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2021 APTA House of Delegates Livestream

APTA members can view the 2021 House of Delegates, which begins with a virtual session on August 28 that includes national elections and continues September 11 & 12 via the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C.

The livestream will play while the House of Delegates is in session, unless delegates call for executive session. The Aug. 28 order of business will begin at 2:00pm ET (12:00pm MT). There is a break between 3:30-4:30pm ET. The House will adjourn at 6:00pm ET (4:00pm MT).

Members, click here for more information on the 2021 HOD and to access the live stream. 


Policy Directives for Telehealth in Colorado

Below is a requested memo from DORA that supports telehealth services by PTs should be reimbursed by all carriers as an allowed method of PT service delivery. What is of importance is the parity for the coverage of telehealth is codified in Colorado state law, and this maintains the coverage requirement despite the cessation of emergency mandates in Colorado.

Click here to read the memo. 


APTA Launches Monthly Payment Option for All Members

Also available: an additional auto-renew option to help make sustained membership easier.

In response to member requests, APTA now offers a set-and-forget monthly dues payment plan, available to all new, returning, or renewing APTA members. Here's how it works: At the time of renewal or initial membership, you can choose to have your annual dues divided into 12 equal monthly online payments (plus a $1 per month administrative fee).

Click here to learn more. 


PTAs: Tell Us How the PTA Differential Will Affect You

CMS is planning to implement a 15% payment differential for PTAs under Medicare Part B beginning in 2022. How will this impact you? Participate in this quick survey — your responses will help APTA's advocacy efforts at CMS and on Capitol Hill.


House Democrats break internal impasse to adopt $3.5T budget plan

The Hill
House Democrats [Last Tuesday] rallied behind a new strategy to advance President Biden’s economic agenda shortly after Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) struck a deal with a small group of moderates that was threatening to blow up leadership’s carefully laid plans to pass trillions of dollars in federal spending.
The House voted 220-212, strictly along party lines, to adopt a rule that allows Democrats to immediately begin work on a massive $3.5 trillion social benefits package. The rule also requires the lower chamber to take up the Senate-passed bipartisan $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill by Sept. 27.
In addition, the rule clears the way for the House to vote later Tuesday on legislation that would restore the portion of the 1965 Voting Rights Act that required localities with histories of voter suppression to get federal clearance before making changes to election laws.
The deal Pelosi reached Tuesday provides a brief detente between Democratic moderates and progressives as House lawmakers leave Washington to resume their summer recess.
But the internecine sniping over process, strategy and timing foreshadows just how difficult it will be for the party to stay united when it comes to turning its policy goals into law in the coming weeks as it seeks to show voters that they can govern…
Pelosi added in a statement that she is “committing” to pass the bipartisan infrastructure bill by Sept. 27, shortly before current surface transportation programs expire…

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