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A Reason for Optimism

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Now that we can safely put away the inflatable Santa, stop hearing those annoying (but catchy) holiday jingles, and most importantly: avoid eggnog for 10 months, it’s time to wish everyone a Happy New Year and get you caught up to date on the latest legislative news coming out of Washington. 

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Mr. Lantz Goes to Washington

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In the film Mr. Smith goes to Washington, a young Jimmy Stewart fights entrenched establishment forces through a heroic filibuster and wins the day.  Needless to say, the end of Mr. Lantz goes to Washington is not so stirring.  However, my time spent with hundreds of honorable therapists fighting for common sense regulations and patient Continue Reading

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ACA Comes into Focus

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It seems like we have been debating, analyzing, and hyperventilating over the Affordable Care Act, AKA: Obamacare, for an exhausting length of time.  You can then be forgiven for not  staying up on the contours of implementation and being unaware that it is only now that key parts of the law are going into effect. Continue Reading

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Closing the Observation Stay Loophole

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Yesterday, Senator Chuck Schumer of NY unveiled the Introducing Access to Medicare Coverage Act of 2013.  Surrounded by seniors and medical officials at St. Peters Hospital in Albany, Schumer talked about the vital necessity of closing the “observation stay loophole”. The loophole is causing increasing amounts of seniors crippling out of pocket costs for essential therapy Continue Reading

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Heating up in DC

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These days,  even the most seasoned political observers look on in bewilderment at the latest budget fights coming out of DC.    Sequesters, continuing resolutions, government shutdowns… PLEASE MAKE IT STOP!  The unfortunate reality is we can’t ignore all this gasbaggery, because all of it has very real consequences for our beloved therapy industry. Now Continue Reading

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Happy New Year

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2013… Hello!  We bring in the new year with some genuinely good news on the legislative front with the 1 year extension of the therapy cap exception. We are still sifting over the details of the cliff deal and what it means for therapy so stay tuned for a more in-depth look at where we Continue Reading

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Where Do Things Stand?

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Now that our long national grind of debates, cheesy television ads, and bloviating punditry(actually thats not going anywhere) is over, its time to assess the impact of the elections in regards to therapy and the larger healthcare world.  For those of you looking for clarity… it’s not going to be found here, as things remain Continue Reading

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AOTA HILL DAY

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This coming Sunday and Monday I will be in Washington D.C for AOTA Capitol Hill Day.  The event will see over 500 OT practitioners, students, and professionals descend on our Capitol to educate lawmakers on the benefits of Occupational Therapy and gather support for meaningful legislation.

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Special Guest Mandy Frohlich

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With the recent Supreme Court decision upholding the individual mandate and with it the Affordable Care Act, the therapy community and the larger healthcare world have been wondering: what comes next?  With new regulations, increased access, and big legislative battles still to come,  confusion reigns.  Today we are happy to welcome Mandy Frohlich, the Senior Continue Reading

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Meet the AOTA

Last week we explored the APTA, and its mission in representing thousands of physical therapy professionals. This week we turn our attention to the OT side, with a closer look at the AOTA. Bethesda, Md is a short drive northwest of Washington, DC and is home to Walter Reed Medical Center as well as the Continue Reading

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