Helene Fearon is a physical therapist and co-owner of Fearon Physical Therapy, a private practice in Phoenix, Arizona that specializes in providing orthopedic manual physical therapy and work injury management services. Ms. Fearon is also president of Physical Therapy Provider Network (PTPN) of Arizona, a physical therapist owned provider network that includes over 175 private practices in Arizona.
Since 1993, Ms. Fearon has been intimately involved in the process of developing, and revising CPT code nomenclature primarily used in the description of services provided by healthcare professionals in the area of physical medicine and rehabilitation. In this role she frequently is called upon for her expertise in development of payment policy and training materials utilizing these CPT codes. She brings over 25 years of experience consulting nationally in the areas CPT coding, diagnosis coding, fee schedule development, utilization review and audits, as well as program policy, procedure and quality assurance program development in the outpatient rehab setting.
In addition, Ms. Fearon has provided expert testimony in cases involving fraud and abuse in the provision of physical therapy services in the outpatient setting and has experience consulting to several national medical review and insurance companies, providing assistance in the development of utilization review and payment policies as they pertain to rehabilitation services.
Ms. Fearon was a member of the AMA’s CPT Editorial Panel for 8 years including serving on its’ Executive Committee, and was the representative for APTA to the AMA’s Health Care Professionals Advisory Committee for 24 years. She served as a governor appointee to the State of Arizona’s Board of Physical Therapy Licensure from 1999 - 2007, and served as president of this regulatory board from 2003 - 2007. Ms. Fearon was honored as a Fellow of the American Physical Therapy Association in 2012.