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Legislative and Practice News

MNPTA's Legislative and Practice news page has all of the news you need to keep informed of issues that effect how you practice and the information you need to advocate on behalf of your profession. Check back regularly for legislative and practice news. 

1st Engrossment to SF 1

The first engrossment of SF 1 made many changes to the MN Health Care Exchange language. There will likely be more changes as the bill moves through committees.

An engrossment is a term that describes the new version of a bill after an amendment has been made to the bill in committee hearings.

Affordable Care Act Overview for Medicaid

These presentation slides from the Minnesota Department of Human Service's Assistant Commissioner, Scott Leitz, provide comprehensive information on the how Affordable Care Act will effect Medicare Services. 

First Bill Introductions of the Year, Including a Health Care Exchange Bill

The first bills of the 2013 legislative session were introduced today. Bills of interest to physical therapy include:

SF1- MN Health Care Exchange Legisation: This 11 page bill is an outline of the MN Health Care Exchange, which will likely be be filled in by the legislature during the session.

SF 5- MN Medicaid Expansion

SF 18- Single Payer

We are also excited to announce that Minnesota House Speaker Paul Thissen will be joining us at Legislative Day on February 6th. Visit the Legislative Day page to learn more about the event and find registration instructions. 

Video: 2013 Reporting Patient Function to Medicare

Beginning January 1, 2013, outpatient therapy providers will need to report information about their Medicare patient's functional limitations on the claim form. This reporting requirement will apply to outpatient physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech language pathology services provided 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. APTA's webinar recording provides information regarding the new functional limitation reporting as you implement the requirement in your practice. Specific information is provided on which new codes to report, documentation and claims submission.

View this video and the associated slides here. Please note that you must login as an APTA member to view this information. Thank you. 

MA Prior Authorization Exemption Extended to October 1, 2013

While the DHS provider relations webpage is currently unavailable, we have received notification from DHS that the temporary exemption of the statutory authorization requirement for rehabilitative services has been extended to October 1, 2013. We will provide more information if it becomes available.



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