DEADLINE FOR NOMINATIONS IS July 1st, 2014!

Awards will be presented at Fall Conference “Celebration of You” Awards Gala

Being held Friday, September 26 at 7:00pm at the Barrel House in Lexington.

There are many deserving PT and PTA professionals in our organization!  Please consider taking a moment to nominate a co-worker or colleague who has exhibited outstanding leadership and service to our profession!  (Nominees must currently be APTA/KPTA members)

Donald H. Lange Lifetime Achievement Award

The purpose of the award is to recognize the Physical Therapist who has exhibited outstanding leadership, innovation in practice, mentorship, and ongoing service to the profession of Physical Therapy.  The award is named for Don Lange, PT.  Mr. Lange practiced in Kentucky for many years.  Not only was he an exceptional clinician and mentor of young physical therapists, he also was instrumental in the development of Kentucky’s practice act.   Mr. Lange’s impact on the profession of Physical Therapy, the lives of all those he touched and his commitment to life-long learning and leadership is the foundation for this award.  

Criteria:  The award shall be based on the following.

  • Must be or have been a member in good standing of the APTA/KPTA.
  • Must have a commitment to life-long learning as evidenced throughout their career.
  • Must have exhibited mentoring to students and/or other PTs and PTAs, impacting on  their professional lives.
  • Must have exhibited a pioneer spirit by promotion, cultivating and expanding the profession of Physical Therapy.
  • Be nominated by at least one letter of support evidencing the above criteria.

 

Outstanding Physical Therapist
Outstanding Physical Therapist Assistant
Richard V. McDougall “Fledgling” Award*

Criteria:

Nominations will be judged by the Awards committee on the following:

  • Contribution and Participation in the APTA/KPTA
  • Clinical Expertise, Educational/Teaching Expertise or Administrative Expertise
  • Commitment to Professional Development/Continuous Learning
  • Community Service/Promotion of the profession
  • Commitment and Support for Physical Therapy Research
  • Be nominated by at least one letter of support evidencing the above criteria.

*Fledgling Award nominees should have practiced for at least 2 years but not more than 5 years.

SEND NOMINATIONS FOR DON LANGE, OUTSTANDING PT, PTA & FLEDGING AWARDS TO:

Sam Brown
Awards Committee Chair
ptmpts@windstream.net
68 Oak Tree Lane
Monticello, KY  42633

Please include in your letter:

  • Name, address, phone numbers, work location and job title of Nominee.
  • Name, address, phone numbers for person making the nomination.

Outstanding Clinical Educator Award

Criteria:

  • Clinical Instructor for 3 years, averaging 1 student per year
  • Nomination should be submitted with: letter of recommendation from a PT or PTA student whom the CI has supervised; one letter of recommendation from an ACCE in a KY PT/PTA program; nominee’s CV or resume (additional letters of support are not required, but may be submitted)

Submit CI nominations to kptaky@gmail.com.   

NOMINATION FORMS FOR OUTSTANDING CLINICAL EDUCATOR CAN BE FOUND AT:

Award details and nomination form

Student Statement of Recommendation form



The most recent issue includes the following topics:

  • KPTA Urges Members to Contact Their State Legislators Regarding SB41
  • Continuing Education for Bellarmine University DPT Program Clinical Instructors
  • Please Participate in the FREE ICD-10 Webinar
  • What Procedures or Tests Should PTs and Patients Question? APTA Seeks Input by April 4
  • Humana Seeking to Amend Provider Contract Terms
  • Does your current physical therapy billing software print the new dual form?
  • Innovation 2.0 Projects Selected For May Workshop

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KPTA’s Purchase District will meet on March 11 from 5:30pm-8:30pm.

Because of recent regulation changes, attendees at this meeting may receive category 1 continuing education units. The meeting is being held at Baptist Health Paducah in the Heart Center Auditorium. The topic is “Functional Outcome Tests,” presented by Peggy Block, PT, MHS. For more information, contact Holly Rodgers at holly.rodgers@bhsi.com.





Topics include: Medicaid, Worker’s Compensation, Silent PPOs, Auto Silent PPOs, MPPR & Copay Law

Please register for our webinar on the above topics that will also feature APTA expert Carmen Elliott (Director of Payment & Practice Management): on Oct 23, 2013 from 12:00 PM – 1:30PM EDT : Carmen will present: “Understanding Medicare Advantage & Multiple Procedure Payment ReductionsDeadline to register is Tuesday, October 22.

Register using this link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2081037215441374465

About 1 in 4 Medicare recipients are enrolled in a Medicare Advantage (MA) private health plan. Being federally funded, MA plans must meet certain federal requirements. Because they are offered by private companies, however, they mimic private insurance. Thus, as a provider accepting MA patients, you must adhere to both the terms and payment conditions of the specific MA plan and any related federal Medicare requirements. Recently, the MA private health plans have implemented the multiple procedure payment reduction (MPPR) methodology. Physical therapists must know what is expected with MA plans and how to appeal if there are debatable denials or actions by the payer. Gain insight into the MA program, find out how to comply with federal MA requirements and learn how to negotiate these private insurance company contracts through this webinar.

Objectives:
1. Describe the Medicare Advantage program and how it affects your patients.
2. Identify federal requirements for the Medicare Advantage program.
3. Identify problem areas in contracts with private insurers that provide Medicare Advantage plans.
4. Identify strategies in appealing MPPR reductions with private payers.

Presenter:
Carmen Elliott is the senior director of Payment and Practice Management at the American Physical Therapy Association. Her primary responsibilities at APTA include developing and implementing strategies to advocate for payment policies for physical therapists services and providing leadership to the private payment area. Carmen also communicates with members about payment and practice management issues, including physical therapy coverage, payment, coding, managed care contracting, and auto liability coverage.

Carmen received her BS degree from Bowie State University, Bowie, MD and a MS degree in Health Care Management from Marymount University, Arlington, VA. Prior to joining APTA in September 2006, Carmen was a Practice Administrator for a large physical therapy practice in Southern Maryland.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Fees : $25 per computer login, $15 for each certificate of completion toward PT & PTA Kentucky relicensure for KPTA members. $30 for each certificate of completion for non-members.


Please register for our webinar: “Understanding Medicare Advantage & Multiple Procedure Payment Reductions” on Oct 23, 2013 from 12:00 PM – 1:30PM EDT :

Register using this link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2081037215441374465

About 1 in 4 Medicare recipients are enrolled in a Medicare Advantage (MA) private health plan. Being federally funded, MA plans must meet certain federal requirements. Because they are offered by private companies, however, they mimic private insurance. Thus, as a provider accepting MA patients, you must adhere to both the terms and payment conditions of the specific MA plan and any related federal Medicare requirements. Recently, the MA private health plans have implemented the multiple procedure payment reduction (MPPR) methodology. Physical therapists must know what is expected with MA plans and how to appeal if there are debatable denials or actions by the payer. Gain insight into the MA program, find out how to comply with federal MA requirements and learn how to negotiate these private insurance company contracts through this webinar.

Objectives:
1. Describe the Medicare Advantage program and how it affects your patients.
2. Identify federal requirements for the Medicare Advantage program.
3. Identify problem areas in contracts with private insurers that provide Medicare Advantage plans.
4. Identify strategies in appealing MPPR reductions with private payers.

Presenter:
Carmen Elliott is the senior director of Payment and Practice Management at the American Physical Therapy Association. Her primary responsibilities at APTA include developing and implementing strategies to advocate for payment policies for physical therapists services and providing leadership to the private payment area. Carmen also communicates with members about payment and practice management issues, including physical therapy coverage, payment, coding, managed care contracting, and auto liability coverage.

Carmen received her BS degree from Bowie State University, Bowie, MD and a MS degree in Health Care Management from Marymount University, Arlington, VA. Prior to joining APTA in September 2006, Carmen was a Practice Administrator for a large physical therapy practice in Southern Maryland.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Fees: $25 per computer login, $15 for each certificate of completion toward PT & PTA Kentucky relicensure for KPTA members. $30 for each certificate of completion for non-members.

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KPTA Members may vote for candidates beginning at 12:00a.m. on Monday, September, 30th. Voting will remain open until 11:59.p.m. on Friday, October 4. To vote, please go to: http://www.sourcemeout.com/100473 and follow the instructions. Please have your APTA membership number in order to login.

The following offices have candidates for election:

KPTA President – Elect
KPTA Vice President
KPTA Treasurer
KPTA Delegates
KPTA PTA Caucus Representative
KPTA Nominating Committee
Kentucky State Board of Physical Therapy

Candidate statements are available on our website at: http://kypt.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/KPTA_Candidates_for_Office_2013_Updated.pdf.





Legislation passed in 2011 mandates that PT co-pays/co-insurance may not exceed the co-pay/co-insurance for a physician office visit. This legislation applies to ALL practice settings. Many insurers are not complying with this legislation. If you are treating patients with high co-pays/co-insurance, please follow the steps outlined below and share this information with your billing staff.

Ensure your client’s insurance is not a Medicare or self-funded plan (co-pay/co-insurance legislation does not apply to these plans). If the insurance not a Medicare or self-funded plan, then proceed with the following steps:

1.    Charge the patient the co-pay\co-insurance that is in compliance with the law and make them aware their carrier is not abiding by KRS 304. 17A-177 (SB112).

2.    When you bill the health insurance carrier include a copy of the law, which can be found at: http://www.lrc.ky.gov/KRS/304-17A/177.PDFand request compliance.

3.    If the carrier does not comply within 1-2 weeks, you may report the noncompliance to the Ky. Department of Insurance. Print, fill out and have the patient sign the Kentucky Department of Insurance Consumer Complaintform at: http://insurance.ky.gov/Documents/ConsComplaintWithInstr022211.pdf?MenuID=16. Alternately, you may file the complaint online at: http://insurance.ky.gov/online_complaint.aspx?MenuID=15

4.    Notify KPTA of your actions and results.

The investigation should take no more than 30 days. Make a note on your calendar to follow up with the patient after 30 days. Typically the Kentucky Department of Insurance has been contacting the patient and NOT the therapist with the results of the investigation.

For your information, following is the wording of KRS 304.17A-177:

304.17A-177 Limitation on amount of copayment or coinsurance charged for services rendered by occupational or physical therapist — Insurer to clearly state coverage.

(1) An insurer shall not impose a copayment or coinsurance amount charged to the insured for services rendered for each date of service by an occupational therapist licensed under KRS Chapter 319A or a physical therapist licensed under KRS Chapter 327 that is greater than the copayment or coinsurance amount charged to the insured for the services of a physician or an osteopath licensed under KRS Chapter 311 for an office visit.

(2) An insurer shall state clearly the availability of occupational and physical therapy coverage under its plan and all related limitations, conditions, and exclusions.

Effective: June 8, 2011

History: Created 2011 Ky. Acts ch. 92, sec. 1, effective June 8, 2011




Problems with Insurance Companies Not Complying with SB112

First make sure your client’s insurance was new or renewed after June 8, 2011. Then make sure it is not a self-funded plan. If both of those check out then go to http://insurance.ky.gov/ and on the left hand side panel there is a button that says file a complaint. You can either file it online or print the documents out and mail them in. The PT can do it on behalf of the patient, just ensure you check the boxes that correspond. The investigation should take no more than 30 days. Make a note on your calendar to follow up with the patient after 30 days. Typically the Kentucky Department of Insurance has been contacting the patient and not the PT with the results of the investigation.

Please click here for additional information in PDF format.




Have You Had Your ACL REPAIRED?

Researchers at the University of Kentucky are evaluating leg muscle strength and movement mechanics of patients who have had or will have ACL reconstruction surgery for the first time.
Patients will be compensated for their participation.

Patients will be compensated for their participation.

Click here for more details regarding the study including eligibility requirements and contact information.

 


On January 23rd, the House of Representatives voted for a three month increase of the debt ceiling. Given the short term nature of the legislation no action was taken on larger issues including a fix for the multiple procedure payment reduction (MPPR) policy passed on January 1st as part of the year-end legislation to avoid the fiscal cliff. Without Congressional action, the MPPR policy will increase from 20% for private practice settings and 25% for facilities to 50% across all outpatient therapy settings on April 1, 2013.Contact your members of Congress TODAY using APTA’s Legislative Action Center and ask them to delay implementation of this flawed policy until January 1, 2015. This date is the scheduled start of APTA’s Alternative Payment System (APS), a new payment system for outpatient therapy that would move payment away from multiple procedures.

APS, also known as the Physical Therapy Classification and Payment System (PTCPS), will reform the current fee-for-service, procedural based payment system to a per session payment system. As part of the Balanced Budget of 1997, Congress charged CSM with developing an alternative to the Medicare therapy cap. In response to this directive, APTA began developing APS and expects to transition to the new system by January 1, 2015.

APTA estimates the application of a 50% MPPR policy will reduce aggregate payments for outpatient therapy services (physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech language pathology) by 6-7% from the 2012 payment amounts. Please be aware these are aggregate spending numbers and there will be variation among practices with regard to the impact. To determine the impact on your individual practice, refer to both the 2012 and 2013 MPPR calculators available on APTA’s website.

You can also call the Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and ask to speak with your members of Congress. Ask your legislators to delay implementation of this provision until January 1, 2015 by inserting a fix in the next possible legislative vehicle! Don’t forget to personalize your message and tell your members of Congress how this will impact his or her patient and provider constituencies.

Tell your legislators the impact this additional cut would have on your practice or facility:

  • This new reduction is in addition to the current MPPR that applied beginning in 2011 which reduced payments by 6-7%. This means that in calendar years 2011 and 2013, outpatient therapy services were subject in aggregate to a 12-14% reduction in payment overall.
  • An increased MPPR would restrict patient access to vital therapy services. Particularly hard hit would be patients with multiple chronic conditions, who might benefit the most from intensive therapy treatment programs. Many therapists will be forced to choose not to treat Medicare beneficiaries.
  • Patients who do not receive timely outpatient therapy services would be at increased risk for hospital readmissions, additional injuries, and other complications.
  • It will be difficult for all outpatient therapy settings from small businesses to large facilities to continue caring for vulnerable Medicare patients with cuts of this magnitude.

Tell your legislators that MPPR is a flawed policy when applied to therapy for the following reasons:

  • MPPR is based on the assumption that duplication exists in the practice expense portion of therapy codes billed on the same day. However, the practice expense portion of the therapy codes were already reduced when these codes were initially valued since multiple services are typically provided to a patient during a visit.
  • The current MPPR policy on therapy imposes a reduction to all therapy services and is not a discipline specific policy. To spread an MPPR over the three therapies equates to reducing payment for a cardiologist because a patient saw their general practitioner earlier in the day.

To register, submit the form found at: http://kypt.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/FLR_Registration_Form.pdf

This course may be eligible toward Category 2 continued competency requirements for Kentucky.

Webinar Description : Beginning January 1, 2013, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will begin collection of information regarding the beneficiaries function and condition, therapy services furnished, and outcomes achieved on patient function on the claim forms. All practice settings that provide outpatient therapy services must include this information on the claim form. Specifically, the policy will apply to physical therapy(PT), occupational therapy (OT), and speech-language-pathology (SLP) services furnished in hospitals, critical access hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, comprehensive outpatient rehabilitation facilities (CORFs), rehabilitation agencies, home health agencies (when the beneficiary is not under a home health plan of care), and in private offices of therapists, physicians and nonphysician practitioners. To ensure a smooth transition, CMS sets forth a testing period from January 1, 2013, until July 1, 2013. After July 1, 2013, claims submitted without the appropriate G-codes and modifiers would be returned unpaid.

Participants will learn how to report patient functional limitation information on claims using the new nonpayable functional G-codes and with the severity modifiers on claims. In addition, the G-codes and severity modifiers used in the functional reporting are required to be documented in the patient’s medical record of therapy services.

Specifically, this call will include an overview of the new functional reporting requirement, including effective dates, and information on:

·         nonpayable G-codes used to report functional limitations
·         modifiers used to report the severity of functional limitations
·         reporting frequency
·         documentation requirements

Presenter: Heather Smith, PT, MPH : Heather Smith currently serves as the Program Director of Quality for APTA.  Heather previously worked for New York Presbyterian Hospital as the Manager of Core Measures, with responsibility for all publically reported core measure sets and quality improvement projects associated with these measures.  In addition, she worked on a variety of other quality initiatives as well as regulatory preparedness for multiple campuses within New York Presbyterian’s 2,300 bed hospital system.  Prior to her role at New York Presbyterian, she worked at the University of Pennsylvania Health System where she also served in a quality improvement position for over two years.  Her transition into quality was facilitated in part by the acquisition of her Masters in Public Health from Drexel University.  Previous to her role in quality improvement, she was a practicing clinician for over ten years with the majority of her focus on orthopedics in the outpatient setting.


It is with great sadness that we share with you the passing of David Pariser, PT, PhD.

David Pariser, PT, PhD

David Pariser, PT, PhD

Dave served as KPTA’s Legislative Chair, during which the landmark SB112 was passed – the copay bill. Since then numerous states have introduced and passed similar legislation, based on our model. He was a current member of the APTA Board of Directors; and a Past President of the Louisiana Physical Therapy Association.

Dave was a respected member of the Bellarmine faculty. He came to Bellarmine from the LSU Health Sciences Center in 2005, after being named Physical Therapist of the Year in Louisiana and being inducted into the Louisiana Physical Therapy Association Hall of Fame for career achievement. At Bellarmine he quickly became a fully contributing member not only of our Physical Therapy Department and the Lansing School, but of the entire University community. In addition to his exceptional teaching, generous service and extensive published research, he participated in pro bono physical screening exams for the Bellarmine University Athletic Department from 2006-2009, served as a faculty search committee chair in 2008 and received the Presidential Merit Award here at Bellarmine in the same year.

Dave earned his B.S. in physical therapy at West Virginia University, and his M.Ed in physical education and Ph.D. in education curriculum & instruction at the University of New Orleans.

He was one of few men to possess a brilliant mind, yet a humble heart. He was greatly loved and will be greatly missed.

Dave was married to Gina Pariser, PT, PhD; and was the proud father of Ada and Kayla. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Gina and the girls.




Congress has less than 30 days to extend the Medicare therapy cap exceptions process. In order to ensure your voice is heard on Capitol Hill, APTA is working with the Therapy Cap Coalition to promote awareness of the December 31st deadline. TODAY every member of the coalition is activating its grassroots network, and asking its members to email or call their legislators. You can help by emailing your members of Congress using APTA’s Legislative Action Center and asking them to extend the exceptions process through 2013. You can also call your legislators using the phone number provided below. Without Congressional action, a hard cap of $1,900 will take effect January 1, 2013.

It is vital that PROVIDERS AND PATIENTS take action! Flood Congress with emails and telephone calls TODAY!

CALL YOUR LEGISLATORS:

Call the Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and ask to speak with your members of Congress.

MESSAGE:

Ask your legislators to extend the Medicare therapy cap exceptions process through 2013.

  • Emphasize the patient impact of letting a hard cap of $1,900 take effect in 2013.
  • Tell Congress that a hard therapy cap disproportionately impacts those patients who need treatment the most.
  • Beneficiaries who experience more than one episode of illness or injury per year often exceed the cap.
  • Beneficiaries will be forced to delay necessary care, assume higher out-of-pocket expenses, or forgo care altogether if a hard cap is implemented in 2013.

Don’t forget to ask your patients to email or call their members of Congress using the Patient Action Center. All they have to do is enter their zip code and click “Go!”

APTA is working diligently with Congressional offices on Capitol Hill to develop a solution before year’s end but TIME IS RUNNING OUT! Please take five minutes and contact your legislators NOW. You can make a difference and help prevent a hard Medicare therapy cap of $1,900 from being implemented in 2013.

If you have any questions please contact advocacy@apta.org.


https://oig.hhs.gov/reports-and-publications/workplan/index.asp#current

The HHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) Work Plan for Fiscal Year 2013 provides brief descriptions of activities that OIG plans to initiate or continue with respect to HHS programs and operations in fiscal year 2013. The Work Plan describes the primary objectives and provides for each review its internal identification code, the year in which we expect one or more reports to be issued as a result of the review, and indicates whether the work was in progress at the start of the fiscal year or will be a new start during the year. When reports are issued, they are posted to OIG’s website.

On page 12:
Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities—Appropriateness of Admissions and Level of Therapy
We will examine the appropriateness of admissions to IRFs. We will also examine the level of therapy
provided in IRFs and how much concurrent and group therapy IRFs provide. IRFs provide rehabilitation
for patients who require a hospital level of care, including a relatively intense rehabilitation program and a multidisciplinary, coordinated team approach to improve patients’ ability to function. Patients must undergo preadmission screening and evaluation to ensure that they are appropriate candidates for IRF care. (42 CFR §§ 412.622(a)(3)-(5).) (OEI; 00-00-00000; expected issue date: FY 2014; new start)

On page 24:
Independent Therapists—High Utilization of Outpatient Physical Therapy Services
We will review outpatient physical therapy services provided by independent therapists to determine
whether they were in compliance with Medicare reimbursement regulations. Prior OIG work found that
claims for therapy services provided by independent physical therapists were not reasonable, medically necessary, or properly documented. Our focus is on independent therapists who have a high utilization rate for outpatient physical therapy services. Medicare will not pay for items or services that are not “reasonable and necessary.” (Social Security Act, § 1862(a)(1)(A).) Documentation requirements for therapy services are in CMS’s Medicare Benefit Policy Manual, Pub. 100-02, ch. 15, § 220.3. (OAS; W-00-11-35220;W-00-12-35220; W-00-13-35220; various reviews; expected issue date: FY 2013; work in progress and new start)


Connie Hauser, PT, DPT has been appointed to Kentucky’s Health Benefit Exchange Advisory Board. Nominated by the Kentucky Physical Therapy Association, Connie will be the voice of physical therapy on the 19-member board. The Health Benefit Exchange Advisory Board will review programmatic and policy issues, and make recommendations for Kentucky’s new marketplace for health insurance mandated by the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA).

The health benefit exchange will facilitate the purchase and sale of health plans in the individual market; assist small employers in facilitating the enrollment of their employees in health plans; provide one-stop shopping by helping individuals enroll in health plans Medicaid and KCHIP; enable individuals to receive premium tax credits and premium subsidies; and qualify small businesses for tax credits.

Kentucky has only through the end of this year to demonstrate its readiness to run a health insurance exchange or the responsibility will default to the federal government, according to Gov. Steve Beshear.

KPTA has also met with state officials overseeing the Health Benefit Exchange. Your association has reviewed the potential public insurance plans and made recommendations on plans which offer the most comprehensive physical therapy coverage, which would result in the most effective outcomes for consumers.

Click here to read Governor Beshear’s full press release on the Health Benefit Exchange Advisory Board in PDF format.






The Kentucky Board of Physical Therapy has posted amendments to its’ administrative regulations. You can view the regulations online at http://pt.ky.gov or via the direct links below.

The comment period ends July 31st. A request for a hearing deadline is Monday July 23rd at 4:30.

 

 201 KAR 22:001
Definitions

201 KAR 22:040
Renewal & Reinstatement Requirements

 

201 KAR 22:045
Continued Competency

 

201 KAR 22:053
Code of Ethical Standards


KPTA Reimbursement Chair, Holly Johnson PT, DPT, and her family recently returned from their third medical mission trip to Ometepe Island, Nicaragua. Working with Global Health Outreach, a 47 member team – comprised of medical professionals and their families along with a group of local interpreters – spent a week on the island. Together, they provided over 2000 people with physical therapy, family medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics, and dentistry services, organized an eye glasses clinic, distributed shoes, and conducted Bible school for the local children.

According to Holly, many amazing accounts of service were witnessed, including a 13 year-old spina bifida patient who walked for the first time in several years with a new walker and long leg braces. This child and an adult CP patient also received new wheelchairs, and patient care was provided to a variety of pediatric, orthopedic and geriatric patients. In addition, numerous pairs of shoes and PT/medical supplies were donated by PT Pros’ patients and clinics to share with the families on the island. The medical missionary visit makes services available to approx. 40,000 residents of the island and is the only one made to Ometepe each year.




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Advertising apples as oranges? Such type of misleading advertising occurs with health care services, too. In some states the term “physical therapy” is misrepresented or inappropriately advertised to the public by individuals who are not licensed as physical therapists. This characterization is misleading to the public, illegal in some states, and an issue of public protection for patients who think they are under the care of a licensed physical therapist, but in reality are not.

“Physical therapy” is not a generic term—it describes the care provided by or under the direction of licensed physical therapists. When people seek “physical therapy” they deserve to know their care is in the hands of a licensed physical therapist. Other health care providers might share some of the same treatment techniques or rehabilitative procedures used by physical therapists, but the care should only be described or advertised as “physical therapy” or “physiotherapy” when provided by or under the direction of a licensed physical therapist.

While two health care professions may share common elements, labeling them the same thing is not right—it’s like comparing apples to oranges.


The Kentucky Physical Therapy Association is pleased to announce its’ support of Smoke-Free Kentucky. Smoke-Free Kentucky is a coalition of organizations and individuals who support making all public and work places 100% smoke-free in order to protect citizens and workers from the proven dangers of secondhand smoke. Because physical therapists and physical therapist assistants are affirmed leaders in preventative healthcare, this initiative was unanimously supported by our members who attended the 2012 Spring Conference business meeting. For more information on Smoke-Free Kentucky, please visit their official web site at http://www.tobaccofreekids.org/microsites/smokefreekentucky/partners.html.