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Advocacy and Reimbursement

Advocacy

The Oregon Physical Therapy Association's Government Affairs Committee works with the American Physical Therapy Association and our lobbyist to advocate for the profession in Congress, in the Oregon Legislature and with the numerous regulatory bodies that influence our profession. The committee meets on the second Tuesday of most months. If you are interested in participating in the Government Affairs Committee, contact the committee chair at info@opta.org.

Reimbursement

The Oregon Physical Therapy Association's Reimbursement Committee works to educate payers about the value of physical therapy while keeping members apprised of changes in reimbursement policy. If you are interested in assisting the Reimbursement Committee, contact the committee chair at info@opta.org.

News Alert!

April 1, 2013 Medicare Payment Changes

Last Monday, April 1, 2013, saw the implementation of significant payment policy under Medicare Part B for physical therapists. APTA shares members frustration with these policy changes and stands ready to assist our members with resources on how to manage these challenging times and to advocate for fair and appropriate payment policies for physical therapists under Medicare. Next week, as part of our annual Federal Advocacy Forum, more than 250 APTA members will be on the Capitol Hill to take this message to their elected officials. Over the past year, APTA has provided APTA members with crucial information about these upcoming cuts in all-member e-mails, News Now articles, social media messages, and via the APTA.org homepage. We also know that some physical therapists are unaware of what’s ahead and as leaders in the association we wanted your consideration to partner with APTA and share this information with physical therapists in your chapter, section, or network of colleagues.   Click here for more information and resources.

Internet Links:


The best single source of information is APTA’s 2013 Medicare Changes webpage:

http://www.apta.org/Payment/Medicare/2013/Changes/

MPPR Resources

· Frequently Asked Questions: http://www.apta.org/Payment/Medicare/CodingBilling/FeeSchedule/2013/FAQ/

· MPPR Calculator (Members Only): http://www.apta.org/apta/advocacy/feecalculator.aspx?navID=10737423156

· Infographic on payment changes provided below


Sequestration Resources

· Fee Schedule Calculator (Members Only): http://www.apta.org/apta/advocacy/feecalculator.aspx?navID=10737423156

· Infographic on payment changes provided below


What You Can Ask Members to Do:

· Continue to Take Action on these and other issues by visiting APTA’s Legislative Action Center: http://www.apta.org/TakeAction/

· Sign up for our PTeam email listserv for updates on these issues at: www.apta.org/PTeam


Alternative Payment System / Physical Therapy Classification and Payment System:

www.apta.org/PTCPS


Infographics:






OPTA Members:  For more information click here.


The Oregon Physical Therapy - PAC

Take Advantage of Oregon’s Political Tax Credit!



Your contribution to OPT-PAC is eligible for an Oregon tax credit of up to $50 per individuals with an adjusted gross income of less than $100k, and up to $100 for couples filing jointly with an adjustable gross income less than $200k.

To make a contribution, download the donation form.

The Oregon Physical Therapy Political Action Committee (OPT-PAC) is the political action committee (PAC) of the Oregon Physical Therapy Association (OPTA). The purpose of the OPT-PAC is to elect legislators who will help further the interests of the physical therapy profession. OPT-PAC does this by providing financial support to political campaigns.

 The Oregon Physical Therapy Association actively lobbies on behalf of physical therapists statewide. Your contribution helps to insure that your voice is heard in Salem.

 Contributions are separate from Association dues; they are collected purely on a voluntary basis, and are not a condition of membership in OPTA or APTA.

Additional resource:  Statutes and rules governing the practice of Physical Therapy in Oregon can be found by following the above links.