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Legislative Success – Awaiting the Governor’s Action

Posted: June 12, 2020

Today the Colorado House passed HB 12-212 which provides for parity in insurance coverage for the use of Telehealth services to provide physical therapist care. This new legislation, which we expect to be signed into law shortly, will make permanent the ability for Physical Therapist’s to provide care via Telehealth. This legislation covers commercial and government insurance (Medicaid in Colorado), though the current authorization for the use of Telehealth under Medicare will expire at the end of the national declaration of emergency. APTA National is working with House and Senate sponsors in Washington DC to enact Telehealth permanence for PT’s at this time.

CLICK HERE to view the bill. 

 

2020 APTA Colorado Board Nominations

The APTA Nominating Committee is seeking nominations for the 2020 APTA Colorado Board elections. Nominations are due by Sunday, June 28, 2020The Nominating Committee is looking for volunteers to fill the following positions:

  • President Elect 

  • Treasurer 

  • Director at Large - Finance Director 

  • Delegate at large 

  • Nominating Committee Member

To learn more about the elections, requirements to hold office and to submit your nomination, CLICK HERE

 

PSIG Event: COVID-19 Child Health Advocacy Forum

COVID-19 will leave a lasting impression on many aspects of our lives, including our state’s budget. Join us for a Child Health Advocacy Forum to discuss proposed budgetary changes to early childhood systems – what these changes could potentially mean for you and your communities and what steps we can take to support children and families.

When: Thursday, June 25, 2020
Time: 6:00PM - 7:30PM MT
Location: **This event will take place virtually via Zoom** 

Registration Fee:
*This event is FREE to all members & non-members!

For more information & to register, CLICK HERE!

 

2020 Fall Conference Attendance Survey

As previously announced, the 2020 APTA Colorado Fall Conference will go forward in some form this year. We recognize that predicting how our personal and professional lives will look in one week can be challenging, much less in four months. Despite this uncertainty, we would like to know how this year’s conference can best serve you. Please take a minute or two to complete the following brief survey to better help us plan your conference! We will continue to keep you informed on the decisions made for the conference. If you have any questions, please contact us at [email protected]

CLICK HERE to take the survey!

 

Medicaid Colorado Bulletin June 2020: Outpatient Physical, Occupational, and Speech Therapy Providers

Updates to Visit Documentation Policy

Effective May 1, 2020, the Visit Documentation policy changed from requiring the SOAP format (Subjective, Objective, Assessment, Plan) to instead requiring any format which contains all the elements of SOAP, such as APSO (Assessment, Plan, Subjective, Objective) .

This policy is intended to decrease administrative burden by giving providers greater documentation flexibility.

  For Dates of Service Prior to May 1, 2020 For Dates of Service On/After May 1,2020
Required Note Format SOAP Any format arrangement which has the subjective, objective, assessment and plan elements.

 

The Outpatient Speech Therapy Visit/Encounter Note section has been revised to match the Outpatient PT/OT policy for documentation. Details can be found in the Physical and Occupational Therapy (PT/OT) and Speech Therapy billing manuals.

Contact Alex Weichselbaum at [email protected] with questions on the policy.

 
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