Did you miss us? Yes, we decided to take a month off for some summer fun and sun. We hope each of you had an enjoyable summer season.
As autumn approaches, it’s now time to get back to work. We continue our efforts on the legislative front and, as we have discussed previously, we continue to be proactive whenever possible, and reactive when necessary, to all of the constant changes that are occurring in the health care environment in New York.
One such initiative involves a coalition formed by the NYPTA, the NYS Occupational Therapy Association, the NYS Speech, Language and Hearing Association and the Agency for Children Therapy Services (ACTS). This coalition has been formed in an effort to align and strengthen the voice of our membership with regard the Early Intervention program for claiming and billing changes and the negative impact that these changes have produced for patients, families, and our colleagues. As we have discussed in the past, these Early Intervention changes have been part of the New York State budget process and voted on by the legislature as such. We will continue to monitor any legislation and bring any proposed changes to your attention for action when appropriate. If you work in EI and haven’t done so already, please take a moment to fill out a brief survey that was sent previously by NYPTA President Matt Hyland: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/SPGYHF5. The information we gather will be used in discussions with the New York State Bureau of Early Intervention Services and the Governor’s office.
Health Insurance Exchange
On the payment front, the New York State will be rolling out the health insurance exchange on October 1, 2013 and will begin accepting applications at that time. Benefits will go into effect on January 1, 2014. NYPTA will be monitor the program and share any news that may impact you as providers. Following is a link to the fast facts page so that each of you can begin to educate yourself on the exchange and its implications -- http://www.nystateofhealth.ny.gov/fast-facts.
I would like to also take a moment to ask all of you to be proactive at the federal level. You should have received a recent “call to action” from Lindsay Still at APTA. This call asks us to reach out to our representatives to ask them to vote yes on H.R. 2914 Promoting Integrity in Medicare Act. If passed and enacted, this act will close the self-referral loophole for physical therapy services, advanced imaging, radiation oncology, and anatomic pathology. Please visit the APTA Advocacy site: http://www.apta.org/FederalIssues -- for further information and instructions. We need to achieve a federal mandate against the POPTS practices and this act can achieve that goal.
Meet Us at the Conference
I hope to see all of you at the 2013 NYPTA Physical Therapy Conference. We would love the opportunity to meet and speak to each of you face to face. The conference dates are October 25th and 26th at The Desmond Hotel and Conference Center in Albany, NY. Please register early and earn up to 13 CEH’s over the two days.
Finally, NYPTA, APOL and PAC remain committed to our Legislative Plan. I urge you to continue to work with us with the same level of enthusiasm and fortitude because we need your help if we are to achieve our goals.
Until next month, all the best,
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