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  • 09-Jun-2022 9:18 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Programming Committee is initiating a new opportunity for Montana PTs and PTAs to share their knowledge with each other and continue building community! We would like to produce four one hour programs via Zoom annually. Would you be interested in producing a program based on your expertise? Send us a proposal! Successful candidates would receive a $100 honorarium. All proceeds will go directly to support APTA Montana's efforts to work with insurance companies to increase reimbursement rates, to support direct access, to support delegates and lobbyists working to bring your voice to the national APTA.

    If interested please submit your brief outline including course title, brief description, and course objectives to: Jeanne Korn, MSc, MPT. at: jeannekorn60@gmail.com, or to the office at mapta@mapta.com Please feel free to contact us for any questions as well.


  • 27-May-2022 12:12 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    APTA Montana has an exciting opportunity for interested physical therapist and physical therapist assistant students. Student members are encouraged to apply for one of two student scholarships for the APTA Leadership Congress Student Development session from August 14-15, 2022, in Washington DC. This new event brings together APTA leadership groups for several days of meetings to advance the Association. The House of Delegates will occur at this event, as well as the annual APTA Honors & Awards Ceremony and Maley Lecture.

    APTA Montana will cover travel and per diem expenses for two students who:

    • Are interested in getting more active in the APTA Montana.
    • Have completed the equivalent of the first year of physical therapy education by August 2022.

    To apply, interested students must be a member of the APTA Montana and complete this application

    Awardees will be expected to:

    • Attend the APTA Leadership Congress Student Development Sessions on August 14-15, 2022, in Washington, DC.
    • Write a summary of your experience for the APTA Montana “Under the Big Sky” newsletter.
    • Remain a student of the APTA Montana for at least 1 year
    • Develop a project of your choice to give back to the MT (S)PT/(S)PTA population, see application for more details.

    The application deadline is June 10, 2022. APTA Montana will cover travel, per reimbursement policy, and you may be asked to share a room with Montana representatives to the House of Delegates.  Please submit your application and direct your questions to mapta@mapta.com


  • 21-Feb-2022 1:55 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    APTA MT launches an online community for Montana PTs and PTAs to network, find solutions, share ideas and more. At aptamtcommunity.com, you can find subgroups by profession or specialty. Invitations were sent out last week, and you can click on the link to join at anytime. We are looking for volunteers to lead some of the specialty subgroups, so let us know if you are interested. 
  • 07-Dec-2021 4:35 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The end of the year is quickly approaching and the next two weeks are critical, as Congress must act to stop Medicare cuts to dozens of providers, including physical therapists. In addition, Congress must act to prevent the impending 15% payment differential under Medicare when services are provided by a physical therapist assistant.

    Send this template letter to members of Congress. Please do so as soon as possible and urge Congress to include the bill language from the Support Medicare Providers Act (H.R. 6020) and the Stabilizing Medicare Access to Rehabilitation and Therapy Act, or SMART Act (H.R. 5536) in any end-of-year legislation package. Both bills would prevent deep cuts slated to take effect on Jan. 1, 2022 — H.R. 6020 addresses the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule pay cuts, and H.R. 5536 provides relief from the PTA pay differential.

    Thank you for your support of APTA advocacy! Please encourage your patients, friends, and family participate by going to the Patient Action Center.


  • 07-Dec-2021 4:34 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    This from DPHHS:

    Montana Healthcare Programs is excited to introduce a new Provider Services portal. Beginning December 13, 2021, you will notice a change to the online enrollment links. All providers seeking to enroll with Montana Healthcare Programs will be directed to the new MPATH online application offering a more efficient way to enroll, update information, easily submit claims, and even submit electronic claim adjustments!
    Provider Enrollment Portal - The enrollment portal is a self-service online system. The portal provides secure and efficient processing of the enrollment application.

    Significant improvements include:
     The ability to upload supporting documents. There will be no need to fax or email any portion of the application or supporting documentation.
     Faster application processing as the application process is consolidated to one online submission. The portal will guide applicants through the requirements by section. Application forms have required fields with help information icons on every page.
     An online user guide support. A detailed user guide is available to support all features of the provider service module.

    Provider Maintenance Features - Once a provider is active with the portal, the process of updating information is very efficient. Updating the license, address and other relevant information can be done online without the need to fax or email information.
     Upload supporting documentation utilizing varying document types including but not limited to .doc, .pdf, and jpg.
     Submit and manage all updates via the online secure portal.
    MPATH Claims Entry Solution - The claims entry solution is an online tool allowing providers to manually enter claims.
     Electronic Claim Adjustments - Paper adjustment forms are no longer required. The provider service module allows for online claim adjustments.
     The solution contains claim form templates. This will allow providers to create and save templates for common claim submissions. No need to start from scratch every time.
     There is now a Diagnosis and Procedure code look-up. The system has code look-up features to assist with entering the correct information.
     It is a great alternative to WinASAP5010. The claims entry solution is free, simple to use and providers can enter claims without converting and uploading files.

    There will be a temporary freeze on new provider enrollments beginning 12/4/2021 through 12/13/2021. Additionally, emailed provider file update requests will no longer be accepted as of 12/10/2021. For now, faxed provider file updates will continue to be processed.

    Provider Services Portal Trainings – There will be separate training for enrollment and claim changes. Providers can register for training by going to https://medicaidprovider.mt.gov/training.

    Currently, four training dates are available.
     Enrollment (4 Hour Training)
    o Tuesday, December 7, 2021 1pm-5pm
    o Tuesday, December 14, 2021 1pm-5pm
     Claims (3 Hour Training)
    o Wednesday, December 8, 2021, 9 am-12 pm
    o Wednesday, December 15, 2021, 1 pm-4 pm

    Contact Information
    If you have any questions, please contact:
    For additional information, contact Montana Provider Relations at (800) 624-3958 or (406) 442- 1837 or email MTPRHelpdesk@conduent.com.
    Visit the Montana Healthcare Programs Provider Information website at
    www.medicaidprovider.mt.gov.


  • 07-Oct-2021 2:45 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    As the trusted leader of the physical therapy profession, we are proud to provide the APTA Centennial Lecture Series. This continuing education series features recognized leaders on topics in clinical practice, practice management, payment, and innovation. Live attendance also enables you to earn CEUs. Recordings of prior lectures are also available.

     

    Physical Therapist Management of the Bicyclist

    Date: Oct. 22-23

    Presenter: Erik Moen, PT

    Sponsored by: Chattanooga


  • 01-Oct-2021 4:52 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Effective July 1, 2021 Montana officially began issuing and accepting PT Compact Privileges. 

    Read more about how to obtain compact privileges: https://ptcompact.org/How-to-Get-Privileges

  • 22-Sep-2021 3:56 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The American Physical Therapy Association recently launched the APTA Physical Therapy Moves Me Ambassador Program to chapters. Through this program, APTA is focused on providing resources that support recruitment of the next generation of physical therapists and physical therapist assistants. This program also seeks to increase diversity, equity, and inclusion within the profession of physical therapy by helping chapters and academic programs focus their community outreach efforts on diverse populations of K-16 students nationwide. We are excited to work together with chapters on this important mission.

    APTA staff will be presenting more on the PT Moves Me Ambassador Program to chapter presidents during your upcoming council meeting on Monday, Oct. 18. In the interim, we wanted to share some additional information regarding the program with you here.

    The goals of the PT Moves Me Ambassador Program are to:

    1. Raise awareness of the profession of physical therapy.
    2. Recruit the next generation of physical therapists and physical therapist assistants.
    3. Increase diversity within the applicant pool and, ultimately, in the profession.


  • 28-Jun-2021 11:46 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Take the next step in your career and join more than 30,000 physical therapists who have already achieved board certification as clinical specialists. The 10 specialty areas offered by ABPTS are a recognition of the increasingly vital role physical therapy plays in optimizing movement to improve the human experience. It pays to be a member of APTA, as you will save up to $1,070 on certification application and exam fees!

    Online registration for the 2022 ABPTS specialist certification exam cycle is now open. Apply early and take advantage of the delayed payment plan option. Learn more on the specialist certification website.

     

     

    "Becoming board certified has always been a goal of mine. It feels great to show my commitment to my patients, my profession, and to be part of an ever-growing specialty. Preparing for the specialty exam has provided me with the opportunity to network with others who have the same passion that I do, and I’m forever thankful."

    - Amy Vandermark, PT, DPT

    Board-Certified Women’s Health Clinical Specialist

     

    Application Deadlines

    • July 1, 2021: Cardiovascular & Pulmonary, Clinical Electrophysiology, Oncology, Women's Health, Wound Management
    • July 31, 2021: Geriatrics, Neurology, Orthopaedics, Pediatrics
    • Oct. 31, 2021: Sports

     

    Don't wait. Apply today.

     

     

    Application Process

    1. Visit the specialist certification website and select your area of interest.

    2. Download and review the entire Candidate Guide.

    3. Submit your online application.

     

    Questions about certification? Contact the specialist certification program or call 800-999-2782, ext. 8520.

     

    Follow your passion, power your practice and apply to become a board-certified specialist today.


  • 17-Feb-2021 8:11 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    APTA MT supports the continued use of masks per CDC and CMS guidelines.

    APTA MT stands with the Montana Nurses Association and other healthcare groups to encourage continued mask use in public places, including physical therapy clinics.


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