Physician Self-Referral Reversible Only By Act of Congress, JAMA Says

Physical therapy is one of several health care professions that stands to lose clients to physician-owned businesses because of loopholes in the Stark laws. A recent Journal of the American Medical Association evaluates the few options for closing these loopholes, including blunt legislative action.


IMPACT Act of 2014 Approved By Senate

The Senate recently approved the IMPACT Act; legislation intended to improve post-acute care for Medicare beneficiaries while paving the way for more accountable, quality-driven benefits to patients.


64% of PT Practices at Risk for Medicare Noncompliance, Survey Says

According to a Medicare risk compliance web-based survey launched by Clinicient, 64% of its respondents are at significant risk for Medicare regulatory noncompliance and consequential cash flow issues, denied claims, Medicare fines, and higher overhead costs for audit preparation and response.


SI-BONE Inc Receives Positive Coverage for SI Joint Fusion Procedure

SI-BONE Inc, a medical device company that offers the iFuse Implant System designed for fusion of the sacrolliac (SI) joint, reports that it has been provided positive coverage for its MIS SI joint fusion procedure, thanks to a policy update published by Priority Health (Michigan).

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AMRPA Letter to CMS Voices Concern Over Proposed Rule

Comments submitted by AMRPA to CMS voice concern regarding changes in its proposed FY 2015 rule for the inpatient rehabilitation facility prospective payment system (IRF PPS), which it says could potentially limit patient access to key rehabilitation services provided in an inpatient rehabilitation hospital and unit.