Fall Conference Breakfast Forum about Alternative Payment System

Please join us Friday morning at 7 a.m. on October 26th to welcome back Karen Jost, PT, MS, Senior Payment Specialist for the APTA Payment & Practice Management Department. Karen is a former PTWA member and worked for Labor and Industries in Tumwater, WA for a number of years.

Karen is the keynote speaker for the Professional Issues Forum at the Fall Chapter meeting at the Tacoma Convention Center. She’s presenting an overview on the APTA Alternative Payment System (APS). APTA proposes to reform payment for outpatient physical therapy services by transitioning from the current fee-for-service, procedural-based payment system to a per session payment system. APTA believes that a system that categorizes patients based on the severity of their condition and intensity of the interventions required better reflects the professional clinical reasoning/judgment and decision making by the physical therapist, improves provider compliance, reduces administrative burdens surrounding current payment models, and is consistent with and enhances payer recognition of the value of physical therapist-directed care. The APS would consist of 3 evaluation codes and 9 examination and intervention codes for a total of 12 codes.

For more information go to the APTA website and search under Payment Reform. Visit ptwa.org/conference to register for this and other conference events.

Elaine Armantrout, PT, DSc, ECS

PTWA President