Weekly News Scan: Spread the Word of National Physical Therapy Month, Walmart Unveils Health Benefit Changes to Cut Costs

This week in the news, we highlight where things stand with CMS rulemaking, and the initiatives Walmart unveiled to the employee health benefits aimed at cost cutting, and help spread the word about National Physical Therapy Month.

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APTA Helps You Spread the ChoosePT Message During National Physical Therapy Month, PT in Motion, October 1, 2019

October is National Physical Therapy Month (NPTM).  The APTA wants to help you spread the word and get out in the community and promote PT.  Read this article to get handouts, postcards, signs and social media graphics to help you spread the word about the power of PT.

Where Things Stand, What APTA’s Doing: Fee Schedule, SNF, and HH Rules From CMS, PT in Motion, October 2, 2019

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has been busy with regulatory rules for the coming fiscal and calendar years. The proposed physician fee schedule (PFS) includes at least two troubling provisions. One is around how CMS would determine whether therapy services were delivered “in part” by a physical therapist assistant or occupational therapy assistant, and another proposes an estimated 8% cut to reimbursement for physical therapists and several other professions. Read this article to get an update about CMS rulemaking and what the APTA has been doing to advocate for physical therapy.

Walmart Unveils Major Employee Health Benefit Changes Aimed at Cost Cutting, Fierce Healthcare, October 3, 2019

Walmart unveiled five new healthcare initiatives this week aimed to steer employees toward high-quality providers and reduce unneeded costs. Walmart plans to work with a healthcare data analytics company to track and monitor care quality data to select providers to work with and ensure these providers are aligned with Walmart’s healthcare goals. Learn about the initiatives in this article.

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