Independent Therapy Providers Association

Independent Therapy Providers Association

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CCHP is requiring initial evals and re-evals be done face to face. They will not extend authorizations without standardized scores. We were told CCHP does not consider speech essential and regular protocol needs to be followed. Does this sound right?
hello. are speech pathologists in outpatient pediatric clinics (not acurate care or rehab) considered essential during this time? thank you.
Thank you, thank you, thank you to all of you who made this amazing conference happen! It was great to see the "usual suspects" and encouraging to have so many new attendees with their fresh ideas and energy. I am looking forward to serving on the board. Onward!
Pediatric Feeding Institute will be presenting Mealtime Miseries in San Antonio, Texas on June 9th-10th, 2016. This is a 2 day training course in treatment for complex pediatric feeding disorders. Register early for the best price! Early Bird discount ends 5/22/2016.
I am looking to set up a summer program using horses in speech therapy sessions. I am conflicted about how to set it up. I have thought LLC ... There is so much to it and it's a big decision that I am so uncertain about. I need help.
Something to share with your fluency clients.
The implications of this affects ALL therapy patients and ALL therapists in ALL settings. Please click on this link to EASILY alert legislation that YOU CARE and expect them to do something about this! Thanks, guys!!
With Fall in the air, I wanted to share my 2 favorite Halloween apps for younger patients or lower verbal patients. I don't have the fancy links but here are the names: Peekaboo Trick or Treat with Ed Emberly. Very much like others of this series. Great for cause and effect but I use it most to illicit imitated phrases and then a "script" to allow the patient to touch the screen for the action. Naming and much more is possible. The other one I am in LOVE with from last year. Treat Street. First you dress your character then you take the character to the next part, where you guide your character to a house, then a door with a door bell which lends itself to a script activity for lots of verbalizations. Candy flies out of the door and is saved. You can then look into the bag and see the different goodies which can be grouped, described and .... so much fun!
I used them last year, deleted after Halloween and re-downloaded them today! Excited for Fall.
Getting excited about the upcoming ITPA Private Practice Conference on October 25-26, 2013 in Austin at the Holiday Inn NW Arboretum! See joinitpa.com for details.
The 2013 ITPA Private Practice Conference is October 25-26, 2013 in Austin. See www.joinitpa.com for registration details. Early bird discount is October 1, 2013. Register today!
Well friends, for the first time in 12 years, someone stole from Kingwood Speech! There was no forced entry. They took a brand new laptop and a large sum of money. I am trying to recover, regroup, and reorganize. Please tell me what internal and external security procedures you have in place. Do you have a safe, cameras, or alarm? How many people have keys? How do you audit bookkeeping and cash payments? The system I had worked until last weekend! :(

ITPA is a trade association advocating for SLPs, OTs, and PTs in private practice. Members can designate employees to represent them, such as office managers.

ITPA MEMBERS

Meet annually and receive ITPA updates via email / mail
Participate in private ITPA online discussion forums
Network with other practice owners at ITPA events
Membership is available to both individual and multi-therapist business owners. ITPA ADMINISTRATION

The business of the ITPA is administered by an executive board and administrative assistant to the board who meet regularly, a

05/20/2020

www.bcbstx.com

BCBSTX update per bulletin 5/19/2029 on extending coverage for teletherapy through 6/30/2020.

https://www.bcbstx.com/provider/pdf/tx_using_telemed_telehealth_covid19.pdf

www.bcbstx.com

Trump Administration Issues Second Round of Sweeping Changes to Support U.S. Healthcare System During COVID-19 Pandemic | CMS 05/01/2020

Trump Administration Issues Second Round of Sweeping Changes to Support U.S. Healthcare System During COVID-19 Pandemic | CMS

CMS press bulletin dated 4/30/2020 stated CMS will allow and cover telehealth and teletherapy for covered Medicare beneficiaries for the DURATION of the COVID19 crisis. This could signal to private insurance and other government payers to extend teletherapy coverage beyond 90 days.

Scroll down to section on telehealth services:

https://www.cms.gov/newsroom/press-releases/trump-administration-issues-second-round-sweeping-changes-support-us-healthcare-system-during-covid

Trump Administration Issues Second Round of Sweeping Changes to Support U.S. Healthcare System During COVID-19 Pandemic | CMS At President Trump’s direction, and building on its recent historic efforts to help the U.S. healthcare system manage the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today issued another round of sweeping regulatory waivers and rule changes to deliver e...

The Texas Tribune 04/27/2020

The Texas Tribune

These for things need to be heeded for Texas and any other state to reopen safely.

https://www.texastribune.org/

The Texas Tribune The Texas Tribune covers politics and a range of policy issues that affect all Texans. Those topics include public and higher education, health and human services, demographics and voting rights, immigration and border security, criminal justice, energy, urban affairs, the environment, and transport...

04/16/2020

Attention Required! | Cloudflare

This ASHA compiled list of commercial payers for coverage of teletherapy may be useful.

https://www.asha.org/uploadedFiles/COVID-19-Commercial-Insurance-Telepractice-Policy-Tracking.pdf

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04/12/2020

www.bcbstx.com

BCBS update on covered codes for telehealth and teletherapy per bulletin 4/3/2020.

https://www.bcbstx.com/provider/pdf/tx_using_telemed_telehealth_covid19.pdf

www.bcbstx.com

04/01/2020

www.tmhp.com

Concerned about your Medicaid client auths? Read this from TMPH:

http://www.tmhp.com/News_Items/2020/03-March/03-31-20-PA%20Requests%20Extended%20Due%20to%20COVID-19%20Public%20Health%20Emergency.pdf

www.tmhp.com

HHSC Temporarily Waives Renewal Requirements for Medicaid, SNAP Clients During COVID-19 Crisis | Texas Health and Human Services 04/01/2020

HHSC Temporarily Waives Renewal Requirements for Medicaid, SNAP Clients During COVID-19 Crisis | Texas Health and Human Services

From HHSC about Medicaid renewals:

https://hhs.texas.gov/about-hhs/communications-events/news/2020/03/hhsc-temporarily-waives-renewal-requirements-medicaid-snap-clients-during-covid-19-crisis

HHSC Temporarily Waives Renewal Requirements for Medicaid, SNAP Clients During COVID-19 Crisis | Texas Health and Human Services Texas HHS announced SNAP and Medicaid benefit renewals currently due

03/31/2020

www.sbc.senate.gov

Read this: Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act from US Senate Committee on Smsll Business & Entrepreneurship.

https://www.sbc.senate.gov/public/_cache/files/9/7/97ac840c-28b7-4e49-b872-d30a995d8dae/F2CF1DD78E6D6C8C8C3BF58C6D1DDB2B.small-business-owner-s-guide-to-the-cares-act-final-.pdf

www.sbc.senate.gov

Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) and TRICARE’s telemedicine benefit 03/29/2020

Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) and TRICARE’s telemedicine benefit

Thanks to ASHA Payer Summit advocacy, Tricare East will now cover teletherapy for speech therapy, and continuation only for PT/OT services. Tricare West is still pending per ASHA blog.

https://www.humanamilitary.com/provider/education-and-resources/quick-access/policy-updates-and-alerts/COVID-19-telemedicine-031320

Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) and TRICARE’s telemedicine benefit TRICARE covers the use of interactive audio/video technology to provide clinical consultations and office visits when appropriate and medically necessary.

Headlines - Health Plans Tele - 032820 03/28/2020

Headlines - Health Plans Tele - 032820

UHC, Cigna, and Aetna covering teletherapy per announcement 3/27/2020.
This update is from ASHA.

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Headlines - Health Plans Tele - 032820 As a direct result of ASHA’s advocacy efforts in recent weeks, and relationships built through ASHA’s Private Payer Summit over the past two years, UnitedHealthcare (UHC) announced expansion of telepractice coverage for speech-language pathology services nationwide across all lines of business, ...

Filing and Payment Deadlines Questions and Answers | Internal Revenue Service 03/28/2020

Filing and Payment Deadlines Questions and Answers | Internal Revenue Service

Do you have IRS questions? Read this.

https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/filing-and-payment-deadlines-questions-and-answers

Filing and Payment Deadlines Questions and Answers | Internal Revenue Service In Notice 2020-18 (PDF), the Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced special Federal income tax return filing and payment relief in response to the ongoing Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) emergency. Below are answers to frequently asked questions related to the relie...

Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Questions and Answers | U.S. Department of Labor 03/28/2020

Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Questions and Answers | U.S. Department of Labor

Do you have employees? Here’s info from DOL to answer your questions about FFCR Act.

https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic/ffcra-questions

Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Questions and Answers | U.S. Department of Labor The .gov means it’s official. Federal government websites often end in .gov or .mil. Before sharing sensitive information, make sure you’re on a federal government site.

Media Statement: Blue Cross and Blue Shield Companies Announce Coverage of Telehealth Services for Members 03/25/2020

Media Statement: Blue Cross and Blue Shield Companies Announce Coverage of Telehealth Services for Members

BCBS coverage update.

https://www.bcbs.com/press-releases/media-statement-blue-cross-and-blue-shield-companies-announce-coverage-of-telehealth-services-for-members

Media Statement: Blue Cross and Blue Shield Companies Announce Coverage of Telehealth Services for Members CHICAGO – Today, Blue Cross Blue Shield Association President and CEO, Scott Serota issued the following statement announcing coverage of telehealth services for members. Please check with each local Blue Cross and Blue Shield (BCBS) company for a full understanding of breadth of services since co...

03/22/2020

takeaction.asha.org

ASHA sent this letter to Congress 3/19 in support of teletherapy for Medicare beneficiaries but also others with disabilities. Read Section 5.

This is part of CONNECT Act expected to be voted on Monday 3/23. Contact your US representative and senator to urge support TODAY!

ASHA Letter:

https://www.asha.org/uploadedFiles/ASHA-COVID-19-Congressional-Letter-House-031920.pdf

Take action this way:

https://takeaction.asha.org/asha/app/write-a-letter?0&engagementId=499730

takeaction.asha.org

Small businesses in Texas can apply for emergency federal loans to help ride out coronavirus pandemic, Abbott announces 03/21/2020

Small businesses in Texas can apply for emergency federal loans to help ride out coronavirus pandemic, Abbott announces

Read about SBA loans in Texas Tribune article. Check with your CPA for specific advice..



https://www.texastribune.org/2020/03/20/texas-businesses-apply-small-business-administration-loans-coronavirus/

Small businesses in Texas can apply for emergency federal loans to help ride out coronavirus pandemic, Abbott announces Texans can apply online to see if they qualify for a long-term, low-interest loan from the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Texas is urging patients to seek remote health care. Some insurance plans won't pay for it. 03/21/2020

Texas is urging patients to seek remote health care. Some insurance plans won't pay for it.

Read this now.

https://www.texastribune.org/2020/03/19/texas-telemedicine-patients-during-coronavirus-face-insurance-roadbloc/

Texas is urging patients to seek remote health care. Some insurance plans won't pay for it. As millions of Texans isolate themselves in an attempt to limit the spread of COVID-19, state officials are working to ramp up the use of telemedicine. But many health plans are outside of their regulatory authority.

Crowded Senate Bill Includes Tax Relief, Small Biz Help, Checks & Student Loan Deferrals In Response To Coronavirus 03/21/2020

Crowded Senate Bill Includes Tax Relief, Small Biz Help, Checks & Student Loan Deferrals In Response To Coronavirus

CARES Act info from Forbes.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/kellyphillipserb/2020/03/20/crowded-senate-bill-includes-tax-relief-small-biz-help-checks--student-loan-deferrals-in-response-to-coronavirus/

Crowded Senate Bill Includes Tax Relief, Small Biz Help, Checks & Student Loan Deferrals In Response To Coronavirus The Senate has introduced a massive bill intended to provide direct economic relief in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The Independent Therapy Providers Association (ITPA), is a non-profit trade organization comprised of licensed Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists, and Speech Language Pathologists in private practice.

The viability of our practices ensures that the same quality of therapeutic services is available to all Texans who have quantifiable need for therapeutic intervention.

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