Stephen M. Levine, PT, DPT, MSHA

Stephen M. Levine Stephen M. Levine, PT, DPT, MSHA, FAPTA
Partner, Fearon & Levine

Stephen M. Levine, PT, DPT, MSHA, FAPTA was the Executive Vice President of Compliance and Consulting Services for OpimisCorp, a software and technology company dedicated to improving the consistency and quality of care delivered by healthcare professionals by providing them with groundbreaking software programs, allowing access to evidence-based clinical intervention recommendations and clinically proven tools across the continuum of care from physical therapy patient to wellness client. He was also a founder and partner in Fearon & Levine Consulting, a national consulting firm focusing on documentation, coding, billing, compliance, and practice management in the outpatient therapy setting.

Dr. Levine was a nationally recognized expert in the physical therapy profession in the areas of CPT coding and relative value determination, payment policy, value- based purchasing, fraud and abuse, electronic medical records, documentation, medical necessity, and compliance for therapy services. He provided education and training at the national level for over 20 years and wrote numerous articles and book chapters in his areas of expertise. Additionally, Dr. Levine worked extensively with federal investigative and law enforcement agencies, including the OIG and DOJ in the areas of fraud, abuse, medical necessity, and medical policy review.

Dr. Levine was considered one of the foremost experts on development, implementation, and current applications of the Resource Based Relative Value Scale (RBRVS) for rehabilitation services and its application to the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule and other third party payers. He was a frequent advisor to the Medicare program, and he and his partner, Helene M. Fearon, PT, FAPTA, have been leading the profession’s efforts at development and implementation of the Alternative Payment System mandated by Congress in the Balanced Budget Act of 1997. As a result of his expertise in payment policy at the federal level, Dr. Levine testified before the Ways and Means Committee, Subcommittee on Health of the United States Congress on the subject of RBRVS and federal payment policy under the Medicare program.

Dr. Levine served on the Board of Directors of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) for 11 years, first as Vice Speaker, and ultimately as Speaker of the House of Delegates, the highest policy making body of the Association. During his tenure on the APTA Board, he served in many roles, including a member of the Board of Directors’ Oversight Committee for the Guide to Physical Therapist Practice, and Chair of the House of Delegates Governance Review Task Force. He assisted in developing the first Vision Statement for the profession, participated in numerous national strategic planning sessions related to practice, education, and payment policy for physical therapy services, and as chair of APTA’s Alternative Payment Task Force. Dr. Levine was considered by his colleagues as a leading force in efforts to reduce unwarranted variation in clinical practice and elevate the standards by which physical therapists and physical therapist assistants practice in an ever-changing healthcare environment. He has also been honored by the American Physical Therapy Association as a Catherine Worthingham Fellow, a distinction that recognizes those whose work has resulted in lasting and significant advances in physical therapy.

Dr. Levine served as adjunct faculty in multiple physical therapy professional and post-professional educational programs across the country, where he taught in the areas of healthcare administration, practice management, payment policy, coding, documentation, and Medicare compliance. He was a sought after speaker in multiple venues annually, and was honored by the University of Florida where he provided the Barbara White commencement address for the 2013 graduating class of physical therapy doctoral students.

On March 3rd, 2015, Stephen M. Levine, PT, DPT, MSHA, FAPTA passed away in an automobile accident. He worked with a passion that was selfless and he was a champion of the profession. He touched many lives both personally and professionally. Through his tireless work and dedication, Steve’s influence and contributions will continue to impact and shape the physical therapy profession for years to come.

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