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Senate approves CMS Administrator Nominee

Modern Healthcare
Jessie Hellmann
The U.S. Senate confirmed President Joe Biden's nominee to lead CMS Tuesday, giving the agency a permanent leader at a key moment for the administration.
Chiquita Brooks-LaSure, who worked for the Obama administration and helped implement the Affordable Care Act, will oversee the agency's efforts to expand the healthcare law, set the overall policy agenda for Medicare, Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP).
The nomination was approved 55-44 with four Republicans voting yes: Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), Susan Collins of Maine, Richard Burr (R-N.C.), Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska.).
Before being nominated to lead CMS, she was a consultant for Manatt Health and previously worked for the House Ways & Means Committee, where she helped draft the ACA.
"This is clearly one of the most important healthcare jobs in America," Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) said Monday.
"Ms. Brooks-LaSure brings decades of health policy experience to CMS and I think it would be fair to say she has worked on healthcare from just about every angle short of scrubbing into the operating room itself."
Brooks LaSure's nomination became controversial among Senate Republicans after CMS reversed the Trump administration's decision to approve a Medicaid wavier for an unprecedented 10-year period, arguing it did not give enough time for public comment...

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Webinar TONIGHT - Conscious Capitalism: Elevating Humanity Through PT Private Practice

The APTA Colorado Chapter Student SIG presents a seminar with Dr. Chris Edmundson, the second speaker in our Entrepreneurship Webinar Series. Dr. Edmundson, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT will be presenting on starting private physical therapy practice that serves the community and improves healthcare access to patients with financial need. Dr. Edmundson will explain his vision of elevating humanity through physical therapy business, and answer questions from the audience about his journey and physical therapy entrepreneurship.

When: Wednesday, May 19, 2021 | 6:00pm - 7:00pm MT

Cost: FREE

This seminar is open to PT, PTA and Student members of the APTA Colorado Chapter only. 

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Ask Congress to Guarantee Permanent Medicare Coverage for PT Telehealth

Email Your Members of Congress with Just a Few Clicks & Ask Them to Support The Expanded Telehealth Access Act of 2021

Please help pass the Expanded Telehealth Access Act of 2021 (H.R. 2168)—bipartisan federal legislation that would permanently guarantee telehealth Medicare coverage for health providers, including physical therapists and PT assistants.

It's time to make telehealth a permanent option for PTs and PTAs. APTA makes it easy to add your voice to the effort: PTs, PTAs, students, patients and others can send messages to lawmakers by way of the APTA Patient Action Center. Just follow the instructions for contacting members of Congress.

It only takes a moment to make a difference.


APTA-Backed Bill Presses for Medicare Advantage Prior Authorization Reforms

The legislation would require MA plans to share data, provide transparency, create more efficient systems, and do a better job of listening.

APTA-supported bipartisan legislation taking aim at misuse of prior authorization in Medicare Advantage plans has arrived at the U.S. House of Representatives. If signed into law, the bill could mark a major shift in Medicare Advantage by holding plans more accountable for their use of prior authorization, establishing a pathway for "real time" coverage decisions, and requiring MA companies to get more input from providers and other stakeholders on what is and isn't deemed clinically appropriate.

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Message to This Year's Graduates From APTA CEO Justin Moore

The famous philosopher Yogi Berra once said, “It's like déjà vu all over again." Our association is celebrating its centennial this year, which means that for the second time in our history we’re beginning a new century amid a global crisis. 

You enter a new century of physical therapy in the United States like no other class before you. Over your three years of physical therapist education, almost 40% has been completed during a world health crisis. This crisis has reinforced the need for a profession committed to the process of restoration, recovery, and rehabilitation...

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