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VPTA’s Spring Education will be held during CSM’s pre-con in 2019! Be sure to register before October 24 to take advantage of early bird rates and be entered into a drawing for cool prizes.

When Your Patient is Not Improving: Using Pain Science by Craig O’Neil, PT, DMT; Brandon Ellison, PT, DPT; and David Sheer, PT,DPT

Register by October 24 For a Chance to Win Cool DC Prizes

Register by the early bird to be entered to win 1 of 2 round-trip air fares to DC from anywhere in the domestic US!* Plus 5 other cool prizes like museum passes, tour bus rides, and a DC gift basket. See complete rules (.pdf)

*No purchase necessary. Some restrictions apply. Excludes travel from or to Alaska or Hawaii. Tickets must be booked through Destination DC by November 26, 2018, for travel to CSM 2019.

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VPTA has come to realize that some commercial payors are implementing the MPPR (multiple procedure payment reduction) esp in DC and certain part of Northern VA. Because commercial payers are privately run entities it is challenging to get them to make sweeping changes from a legislative perspective. As you know there is no federal or state legislative body that has jurisdiction over how a commercial payer mandates their policies. APTA and we suggest beginning with local advocacy efforts with the commercial payer reps if you happen to have those connections. Furthermore here are some things that can be done on an individual clinician level and


Here are some suggestions and resources that may be useful for further research.

Individual clinicians:

  1. continue due diligence with the payer

  2. Review your contract annually. Provide outcome measures or rationale annually for why you feel that your payment should be increased.

  3. set up a mechanism within your clinic to review the newsletters/notices/letters that come from the payer to remain informed about proposed changes. This was fwrd to the VPTA from APTA and is a notification in a newsletter in April 2018 from Carefirst about upcoming changes to billing procedures


    BlueLink Provider Newsletter April 2018 Volume 20 Issue 2 Pg 10 ClaimsXten™ Implementation Update We continue the transition from our current clinical auditing tool, ClaimCheck™, to an enhanced tool, ClaimsXten across all of our claims processing platforms. ClaimsXten is a comprehensive auditing tool that allows us to manage the unique requirements of our claims processing platforms.


    Clinical Edit Description Pay Percent – Therapy Professional

    Recommends an adjustment in the pay percent when multiple therapy procedures are submitted on the same date on certain therapy procedures. There will be no change to the process for submitting claims to CareFirst regarding these clinical edits. Please note that you may see different outcomes for similar claims dependent upon the aligned platform. What’s Next? We will continue to keep you updated as the ClaimsXten solution is deployed on our platforms. If you have any questions, please contact Provider Service at 877-228-7268. What’s Changing? With each of the recent deployments, CareFirst’s claim adjudication is being updated. In addition to the four clinical edits announced in 2017, and six clinical edits that are being implemented this Spring, we will be implementing one additional clinical edit this summer.


  4. Resubmit claims with an explanation

  5. Begin filing appeals.

  6. Review documentation standards with in their clinic to ensure that your documentation clearly reflects treatment rendered


    Additional resources:

    Audits, Denials & Appeals

  1. Appeal Letter Outline (.pdf)

  2. FAQ: Audits

  3. FAQ: Claim Denials



    Nonfederal Payers That Implement MPPR

    The following payers have implemented the multiple procedure payment reduction (MPPR) according to the time frames listed. As shown under the Policy heading, implementation and the extent of the reduction vary by payer.

    If you are aware of any additional payers implementing the MPPR, please contact APTA at [email protected].



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With great appreciation and enthusiasm,


Rony Masri, PT, DPT

VPTA Practice and Payor Chair



The VPTA is happy to introduce our members to a great new benefit called CEU Locker.

CEU Locker provides an easy and convenient method for tracking your CEU requirements in our state, searching for approved courses that meet state requirements, and being assured that the courses you are taking provide quality content for our specialty.

VPTA will be providing the easy-to-recognize official seal for all approved courses. As a CEU Holder, you only need to look for this seal when searching for your courses to be assured that they have been vetted and approved and that they meet state requirements. After you have completed an approved course, simply type the CEU Locker number into your online dashboard; the course information instantly will be archived for safekeeping. 

As an additional benefit to your practice, our website will begin featuring a robust, searchable listing of approved courses that meet state requirements.

Find all this here.

Usage of the CEU Locker service is an exclusive benefit of your VPTA membership. Thank you for being a member, and please let us know how much you like using CEU Locker!