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07/15/22

HHS Extends Public Health Emergency

On July 15, 2022, Xavier Becerra, Secr​etary of Health and Human Services, extended the public health emergency (PHE) due to COVID-19. The new expiration date is the end of the day on October 13, 2022. So what does this extension mean for outpatient physical, occupational and speech therapy services? Read below to learn more!

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05/16/22

Common Questions and Answers Regarding Assistants

In this article, I will answer some of the more common and frequent questions I receive regarding physical therapist assistants (PTAs) and occupational therapy assistants (OTAs).

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01/03/22

Supervision Requirements of an Assistant in 2022

In this article, I will answer the following questions regarding the supervision requirements of a physical therapist assistant (PTA) by a physical therapist (PT) and an occupational therapy assistant (OTA) by an occupational therapist (OT) under Medicare Part B outpatient therapy services for calendar year 2022: Lets begin!

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03/01/21

Supervision of Therapy Students Under the Medicare Program

I receive several questions per week regarding the supervision requirements of student physical, occupational and speech therapists, student physical therapist assistants and student occupational therapy assistants when they are treating Medicare patients. In this article, I will give the answers to the following questions: What are the supervision requirements of students when they are treating Medicare beneficiaries receiving outpatient therapy services? What are the supervision requirements of students when they are treating Medicare beneficiaries receiving therapy services in a skilled nursing facility under Part A benefits? What are the supervision requirements of students when they are treating Medicare beneficiaries receiving

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02/15/21

Has CMS Eased Student Supervision Requirements During COVID-19 Pandemic?

A question I received today and thought was worthwhile to post and answer for my Gold Members relates to student supervision requirements in the outpatient therapy setting. Due to COVID-19, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has eased the supervision requirements of a physical therapist assistant (PTA) by the physical therapist (PT) and occupational therapy assistant (OTA) by the occupational therapist (OT) in the private practice setting through the later of the end of the calendar year in which the COVID-19 pandemic ends or December 31, 2021. To read more about this change, click HERE. The question I

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12/28/20

Supervision Requirements of an Assistant in 2021

In this article, I will answer the following questions regarding the supervision requirements of a physical therapist assistant (PTA) by a physical therapist (PT) and an occupational therapy assistant (OTA) by an occupational therapist (OT) under Medicare Part B outpatient therapy services for calendar year 2021: What are the supervision requirements of a PTA or OTA in a non-private practice setting (submit claims on a UB-04 claim form) when they are treating a Medicare Part B beneficiary for outpatient therapy services? What are the supervision requirements of a PTA or OTA in a private practice setting (submit claims on a

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12/21/20

CMS Provides Summary of 2021 Final Rule

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has issued their summary of the policies in the calendar year (CY) 2021 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) Final Rule and announces the Telehealth Originating Site Facility Fee payment amount. In addition, I published an article on December 2, 2020 titled “CMS Releases 2021 Final Rule for Services Reimbursed Under the MPFS where I provided a summary of the following topics in the CY 2021 Final Rule: 2021 Medicare Conversion Factor and 9% Payment Reduction Accessing the 2021 Relative Value Units (RVU’s) for Each CPT Code 2021 Annual Therapy Threshold Dollar Amount Student

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04/23/18

Supervision Requirements of a Physical Therapist Assistant

Question: Under Medicare Part B, what are the supervision requirements of a physical therapist assistant in the private practice setting and non-private practice setting (i.e. hospital, skilled nursing facility, rehab agency, CORF)? Answer:

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