Legislative & Payment

CPT Evaluation Codes Changing January 1, 2017

On January 1, 2017, the PT initial evaluation and reevaluation codes (97001 and 97002) will disappear from the AMA’s CPT coding. Poof. Just like that. That’s right, the AMA will replace codes 97001 and 97002 with 97161, 97162, 97163 (for low, moderate and high complexity initial evaluations) and 97164 (reevaluations). This will affect claims for…

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HAPTA Leader Joins United Spinal Association in Advocacy and Honoring Hawaiian Senator

Posted on August 1, 2016 by Chapter Staff Originally Published in HAPTA’s e-Newsletter, What’s HAPTAnin’ – August 2016 HAPTA Legislative Committee member Abi Leddy joined the United Spinal Association during their annual Roll on Capitol Hill (ROCH) in Washington, DC last month so she could advocate for priority legislation and to help present their VetsFirst…

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Support North Carolina’s Dry Needling Lawsuit

Posted on July 1, 2016 by Chapter Staff Originally Published in HAPTA’s e-Newsletter, What’s HAPTAnin’ – July 2016 Dear Members of HAPTA, As you know physical therapy has evolved greatly over the last few decades.  As a profession we have developed and expanded our scope of practice.  We as therapists are allowed to expand our…

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2016 State Legislative Summary

Posted on July 1, 2016 by Chapter Staff Originally Published in HAPTA’s e-Newsletter, What’s HAPTAnin’ – July 2016 Goodbye snail mail Workers Comp Treatment Plans! Hello electronic submissions HB2017 will change current law that only allows snail mail submissions for WC Treatment Plans, and mandates that insurers accept electronic treatment plans. But hold your horses…

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Checklist to Stop TPA Contact

Posted on July 1, 2016 by Chapter Staff Originally Published in HAPTA’s e-Newsletter, What’s HAPTAnin’ – July 2016 We’ve experienced and heard reports from members about receiving frequent faxes, phone calls and emails from companies such as Providers Choice Claim Solutions and Multiplan attempting to get providers to sign a contract accepting a reduction in…

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Recap of 2015 APTA State Policy and Payment Forum – Denver, CO

Posted on January 5, 2016 by Chapter Staff Originally Published in HAPTA’s e-Newsletter, What’s HAPTAnin’ – January 2016 PAYER RELATIONS COMMITTEE RECAP: 2015 APTA State Policy and Payment Forum – Denver, CO September 19-21, 2015 By Patti Taira-Tokuuke, Payer Relations Co-Chair From a Payment perspective, the takeaways from the 2015 forum are that many states…

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Review of SGR/Therapy Cap Legislation

Posted on May 15, 2015 by Chapter Staff Originally Published in HAPTA’s e-Newsletter, What’s HAPTAnin’ – May 2015 Review of SGR/Therapy Cap Legislation On April 14, 2015, the Senate passed the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (H.R. 2), which repealed and replaced the Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula. The president signed the bill…

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HAPTA Supports SB 791

Posted on March 9, 2015 by Chapter Staff Originally Published in HAPTA’s e-Newsletter, What’s HAPTAnin’ – March 2015 HAPTA recently submitted testimony in support of SB 791, to provide requisite coverage for autism diagnosis and treatment by health insurers, mutual benefit societies, and health maintenance organizations, because no child with an Autism Spectrum Disorder in the…

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Update to WC Fee Schedule – Opposed!

Posted on January 8, 2015 by Chapter Staff Originally Published in HAPTA’s e-Newsletter, What’s HAPTAnin’ – January 2015 Thanks to the many PT folks who testified against the proposed Hawaii WC fee schedule changes for 2015.  We finally got word from DLIR Director Dwight Takamine that he will not go forward with the changes, but…

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Upcoming New Rules for Relicensure in 2016

Posted on December 27, 2014 by Chapter Staff Originally Published in HAPTA’s e-Newsletter, What’s HAPTAnin’ – December 2014 Ongoing growth is part of being a professional.  The body of knowledge we acquired to practice has changed from the time we started and will continue to do so.  Most of us maintain our edge: attending continuing…

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