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Anthem and Aetna Defending Proposed Mergers

Anthem has proposed a merger with CIGNA while Aetna plans a merger with Humana but regulators are fighting them over it. Lawsuits have been filed to stop the mergers on the grounds that the proposed mergers would be going backwards and have a negative effect on the...

Doctors & Hospitals Not in Agreement over Proposed Changes

Recently, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released information on the proposed changes regarding the 2017 payment rule. This was centered on hospital outpatient programs and derived information about the programs from leading healthcare organizations that...

2017 Proposed Physician Fee Schedule

Physician Fee Schedule The 2017 proposed Physician Fee Schedule has now been released. As a result, CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) is providing those that specialize in physical therapy the very first glimpse of a new coding system. This allows for...

Variable Evidence on CPR for the Lumbar Spine

Approximately one decade ago, physical therapists put Clinical Prediction Rules (CPRs) into play for the diagnosis and treatment of the patients that they serviced. These rules laid the foundation for the evidence-based therapies utilized by physical therapists. The...

Why Join the Colorado Physical Therapy Network? (Part 2)

Thank you for rejoining us this week for the second installment of our series, Why Join the Colorado Physical Therapy Network. Last week, you learned that CPTN is a special network for physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech language pathologists, and...

Why Join the Colorado Physical Therapy Network? Part 1

If you are a physical therapist, an occupational therapist, a speech language pathologist, or a physician, you may benefit immensely by electing to join the Colorado Physical Therapy Network (CPTN). This network was established as a means of promoting an environment...

The Next Stage of the Health Care Marketplace

The Health Care Marketplace is, once again, evolving. Many identify this marketplace by the commonly used phrases, “Health Reform” and “Obama Care”. The pivotal moment in this transition occurred with United Health Care made the announcement that they will halt the...

Opioid Epidemic Strategies

Recently, The New York Times stated that Congress has now directed their attention to fighting the epidemic of opioid abuse. While this is a highly productive and highly necessary measure, the editorial board of the publication states that all of the efforts put forth...

Payment Reform and the Alternative Payment System

The American Physical Therapy Association has been promoting the Alternative Payment System (APS) for some time now. In fact, this was the original effort pushed forth by the association in order to effectively reform the payment system in the physical therapy field....

Coding and Health Care Reforms Part 2

The Newly-Introduced Coding and Health Care Reforms Encourage Total Care for Patients and Higher Returns for Physical Therapists – Part 2 In our first installment of our series, The Newly-Introduced Coding and Health Care Reforms Encourage Total Care for Patients and...

Coding and Health Care Reforms Part 1

The Newly-Introduced Coding and Health Care Reforms Encourage Total Care for Patients and Higher Returns for Physical Therapists – Part 1 According to the information that has been released regarding the newly-introduced coding and health care reforms, these reforms...

High-Quality Total Care: Measuring Outcomes

As a physical therapist, you know and understand the importance of measuring outcomes among patients. If you want to provide the highest-quality total care to your patients, measuring and tracking outcomes is a critical component of your success. High-Quality Total...

Insurer Mergers: Good or Bad for Consumers?

According to the latest research out of Washington, D.C the payers and the providers are immensely divided when it comes to the consolidation of insurance companies. This fact was made known on Monday, May 2nd 2016 when an executive briefing was held at the annual...

Using Data to Transform Care Delivery

In recent months, more and more medical professionals are leaning towards the value-based networks. While the transition from the volume-based fees for service to the value-based care pushes medical professionals to rethink the manner in which they do business, this...

Increase in Musculoskeletal Conditions in the US

Recent studies have indicated that there is an increasingly high level of musculoskeletal conditions developing among those in the United States. A majority of this data was delivered by the report known as The Burden of Musculoskeletal Diseases in the US, released by...

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