swimming and PT familiarity but after they experience the positive side effects, many never want to leave.

One thought on “PT News Roundup: Proposed 2018 Physician Fee Schedule, Opioid prescriptions drop for the first time

  1. So I am sorry but when did it come to us as a profession being happy about rates “not being cut” or even staying the same? As a business owner what expense stays the same? Rent goes up, cable and electric go up, supplies go up, and to be competitive you have to offer higher wages to keep staff. That combined with the increased cost to obtain your degree and I just have a hard time being excited when the fee schedule “stays the same”.

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