We are committed to keeping our customers and employees informed of the latest news and events in the everchanging healthcare industry, with a specific focus on rehabilitation and therapy services. From proposed Medicare changes and upcoming Annual Therapy Events to Functional Pathways specific events, we have provided these updates for your reference.
Mar 06, 2013 CEU360 Powers Innovation And Learning For Functional Pathways University
CEU360.com, the corporate learning division of leading continuing education provider HomeCEUConnection.com, today announced that Functional Pathways, LLC has signed an exclusive contract with CEU360.com to develop their new corporate university. Functional Pathways selected CEU360.com for its rapid development capabilities and ability to create white label content, empowering them to implement a customized learning solution for their staff quickly and inexpensively....Learn more »
As you may be aware, there will be new reporting requirements for outpatient therapy services beginning 1/1/13.The Middle Class Tax Relief and Jobs Creating Act of 2012 section 3005(g) amended section 1833(g) of the Social Security Act to require a claims-based data collection system. The system will collect data on beneficiary function during the course of therapy services in order to better understand patient conditions, outcomes, and expenditures. This data collected from the functional reporting will be used in developing an improved payment system for part B outpatient therapy services. Read more -Preparing for Required Medicare Part B Functional Reporting Implementation...Learn more »
Jan 04, 2013Thank Goodness the Election is Over
Regardless of whether one is happy or not about the outcome, I think we can all agree that we are all glad the election is over. Now perhaps we can focus attention on important issues facing long term care that need the attention of Congress in the final weeks of 2013. Read more -Thank Goodness the Election is Over...Learn more »
Jan 04, 2013American Taxpayer Relief Act: Therapy Impact
President Obama has signed into legislation the American Taxpayer Relief Act and I want to share with you the relevant therapy provisions: Read more -American Taxpayer Relief Act: Therapy Impact...Learn more »
Nov 08, 2012NASL ACTION ALERT - Therapy Cap Exceptions Process Expires December 31st
There are enough changes in the industry that will effect patient care and staffing as it is. Please direct everyone to tell their representatives that they need to extend the exception process as often as they can. Think of ways to get the facility employees on the website so they can send letters as well. We really need to push harder than ever before. There is so much legislation change out there now, this will get overlooked if we let it. You may need to hold down your “control” button while clicking on the link to make it work. The “take action” link takes you to a screen that has a letter already generated. You only need to fill in the boxes to send the letter. It takes about 30 seconds and the letter will go to all your representatives at the same time....Learn more »
Nov 06, 2012Open Enrollment is coming in December
Functional Pathways Benefits Open Enrollment is coming! All benefits eligible employees will be receiving their enrollment package in the mail. It includes a comprehensive benefits guide, highlighting the various plans available through Functional Pathways. In addition, the packet includes brochures for specific products, as well as other important information. Click on the learn more link for more information....Learn more »
Nov 06, 2012Walking Competition Deadline
Oct 30, 2012Settlement Reached to End Medicare’s “Improvement Standard”
Attorneys from the Center for Medicare Advocacy, Vermont Legal Aid and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have agreed to settle the “Improvement Standard” case, Jimmo v. Sebelius. A proposed settlement agreement was filed in federal District Court on October 16, 2012. When the judge approves the proposed agreement, a process that may take several months, CMS will revise the Medicare Benefit Policy Manual and other Medicare Manuals to correct all suggestions that Medicare coverage is dependent on a beneficiary “improving.” New policy provisions will state that skilled nursing and therapy services necessary to maintain a person’s condition can be covered by Medicare. Read More......Learn more »
Oct 30, 2012Part B Therapy: More Stormy Weather Ahead!
The final mandated report on “Improving Medicare’s Payment System for Outpatient Therapy Services” is due on June 15, 2013. However, Congress has asked MedPAC to forward the recommendations in early- November so they are relevant to the discussion that will take place during the Lame-Duck session, when Congress is expected to consider Medicare extenders, which includes extending the therapy cap exceptions process that expires on December 31, 2012. Read More......Learn more »
Sep 25, 2012Leading Age Annual Convention
Sheila Capitosti, VP of Clinical & Compliance Services, will be speaking on Oct 22, 3:30pm, at the Leading Age Annual Convention. The topic: "Ensuring Therapy Compliance". This will be an informative seminar to get up-to-date information pertinent to our industry. Visit Booth 1905 for more information....Learn more »
Sep 25, 201263rd Annual AHCA/NCAL Convention
Sheila Capitosti, VP of Clinical & Compliance Services, will be speaking on Oct 8, 7:30am, at the AHCA National Convention. The topic: "Strategies for Documenting Medical Necessity". This will be an informative seminar to get up-to-date information pertinent to our industry....Learn more »
Nov 01, 2011October is PT Month
Happy National Physical Therapy Month! Mobility is the key ingredient to aging successfully and remaining active and independent throughout our lives. I think most will agree that is a universal goal as we grow older.October is an exciting time for Physical Therapists and Physical Therapist Assistants. This is our unique opportunity to highlight the fact that we are your trusted experts in restoring and improving motion, and we can improve your quality of life, helping you to keep healthy, fit, and active and avoid surgery and long-term use of prescription medications, in many cases. ...Learn more »
Apr 07, 2011April is OT Month!!
April is Occupational Therapy Month!! This month we pay tribute to the hard working OT's & COTA's who devote every day to improving the lives of others. Occupational Therapy enables people of all ages to live life to its fullest, by helping them promote health, prevent or live better with injury, illness, or disability. ...Learn more »
Jan 07, 2011Live Well Work Well in 2011
Our January 2011 Wellness Newsletter has been prepared for you in conjunction with PMG Benefits to provide tips for our employees on health and wellness in your daily lives. Start the year off right for you and your family by putting your HEALTH FIRST in 2011!!...Learn more »
Dec 01, 2010401K Open Enrollment
December is open enrollment month for our 401k plan. Eligibility letters and electronic enrollment books and forms have been sent to all Clinical Managers. Open enrollment ends December 31 at 5:00pm. ...Learn more »
Oct 21, 2010Compliance Hotline
Functional Pathways Compliance Hotline: 888-311-5988 Functional Pathways has activated a toll-free Message System to enable an individual to report any suspected violations of the law, Federal healthcare regulations, policies or procedures or the Functional Pathways” Standards of Conduct. The Message System will be available 24 hours a day. All voice mail calls will be returned the next business day. A letter may be submitted via mail (Functional Pathways, 614 Mabry Hood Road, Suite 301, Knoxville, TN 37932—Attn: Sheila Capitosti) or fax (888)531-6926 in lieu of calling the Message System, if this is preferred. ...Learn more »
Sep 14, 2010It's Open Enrollment time at Functional Pathways!!
It’s time for the Functional Pathways Benefits Open Enrollment! All benefits eligible employees should have received your enrollment package in the mail. It includes a comprehensive benefits guide, highlighting the various plans available through Functional Pathways. In addition, the packet includes brochures for specific products, as well as other important information. ...Learn more »
Aug 23, 2010Functional Pathways Hosts 2010 Clinical Manager's Retreat
We are excited to see all of our Clinical Manager's come together this week at our Annual CM Retreat! 130 attendees will join us in Charlotte, NC for a 2-day event combining learning & fun. At this year's Retreat, our speakers will present on topics from "Changes in the MDS 3.0 & RUGS IV" to "Dealing with Personal & Professional Change from a Manager's Perspective". ...Learn more »
Jul 27, 2010Live Well, Work Well
Our July 2010 Wellness Newsletter has been prepared for you in conjunction with PMG Benefits to provide tips for our employees on health and wellness in your daily lives. July is Fireworks Safety Month! ...Learn more »
Jun 14, 2010APTA Annual Conference & Expo
Functional Pathways will be exhibiting at the Annual Conference and Exposition of the American Physical Therapy Association on June 17-19, 2010 in Boston. Stop by and see us at booth #1229! ...Learn more »
May 12, 2010National Nursing Home Week!
NNHW will be celebrated in nursing and rehabilitation facilities nationwide, beginning Mother’s Day, May 9, and continuing through May 15, 2010. This year’s theme was selected to honor those who are “Enriching Every Day” for others, thus adding value to life and overcoming many of the infirmities of age and disability. ...Learn more »
May 06, 2010May is Better Hearing and Speech Month!
Happy Speech Month to all of the amazing Speech Language Patholgists who have partnered with Functional Pathways and our facilities to improve the lives of our residents each and every day!...Learn more »
Mar 25, 2010New Course Listings at our Online University
Feb 24, 2010Cookie Jar Fundraiser
We are busy compiling all or the wonderful recipes that have been submitted by FP employees to build our Cookie Jar Cookbook....Learn more »
Feb 16, 2010Functional Pathways Introduces Our Very Own Charity: The Cookie Jar Fund
We are so excited to announce the commencement of our very own FP Charity, The Cookie Jar Fund!! The fund will benefit our own employees and facilities in a great way. We believe that it is our duty and honor to help those in their time of need who have worked so hard to give back to FP everyday....Learn more »
Feb 04, 2010FP Announces our new Internal Traveler Program
As a therapist, have you considered the exciting field of travel therapy? We are excited to announce our new Internal Traveler Program. ...Learn more »
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