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Early Bird Registration for September's ACHH Virtual Seminar Ends July 31

Act now to complete APTA Home Health's Advanced Competency in Home Health (ACHH) certification program! 

The live event is a critical element of the ACHH Certification program, which requires active participation and demonstration of skills being discussed. The live event also offers a huge opportunity for networking with colleagues. 

September 2022 Seminar (Pacific Time Zone): 

  • Session One: Saturday, September 10th - 8:00am – 12:00pm PT
  • Session Two: Sunday, September 11th - 8:00am – 12:00pm PT
  • Session Three: Saturday, September 17th - 8:00am – 12:00pm PT
  • Session Four: Sunday, September 18th - 8:00am – 12:00pm PT
For more information & to register, CLICK HERE

 

 

2022 APTA Home Health Board Nominations

The APTA Home Health Nominating Committee is seeking nominations for the 2022 Home Health Board elections. The Nominating Committee is looking for volunteers to fill the following positions: 

  • Vice President
  • Nominating Committee Member

The nomination submission deadline is Monday, August 1, 2022To learn more about the elections, requirements to hold office and to submit your nomination, CLICK HERE.

 

APTA Home Health House of Delegates Town Hall & Listening Session Update

For those of you who were not able to participate in our virtual town hall on July 13th, it is available to listen to at your leisure at: https://vimeo.com/733689576/10b3c12641 

We had a great mix of members participating including current and past delegates serving other components. There are 22 current motions that were discussed with some highlights of the discussion noted:

RC 9-22: Non pharmacologic blood pressure management
(In the support statement of BP screening rates by PTs across settings were 4%, compared with Home Health settings of rates close to 100%!)

RC 10-14 Access to Physical Therapist Services in the Prenatal and 4th Trimester periods.
Many chapters involved with legislation in support of this concept

RC 14-22: Advocacy for Improved Access to Physical Therapist Services for Medicaid Beneficiaries
This motion encourages national APTA and state chapter efforts to improve access to PT services for Medicaid beneficiaries. A lot of the discussion revolved around although the federal government sets mandatory benefits that must be covered in all Medicaid programs, individual states administer Medicaid. Physical Therapy is not a federal mandatory benefit. Each state sets additional eligibility criteria leading to variable programs state to state.

RC 16-22: APTA’s Commitment to Being Inclusive of Individuals within LGBTQIA+ Populations
Resolves to create an inclusive environment and uplift LGBTQIA+ stakeholders, including members and non-member PTs & PTAs, students, patients/clients & society. Discussion: Do our Core Values cover this?

RC 17-22: Feasibility of Expanding Prescriptive Authority within Physical Therapist Scope of Practice
Prescriptive authority could include: specific medications, devices, health care services, DME, other equipment & supplies. Potential to help meet the needs of primary care. Discussion ranged from supporting of limiting scope of this motion to DME and wound care supplies, vs encouraging the wide scope to support our direct access and try to keep up with other providers such as NP, PAs, etc.

RC 18-22: Explore Opportunities to Enhance Engagement, Collaboration, and Knowledge-sharing in Physical Therapist Practice
To explore opportunities outside currently established framework of sections/academies. Info about one academy SIGs (Hospice & Palliative Care; Pain; Imaging) and multiple academies/councils (Balance & Falls in Geriatrics, Neurology, & Oncology with coordination of their work as the Trialliance), (Health Promotion & Wellness in Geriatrics, Neurology & Health Promotion & Wellness Council). Potential negative financial repercussions for our sections/academies

RC 20-22: Develop a Plan to Promote Equity in Pay Across Genders in the Physical Therapy Profession
A related motion will be coming out in Packet II on 7/15 as a Position Statement: Pay Equity on the Basis of Gender

And lots more but you’ll have to listen to the tape!

Some links that you might be interested in:

Phil and I would appreciate receiving additional input from our members on the motions and APTA leadership candidates. We will be representing you at a virtual House of Delegates on July 30th and in DC in-person August 14th & 15th.  

Our emails are:

 

Post-Acute Care Quality Reporting Programs

Recruitment Announcement – Technical Expert Panel (TEP) for Hospice QRP and Home Health QRP Health Equity Quality Measure Development

From CMS

Abt Associates is currently recruiting a wide range of hospice, home health, and health equity stakeholders—for example, providers, patient advocates, quality improvement, and health equity experts—to participate in a Technical Expert Panel (TEP) to provide input on a proposed health equity structural composite measure for both hospice and home health care settings.

The Call for TEP materials, including the draft TEP Charter and Nomination Form, are available at the Current TEP Opportunities webpage.

If you have general questions about the TEP and would like to contact Abt Associates, please email [email protected].

The measure development work is under CMS contract number 5FCMC18D0014 and task order number 75FCMC19F0001.

 

Renewal of Public Health Emergency (PHE) for COVID-19

On July 15, 2022, Secretary Xavier Becerra, Secretary of Health and Human Services, renewed the PHE for COVID-19. The renewal is for 90 days, through October 14, 2022. The renewal states:

Renewal of Determination That a Public Health Emergency Exists
As a result of the continued consequences of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, on this date and after consultation with public health officials as necessary, I, Xavier Becerra, Secretary of Health and Human Services, pursuant to the authority vested in me under section 319 of the Public Health Service Act, do hereby renew, effective July 20, 2021, the January 31, 2020, determination by former Secretary Alex M. Azar II, that he previously renewed on April 21, 2020, July 23, 2020, October 2, 2020, and January 7, 2021, and that I renewed on April 15, 2021, July 19, 2021, October 15, 2021, January 14, 2022, and April 12, 2022, that a public health emergency exists and has existed since January 27, 2020, nationwide.

 
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