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The ACA's Impact on Healthcare Jobs on ADVANCE for Physical Therapy & Rehab Medicine

The ACA's Impact on Healthcare Jobs on ADVANCE for Physical Therapy & Rehab Medicine | Physical Therapy & Obamacare- Aspect 3 | Scoop.it
Affordable Care Act aims to expand opportunities.
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Emily Pieniadz's comment, March 27, 2014 8:05 AM
Part of the Affordable Care Act includes ways that will support and encourage innovation in the healthcare field. One of the law's main goals is to increase the capacity for care in the healthcare systems and to treat patients in more proactive ways. Some ways to achieve those goals is through the expansion of healthcare centers, student loans, and training grants, especially in underserved areas of the country.
Emily Pieniadz's comment, March 27, 2014 8:12 AM
The Prevention and Public Health Fund was created in the health reform law to create initiatives for health promotion, disease prevention, early screening, and the managing of chronic conditions. From 2010-2012, the Affordable Care Act has spent $2 billion in the Prevention and Public Health Fund to expand and develop several programs. Much of the money spent was used in creating new jobs in the healthcare field and money paid to states to encourage them to implement innovative ways to expand their primary care workforce.
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Emily Pieniadz's comment, March 26, 2014 7:55 AM
The settlement agreement of Jimmo v. Sebelius clarifies that when skilled nursing or therapy services are required in order to provide care that is necessary to prevent or slow further deterioration of the patient's health. Coverage will not be available when the patient's needs can be met effectively through non-skilled care. No part of this settlement agreement changes the existing eligibility requirements for receiving Medicare coverage.
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When Medicare Will Pay for Skilled Nursing or Physical Therapy - Forbes

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When Medicare Will Pay for Skilled Nursing or Physical Therapy
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For years, it has been an article of faith that Medicare would not pay for services such as skilled nursing or physical therapy unless that care improved a patient's health status.
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Emily Pieniadz's comment, March 24, 2014 8:12 AM
It was believed that Medicare would not pay for medical services like physical therapy unless the care improved a patient's health status, a guideline referred to as the improvement standard. In 2013, though Medicare settled a lawsuit called Jimmo v. Sebelius that clarified the rule. Medicare will pay for services such as physical therapy if ther are 'reasonable and necessary to prevent or slow further deterioration.' It was found that Medicare cannot deny a person coverage based on the absence for potential improvement. Before this case many people though Medicare would only pay for physical therapy if it improved your condition. After this case, though, it has come to light that Medicare will pay for physical therapy even if it only helps maintain your current abilities.
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Emily Pieniadz's comment, March 6, 2014 7:52 AM
Physical therapists ultimately help patients restore function, relieve pain, improve mobility, and prevent permanent physical disabilities. Physical therapists restore, maintain, and promote healthy and fit lifestyles. Physical therapists are key health care providers in prevention of falls and improvement of physical activity. A large number of laws in the Affordable Care Act will directly impact physical therapists.
Emily Pieniadz's comment, March 6, 2014 7:57 AM
More people will seek physical therapy services as a result of increased coverage due to employer requirements, individual mandates, and health exchanges as a part of the new laws. The employer requirement will impact physical therapy practices, if they have over fifty employees. It will also impact hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, and other health care organizations that employ physical therapists.
Emily Pieniadz's comment, March 6, 2014 8:03 AM
One of the main focuses of the Affordable Care Act is prevention. Lawmakers hope that investments in preventative services will lower overall healthcare spending and improve America's overall health. The American Physical Therapy Association believes that these provisions will be positive for consumers and physical therapists over time. New opportunities will arise for physical therapists who focus on prevention and wellness. Employer-based wellness programs are already becoming popular.
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The Affordable Care Act: Its Effect Upon Physical Therapy

An educational mini-documentary by Josh D'cruz, Tyler Western, and Vince Moraga. This was a project for our KINE 320 (Media and Technology) class at Californ...
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Obama Budget Would Eliminate Medicare Physician Self-Referral Loophole for Physical Therapy

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March 4, 2014: President Obama's federal budget proposal would close the loophole that allows physician self-referrals for physical therapy services—a change long supported by APTA that would improve quality of care and lower Medicare costs.
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Emily Pieniadz's comment, March 24, 2014 7:54 AM
APTA supports President Obama's federal budget proposal that would improve the quality of care and lower Medicare costs by closing a loophole that allows physician self-referrals for physical therapy services. If passed, the budget would eliminate exceptions that apply to physical therapy, radiation therapy, anatomic pathology, and advanced imaging. It is estimated that closing this loophole will save an estimated $6 billion over 10 years. This proposal would save the country billions in unnecessary Medicare costs and protect patients rights when it comes to their choice in care.
Emily Pieniadz's comment, March 24, 2014 8:03 AM
The proposal would eliminate specific exceptions from the Stark self-referral law. This policy was intended to prevent physicians from making referrals for health services that were payable by Medicare to anywhere he or she or an immediate family member has a financial relationship. The exceptions for the law were quickly created for patient convenience. Other exceptions have been broadly applied to now include self-referral for physical therapy services. APTA has been in favor of eliminating the exceptions and is a founding member of the Alliance for Integrity in Medicare (AIM), a group of organizations focused on eliminating the loopholes.
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Health Care Reform

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The Affordable Care Act (ACA) was signed into law March 23, 2010, and aims to increase the quality and affordability of health insurance, lower the uninsured rate by expanding public and private insurance, and contain the rising costs of health care for individuals and the government.
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Emily Pieniadz's comment, March 6, 2014 7:45 AM
On March 23, 2010, The Affordable Care Act was signed into law to increase the affordability of health insurance coverage. The American Physical Therapy Association has broken the law up into four major themes. The Affordable Care Act expands access to health care coverage and creates new insurance protections, creates new models of care, rewards providers for the quality of their services, and increases the screening processes to boost the integrity of federal health care programs.