Balance of Powers: The Executive Branch

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Regulatory impact on health insurance reforms.

By Alpha Lillstrom Cheng, JD, MA

Congress spent most of 2017 attempting to pass health care reform legislation. In the end, the most significant legislative change was the elimination of the fine associated with an individual not being covered by a qualified health insurance plan.

2017 Recap

A year in review.

By Alpha Lillstrom Cheng, JD, MA

Legislative Activity
The Private Practice Section’s (PPS) congressional advocacy in 2017 was primarily focused on playing defense. For the majority of the year, the Republican-controlled House and Senate were focused on a broad health care package that sought to replace or reform many provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), including eroding the requirement that qualified health insurance plans must include 10 essential health benefits (EHBs), one of which is rehabilitative and habilitative care.

PPS Advocacy in 2017

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A wild ride in Washington, D.C.

By Jerry Connolly, PT, CAE

It’s been a wild ride in Washington during the first eight months of the 115th Congress and the Trump administration.

Advocacy at Home

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Congress takes the job to their home districts.

By Alpha Lillstrom Cheng, JD, MA

It’s August! For many that means a long-awaited vacation. For members of Congress it’s when they return to their home districts for the August recess. Although they are not in session in Washington, DC, from July 31 through Labor Day, the term recess is a misnomer, which is why it is officially called the “at-home work period.” This is because your legislators are going to be criss-crossing the district and meeting with constituents. You should expect your lawmakers and their staff to be available to discuss issues that are important to you as a private practice physical therapist.

Regulatory Changes for 2017

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Quality Payment Programs

By Alpha Lillstrom Cheng, JD, MA

As you know, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is responsible for developing, proposing, and finalizing regulations in order to implement health care–related legislation that has been passed by Congress and signed into law. On behalf of the more than 4,200 members of the Private Practice Section, PPS regularly analyzes and provides stakeholder input in the form of “comments” to proposed rules that pertain to private practice physical therapy.

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