Hello to all,
Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Hanukkah!!
2013 NYPTA Physical Therapy Conference
Since our last edition, the NYPTA has once again held an excellent annual conference which was attended by over 300 PTs, PTAs, and students. A big thank you must be given to the NYPTA Program Committee, the Chapter staff, the presenters, and the exhibitors, who all did a magnificent job and made the event such a success.
One highlight for me was the presentation given by Assemblywoman Fahey at the Issues Forum on Friday evening. She was extremely articulate about the issues that affect PT practice in New York State; in particular, the current problems with billing and payment that are negatively impacting the Early Intervention Program in general and providers in particular.
I believe that the Assemblywoman’s advocacy and presence at our conference is a testament to the fact that our messages are being heard statewide and that the NYPTA advocacy program is achieving its goals. This could not be accomplished without the efforts of our members, and I would like to thank each of you and also encourage you to continue to be supportive and proactive at the district and state levels.
Early Intervention Program
NYPTA, in collaboration with the New York State Speech-Language-Hearing Association and the New York State Occupational Therapy Association, has submitted draft legislation to Assemblyman Richard Gottfried, Chair of the Assembly Committee on Health, Senator Kemp Hannon, Chair of the Senate Health Committee, Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, Assembly Majority Leader Sheldon Silver and Senator Jeff Klein, Independent Democratic Conference Leader.
As you are aware, there have been major billing and claims problems encountered by EI Providers throughout New York State. This bill will require the State Fiscal Agent (SFA) to conduct fiscal management and payment of claims for the EI program by:
- Seeking payment on behalf of EI providers directly from commercial insurers;
- Filing and conducting all appeals of payment denials by commercial insurance plans directly with the insurer;
- Paying EI providers within 30 days of the receipt of a claim from a provider, regardless of the status of any appeal.
We reached out to several organizations representing interests in Early Intervention to ask for their support, and which we received, of this draft legislation in order to have everyone involved aligned on the draft bill prior to its formal introduction.
NYPTA Board of Directors approves the 2014 Legislative Plan
I am happy to announce that our 2014 Legislative Plan was approved by the Board of Directors during their Fall Board meeting. The Plan can be reviewed by clicking on the following link:
This Plan builds on the momentum and support that we garnered through our 2013 legislative efforts and Lobby Day 2013.
Our two signature pieces of legislation remain the High Co-Pay bill and the Workers Compensation bills. Though both failed passage of both houses of the Legislature during the 2013 legislative session, we gained substantial sponsorship in both houses and we are hoping to have success during the 2014 session.
Save the Date
Lobby Day is scheduled for Tuesday May 13th, 2014.
Please save the date and join us as we deliver our message to our legislators in Albany.
Grassroots Advocacy Campaign
I would like to announce a major initiative that the Advisory Panel on Legislation (APOL) and our Legislative Liaisons will undertake in 2014. We are planning to ask members to visit each and every New York State legislator in their district offices to deliver our message at the grassroots level. Our goals are to enhance the understanding of our legislation, to garner additional sponsorship prior to Lobby Day, and to determine which legislators and which districts require additional resources to accomplish our goals before visiting Albany for Lobby Day 2014.
This is an aggressive and large initiative and we will require each member’s assistance in order to be successful. Each District Legislative Liaison will be reaching out to individuals to ask for their assistance in visiting and speaking with legislators. Please get involved when called upon. NYPTA will be providing materials to assist in discussing or legislative initiatives.
In order to collect the information we are seeking, summary forms will also be provided to you that will ultimately be filed with the Chapter office. This will assist us in determining where our resources and efforts should then be focused to further enhance support from legislators who have not committed to supporting us.
I am very confident that you will all assist in these efforts. Health care delivery and payment continues to change at a rapid pace. We must utilize our strength as an association to continue to be proactive and to insure that our message and issues are addressed successfully. This will then insure the future of our profession in the great State of New York.
Until next month, all the best,