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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. 

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



KT 1-2 December 10-11, 2016; KT 3 February 11, 2017; KT 4 February 12, 2017

Wheeling Jesuit University Physical Therapy Department
2016 Continuing Education Series 

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Abstract Submissions Accepted:  December 10, 2016 thru January 20, 2017.

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.

ptdosWe want you!!!

The PTDOS is the brainchild of Efosa Guobadia  who thought of the idea while serving in Peru in 2015 (see the full story here) as a means of inspiring and connecting our profession and our communities on a global scale.  He then reached out to friends and colleagues and the Global PTDOS was born!

We want to challenge all of the PTs, PTAs and students in WV to participate in this global movement.  We know that as physical therapy providers in WV, you are leaders in your communities and many of you already serve your neighbors in a variety of ways.  This is a chance for us to join forces and serve “together” for the betterment of our communities and subsequently the great state of WV! 

The University of Pittsburgh is proud to sponsor a Pediatric Vestibular Rehabilitation course offered by Rose Rine, PhD, PT. Dr. Rine is well known for her research and practice in the area of managing children with vestibular dysfunction.

Additional details can be found on our website at as well as the brochures attached above. 


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