The APTA announced it will lead the education efforts for physical therapists. For an overview of other proposed Medicare fee schedule changes affecting physical therapists, refer to APTA’s "Proposed Physician Fee Schedule: New Evaluation Codes, Same Payment" web post. In its "New Evaluation Codes for OT in Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule" web post, the AOTA is not only encouraging members to submit comments to the proposed rules, but is requesting its members to send feedback or concerns to email@example.com. For comments to CMS on the proposed rule, the deadline is September 6, 2016.
In addition to therapists taking advantage of APTA’s and AOTA’s advocacy and education on using the new codes, therapy companies will need to be sure that appropriate updates are made to their electronic health record documentation and billing software. In particular, changes should be designed to capture patient complexities and cue therapists to document all standardized assessment results in order to facilitate the correct code being reflected on the claim.
A version of this article appeared in the September 2016 issue of LARCM News, a publication of the Louisiana Association of Revenue Cycle Management.