January 24, 2020 Update
Due to APTA's extensive advocacy efforts, the NCCI contractor has notified APTA that CMS will resolve the CPT coding change that prevented certain eval and activity codes from being furnished and billed on the same day for same patient. CMS to provide further details. Stay tuned!

APTA Demonstrates"Better Together" Advocacy Success

The US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) unveiled an unwelcome New Year's Day surprise for outpatient therapy providers, including private practitioners and facility-based settings, when it announced it will no longer allow two frequently used therapy billing codes to be used in combination with evaluation codes. It's a decision that flies in the face of standard PT practice and effective patient care—and CMS and the National Correct Coding Initiative (NCCI) contractor need to hear that perspective loud and clear, from as many stakeholders as possible as soon as possible.

As a service to our members, APTAMD is working to update members on legislative news and information through our members only legislative portal.  There you will find a list of bills we are monitoring, hearing schedules, links to resources and prewritten letters for you and your patients.  Legislative information is also updated continuously during the Session at the Maryland General Assembly web site. The General Assembly will reconvene Wednesday, January 8, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. 

Members may also submit a question or comment on legislative issues by email to aptamd@aptamd.org.

Annual Lobby Day February 19, 2020

Become a Champion for the Profession!  Protecting patient care and the physical therapy profession requires advocacy and we need your voice in Annapolis.  The day begins with a briefing by our lobbyists on the current bills affecting the profession. Then it’s off to meet our legislators (and we even set up the appointments for you.)  Please join us! >>>Learn More

Advocacy App

APTA of Maryland has a free State Action Alert app.  The Action App is a powerful tool for PTs, PTAs, students, and patients on the go. You’ll be able to keep up with items on the legislative agenda and given prompts to contact your legislators.  Available for free download in the Apple and Google Play app stores. Once launched, select State Advocacy and then Maryland. 

Remember you can get federal action alerts by signing up for PTeam at apta.org. Go to the Advocacy tab.

Legislative Committee and Lobbyist Information

The Chapter Legislative Committee works with the Lobbyist Firm, Barbara Brocato and Associates, and the APTAMD Board of Directors. This committee is a resource for members to get answers to specific questions regarding legislation in Maryland. Advocacy and Legislation at a National level is handled by APTA.

If you would like to become more involved in legislative issues please email us at aptamd@aptamd.org. The support and participation of all APTAMD members is much appreciated as we continue this investment in our future. If you have any suggestions, questions, answers or want to get more involved in any other way, please let us know.

Physical Therapy Regulations

The Maryland Board of Physical Therapy Examiners (BOE) is the licensing and continuing education approval entity for physical therapy professionals in Maryland. Duties of the Board include writing regulations, interpreting the scope of practice, educating licensees, and disciplining those who violate the law. The most important function is protecting the citizens of Maryland. >>Learn More