Blog Weekly News Scan: CMS Proposes 8% cut to physical therapy, Mobile-first Patient Engagement Trends By Clinicient, 09.20.19 FacebookTwitterLinkedin This week in the news, we look at the CMS proposed 8 percent decrease in the Medicare fee schedule for physical and occupational therapy starting in 2021, five ways to prepare for falls prevention awareness day and four emerging trends in mobile-first patient engagement technologies. We hope you enjoy! Time to act: CMS proposes significant 8% cut to physical therapy in 2021, PT in Motion, September 16, 2019: Buried in the CMS proposed rule for 2020, there is a proposed 8 percent decrease in the Medicare fee schedule for physical and occupational therapy starting in 2021. According to CMS, the reductions are driven by changes to reimbursement formulas for E&M services provided by physicians and some other providers. You have until September 27th to comment. This vital summary will explain the facts and what you can do now to make sure your voice is heard. 5 ways to get ready for falls prevention awareness day, PT in Motion, September 17, 2019: An estimated 1 in 4 adults 65 and older experiences a fall each year, and according to a recent study, falls-related deaths among adults 75 and older are on the rise. Fall Prevention Awareness Day is September 23. The APTA has gathered together some excellent falls-related resources for you with tips to help reduce fall risks. Don’t miss this article to learn how you can keep yourself and your family safe. 4 emerging trends in mobile-first patient engagement technologies, Becker’s Hospital Review, September 18, 2019: The results are in, engaged patients lead healthier lives. They are also more satisfied patients, a stat that is making the entire healthcare industry pause. Healthcare leaders are now taking a closer look at patient engagement and discovering new possibilities when it comes to improving engagement – specifically with mobile-first technology. Of the emerging trends, using technology to meet patient expectations and rethinking telehealth as we move to value-based care are at the top. Learn more about the emerging trends in this Becker’s article.