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Payment and Policy

APTA Maryland members benefit from expert analyses of changing payment legislation and regulations, and guidance on processing payments successfully. The APTA Maryland and our Director for Reimbursement oversees activities or policies that can enhance the position of physical therapists in the current or in future payment environments.

APTA Maryland Practice, Payment and Policy Series

  • Looks at trends to identify issues across insurance companies for potential advocacy, legislative or regulatory action.
  • Addresses relevant issues and trends in the current environment (state and national) affecting payment of physical therapy.
  • Identifies potential changes/evolution in the payment environment and recommend techniques, positions or policies to address these changes and to promote changes that will benefit physical therapists and physical therapy assistants.
  • Identifies and addresses risk management considerations of changes in payment regulation and provide advice and recommendations to the Board of Directors and Chapter Office staff regarding risk management implications and changes in payment regulation. >>>More Information

News and Updates

New Member Benefit a One-Stop-Shop for Prior Authorization, UM Advocacy Tools

APTA and the Private Practice Section have collaborated to create SPARC — the State Payer Advocacy Resource Center.

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New Remote Therapeutic Monitoring Codes Under Medicare

Specific guidelines govern the use of these codes, and PTs must be aware of the requirements for reporting and billing related services.Learn More

New Maryland MSK Value Based Care Model

First opportunity for PTs in MD to participate in Value based Care models for Medicare.Credit for participating in MIPS without MIPS reporting. 3.5% increase in Medicare Fee-Schedule for all PTs in participating practice (not accounted for in cost comparisons)

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PTA Differential and the SMART Act (HR 5536)

APTA continues to advocate for a pause on the payment differential until 2023, create a permanent exemption for rural and underserved areas, and relax direct supervision requirements for PTAs under Medicare.Learn More / Advocate

What's New in Payment - Opt In for APTA's Friday Focus

APTA members can opt in to receive any of four monthly electronic newsletters each with a different focus:

  • Payment: Payment trends, initiatives, legislation/regulation, and other related issues. Typically delivers the fourth Friday of every month
  • Professional Issues:  Topics of concern to PTs and PTAs related to their careers and the state of the profession, including career development, ethics, practice management, licensure, and peer review. Typically delivers the first Friday of every month.
  • Evidence & Care: Physical therapy evidence and research related to patient care and health services. Typically delivers the second Friday of every month.
  • APTA & You: A focus on association and member issues. Typically delivers the third Friday of every month.