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Tricare to Offer Free Physical Therapy For Colorado Patients With Back Pain

Posted: Oct. 30, 2020

Beginning Jan. 1, Tricare beneficiaries in 10 states will have access to free physical therapy sessions for lower back pain, Military.com reports.

Defense Health Agency officials announced Tuesday that effective next year, military family members and retirees and their families who use Tricare can get up to three physical therapy treatments for their pain.

The pilot program, set for Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee and Virginia, will run through Dec. 31, 2023.

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Meet the Joanne Posner-Mayer Endowed Chair in Physical Therapy

Michael Harris-Love named first endowed chair of Physical Therapy Program

Michael Harris-Love, PT, MPT, DSc, who became the head of the University of Colorado School of Medicine Physical Therapy Program last year, describes himself as an “unlikely candidate” for physical therapy school, CU Anschutz Today reports.

For six years, he worked to save money for his education while attending community college. Along the way, he changed majors several times. “Generally speaking,” he said, “having few financial resources and a host of eclectic interests is not a recipe for academic success.”

Harris-Love worked as a computer-aided design and manufacturing technician at a Motorola plant in Arizona. During that time, he would visit the company library during lunch to read about other careers. Physical therapy sparked his interest, so he began logging volunteer clinical service hours needed to apply to most PT schools.

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Watch the Recorded 'Meet Your Colorado Lobbyists' Webinar

Visit the APTA Colorado Learning Center to view the recorded webinar 'Meet Your Colorado Lobbyists.' Eliza Schultz & Elisabeth Rosen, lobbyists for APTA CO, discuss challenges and successes of past and current legislative efforts that affect the PT profession and healthcare delivery in the state of Colorado. This recorded virtual webinar was sponsored by the NE District. 

No CE credit is offered with this webinar. 

  • APTA Colorado Members - FREE
  • Non-members $20

Click Here to register and view the recorded webinar. 

 

Participate in National Physical Therapy Month

October is National Physical Therapy Month, a celebration for the profession and an opportunity to raise awareness about the benefits of physical therapy and physical therapists’ role as movement experts. This year, APTA is highlighting the many essential health benefits of regular physical activity and the transformative role PTs and PTAs play in helping Americans get or keep moving. The focus on physical activity amplifies our latest ChoosePT public awareness campaign, launched in July, to address the prevalence of inactivity among Americans. APTA encourages Americans to choose more movement to prevent or improve many chronic conditions and reduce the risk of some cancers, and improve bone health, cognitive function, weight control, and quality of life.

Amid a pandemic, this year’s NPTM celebrations may not be the same as in past years. In-person celebrations may be canceled or more socially distant. However, there are still important ways your members can get involved and promote the profession. View eight easy things to do to participate in National Physical Therapy Month.

Please also encourage your members to update or create a profile on APTA's Find a PT directory. This member benefit is accessible through APTA’s consumer website, ChoosePT.com, which reached more than 4 million Americans last year. Find a PT makes it easy for consumers to filter search results by practice focus or specialization. Contact APTA's Public and Media Relations with questions.

 

AIM Clinical Guidelines for Rehabilitative and Habilitative Services

AIM Clinical Guidelines for Rehabilitative and Habilitative Services will be published 12/1/2020. Due to the continuity of care aspect of considering episodes that may start before the transition, we will be instituting a grace period for 12/1/20 – 12/31/20. That means any requests started prior to 12/5/20 will follow the current request process. Starting on 12/6/20 providers will be asked to enter some outlier service codes independently as they will require additional review. All decisions made on or after 12/6/20 will be based on the AIM Clinical Guidelines, however the Anthem claims system will maintain the grace period until 12/31/20 for the outlier service codes.

AIM Specialty Health posts: FUTURE CLINICAL APPROPRIATENESS GUIDELINES OUTPATIENT REHABILITATIVE AND HABILITATIVE SERVICES

(effective 12-1-2020; Appropriate Use Criteria: Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Speech Therapy) 

 
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