Independent Therapy Providers Association

Independent Therapy Providers Association ITPA is a trade association advocating for SLPs, OTs, and PTs in private practice. WHY ITPA? ITPA is a 501(c)6 non-profit organization.


ITPA was founded as a professional association for speech, occupational, and physical therapists in private practice. Created in response to a void among associations representing therapists within this industry, the ITPA offers a singular voice for therapists in private practice who provide services and operate therapy clinics and general rehabilitation facilities in Texas. Therapists in

private practice who once found themselves alone when it came to licensure, reimbursement and other legal and legislative issues facing this industry, now have a network to ensure their support. ITPA bridges the gap between the independent provider in private practice and other types of therapy businesses or provider types. ITPA advocates for small business therapy practices, providing legal counsel when needed, and upholding the highest ethical standards for our profession.


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

CMS press bulletin dated 4/30/2020 stated CMS will allow and cover telehealth and teletherapy for covered Medicare benef...
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:

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...

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

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...

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

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


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


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

Thanks to ASHA Payer Summit advocacy, Tricare East will now cover teletherapy for speech therapy, and continuation only ...
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.

TRICARE covers the use of interactive audio/video technology to provide clinical consultations and office visits when appropriate and medically necessary.

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

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, ...

Do you have IRS questions? Read this.
Filing and Payment Deadlines Questions and Answers | Internal Revenue Service

Do you have IRS questions? Read this.

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...

BCBS coverage update.
Media Statement: Blue Cross and Blue Shield Companies Announce Coverage of Telehealth Services for Members

BCBS coverage update.

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...


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:

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Some useful info for employers from a reputable site on the newly enacted Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA...
Senate Passes Families First Coronavirus Response Act: What Employers Need to Know

Some useful info for employers from a reputable site on the newly enacted Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).

As an update to our post on Monday, yesterday the U.S. Senate overwhelmingly passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, H.R. 6201, which the U.S. House of Representatives had passed

Regarding Unemployment in Texas, a letter from TWC.
TWC Waives Certain Requirements for Unemployment Benefits Services | Texas Workforce Commission

Regarding Unemployment in Texas, a letter from TWC.

AUSTIN – Today, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott instructed the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) to waive the waiting week, for Unemployment Benefits. In addition to waiving the waiting week, TWC is exercising its authority under the Governor’s declaration of a Statewide Disaster to waive Unemployment Ins...


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Office space available for sub-lease in the Stone Oak community in San Antonio, TX starting January 1, 2023. Direct message for details.
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 for details.
The 2013 ITPA Private Practice Conference is October 25-26, 2013 in Austin. See 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! :(