May 09, 2018

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan is interested in hearing in-depth feedback from physical therapy providers about the eviCore prior authorization process for Medicare Plus Blue® patients. Feedback will be used to make improvements. MPTA encourages all physical therapy providers who submit online prior authorization requests to Blue Cross to use the link below to express interest in giving feedback.  See below for details as provided by BCBSM~

Blue Cross would like to invite PT/OT providers or office staff who submit online prior authorizations to participate in an upcoming focus group discussion. Details are as follows:

  • Four focus groups will be held via conference call.
  • Each focus group will be one hour in length
  • When:
    • May 23, 2018, 9:30-10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.-Noon
    • May 24, 2018, 9:30-10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.-Noon

If you are interested in participating, click here to take a quick survey by May 18, 2018 to see if you qualify. 

Participation is voluntary and provider status will not be affected whether or not providers or staff choose to participate. Randomly selected providers will be confirmed for participation via email. Due to limited capacity, not all interested providers will be selected for participation.

If you have any questions about the focus groups, please contact your assigned Blue Cross provider consultant directly, or send an email to ProviderOutreach@bcbsm.com.

 

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May 09, 2018

MPTA is actively working on a statewide consumer marketing campaign.  We are seeking patient stories that are great examples of the impact of physical therapy. Please submit your powerful patient stories for consideration in print, social and video marketing materials. We need Michiganders to know how physical therapy can change lives!

Please provide a few details about your patient story by responding to a short form found HERE.

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March 09, 2018

MPTA has received a formal policy statement from MDHHS about the Medicaid Provider Enrollment deadline.  The March 1 deadline has been extended, and a new deadline has not been announced.  However, MDHHS is strongly encouraging all providers to NOT delay in completing this process.  MPTA has posted updated instructions for Medicaid Provider Enrollment.

CLICK HERE to see the MDHHS Announcement.

CLICK HERE for updated enrollment instructions.

 

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January 29, 2018

The MPTA is pleased to announce House bill HB544 was introduced by Rep. Jeff Yaroch (33rd District), which would add Physical Therapists and Physical Therapist Assistants as mandatory reporters of suspected child abuse or child neglect.  The bill was introduced on January 24, 2018,  and has been referred to the Committee on Families, Children, and Seniors.  The bill has several co-sponsors, representing a bipartisan group. This was one of MPTAs legislative priorities, and we are confident the bill will pass out of committee and onto the full House in the near future!!!  Look for action alerts to come.

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April 26, 2017

Congratulations to Elizabeth Mostrom, PT, PhD, FAPTA of the Michigan Chapter who has been selected by APTA's Board of Directors to be a Catherine Worthingham Fellow of the American Physical Therapy Association.

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April 24, 2017

The Physical Therapy Section of the Public Health Code has been amended to allow Advanced Practice Registered Nurses to prescribe physical therapy:

 

PUBLIC HEALTH CODE (EXCERPT)
Act 368 of 1978

***** 333.17820.amended THIS AMENDED SECTION IS EFFECTIVE APRIL 9, 2017 *****



333.17820.amended Practice of physical therapy or physical therapist assistant; license or authorization required; engaging in treatment with or without prescription of certain license holders; use of words, titles, or letters.

Sec. 17820.

(1) An individual shall not engage in the practice of physical therapy or practice as a physical therapist assistant unless licensed or otherwise authorized under this part. Except as otherwise provided in this subsection, a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant shall engage in the treatment of a patient if that treatment is prescribed by a health care professional who is an advanced practice registered nurse as that term is defined in section 17201, or who holds a license issued under part 166, 170, 175, or 180, or an equivalent license issued by another state. A physical therapist or a physical therapist assistant may engage in the treatment of a patient without the prescription of a health care professional who is an advanced practice registered nurse as that term is defined in section 17201, or who holds a license issued under part 166, 170, 175, or 180, or an equivalent license issued by another state, under either of the following circumstances:

(a) For 21 days or 10 treatments, whichever first occurs. However, a physical therapist shall determine that the patient's condition requires physical therapy before delegating physical therapy interventions to a physical therapist assistant.

(b) The patient is seeking physical therapy services for the purpose of preventing injury or promoting fitness.

 

 

(2) The following words, titles, or letters or a combination of words, titles, or letters, with or without qualifying words or phrases, are restricted in use only to those persons authorized under this part to use the terms and in a way prescribed in this part: "physical therapy", "physical therapist", "doctor of physiotherapy", "doctor of physical therapy", "physiotherapist", "physiotherapy", "registered physical therapist", "licensed physical therapist", "physical therapy technician", "physical therapist assistant", "physical therapy assistant", "physiotherapist assistant", "physiotherapy assistant", "p.t. assistant", "p.t.", "r.p.t.", "l.p.t.", "c.p.t.", "d.p.t.", "m.p.t.", "p.t.a.", "registered p.t.a.", "licensed p.t.a.", "certified p.t.a.", "c.p.t.a.", "l.p.t.a.", "r.p.t.a.", and "p.t.t.".

Section 17201:

Sec. 17201. (1) As used in this part:

(a) “Advanced practice registered nurse” or “a.p.r.n.” means a registered professional nurse who has been granted

a specialty certification under section 17210 in 1 of the following health profession specialty fields:

(i) Nurse midwifery.

(ii) Nurse practitioner.

(iii) Clinical nurse specialist.

PUBLIC HEALTH CODE (EXCERPT)
Act 368 of 1978

***** 333.17820.amended THIS AMENDED SECTION IS EFFECTIVE APRIL 9, 2017 *****

 


333.17820.amended Practice of physical therapy or physical therapist assistant; license or authorization required; engaging in treatment with or without prescription of certain license holders; use of words, titles, or letters.

 

Sec. 17820.

(1) An individual shall not engage in the practice of physical therapy or practice as a physical therapist assistant unless licensed or otherwise authorized under this part. Except as otherwise provided in this subsection, a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant shall engage in the treatment of a patient if that treatment is prescribed by a health care professional who is an advanced practice registered nurse as that term is defined in section 17201, or who holds a license issued under part 166, 170, 175, or 180, or an equivalent license issued by another state. A physical therapist or a physical therapist assistant may engage in the treatment of a patient without the prescription of a health care professional who is an advanced practice registered nurse as that term is defined in section 17201, or who holds a license issued under part 166, 170, 175, or 180, or an equivalent license issued by another state, under either of the following circumstances:

(a) For 21 days or 10 treatments, whichever first occurs. However, a physical therapist shall determine that the patient's condition requires physical therapy before delegating physical therapy interventions to a physical therapist assistant.

(b) The patient is seeking physical therapy services for the purpose of preventing injury or promoting fitness.

(2) The following words, titles, or letters or a combination of words, titles, or letters, with or without qualifying words or phrases, are restricted in use only to those persons authorized under this part to use the terms and in a way prescribed in this part: "physical therapy", "physical therapist", "doctor of physiotherapy", "doctor of physical therapy", "physiotherapist", "physiotherapy", "registered physical therapist", "licensed physical therapist", "physical therapy technician", "physical therapist assistant", "physical therapy assistant", "physiotherapist assistant", "physiotherapy assistant", "p.t. assistant", "p.t.", "r.p.t.", "l.p.t.", "c.p.t.", "d.p.t.", "m.p.t.", "p.t.a.", "registered p.t.a.", "licensed p.t.a.", "certified p.t.a.", "c.p.t.a.", "l.p.t.a.", "r.p.t.a.", and "p.t.t.".

 

 

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March 03, 2016

At the February 11 Western District meeting a financial advisor provided information about student loans and how to manage them once employed.  The presentation can be viewed by clicking here.

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