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Purpose: The WV Chapter of the APTA wishes to support students in physical therapist and physical therapist assistant education programs in WV who hope to further themselves and their profession by supporting their attendance at one of the following events:

  • February 21-24, 2018 - APTA Combined Sections Meeting (CSM) Applications due to chapter office by November 15

  • April 29-May 1, 2018 - Federal Advocacy Forum Applications due to chapter office by December 1

  • April 20-22, 2018 – WVPTA Spring Conference – Student Volunteers Applications due to chapter office by January 1

  • June 27-30, 2018 - APTA NEXT / HOD National Conference and Exposition Applications due to chapter office by March 15

  • October 2018 - APTA National Student Conclave (NSC) Applications due to chapter office by July 15

Award:

One $500.00 scholarship will be awarded for each conference. Award amount may be split should applications warrant it.

Eligibility Criteria:

1. Must be a current student of an established or developing CAPTE accredited PT or PTA program in WV (can be in any year of the program).

2. Must be a student member of the APTA/WVPTA at the time of application. Copy of membership card must be attached to the application.

Student Expectations:

Scholarship winners must submit an article for the WV Chapter Newsletter within a deadline of 30 days past the event for submission for the upcoming newsletter.

Application Information:

1. Applications can be obtained by contacting the WV Chapter office or by visiting the website (see contact information below). Students can visit the APTA website (www.apta.org) for more information on each of the specific events.

2. Awarded applicants will be notified within 10 days of the final decision for planning purposes.

Abstract Submissions Accepted:  December 4, 2017 thru January 19, 2018.

The date posters will be displayed is TBA. During the conference with 45 minutes scheduled for presenters to be available at their poster for a question and answer session.

There is a $25.00 fee for submission of each abstract from practitioners and a $15.00 fee for student submissions. Payment is accepted via PayPal. This fee assists in covering the cost of room rental for the poster presentations as well as the online abstract submission site. Each individual may submit a maximum of two abstracts as the presenting author but may submit an unlimited number of abstracts as a secondary author. If an abstract is selected, the presenting author must register for the Saturday portion of the conference and is responsible for the cost of meals. All applicants must be WVPTA members or be sponsored by a member. Please contact the WVPTA office regarding sponsorship.

Health care reform is swiftly moving providers and patients toward value-based payment and away from procedural-based, fee-for-service systems. To enable physical therapists and physical therapist assistants to be successful in this evolving environment, APTA has been actively pursuing payment alternatives as part of health care reform's triple aim of better care for individuals, lower costs, and better community health. The association's goal is to work with the federal government and payers to reform payment for outpatient physical therapist services to improve quality of care, recognize and promote the clinical judgment of the physical therapist, and provide policymakers and payers with an accurate payment system that ensures the integrity of medically necessary services. Below are areas of particular impact on PTs and PTAs.

http://www.apta.org/PaymentReform/NewEvalReevalCPTCodes/ 

The 2 familiar CPT codes for physical therapy evaluation and reevaluation will disappear beginning January 2017. In their place, PTs must begin using 3 new evaluation codes and a new reevaluation code. Now is the time to become familiar with them.

The CMS proposed physician fee schedule for 2017 introduced the 3 new CPT codes for physical therapy evaluation and 1 new code for reevaluation. The new evaluation codes reflect 3 levels of patient presentation: low-complexity (97161), moderate-complexity (97162), and high-complexity (97163), and will replace the current 97001 code. The new reevaluation code replaces the current 97002.

CMS failed to adopt tiered payment values for the 3 evaluation codes, as was recommended by the American Medical Association (AMA) Relative Update Committee. APTA's comments in response to the proposed rule reiterate its recommendations for stratified payment for different levels of complexity in physical therapist evaluations. Until the final rule is released in late October or early November, the association continues to voice these recommended changes to the proposal.

As part of APTA's longstanding efforts to pursue a new payment system that fairly reflects the expertise, skill, and responsibility of physical therapists in caring for their patients and clients, the association and its collaborators developed this 3-tiered system of CPT evaluation codes to replace the current single code that covered all physical therapist evaluations.

The new CPT evaluation and reevaluation codes are a step in the right direction toward overall payment reform, and APTA continues to work with AMA and other provider groups in seeing value-based payment evolve. For more information on APTA's efforts to reform payment, view our resources below or email advocacy@apta.org.

http://www.apta.org/PaymentReform/

 

 


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