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Weekly News Scan: NCCI Code Edits, Mice in Space Inform Treatments Performed on Earth, Health Disparities for Preventive Care Access

Welcome to the News Scan!  This week we get an update from the APTA on the recent NCCI coding changes, how mice in space might lead to new treatments for muscle and bone conditions and why preventive care access and health disparities require a second look. 

We hope you enjoy!

NCCI Code Edits: Your Questions Answered, PT in Motion, January 16, 2020

The therapy community is in an uproar over the new requirements stating that CMS won’t reimburse for certain activity and evaluation codes if they’re used in the same day. Where things stand: As of the date of this report, no changes have been made. That leaves PTs and PTAs to deal with the current prohibition. Read this article to get the latest updates from APTA on their advocacy efforts on this issue and get answers to common questions about the recent NCCI coding changes.

Scientists Sent Mighty Mice To Space To Improve Treatments Back On Earth, NPR, January 16, 2020:

For researchers and spouses, Dr. Emily Germain and Dr. Se-Jin Lee, 20 years of muscle and bone research went up in space on a SpaceX rocket. The rocket transported unusual mice to the International Space Station to spend more than a month in near zero gravity. Research from these mice might lead to new treatments for millions of people with conditions that weaken muscles and bones. Read or listen to this intriguing NPR story here to learn about the fascinating story and potential of this research.

Preventive Care Access, Health Disparities Require Second Look, Patient Engagement HIT, January 16, 2020:

The industry needs to take a concerted push toward more and better research regarding the relationship between the social determinants of health, health disparities, and patient access to preventive care according to an expert panel out of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Read the article to learn about the panel’s recommendations and why they believe it is important.

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