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مدیر کل دفتر نظارت و اعتبار بخشی امور درمان وزرات بهداشت، کاهش پرداخت بیماران در بخش بستری بیمارستان های دولتی به 5 تا 10 درصد را از مهم ترین مزایای برنامه تحول نظام سلامت عنوان کرد.
کاهش هزینه های درمانی بیماران به 5 تا 10 درصد در بیمارستان های دولتی
مدیر کل دفتر نظارت و اعتبار بخشی امور درمان وزرات بهداشت، کاهش پرداخت بیماران در بخش بستری بیمارستان های دولتی به 5 تا 10 درصد را از مهم ترین مزایای برنامه تحول نظام سلامت عنوان کرد.
برگزاری ششمین المپیاد علمی دانشجویان دانشگاه علوم پزشکی با هدف نوآوری در حیطه های علوم پزشکی
معاون آموزشی وزارت بهداشت هدف از برگزاری ششمین المپیاد دانشجویان دانشگاه های علوم پزشکی کشور را طراحی در نوآوری در حیطه های علوم پزشکی عنوان کرد.
انتقال دو مصدوم به بیمارستان شهید بهشتی قم
رئیس مرکزمدیریت فوریتهای پزشکی قم از انتقال دو مصدوم به بیمارستان شهید بهشتی قم توسط اورژانس هوایی خبرداد .
بازدید وزیر امور خارجه کشور فنلاند از دانشکده پزشکی شیراز به عنوان یکی از مراکز تولید علم ایران
وزیر امور خارجه کشور فنلاند در سفر به شهر شیراز، به همراه هیئتی از دانشکده پزشکی دانشگاه علوم پزشکی شیراز بازدید کردند.
نخستین ماموریت اورژانس هوایی تبریز و نجات جان یک مادر باردار
نخستین ماموریت اورژانس هوایی در تبریز منجر به نجات جان یک مادر باردار شد .
ارسال گزارش تخلفات روغن پالم به دادستان کل کشور
معاون وزیر و رییس سازمان غذا و دارو از ارسال گزارش تخلفات صورت گرفته در خصوص افزودن غیرمجاز چربی گیاهی به فرآورده های لبنی به دادستان کل کشور و دادستان تهران در روز شنبه ٨ شهریور ماه خبر داد.
رایگان شدن پیوند در ایران با اجرای بسته بیماری های صعب العلاج در طرح تحول سلامت
دکتر نجفی زاده گفت: اگر بسته بیماری های صعب العلاج در طرح تحول سلامت اجرا شود، پیوند در ایران کاملا به صورت رایگان خواهد شد و بیماران دیگر دغدغه پرداخت هزینه های آن را نخواهند داشت.
ایران در گرفتن رضایت از خانواده های بیماران مرگ مغزی رتبه اول را در دنیا دارد/ ضرورت کمک خیرین برای پوشش دادن هزینه های پیوند
دکتر ولایتی گفت: ما در دنیا به لحاظ گرفتن رضایت از خانوادههای بیماران مرگ مغزی رتبه اول را در جهان داریم و در عرصه اهدای عضو نیز جزو چند کشور اول دنیا هستیم.
هفتاد و هشتمین اجلاس روسای دانشگاه های علوم پزشکی سراسر کشور
مناسبترين استراتژي اجراي برنامه بيمه روستايي در قالب نظام ارجاع، برنامه پزشك خانواده است
مشاور معاون بهداشت و رئيس مركز شبكه در اجلاس رؤساي دانشگاههاي علوم پزشكي گفت: مناسبترين استراتژي اجراي برنامه بيمه روستايي در قالب نظام ارجاع، برنامه پزشك خانواده است.
جلوگیری از ابتلا به بیماریهای غیر واگیر و اصلاح سبک زندگی از اهداف حوزه بهداشت در برنامه تحول نظام سلامت است
معاون بهداشت از اهداف برنامه تحول حوزه سلامت را تغییر در چگونگی ارائه خدمات حوزه بهداشت عنوان کرد.
ضرورت غربالگری و توانبخشی روانی زلزله زدگان مورموری به دلیل پس لرزه های مداوم
سرپرست معاونت بهداشت دانشگاه علوم پزشکی ایلام غربالگری و توانبخشی روانی زلزله زدگان مورموری تا 6 ماه آینده به دلیل پس لرزه های مداوم در این منطقه را ضروری عنوان کرد.
عمده نگاه وزارت بهداشت پیشگیری نگر است نه درمان محور/ ضرورت توسعه هرچه سریعتر شبکه خدمات بهداشتی کشور
دکتر هاشمی گفت: نگاه ما در وزارت بهداشت درمان نگر نیست و آسیب هایی که از بابت عدم توجه به حوزه بهداشت در طول چند دهه گذشته به مردم و کشور وارد شده را به خوبی می شناسیم.
فاز بهداشتی برنامه تحول نظام سلامت امروز از سوی وزیر بهداشت ابلاغ میشود
دبیر ستاد کشوری برنامه طرح تحول نظام سلامت گفت: فاز بهداشتی برنامه تحول نظام سلامت امروز در اجلاس روسای دانشگاههای علوم پزشکی با حضور وزیر بهداشت ابلاغ و اجرایی میشود.
حوزه فعالیت های قرآنی یک حوزه راهبردی در ایجاد و ترویج سبک زندگی ایرانی- اسلامی است/اهتمام جدی وزارت بهداشت در امر آموزش قرآنی
افتتاحیه نوزدهمین جشنواره قرآن و عترت دانشجویان،اساتید و کارکنان دانشگاه های علوم پزشکی کشور با حضور دکتر فراهانی معاون فرهنگی و دانشجویی وزارت بهداشت، آيت الله علی خاتمی، نماینده ولی فقیه در استان و امام جمعه زنجان و دکتر علیرضا بیگلری رئیس دانشگاه علوم پزشکی زنجان و سایر مسولان استانی و دانشگاه آغاز شد.
امروز تمام مسئولان براي ارتقاء سلامت جامعه بسيج شده اند/ اجرای بسته های جدید طرح تحول سلامت با هدف پیشگیری و سلامت جامعه در راه است
رييس دانشگاه علوم پزشکي مشهد با ابراز خرسندي از اولويت قرار گرفتن مقوله سلامت در کشور اظهار داشت: امروز تمامي مسئولان بلند پايه کشور براي ارتقاء سلامت بسيج شده اند.
اجلاس روسای دانشگاه های علوم پزشکی سراسر کشور فردا برگزار می شود/ برنامه تحول نظام سلامت در حوزه بهداشت محور این اجلاس
اجلاس روسای دانشگاه های علوم پزشکی سراسر کشور پیرامون برنامه تحول نظام سلامت با محوريت بسته هاي بهداشت با حضور وزیر بهداشت، درمان و آموزش پزشکی فردا صبح در دانشگاه علوم پزشکی تهران برگزار می شود.
همکاری اساتید دانشگاه در توانمندسازی مردم در پیشگیری و حفظ و ارتقای سلامت بسیار موثر است
نشست صمیمانه وزیر بهداشت با هیات های ممتحنه شصت و یکمین آزمون دانشنامه تخصصی و بیست و هشتمین آزمون دانشنامه فوق تخصصی با حضور جمعی از مسوولان نظام سلامت و اعضای هیات های ممتحنه برگزار شد.
ادعای درمان قطعی دیابت در شبکه های ماهواره ای صحت ندارد
در پی تبلیغات برخی از شبکه های ماهواره ای درخصوص ادعای یکی از پزشکان کشورهای منطقه، مبنی بر درمان قطعی دیابت و تماس بسیاری از هم وطنان به منظور کسب اطلاع از صصحت و سقم ادعای مطرح شده، معاونت درمان وزارت بهداشت اطلاعیه ای صادر کرد.
فرصتهاي آموزش بینالمللی در زمینه کیفیت واکسن اعلام شد
سازمان جهاني بهداشت ليست فرصتهاي آموزشي Global Learning Opportunities for Vaccine Quality (GLO/VQ) نیمه دوم سال 2014 را به شرح زیر اعلام نمود.
آغاز به کار نوزدهمين جشنواره قرآن و عترت دانشگاه های علوم پزشکی سراسر کشور/ قرائت بیانیه جشنواره
نوزدهمين جشنواره قرآن و عترت دانشگاه های علوم پزشکی سراسر کشور در دانشگاه علوم پزشکی زنجان آغاز به کار کرد.
تقدیر وزیر بهداشت از کارکنان نظام سلامت کشور
در پی معرفی وزارت بهداشت به عنوان یکی از دستگاه های برتر دولت در جشنواره شهید رجایی و اعطای لوح تقدیر به وزیر بهداشت توسط رییس جمهور، وزیر بهداشت، درمان و آموزش پزشکی طی پیامی از مجموعه کارکنان نظام سلامت کشور قدردانی کرد.
تقدیر وزیر بهداشت از کارکنان نظام سلامت کشور
در پی معرفی وزارت بهداشت به عنوان یکی از دستگاه های برتر دولت در جشنواره شهید رجایی و اعطای لوح تقدیر به وزیر بهداشت توسط رییس جمهور، وزیر بهداشت، درمان و آموزش پزشکی طی پیامی از مجموعه کارکنان نظام سلامت کشور قدردانی کرد.
لبخند یک بیمار و خدمت به مردم اجری عظیم دارد
رییس جمهور گفت: تمام دستاندرکاران حوزه بهداشت و درمان در اجرای طرح تحول سلامت تلاش کردند و پاداش آنها مقام و قرب در پیشگاه خداوند متعال است، چرا که لبخند یک بیمار و خدمت به مردم اجری عظیم دارد.
نوزدهمین جشنواره قرآن وزارت بهداشت از فردا آغاز میشود
مراسم افتتاحیه نوزدهمین جشنواره قرآن و عترت وزارت بهداشت فردا با شرکت نزدیک به ۹۰۰ متسابق برگزار میشود.
کسب رتبه هفدهم تولید علم در جهان حاصل تلاش محققین وزارتخانه های علوم، بهداشت و دانشگاه آزاد اسلامی
مجموع تلاش محققین وزارتخانه های علوم، تحقیقات و فناوری، بهداشت، درمان و آموزش پزشکی و دانشگاه آزاد اسلامی در انتشار بیش از 39 هزار مقاله علمی، ایران را از نظر تعداد مقالات علمی چاپ شده در ردیف هفدهم تولید علم در سطح جهان قرار داد.
بازنگری سند توسعه طبّ سنتی ایرانی- اسلامی و اقدام براي "ثبت عوارض داروهاي طبيعي و سنتي"مهمترین اقدام معاونت طب سنتی وزارت بهداشت
اهم اقدامات یکساله وزارت بهداشت، درمان و آموزش پزشکی در معاونت طب سنتی ایرانی- اسلامی اعلام شد.
فراخوان طرح های پژوهشی موسسه ملی تحقیقات سلامت اعلام شد
موسسه ملی تحقیقات سلامت با همکاری دفتر ارزیابی فناوری های نوین استاندارد و تعرفه سلامت معاونت درمان و معاونت توسعه مدیریت و منابع وزارت بهداشت اقدام به فراخوان طرحهای پژوهشی در بخش طرح های ارزیابی فناوری سلامت (HTA) و طرح های معاونت توسعه و مدیریت منابع وزارت بهداشت نموده است.
تدوین سياستهاي تربيت پرستار و ارتقای كيفيت خدمات پرستاري مهمترین اقدام معاونت پرستاری وزارت بهداشت
تدوین سياستهاي تربيت پرستار و ارتقای كيفيت خدمات پرستاري و تدوين دستورالعمل مراكز پرستاري جامعهنگر (NCC) به صورت غيردولتي از جمله مهمترین اقدامات یک ساله معاونت پرستاری وزارت بهداشت اعلام شد.
زلزله مورموری، تنها زلزله بیش از 6 ریشتر در کشور که تلفات جانی نداشت/ سرعت عمل دانشگاه علوم پزشکی ایلام موجب جلوگیری از تلفات شد
رییس دانشگاه علوم پزشکی ایلام زلزله مورموری در استان ایلام را تنها زلزله بیش از 6 ریشتر در تاریخ کشور دانست که به دلیل سرعت عمل دانشگاه علوم پزشکی استان در امدادرسانی، تلفات جانی در بر نداشته است.
وزارت بهداشت به عنوان دستگاه برتر دولت معرفی شد/ اعطاي لوح تقدير به وزير بهداشت توسط رييس جمهور
رییس جمهور از وزارت بهداشت به عنوان دستگاه برتر دولت تقدیر کرد.
با قدم هاي استوار و همتي وافر در راه ارتقاء سلامت جامعه تلاش مي کنيم
وزير بهداشت، درمان و آموزش پزشکي با اشاره به برنامه تحول نظام سلامت اظهار داشت: با قدم هاي استوار و همتي وافر در راه ارتقاء سلامت جامعه و رسيدن به نظام سلامت کارآمد، تلاش خواهيم کرد.
اهم اقدامات حوزه همكاريهاي بينالملل در نظام سلامت اعلام شد
تقویت مناسبات و همکاری های در حوزه سلامت با کشورهای عضو گروه 5 و تقويت همكاري با سازمانهاي منطقهاي و بينالمللي در زمينه تامين مالي نظام سلامت از مهمترین اقدامات یک ساله وزارت بهداشت در حوزه همکاری های بین الملل بوده است.
آغاز طراحی سوالات آزمون بورد تخصصی و فوق تخصصی/3421 نفر در دانشنامه تخصصی و 311 نفر در دانشنامه فوق تخصی شرکت می کنند
طراحی سوالات شصت و یکمین آزمون دانشنامه تخصصی و بیست و هشتمین آزمون دانشنامه فوق تخصصی در دانشکده پرستاری مامایی شهیدبهشتی آغاز شد.
حضور پزشکان مقیم در بیمارستانهای دولتی به منظور بهره مندی به هنگام مردم از خدمات درمانی
رئیس ستاد کشوری تحول نظام سلامت گفت: حضور پزشکان مقیم در بیمارستانهای دولتی منجر به بهره مندی به هنگام مردم از خدمات درمانی در بیمارستان های وابسته به وزارت بهداشت شده است.
ششمين المپياد علمي دانشجويان علوم پزشكي كشور برگزار مي شود
معاونت آموزشي وزارت بهداشت، درمان و آموزش پزشكي ششمين المپياد علمي دانشجويان علوم پزشكي كشور را برگزار مي كند.
افتتاح چند پروژه بهداشتی درمانی در اسفراین/ بازدید از بیمارستان امام خمینی (ره)
وزیر بهداشت، درمان و آموزش پزشکی در سومین روز از سفر خود به استان خراسان شمالی، وارد شهر اسفراین شد.
افتتاح همزمان ٣٩٣ پروژه بهداشتی درمانی در سراسر کشور
وزیر بهداشت درمان و آموزش پزشکی که به مناسبت هفته دولت به استان خراسان شمالی سفر کرده است از افتتاح همزمان بیش از 390 پروژه بهداشتی درمانی در سراسر کشور با اعتباری بالغ بر 5 هزار میلیارد ریال خبر داد.
کلنگ زنی 22 پایگاه بهداشتی و درمانی استان خراسان شمالی/افتتاح همزمان پروژه های دانشگاه
کلنگ زنی 22 پایگاه بهداشتی و درمانی استان به طور همزمان با کلنگ زنی مرکز بهداشتی درمانی کامیاب بجنورد انجام شد.
نشست بررسی روند اجرای طرح تحول نظام سلامت با حضور وزیر بهداشت
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Latest news from APTA
Mark Your Calendar for the Latest on Parkinson Disease
September 2, 2014: Coming later this month: the latest scientific information on Parkinson disease (PD) will be as close as your own Internet device, when the World Parkinson Coalition (WPC) hosts its first-ever series of free webinars.
Down Syndrome Clinical Summary Discussion Now Available for Viewing
August 29, 2014: The clinical summary on Down syndrome available on PTNow is not only a great resource on its own, it's also a great springboard for lively discussion.
Free Webinar to Focus on Prevention and Interprofessional Education
August 29, 2014: Physical therapists (PTs) and physical therapist assistants (PTAs) have an opportunity to learn how 2 emerging issues can intersect during an upcoming webinar on prevention curricula in interprofessional education.
PT Researcher Lets Seniors Take a Trip
August 29, 2014: A new method being tested in Chicago aims to "vaccinate" individuals who are elderly against falls—by tripping them.
Medicare Payment Data: What PTs Need to Know
August 28, 2014: Health care utilization and cost data released in the name of "transparency" continue to make headlines, and physical therapists (PTs) need to have a solid grasp of what's already out there—and what's to come—in order to help patients, clients, and other stakeholders understand what all the information means in context.
CIMT Can Be Effective for Children with Cerebral Palsy
August 28, 2014: A newly published meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials (RCTs) supports the use of constraint-induced movement therapy (CIMT) for children with cerebral palsy as an effective intervention for upper-limb function, albeit one whose effectiveness isn't necessarily a slam dunk over other dose-equivalent approaches.
FDA: Beware of Dietary Supplements That Claim to Speed Concussion Recovery
August 27, 2014: Think those claims that dietary supplements can help speed concussion recovery sound too good to be true? You're right. And the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) agrees.
'Intensive' Counseling Could Help Lessen CVD Risk in Individuals Who are Overweight or Obese
August 27, 2014: Behavioral counseling that promotes physical activity and a healthy diet has been found to be beneficial for adults who are overweight or obese with a risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD), according to a recent report from the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF).
Protest Dismissed, CMS Will Move Ahead With RAC Contracts
August 26, 2014: The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will move ahead with awarding new contracts to Recovery Audit Contractors (RACs) now that the US Court of Federal Claims has ruled against the last standing protest opposing the new arrangements.
APTA and WebMD Partner to Provide PT Perspective
August 26, 2014: WebMD and APTA are working together to make it easier than ever for the public to understand how physical therapists (PTs) and physical therapist assistants (PTAs) can help address a wide range of health issues.
2014 House of Delegates Minutes Posted
August 26, 2014: Minutes of the 2014 House of Delegates (House) have been posted on the House webpage and within the 2014 Archive folder of the House community.
Early ROM Exercise a Mixed Bag for Patients After Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Repair
August 25, 2014: According to a new meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials, early passive range of motion (ROM) exercises for patients with arthroscopic rotator cuff repair can speed recovery—but only in certain ways, and only on the right patients.
New Delaware PT Law Includes Telehealth, Dry Needling
August 22, 2014: Delaware physical therapists (PTs) have a new scope of practice that includes telehealth, dry needling, and an updated definition of the practice of physical therapy now that a significantly revised PT licensing law has been signed by Gov Jack Markell.
For TKA Recipients, All Roads Lead to Similar Outcomes
August 21, 2014: The old saying about how "it's the journey, not the destination" may have particular relevance for recipients of total knee arthroplasty (TKA).
Clinical Summary Google Hangout Wants Your Questions
August 21, 2014: Despite what your mom may have told you, hanging out can be a very productive use of time: at least that will be the case for the PTNow Google Hangout on August 28, when you can learn about PTNow's clinical summary on Down syndrome directly from the summary's author.
Redesigned Running Blades May Appear at 2016 Olympics
August 21, 2014: After remaining relatively unchanged for the past few years, running blades are undergoing redesign efforts that could help more athletes than ever participate in the Olympics, according to a recent article in co.Exist.
Information on 4.5 Million Patients Stolen in Largest Recorded Health Care Cyber-Attack
August 20, 2014: The largest recorded cyber-attack on a health care operation has succeeded in stealing information on 4.5 million patients associated with Community Health Systems (CHS).
Physical Activity Research Opportunities Offered by NIH
August 20, 2014: The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has announced 2 research funding opportunities aimed at developing and testing approaches to increasing physical activity in ways that might be applied broadly across the US.
APTA Summaries on Acute Care, Long-Term Care, SNF Rules Now Available
August 20, 2014: Want to get the latest on Medicare and Medicaid Service's (CMS) final 2015 rules on acute care, inpatient rehabilitation, and skilled nursing facilities? APTA has you covered.
New Guide to PT Practice Debuts as Online-Only Resource
August 19, 2014: The physical therapy profession's preeminent guide to practice has taken on a new format, added new information and resources, updated others, and is now ready for use.
APTA Responds to Medscape Self-Referral Article
August 19, 2014: A recent Medscape article promoting the use of in-office ancillary services (IOAS) by physicians as a way to "boost your income" has prompted a pointed response from APTA that describes how self-referral can increase health care costs and hinder patient access to the most appropriate care.
Concussion Location not Linked to Clinical Outcomes but Points to Need for Safer Tackling in HS Football
August 18, 2014: A new study on concussions in high school football has found that the location of the impact on the head may not have much to do with clinical outcomes, but it could have a lot to say about the need for safer tackling.
Continuous Passive Motion Called Into Question
<p>August 15, 2014: Although definitive evidence is still lacking, available research trials do not support the value of continuous passive motion (CPM) as a way to reduce venous thromboembolism (VTE) in patients with total knee arthroplasty (TKA), according to a recently published Cochrane Systematic Review. The entire review is available through PTNow.</p>
Youth Sports Concussion Bill Introduced; Includes Physical Therapists
<p>August 14, 2014: A bill introduced just before the Senate recessed for August could lead to better management and awareness of some necessary aspects of sports safety, including concussions among student athletes, their families, and their coaches. The legislation recognizes physical therapists (PTs) as health care professionals qualified to make return-to-participation decisions for youth sports concussions.</p>
Ready for World Physical Therapy Day?
<p>August 14, 2014: Get ready to celebrate physical therapy as a worldwide profession, and spread the message that physical therapists (PTs) and physical therapist assistants (PTAs) help people take part in society. </p>
Programmed Stem Cells Grow Axons, Connect With Brain in Rats With SCI
August 13, 2014: Neurons developed from adult human stem cells and grafted into rats with spinal injuries have produced nerve cells with axons that have grown "virtually over the entire length" of the rat's central nervous system.
Free Webinar Promotes Falls Prevention Initiative
August 13, 2014: Learn how you can participate in Falls Prevention Awareness Day (FPAD), coming this year on September 23, by attending a free webinar on August 21 hosted by the National Council on Aging (NCOA).
PTNow Hosts Google Hangout on Down Syndrome Clinical Summary
August 13, 2014: Get firsthand information and answers to your own questions on how to apply PTNow’s clinical summary on Down syndrome when PTNow hosts a Google Hangout scheduled for August 28. <br /><br />
APTA Members Can Save Big on Back-to-School Needs
August 13, 2014: Back-to-school shopping just got easier with APTA member value programs.
Physical Therapy as Effective as, Less Costly Than Steroids for Shoulder Pain
August 12, 2014: A study published online in the August 7 Annals of Internal Medicine (abstract only available for free) has found that when it comes to shoulder impingement syndrome (SIS), physical therapy and steroid injections work equally well, but physical therapy is the less costly option.
International PT Conference Offers Registration Discounts
August 12, 2014: What in the world is happening to physical therapy? Find out for yourself at the largest international gathering of physical therapists.<br />
Australian Study: Physiotherapists Demonstrate 'Weight Stigma'
August 11, 2014: A new Australian study asserts that like other health care professionals, physiotherapists stigmatize patients who are overweight and obese, and that this stigma "has the potential to negatively affect physiotherapy treatment."
Pediatrics Section and Scoliosis Research Society Emphasize Importance of Early Detection
August 8, 2014: The effectiveness of bracing in treating adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS) has been well-established, but early detection is key. That's where physical therapists (PTs) come in.
WCPT Award Nomination Deadlines Coming Soon
August 8, 2014: The World Confederation for Physical Therapy (WCPT) is seeking nominations for its awards program that honors physical therapists (PTs) who have contributed to the profession or global health at an international level.
APTA Challenges AHA Report on 'Association' Between CMT and Stroke
August 8, 2014: A recent American Heart Association (AHA) statement that cervical manipulation may "play a role" in stroke fails to consider how physical therapist (PT) clinical judgment can reduce this risk, and overlooks the fact that manipulation is associated with far fewer complications than drug-based and surgical interventions, according to a news release from APTA.
State Policy and Payment Forum Registration Closes Aug 29
August 8, 2014: August 29 is the last day to register for the 2014 APTA State Policy and Payment Forum set for September 13–15 at the Grand Hyatt in Seattle, Washington.
PTs Sought to Review Musculoskeletal Resource
August 8, 2014: Qualified physical therapists (PTs) have an opportunity to contribute to the development of an important work on the current state of musculoskeletal diseases in the US.
New Trainers Ready to Advance Clinical Instruction
August 7, 2014: On July 1, 28 physical therapists (PTs) and physical therapist assistants (PTAs) were awarded the Clinical Trainer credential that will allow them to deliver APTA's Credentialed Clinical Instructor Program (CCIP), a training offering that refines clinical instructor skills and provides them with the tools to promote APTA’s professionalism core values.
Top 15 Randomized Trials Being Sought
August 7, 2014: As part of the 15th anniversary celebration of the PEDro database, the Australia-based Centre for Evidence-Based Physiotherapy is asking users to nominate studies for a list of the 15 "most significant" randomized trials in physical therapy.
PTJ Ranks #2 Among All Rehab Journals
August 6, 2014: According to Journal Citation Reports (JCR), the frequency with which PTJ is cited in other journals—indicated by something called an "impact factor"—makes PTJ #2 among rehabilitation journals, and #5 among orthopedic journals.
CMS Issues Final 2015 Rules for Inpatient Prospective Payment Systems
August 6, 2014: The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued final rules for prospective payment systems for acute care and long term care hospitals whose net effect will be to decrease payments to acute care hospitals paid under the inpatient prospective payment system (IPPS) by $756 million and increase payment to long term care hospitals (LTCHs) by 1.1 % under the LTCH prospective payment system.
Licensing Exam Committee Deadline August 11
August 6, 2014: APTA members have an opportunity to participate in the ongoing development of the profession's licensing examinations, but the application deadline is fast approaching. <br />
New Video: PTs in the ED
August 5, 2014: You might've read about the value of physical therapy in a hospital emergency department (ED). But there's nothing like hearing from ED physical therapists (PTs) themselves.
Fellows Sought for President's Council in Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition
August 4, 2014: The President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition (PCFSN) has announced 2 full-time fellowship opportunities. The council is a federal advisory committee that advises the president of the United States through the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
CDC Releases Ebola Recommendations for US Hospitals
August 4, 2014: Now that the first patients with Ebola are arriving in US hospitals, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released infection prevention and control recommendations for patients with Ebola hemorrhagic fever.
UnitedHealthcare Delays Requirement for Functional Limitation Reporting
August 4, 2014: UnitedHealthcare (UHC) is delaying implementation of a plan to require functional limitation reporting (FLR) for physical therapy, and has not announced a new launch date. APTA remains opposed to UHC's intention to move to FLR.
New Telehealth Bill Includes PTs, Could Mean Big Changes for Medicare
August 1, 2014: A newly-introduced bill aimed at expanding the use of telemedicine in the Medicare system would allow reimbursable telehealth services for physical therapy and permit use of the technology in more populated areas.
PTNow: Easier, Better, Faster, Stronger
August 1, 2014: Think PTNow.org has made it easier to use evidence in patient care? The PTNow Editorial Board has something to say about that: you ain't seen nothin' yet.
SNF, IRF Final Rules for 2015 Released by CMS
August 1, 2014: Rule changes for skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) and inpatient rehabilitation facilities (IRFs) will increase payments by 2% and 2.2%, respectively in 2015.
Cap Off the Summer By Taking the Challenge
July 31, 2014: The APTA Summer Fit Family Challenge continues through August, and members are encouraged to get their patients and clients—and their own families—involved in this fun way to stay active as a family.
2014 ELI Fellows Graduate From APTA Education Leadership Institute
July 31, 2014: Part of being knowledgeable is knowing that you don't know everything, and 15 seasoned physical therapy educators gained a lot of knowledge and skills in the past year, recognizing that despite their years of teaching there was plenty more to learn through the ABPTRFE-accredited APTA Education Leadership Institute (ELI) Fellowship.
'High Rate of Concussions' Found in High School Lacrosse
July 30, 2014: Lacrosse has been cited as the fastest-growing high school sport—and it's precisely that popularity that demands a closer look at injury patterns, according to a new study of student athletes that found significant rates of injury among both boys and girls.
Deal on VA Includes Money for More Providers, New Facilities
July 30, 2014: After weeks of appearing to be another victim of a gridlocked Congress, a bill to improve access to health care in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) system is now poised for a vote in both chambers.
APTA: Disability Rights Convention Should Be Approved
July 29, 2014: APTA has added its voice to the long list of supporters of an international treaty on the rights of persons with disabilities, stating that it fits squarely within the association's vision of transforming society.
Medicare Insolvency Deadline Improves, SGR Not Incorporated in Projections
July 29, 2014: It's far from rosy, but Medicare trustees are pointing to a slightly improved financial picture for the future of the program's trust fund, and they are no longer incorporating savings from the flawed sustainable growth rate (SGR) in their projections.
PT Recruitment Video Also a Great Reminder
July 28, 2014: The life of a physical therapist (PT) can be frustrating and exhausting to be sure—that's why every now and then it's good to take a couple of minutes to slow down and think about why you joined the profession in the first place.
Acetaminophen May Do Little to Speed LBP Recovery
July 28, 2014: It may be a prevalent practice, but the use of acetaminophen for acute low back pain does not decrease recovery time, according to a new Australian study of over 1,700 patients who participated in a randomized placebo-controlled trial.
APTA Points Out Potential Harmful Delays in Patient Care From CMS Proposed Rule on DMEPOS
July 28, 2014: If past problems are any indication of how the future might go, a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) proposal to require prior authorization for durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics, and supplies (DMEPOS) could "impede or delay access to timely medically necessary care" due to a lack of sufficient infrastructure to efficiently administer the new requirement, according to APTA comments recently submitted to CMS.
US Virgin Islands Gets Direct Access, Improved PT Practice Act
<p>July 25, 2014: Virgin Islanders will now have improved access to physical therapist (PT) services—and a much more effective physical therapy practice act—thanks to a new law signed by Governor John P. de Jongh Jr, on July 11. <br /></p> <p></p>
Latest Workshop Helps Participants Refine 'Blueprint' for New Clinical Practice Guidelines
July 25, 2014: Evidence-based practice resources for physical therapists (PTs) will continue to expand thanks to the work of APTA members who recently participated in an association-sponsored clinical practice guidelines (CPG) workshop.
CDC: One Third of Youth Misperceive Weight Status
July 24, 2014: For many children in the United States, the battle against childhood obesity may be in part a battle of perception: according to a new report, nearly a third of children don't have an accurate view of their own weight status, with 81% of overweight boys and 71% of overweight girls describing themselves as "about the right weight."
Clinical Education Webinar Series Continues With Focus on Partnerships
July 23, 2014: A sweeping multiorganizational effort to create a shared vision for physical therapist clinical education continues to advance, and now needs stakeholders to participate in webinars focused on partnerships.
Proposed CMS Rule Would Reduce Prosthetics, Orthotics, Other DME Reimbursement; APTA Posts Summary
July 23, 2014: A Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) proposed rule (.pdf) could reduce reimbursement for durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics, and supplies (DMEPOS) by more than $7 billion from 2016 through 2020, largely through applying payment rates from the DMEPOS competitive bidding program in noncompetitive bidding areas.
Shirts May Be No Slouch When it Comes to Posture
July 22, 2014: Bad posture? There's a shirt for that. Well, maybe.
Latest Edition of Preventive Services Guide Recommends Physical Therapy for Falls Prevention
July 22, 2014: Recommendations around falls prevention, physical activity, and obesity prevention are among the topics covered in the latest edition of the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, which grades preventive services based on the "net benefit" to the patient.
Can't Seem to Face Up to the Facts? Try This Psycho(metric) Killer Blog
July 22, 2014: Choosing appropriate tests and measures is a crucial component of evidence-based practice. But not all measurements are reliable—and even when they are, the test or measure might not have validity for certain uses or types of patients.
Article Questions 'Rush' to EHRs
July 21, 2014: A recent Boston Globe article explores some critics' claims that a government-incentivized "rush" to the adoption of electronic health records (EHRs) has created a new kind of patient safety issue with little oversight in place.
APTA Opposes UnitedHealthcare's Plan to Use Functional Reporting Requirements
July 21, 2014: APTA is urging that UnitedHealthcare (UHC) stop its plan to implement Medicare outpatient therapy functional reporting code requirements in its Medicare Advantage plans.
Proposed OPPS Rules Subject of New APTA Summary
July 21, 2014: A new APTA summary focuses on proposed rules for the 2015 Medicare outpatient prospective payment system (OPPS).
Innovative Physical Therapy Models Chosen for Further APTA Support
<p>July 18, 2014: Following a rigorous review that included a "Shark Tank"-like workshop and critique in May, APTA has announced the finalists in its Innovation 2.0 initiative. Through the program, APTA will provide funding and in-kind services over a 12-month period to help advance these innovative models of care delivery that highlight the value of physical therapist services.</p>
APTA Member Benefit: Rent Some Wheels for Summer Travel
<p>July 17, 2014: If you're planning a long road trip this summer, you might be more comfortable, and save money, by leaving the family car at home and renting a vehicle. Every family, and every family's car, is different, but here are some things to consider, good and bad:</p>
American Ninja Warrior, PT, DPT, OCS, MTC, FAAOMPT
<p>July 17, 2014: Watching Todd Bourgeois, PT, DPT, OCS, MTC, FAAOMPT, artfully navigate the ramps, ropes, waving pods, and sliding curtain obstacles in his qualifying round on NBC TV's "American Ninja Warrior," you half expect him to shoot webs out of his wrist, Spiderman-style. He's that good. </p>
Yanni Anyone? Headbanging Linked to Brain Injury, Whiplash
<p>July 16, 2014: It turns out that so-called heavy metal "headbangers" do just that, and violently enough to occasionally result in brain injury, whiplash, and other problems.</p>
Rise in Obesity More About Inactivity Than Caloric Intake
<p>July 16, 2014: It's no news that Americans have become more obese during the past 15 years, but a new study adds an interesting perspective—the dramatic gains may be almost entirely due to lack of physical activity, and not an increase in caloric intake. </p>
CMS Criticized Over Rate of Improper Payments
<p>July 15, 2014: A recently issued congressional report offers a grim assessment of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Service's (CMS) attempts to curb improper payments, calling them largely ineffective "pay and chase policies" that provide no reason for recovery audit contractors (RACs) to stop improper payments before they happen. In fact, the bipartisan report (.pdf) from the Senate Special Committee on Aging argues that the RAC incentive structure "could be viewed as an incentive to keep improper payment rates high."</p>
Foundation Annual Report Highlights a Big Year
<p>July 15, 2014: Want a lot of very good reasons why you should feel good about the future of physical therapy research? Check out the recently released Foundation for Physical Therapy's 2013 annual report. </p>
You Choose the Next 'PT in Motion' Magazine Cover
<p>July 15, 2014: If you could decide what's on the cover of PT in Motion magazine, what would you choose? </p>
Injury Rates for Adolescent Female Soccer Players Could Be Higher Than Previously Thought
<p>July 14, 2014: Adolescent female soccer players may be experiencing injury rates much higher than previously believed, and for at least 1 subgroup of these athletes, the secret to prevention could be to play more soccer.</p>
APTA Outlines Medicare 2015 Home Health Payment Proposal
<p>July 14, 2014: An APTA summary of the Medicare proposed rule for the 2015 home health prospective payment system guides members through the various proposed policies, including a payment update and provisions related to the therapy functional reassessment requirements, physician face-to-face requirements, speech-language pathology personnel qualifications, quality reporting, and value-based purchasing.</p>
APTA State Policy and Payment Forum Registration Now Open
July 11, 2014: The big state issues that directly affect physical therapists (PTs) and physical therapist assistants (PTAs)—copay legislation, health care reform implementation, scope of practice, dry needling, and much more—will be front and center at the 2014 APTA State Policy and Payment Forum.
Physical Therapy a Good Fit at Bloggers Convention
July 11, 2014: Don't be surprised if the next health and wellness blog you read seems a bit more attuned to physical therapy.
NEXT and House of Delegates Photos Are Ready
July 11, 2014: Anyone ever tell you you oughta be in pictures? Turns out, you might be—along with your physical therapy friends and colleagues.
New APTA Resource on 2015 Fee Schedule Available
July 11, 2014: A new APTA resource provides highlights of the provisions in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed 2015 physician fee schedule rule—including one proposal that would move physical therapists (PTs) into a program that currently applies only to physicians.
From the House of Delegates: PTAs, 'Early Career' Individuals Focus of Membership Efforts
July 11, 2014: APTA will have an opportunity to further enrich involvement from both physical therapist assistants (PTAs) and early-career physical therapists (PTs) and PTAs, now that the APTA House of Delegates (House) has approved efforts to increase the value of membership for both groups.
From the House of Delegates: APTA Has a Role in Strengthening PT Education
July 11, 2014: If physical therapy wants to truly embrace its vision of transforming society, the profession will need to be equipped with a diverse, well-educated workforce comfortable with innovation and capable of working across disciplines.
From the House of Delegates: 'Friend to Physical Therapy' Michael J. Axe Named Honorary APTA Member
July 11, 2014: By unanimous vote, orthopedic surgeon Michael J. Axe, MD, became an honorary APTA member during the 2014 House of Delegates, June 9-11 in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Foundation Gala Nets Nearly $50k
July 10, 2014: They came. They gala-ed. They exceeded their physical therapy research fundraising goal by 50%—all in all, a great night for attendees to the Foundation for Physical Therapy's (Foundation) 35th Anniversary Gala held last month during APTA's NEXT Conference and Exposition.
Skilled Maintenance Resource Dispels Myths About Coverage
July 10, 2014: A new resource at APTA.org helps to dispel some of the myths around skilled maintenance therapy, and provides physical therapists (PTs) with information that can help them better understand documentation, billing, and other issues brought to light in the recent Jimmo v Sebelius settlement.
Making Vision Happen: Board Seeks Member Input on Making APTA Vision a Reality
July 10, 2014: APTA's vision for the physical therapy profession—transforming society by optimizing movement to improve the human experience—is broad and ambitious, to be sure. But it's also achievable.
From the House of Delegates: New Consolidated Policy Covers a Host of State Licensure Topics; Includes 2 New Key Positions
July 10, 2014: Anyone interested in understanding APTA's approach to ensuring consumer protection in physical therapy through state licensure of physical therapists (PTs) and physical therapist assistants (PTAs) can now turn to one resource that, among other positions, advocates for greater licensure portability, supports restricted licenses for PTs in clinical internships, and brings policies up to date with recent House decisions in related areas.
From the House of Delegates: Legislative Campaign to Transition State Licensure Designation to 'DPT' to Begin in 2025
July 10, 2014: Ten years can seem like a long while—unless you're preparing for a national campaign to change the way an entire country refers to your profession.
From the House: PT-PTA Team Reaffirmed; APTA Supports Innovation in Developing Practice Models
July 10, 2014: Determining that this is not the right time for a more “permissive” policy on the individuals that should be permitted to perform physical therapist (PT) interventions under the direction and supervision of the PT, the APTA House of Delegates (House) rescinded a 2011 position statement, not yet implemented, that would have supported the expansion of support personnel available to the PT.
PTNow Blog: A Good Guideline That Could Be Better
July 9, 2014: Is it about time interdisciplinary practice guidelines got a little more guidance from physical therapists (PTs)?
From the House of Delegates: House Actions Could Increase Reach of Physical Therapy
July 9, 2014: Physical therapy should be empowered to assume its appropriate place in a quickly evolving health care system, and should be made available as widely as possible—that was the common thread running through several motions approved by the 2014 APTA House of Delegates.
From the House of Delegates: Help in Responding to 'Productivity' Issues on Its Way
July 9, 2014: By this time next year, physical therapists (PTs) and physical therapists assistants (PTAs) may have a few more tools at their disposal when it comes to talking with employers and others about productivity and performance.
Chronic Low Back Pain Research Standards Proposed
July 8, 2014: Citing a lack of consistency in investigations into one of the most widespread chronic conditions in the world, last month the National Institutes of Health (NIH) released a task force report that seeks to establish standards for research into chronic low back pain (cLBP).
Brain-Powered Movement Achieved in Patient With Paralysis
July 8, 2014: Researchers at The Ohio State University have successfully engineered an electronic neural bypass system that has allowed an individual who is quadriplegic to move his hand and fingers with his thoughts alone.
Cardiac Rehabilitation More Successful in Men Than Women
July 7, 2014: The benefits of cardiac rehabilitation (CR) are well-established, but men may be benefitting more than women, according to a new study that suggests the differences in improvement may point to a need for modified exercise and counseling programs.
PTJ Editor in Chief Search Begins, New Editor to Start January 2016
July 7, 2014: With Physical Therapy (PTJ) Editor in Chief Rebecca Craik, PT, PhD, FAPTA, in the next-to-last year of her second term, APTA has begun its search for her successor.
CMS Proposed 2015 Fee Schedule Adjusts Payment Rates, Updates PQRS
July 3, 2014: The proposed 2015 Medicare physician fee schedule (PFS) rule released July 3 would result in an estimated 20.9% reduction in payments beginning April 1, 2015, unless congressional action is taken to avert sustainable growth rate (SGR) reductions. If those reductions are avoided, the rule’s aggregate impact on payment is a positive 1% for outpatient physical therapy services.
CMS Issues Proposed Rule on Outpatient Prospective Payment
July 3, 2014: The rule proposed July 3 by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) includes a 2.1% increase in payment rates for 2015 under the outpatient prospective payment system (OPPS) and changes to hospital admissions requirements.
A Revolutionary Way to Have Family Fun
July 3, 2014: The 4th of July weekend is a great time for fireworks, overcooked meat, and finally getting around to learning to whistle the piccolo part to "The Stars and Stripes Forever," but it's also the perfect time for families to get active—and possibly win a Fitbit, courtesy of APTA and its Section on Pediatrics.
Early Career Dues Discount Program Extended Through 2018
July 3, 2014: As if new graduates need another reason to make sure they renew their APTA membership every year, eligible early-career physical therapists (PTs) and physical therapist assistants (PTAs) will continue to benefit from reduced APTA dues under a program that provides discounted rates for members up to 4 years after graduation.
July 10 DCoE Webinar Focuses on Concussion and Football Helmets
July 2, 2014: Physical therapists (PTs) and physical therapist assistants (PTAs) can gain insight into the effectiveness of equipment in reducing concussion incidence while getting information on the pathophysiology of the injury through a free webinar from the US Department of Defense Centers of Excellence (DCoE).
Log 'N Blog: Get Happy—and Help Physical Therapy
July 2, 2014: Want to feel really good about yourself? Help physical therapy research by documenting those activities in the Foundation for Physical Therapy's Log 'n Blog campaign.
CMS 2015 Home Health Payment Proposal Estimates .3% Net Decrease, Requires Reassessments Every 14 Days
July 2, 2014: Estimating a net decrease of .3% to home health agencies for next year, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released its proposed rule for the Home Health Prospective Payment System (HH PPS) for 2015.
New Michigan Law Means All 51 US Jurisdictions Allow Direct Access to PTs
July 1, 2014: The people of Michigan are better off—and the physical therapy profession has reached an important milestone—now that legislation has been signed into law allowing allow patients in Michigan to go directly to a physical therapist (PT) for evaluation and treatment without a physician’s referral.
2015 NEXT Proposal Deadline July 14
July 1, 2014: APTA members have until July 14 to submit proposals for sessions at the 2015 NEXT Conference and Exposition, set for June 3–6 at National Harbor, Maryland, near Washington DC.
APTA Comments on SNF, IRF, IPPS Proposed Rules Now Available
July 1, 2014: Skilled nursing facilities (SNFs), inpatient rehabilitation facilities (IRFs), and prospective payment systems for acute and long-term care are the subjects of newly available APTA comments on proposed rules from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).
A Map to Everywhere: PT in Motion Looks at Patient and Client Advocacy
July 1, 2014: For physical therapists (PTs) and physical therapist assistants (PTAs), patient and client advocacy is all over the map. And that's a good thing.
One Third of All TKAs Labeled 'Inappropriate'
June 30, 2014: More than one-third of total knee arthroplasties (TKAs) in the US could be "inappropriate," according to a new study whose lead author is a Catherine Worthingham Fellow.
Postacute Care Legislation Would Lead to Improvements in Standardization
June 30, 2014: Recently introduced legislation to standardize data used across postacute care settings is expected to move quickly through Congress, with a final vote likely to be held this summer. APTA has been working to influence this legislation and will continue to monitor its progress.
Where It's At: Study Says Physical Therapy Charges 40% – 60% Higher in Hospital Outpatient Departments Than Freestanding Clinics
June 27, 2014: A new report comparing some common tests, procedures, and treatments has found that hospital outpatient departments (HOPDs) consistently charge more than community-based settings for the same services.
Postacute Care Legislation Introduced
June 27, 2014: Congress will be turning its attention to postacute care in Medicare with the introduction of the Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation (IMPACT) Act in both the US House of Representatives and Senate this week.
Foundation Receives Major Donation from Paris, Laureate Education
June 26, 2014: When he's not attempting to sail around the world, Stanley Paris, PT, PhD, FAPTA, FAAOMPT, is busy making a world of difference—this time, by donating $500,000 to the Foundation for Physical Therapy (Foundation).
Medicare's Newest Fraud Prevention Tool is Paying Off
June 26, 2014: The use of predictive analytics—the same kind of technology credit card companies use to spot questionable spending activities—has enabled the US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to recover or prevent more than $210 million in improper payments in 2013.
Docs Need to Get Up To Speed on Physical Activity, Nutrition
June 25, 2014: America's physicians aren't educating their patients on weight, diet, and physical activity because America's physicians aren't themselves educated on weight, diet, and physical activity.
TBI Reauthorization Bill Approved by House
June 25, 2014: Prospects are good that government-sponsored research and data collection on traumatic brain injury (TBI) will continue now that the US House of Representatives has passed the TBI Reauthorization Act (H.R. 1098).
Rehabilitation Research Back in Advocacy Spotlight
June 25, 2014: Physical therapy researchers returned to Capitol Hill June 24-25 to advocate on behalf of rehabilitation research funding, and to press for passage of a Senate bill that would better coordinate these efforts within the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
EHR and Patient Safety: A Real Danger, Even for Experienced Users
June 24, 2014: When it comes to electronic health records (EHRs) and patient safety, experience might be a great teacher, but it doesn't guarantee straight-A performance. <br />
Award-Winning Privacy Notices Available
June 24, 2014: Physical therapists (PTs) have an opportunity to get the latest on notices of privacy practices, and find out how to install and customize award-winning open-source models for their own use.
Specialist Certification Exam Applications Due July 1 and 31
June 24, 2014: Application deadlines for the 2015 Board-Certified Clinical Specialist examinations are coming up in early or late July, depending on the specialty.
Too Many Questions Could Decrease Value of Patient Surveys of Physical Therapy
June 23, 2014: When it comes to getting an accurate take on patient experience with physical therapy, it may be a matter of the less asked, the better.
Consumer Group Voices Opposition to Unnecessary Tests
June 23, 2014: Is that advertised offer of a low-cost screening for stroke risk and heart disease good public health outreach or an "unethical" exercise in "fear mongering?" According to a consumer group that issued strongly worded letters to 20 hospital systems, the answer is clear—and hospitals need to put a stop to it.
2014 APTA Component Award Winners Recognized
June 23, 2014: Real-world innovation and excellence in support of the physical therapy profession were on display when APTA announced this year's component awards. Recognitions took place at the Component Leadership Meeting on June 8 in Charlotte, North Carolina.
WCPT Accepting Award Nominations
June 20, 2014: Feel like yelling from the rooftops to tell the world about an outstanding physical therapist (PT)? Come down. There's a safer way.
Oncologists Say AMEN to Conversations With Patients Hoping for a Miracle
June 20, 2014: Physical therapists (PTs) who find themselves the bearer of disappointing news for their patients and clients may want to take a cue from the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center, whose oncologists are using a new tool that helps them navigate conversations with patients counting on a miracle to turn a bad prognosis around.
Foundation Announces $250,500 in Scholarships, Fellowship Awards
June 20, 2014: Sixteen physical therapists (PTs) will receive a combined total of $250,500 in scholarships and 1 fellowship from the Foundation for Physical Therapy (Foundation) through the Promotion of Doctoral Studies (PODS) I and II programs, and the New Investigator Fellowship Training Initiative (NIFTI).
MedPAC June Report Subject of Congressional Subcomittee Hearing
June 19, 2014: Though it contains no formal recommendations, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission's (MedPAC) June report describes the commission's exploration into the possibility of future changes in several areas, including the idea of paying the same rates to inpatient rehabilitation facilities (IRFs) as are paid to skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) for some types of postacute care.
Burwell Pressed to Expand Payment for Telehealth
June 19, 2014: The newly confirmed Secretary of Health and Human Services can put another item on her "to do" list—changing Medicare payment policy to allow for accountable care organizations (ACOs) to receive payment for telehealth and remote patient monitoring—including physical therapy.
BioMed Journal Focuses on Physical Therapy
June 19, 2014: A recent issue of BioMed Research International is entirely devoted to role of physical therapy in the treatment of chronic wounds, cancer-related lymphedema, and urinary incontinence, with an accompanying editorial stating that "well-documented, promising, and inexpensive methods for physical therapy are necessary" in order to respond to these "common and costly" problems.
US Health Care Most Expensive, Least Effective Among Wealthy Nations
June 18, 2014: The news is, there's no news: once again, the United States ranks first among industrialized nations in health care spending but lands near the bottom on most health care outcomes, and winds up in last place overall.<br /><br />
'Rock Doc' Gets 6 Years for Medicare Fraud Involving 'Physical Therapy'
June 18, 2014: The so-called "Rock Doc" who pleaded guilty to defrauding Medicare of $2.6 million through bogus physical therapy services has been sentenced to 6 years in prison.
6K Steps a Day Linked to Better Function in Individuals With Knee OA
June 18, 2014: Walking 6,000 steps a day can significantly reduce the risk of functional limitation among people with or at risk of knee osteoarthritis (OA), according to a new study.
Nearly 10% of Americans Have Diabetes; 25% of Them Don't Know It
June 17, 2014: Diabetes rates continue to rise at an "alarming" rate, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which reports that in 2012, the disease was the 7th leading cause of death in the US with a cost of $245 billion in medical expenses and lost work.
Health Data Breaches Affect 31.7 Million
June 17, 2014: It's not exactly the kind of milestone they make greeting cards for: last week, the US Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) "wall of shame" listings of large-scale health IT data breaches passed the 1,000 mark. The breaches affected 31.7 million people in the US, a number equivalent to 1 in every 10 Americans.
Taking It to the Streets: Enhancing Local Physical Activity Efforts
June 17, 2014: Finding ways to advance physical activity through local action will be the subject of an upcoming free webinar from the National Physical Activity Plan (NPAP) Alliance.
Webinars on PT Clinical Education Vision Ready for Your Input
June 16, 2014: The first in a series of webinars aimed at getting broad input on a shared vision for physical therapist clinical education are coming soon, and the organizations responsible for the initiative are hoping for broad participation from all stakeholders in physical therapy.
PT Helps Make the World 'A Different Place' With Role in Brain-Controlled Exoskeleton
June 13, 2014: Call it a "brain-mediated technology breakthrough." Call it a "significant paradigm shift." Call it "an elongation of the continuum of movement." The bottom line is this: on Thursday, June 12, 2014, a young man who has paraplegia stood up, walked, and kicked a ball—all by way of an exoskeleton solely controlled by his brain. No joystick, no outside controller, just his own mind.
PT-PTA Teamwork Highlighted in Video Series
June 12, 2014: A collection of short videos from APTA makes it clear that tales of a dynamic duo's success aren't just found in comic books and Fred Astaire movies—they're the stuff of real-world practice relationships among physical therapists (PTs) and physical therapist assistants (PTAs).<br /><br />
Large-Scale Trial Links Activity to Lowered Risk of Mobility Loss
June 11, 2014: In what its authors call "the largest and longest duration randomized trial of physical activity in older persons," a new study asserts that a carefully structured, moderate physical activity program can reduce risk of losing the ability to walk without assistance.
Registry to Move Ahead Through APTA Collaboration With Quintiles
June 10, 2014: The largest, most comprehensive electronic repository for physical therapy outcomes is ready to move from planning to reality with the announcement of a collaboration between APTA and Durham, North Carolina-based Quintiles.
HHS Lays Out Vision for Health Care IT
June 10, 2014: By 2024, health care consumers will access, manage, and share their own health care data with multiple providers through a "seamless" set of technologies; primary care providers will access patient genetic information and research on medication efficacy to pinpoint the best treatments for individual patients; and all participants in the health care system—including patients—will contribute to a massive body of data that can be used to further research.
APTA 2014 House of Delegates Election Results Announced
<p>June 9, 2014: The following members were elected to APTA's Board of Directors and Nominating Committee Monday night at the House of Delegates (House) in Charlotte, North Carolina.</p>
Challenge Gets Families Moving Together
June 9, 2014: For families looking for ways to stay active together, summer just got more challenging—in a fun way, that is. With prizes.
Jump in Knee Replacement Surgeries Linked to Rise in Obesity Rate
June 9, 2014: The rate of total knee arthroplasty (TKA) in adults has surpassed the rate of total hip arthroplasties (THA) over the past 20 years, and researchers believe overweight and obesity is the reason.
Burwell Confirmed for HHS
June 6, 2014: Sylvia Matthews Burwell, former director of the US Office of Management and Budget (OMB), has been confirmed by the Senate to take over as Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
PTs in the ED: New Resources Available
June 6, 2014: A new set of resources on the APTA website can help physical therapists (PTs) make the case for the PT's role in an emergency department (ED) and gain a better understanding of the skills required to make that role effective.
PTs' Role in Joint Pain Management Highlighted in Letter to Editor
June 6, 2014: A recent Harvard Medical School newsletter article on nonsurgical approaches to joint pain came up short on information about the physical therapist's (PT) role, and APTA weighed in to provide a more complete picture
NIH Backs $4.5 Billion Brain Research Project
June 6, 2014: A "moon shot initiative" to uncover the mysteries of brain function received significant support from the US National Institutes of Health (NIH), which is recommending that the project be funded to the tune of $4.5 billion over the next 12 years.
Wanted: PT Perspectives on Clinical Education
<p>June 5, 2014: A sweeping multiorganizational effort to create a shared vision for physical therapist clinical education has arrived at a turning point and is now reaching out to the profession for input.</p> <p></p> <p></p>
What You Don't Know Can Hurt You: Get the Latest From APTA on Fraud, Abuse, and Waste
June 5, 2014: Avoiding risk is easier when you understand what the dangers are, and where they exist. A new resource from APTA helps physical therapists (PTs) do just that by taking a careful look at fraud, abuse, and waste.
$70 Million Falls Prevention Study Launched
June 5, 2014: A $30 million, 5-year project will use large-scale clinical trials to create a "cohesive intervention" for falls reduction. The project, announced by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), will study over 6,000 adults 75 and older in 10 trial sites across the country.
International Physical Therapy Congress Gearing Up for 2015 Event
June 5, 2014: It may be almost a year away, but now's the time to start preparing for the next World Confederation of Physical Therapy (WCPT) Congress, May 2015 in Singapore.
Apple Announces System to Coordinate Health Apps
June 4, 2014: Apple has announced that a new suite of in-device software coming to its next operating system (iOS8) will allow users' health data to be coordinated between separate health-related apps, making it possible to create a customizable health data dashboard that could be shared with health care providers.
Exercise By Any Other Name Just a Bit Sweeter, According to Study
June 4, 2014: According to a recently published open access article in Marketing Letters, men and women who think a physical activity program is meant to be "fun" and not "exercise" tend to make healthier after-activity food choices.
GAO Report on Self-Referral and Physical Therapy Adds to Evidence Questioning the Practice – Joint Congressional Statement
June 3, 2014: The Government Accountability Office (GAO) report on self-referral in physical therapy released June 2 shows that there "does appear to be a relationship between self-referring providers and the overall number of individuals referred for physical therapy," according to a joint Congressional statement issued soon after the report was made public.
New Centralized Pain Research Database Launched
June 3, 2014: A new interagency database is offering 1-stop information on a wide range of government-supported research on pain.
GAO Analysis of Physical Therapy Self-Referrals Lacks 'Definitive Conclusions'
<p>June 2, 2014: A long-awaited report from the US General Accountability Office (GAO) on physician self-referral in physical therapy is short on "definitive conclusions" and overlooks many of the realities of physical therapist practice and patient populations, according to a recent statement from APTA.</p>
Direct Access to PTs Now a Reality in Oklahoma
<p>June 2, 2014: Oklahomans now have direct access to evaluation and treatment by physical therapists (PTs). On May 23, Oklahoma Gov Mary Fallin signed HB 1020, which allows patients to be evaluated and treated by a PT for 30 days without a referral from a physician or other provider. Previously, state law required a physician referral for any kind of treatment, though PTs were allowed to provide an evaluation without a referral. The new law takes effect November 1, 2014.</p>
Obesity Goes Global
<p>June 2, 2014: When it comes to rates of obesity, the world isn't so small after all.</p>
Your NEXT Photos Could Make It to Print
May 30, 2014: Picture this: your photographs published in PT in Motion magazine.
Summaries of New CMS Rules Now Available
May 30, 2014: APTA members now have access to summaries of the latest proposed rules from the US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).
APTA Participates in White House Concussion Summit
May 29, 2014: Need confirmation of physical therapy's role in education, prevention and treatment of concussion in youth sports? Would an invitation from the White House do?
Help Identify Physical Therapy's 'Top 5' Unnecessary Procedures
May 29, 2014: This week, all APTA members were invited to participate in a survey that will help the association identify the "top 5 things physical therapists (PTs) and patients should question," for consideration to be included in the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation's "Choosing Wisely" campaign.
Focus on Specific Interventions May Limit New Study Questioning Effectiveness of Physical Therapy on Hip OA
May 29, 2014: A new study comparing physical therapy with a sham procedure in the treatment of hip osteoarthritis pain and disability contains some interesting findings—and some notable limitations.
UnitedHealthcare Announces FLR Requirements Starting August 1
May 29, 2014: UnitedHealthcare announced in its May bulletin that the Medicare outpatient therapy functional reporting requirement would apply to UnitedHealthcare Medicare Advantage plans beginning August 1 (the announcement can be found on page 46 of the bulletin).
Wikipedia Medical Information Popular But Often Wrong
May 28, 2014: When it comes to medical information, Wikipedia's popularity may be exceeded only by its inaccuracy.
Move Forward Radio Calls for Patient Stories
May 28, 2014: Physical therapists watch incredible patient success stories unfold every day. Now it’s time to share those stories with a wider audience.
PTNow Blog: Are We There Yet?
May 28, 2014: When it comes to drawing inferences for clinical practice, research design can really be an obstacle. That's the issue explored in the most recent PTNow blog post.
FLR Processing Fixes May Decrease Rejections
May 27, 2014: The US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has implemented several fixes that should decrease the number of rejections in the processing of functional limitation reporting (FLR) claims.
WHPA: To Grow Worldwide, Professional Regulation Needs to Be Responsive
May 27, 2014: As health care professional regulation's prominence increases worldwide, regulatory models will need to develop in ways that are sensitive to regional differences and changes in the overall health care landscape.
VA Will Use More Private Care to Reduce Delays
May 27, 2014: In an effort to respond to criticism that the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has subjected veterans to excessive and potentially deadly waits for care, the VA has announced that it will increase veteran access to private hospitals and clinics.
Move Forward Radio Discusses ACL Injury Prevention in Youth Athletes
May 23, 2014: The latest episode of APTA’s Move Forward Radio includes advice to help youth athletes avoid an increasingly common injury: anterior crucial ligament (ACL) tears.
Initiative to 'Re-Align' Care Debuts
May 23, 2014: A new initiative to develop a new model of care for older adults with complex chronic conditions will focus on a "realignment" toward patient-defined treatment goals.
'Magic Wand' Could Be the Future of Diabetic Foot Ulcer Treatment
May 23, 2014: A wandlike device and a system that delivers a localized dose of antibiotics could be the next phase in the treatment of diabetic foot ulcers. Both methods are now entering human trial stage, according to an article in Medscape news (free registration required to view story).
First Case of MERS Transmission Inside US Reported; APTA Offers MERS Resources
May 22, 2014: The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced last week that the first reported transmission of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) in the US occurred between an Illinois resident who contracted the virus from the man who had the first reported case in the US. APTA’s new webpage provides resources on the disease and the latest recommendations on precautions against spreading the infection.
Scientific Statement: Exercise Crucial in Stroke Recovery
May 21, 2014: When it comes to patients poststroke, physical activity and exercise is simply good medicine that needs to be prescribed for all survivors, according to a scientific statement recently released by the American Heart Association (AHA) and the American Stroke Association (ASA).
Major League Baseball Will Investigate Rise in UCL Tears, Possible Link to Youth Sports
May 20, 2014: With Major League Baseball (MLB) on track to see a record number of pitchers undergoing Tommy John surgery for ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) injuries, experts are beginning to investigate the reasons behind the "epidemic"—including the possibility that more intensive youth sports are a major contributor to the problem.
New APTA Resource Focuses on Minimalist Running Debate
May 20, 2014: Barefoot and minimalist running is getting attention again, and APTA now offers resources for runners who want to get the latest information on the benefits and risks of this trend.
Wasteful Care in Medicare 'Substantial and Widespread'
May 19, 2014: Medicare beneficiaries "commonly" undergo tests and procedures that are of little benefit and could cost the system more than $8 billion a year, according to authors of a new study of 1.36 million beneficiaries.
New CMS Rules Target Consumers, Quality Reporting
May19, 2014: The US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released a final rule on Exchange and Insurance Market Standards for 2015 and beyond that the agency claims is "aimed at giving consumers additional tools to evaluate their options and find plans that best meet their needs and budget."
PTNow Blog: Come and Get It
May 19, 2014: In direct violation of the "what happens in Vegas" edict, the current PTNow blog is revisiting a popular giveaway from the 2014 Combined Sections Meeting (CSM): a handy "at a glance" reference on functional limitation reporting g-codes and severity modifiers.
New PT in Motion to be Revealed June 1
May 16, 2014: In just 2 weeks, APTA members will receive the premier issue of the redesigned PT in Motion magazine.
Gala Tickets Still Available – But Not for Long
May 16, 2014: Ask Cinderella—missing out on a party is a drag. Fortunately if you act before May 21, there's still a chance for you to get in on the fun without having to rely on spells with limited shelf life doled out by fairy godmothers.
Stem Cells Restore Movement to Mice With MS-Like Symptoms
May 16, 2014: Although far too early to know if the treatment will be effective on humans, researchers have been able to restore movement to mice disabled by a multiple sclerosis (MS)-like condition by using human stem cell transplants.
Abstract Reviewers Needed for International Congress
May 16, 2014: ATPA members have a unique opportunity to help shape the content of the largest international physical therapy conference.
MoveForwardPT.com Adds ‘Inspired’ Resources
May 16, 2014: Parents looking for fun, easy-to-implement play activities that can help their children develop can now find them at MoveForwardPT.com thanks to a new partnership with The Inspired Treehouse, a collaborative venture founded by a pediatric physical therapist (PT) and 2 occupational therapists.
Big Insurance Companies Will Release Data in 2015
May 15, 2014: Three of the largest commercial health insurance companies in the US will be sharing price data to provide consumers with a "transparent and comprehensive destination to make more informed choices about health care," according to the creator of a new online database.
CDC Webinar on Activity for Adults With Disability Includes PT Perspective
May 15, 2014: On the heels of a US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that stresses the importance of physical activity in the lives of people with disabilities, the agency is offering a webinar to help health care providers learn how to effectively deliver this information to patients—and part of that learning will include a physical therapist's perspective.
View Highlights of Membership Matters Week
May 15, 2014: There are dozens of reasons to be an APTA member. Need proof? Check out highlights from APTA’s Membership Matters Week, including photos and social media posts from members across the country.
Webinar Looks at Clinical Decision-Making in Home Health
May 14, 2014: Physical therapists (PTs), physical therapist assistants (PTAs), and other health care providers can get the latest insights on clinical decision-making and the use of valid outcomes and measures in the home health environment through a free webinar being offered on May 21.
All VA Medical Centers to Undergo Audits
May 14, 2014: In advance of congressional testimony set to begin this week, US Veterans Affairs Secretary Erik Shinseki has announced that his agency will conduct "face-to-face" audits of all Veterans Affairs (VA) medical centers across the country.
Second US MERS Case Results in Quarantines, 1 Hospitalization
May 14, 2014: The second reported case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) in the US has surfaced at an Orlando, Florida, hospital and has prompted a quarantine of 19 health care workers and hospitalization of another after the employees came into contact with the infected individual.
New American Diabetes Association Patient Resource Available for Free to PTs, PTAs
May 13, 2014: Physical therapists (PTs) and physical therapist assistants (PTAs) have access to a new free resource for patients and clients recently diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, courtesy of the American Diabetes Association (ADA).
Innovative Physical Therapy Models Vie for Support at Workshop
May 13, 2014: How do you bolster widespread replication of promising models of health care delivery across the country? Feed them to the sharks.
Concussion Symptoms For Children May Change Over Time, Include Emotional Elements
May 13, 2014: Children who experience concussions may find some symptoms fading relatively quickly while others emerge later in a progression that authors of a new study believe should inform how these children are cared for at home and school.
'Luke Skywalker' Arm Approved by FDA
May 12, 2014: A robotic prosthetic arm that can allow users to perform a range of activities from manipulating keys to power tools has been approved for use by the US Food and Drug Administration.
APTA Launches Redesigned Consumer Website
May 9, 2014: Consumers looking for information about treatment by a physical therapist will now have an easier time finding it.
PTNow Blog: New Podcast Focuses on Realities of Putting Evidence Into Practice
May 9, 2014: Putting evidence into practice isn't as simple as handing out a couple journal articles at an in-service training, according to Susan Perry, PT, DPT, NCS. It takes time, follow-up, and a few "clinical champions" who are in it for the long haul.
Watch for the New PT in Motion
May 9, 2014: APTA members are in for a surprise come June 1: a completely redesigned PT in Motion magazine that's more lively, readable and valuable to physical therapists (PTs), physical therapists assistants (PTAs), and students.
NEXT Advance Registration Discounts End May 14
May 9, 2014: Beware the ides of May—because if you haven't registered for the NEXT Conference and Exposition by the day before, you'll have missed out on saving some money.<br />
Family Physician Use of LBP Risk Stratification Could Improve Timely Referrals to PTs
May 8, 2014: Research from the United Kingdom asserts that family physicians' use of risk-stratified care for low back pain (LBP) has produced "significant improvements in patient disability outcomes" through the application of a system first studied in physical therapist services.
South Carolina Circuit Court Upholds Ban on Physician Referral for Profit
May 8, 2014: In the latest chapter in a decade-long battle in South Carolina over the issue of physician-owned physical therapy services (POPTS), a circuit court on April 22 granted summary judgment (.pdf) in favor of the South Carolina Board of Physical Therapy Examiners (SCBPTE) and the South Carolina Chapter of APTA (SCAPTA).
WHO: MERS Likely No More Transmissible Than Before, Still a Serious Illness
May 8, 2014: The uptick in Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) cases that caught US media attention when the first case was reported in the United States is most likely the result of seasonal changes, and not due to an increase in transmissibility of the disease, according the United Nations' World Health Organization (WHO).
Log 'N Blog Still Accepting New Participants
May 7, 2014: Proud of that last run you took? Feeling good about that fantastic biking session the other day? Don't keep your accomplishment to yourself—log it, and help physical therapy research while you're at it.
CDC: Inactivity Can Increase Risk of Chronic Illness by 50% in Adults With Disabilities
May 7, 2014: Adults with disabilities who are physically inactive are 50% more likely to have chronic disease than their physically active counterparts, according to a new report from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that urges better patient education.
Lower Health Care Increases for Adults 65 and Up May Be Linked to Shift to Home-Based Care
May 6, 2014: In an overall spending picture researchers describe as "relatively stable" between 2002 and 2010, health care spending among adults 65 and older grew at a rate lower than all other age groups studied—a slowdown partly attributed to a Medicaid shift away from institutional care settings and toward home-based care.
WHO Issues Polio Alert
May 6, 2014: Not long after reaching a milestone in its campaign to eradicate polio worldwide, the World Health Organization (WHO) has declared a global health emergency and is warning of new outbreaks of the disease.
Arthritis a 'Significant' Factor in Falls Injury, Rates
May 5, 2015: Adults with arthritis are injured in falls at a rate 2.5 times higher than for those without the disease, according to a new report from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which described this "growing public health problem" as one that can best be addressed through a falls prevention approach that "involves exercise or physical therapy."
Tell It Like It Is – Or Isn't
May 5, 2014: Physical therapists (PTs) and physical therapist assistants (PTAs) attending APTA's NEXT Conference and Exposition June 11–14 in Charlotte, North Carolina, have an opportunity to tell the world what physical therapy is—and what it is not.
CMS Says ICD-10 Will Begin October 1, 2015
May 2, 2014: Without much fanfare, the US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced that use of the International Classification of Diseases, 10th revision (ICD 10) will begin on October 1, 2015—the soonest possible date allowed in a law passed by Congress earlier this year.
CMS Releases Report on Alternative Payment Systems for Outpatient Therapy
May 2, 2014: A long-awaited set of reports on outpatient therapy payment alternatives has been released by the US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).
Proposed CMS 2015 Payment Rules for Inpatient Rehabilitation Include 2.2% Increase
May 2, 2014: Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities (IRFs) will receive an additional $160 million in 2015, according to policy updates recently released by the US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).
Clinical Instructor Input Wanted on Clinical Reasoning Skills
May 2, 2014: The American Council of Academic Physical Therapy (ACAPT) is taking a close look at clinical reasoning skills in physical therapist doctoral education programs and needs to hear from clinical instructors.
CMS Releases Proposed SNF Payment Rules, Report on Alternative Payment Systems
May 2, 2014: Medicare payments to skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) will increase by $750 million in 2015, according to the US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), which recently released a proposed payment and policy update.
First-Round Innovation 2.0 Project Descriptions Posted
May 2, 2014: APTA has posted full descriptions of the 21 promising and innovative models for physical therapy care that will be explored at APTA headquarters May 8 – 9 as part of the association's Innovation 2.0 initiative.
APTA Among First Nonphysician Groups to Partner in Choosing Wisely Campaign
May 1, 2014: The American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Foundation has announced that APTA will be among the first 3 nonphysician provider organizations to partner later this year in a high-profile national campaign to educate consumers on making informed health care choices.
Arizona: Dry Needling Now Included in PT Scope
May 1, 2014: Arizona now specifically includes dry needling in the physical therapist (PT) scope of practice. The legislation was signed into law by Gov Jan Brewer on April 25.
PT in Motion: Women's Health PTs Taking the Pelvic Floor 'Out of Isolation'
May 1, 2014: Putting evidence into practice requires hard work, creativity, critical insight, and willingness to approach information with an open mind—exactly the qualities demonstrated by members of APTA's Section on Women's Health featured in the most recent issue of PT In Motion, the association's member magazine.
Experimental Muscle Regrowth Procedure Involves Physical Therapy
May 1, 2014: An experimental approach that uses material from pig bladders to grow new muscle is showing some early promise for victims of volumetric muscle loss, but the success of the procedure depends on physical therapy that begins soon after surgery.
PTNow Blog: Since When Is Patient Education Not Physical Therapy?
May 1, 2014: According to recent stories in major media outlets, physical therapy "may not help whiplash pain" or may be no more effective than "just one exercise education session." According to the latest blog post in PTNow, recent stories are missing the point.
Proposed CMS Rules for Hospitals Would Cut Payments, Institute Function and Mobility Measures
May 1, 2014: A $241 million reduction in payments to acute-care hospitals and a slight payment increase (.8%) for long-term-care hospitals (LTCH) are among the proposed Medicare payment and policy changes for hospitals issued by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
APTA Says NYT Article Identifies Areas of Concern, But Doesn't Tell Full Story
April 30, 2014: The New York Times published an APTA letter to the editor about an article on the recent release of extensive Medicare payment information.
Good News Hard to Find In Physical Activity Report Card
April 30, 2014: Think a 1.5 GPA will get you on the honor roll? Neither does the National Physical Activity Plan Alliance, whose recently released Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth (.pdf) paints a fairly dismal picture of the state of exercise among kids.
APTA Board: 'Scope of Practice' Defined and Association Role Clarified
April 30, 2014: The physical therapy scope of practice does encompass the relationship of professional, jurisdictional, and personal scope of practice, but it is not a laundry list of activities.
Party Like It's 2014: Virtual NEXT Offers Viewing Party Option
April 30, 2014: APTA's upcoming NEXT Conference and Exposition June 11 – 14 will have an online version—Virtual NEXT 2014—that will allow members to participate in this cutting-edge conference from their home or office.
APTA Board: Board Approves Pilot and Education Initiatives for New Payment System
April 29, 2014: APTA’s next steps in overhauling the flawed payment system for physical therapist services include a 2014 pilot program to investigate the impact of APTA’s proposed model and a 2015 campaign to educate members on new payment systems in health care.
Board of Directors: Board to Submit Bylaws Proposals to 2015 House on PTA Role, Vote
April 29, 2014: In what some Board members described as a "maturation" of the relationship between physical therapist assistants (PTAs) and association governance, the APTA Board of Directors voted to bring bylaw amendments to the 2015 House of Delegates that would enable chapters to allow PTAs to serve as delegates in the House, grant PTAs a full vote at the component level, and enable PTAs to run for non-officer Board of Directors positions.
Muscle-Rebuilding Drugs Being Tested
April 29, 2014: A new wave of myostatin drugs in or nearing clinical-stage testing could make a significant impact on the ability to build muscle in patients who are elderly or suffering from muscle-wasting diseases, according to a recent article in the Wall Street Journal.
Board of Directors: PT Outcomes Registry Gearing Up for 2015 Launch
April 28, 2014: Though its pilot test will be delayed until June because of changes to the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS), the APTA Physical Therapy Outcomes Registry (PTOR) is becoming more of a reality each day, with workflows, sample data entry screens, and staff ready or nearly ready to proceed.
APTA Board: First Quarter Strategic Plan Report Shows Progress
April 28, 2014: An accounting of activities and achievements shared with the Board of Directors at its most recent meeting adds up to one bottom line: solid gains in each of APTA's goals around effectiveness of care, patient and client-centered care across the lifespan, professional excellence, and value and accountability.
AAP Says Neuromuscular Training Could Lower Risk of ACL Injury in Adolescent Athletes
April 28, 2014: A new clinical report from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) asserts that the continued rise in anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries in adolescent athletes could be partially countered by neuromuscular training to "preprogram" safer movement patterns before an injury occurs.
Vitamin D May Not Improve Falls Risk After All, Says New Study
April 25, 2014: A new study is challenging widely made assertions that vitamin D supplements decrease falls risk, particularly in community-dwelling adults over 65.
Laptop Stolen From Physical Therapy Center Results in $1.7 Million HIPAA Fine
April 25, 2014: An unencrypted laptop stolen from a Missouri physical therapy center has resulted in a $1.7 million fine against the center's owners.
Coming Soon to a District Near You: Lots of Advocacy Opportunities
April 25, 2014: Some of the best opportunities for physical therapy advocacy don't happen on Capitol Hill, but on a legislator's home turf—and now is a great time to prepare by requesting a meeting, and maybe even shooting your own patient or client video, according to the APTA advocacy team.
New NICU Resources Available
April 25, 2014: The latest addition to the APTA website helps to provide physical therapists (PTs) with resources on physical therapy in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), the source of medical care for more than 3% of all infants born in the US.
FDA Issues Warning on Common Off-Label Neck, Back Pain Treatment
April 24, 2014: The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a warning (.pdf) about the dangers of administering epidural injections of corticosteroids to relieve neck and back pain.
AHA/ASA Initiative Improves Outcomes for Patients With Stroke
April 23, 2014: A multifaceted initiative from the American Heart Association (AHA) and the American Stroke Association (ASA) has generated marked improvements in the rate of patients suffering a stroke who receive a critical drug within an all-important treatment window.
PTs On Top of the World: Nepal Conference Set for November
April 23, 2014: If you've ever felt like shouting the benefits of physical therapy from the highest mountain, now's your chance: the Nepal Physiotherapy Association (NPA) has opened registrations for its seventh international conference, to be held in Kathmandu, Nepal, in the Himalayan mountains, November 21-22, 2014.
Blum Resigns From CMS
April 22, 2014: Jonathan Blum, principal deputy administrator for the US Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), has resigned his position effective May 16, according to an alert from Modern Healthcare.
Tablets: The Future of Care Coordination in Home Health?
April 22, 2014: It may not be a 1-size-fits-all solution, but least 1 fairly large home health care agency thinks it may have hit upon the technology that can best coordinate care, reduce costs, and minimize privacy concerns: the 7-inch mobile tablet.
Interprofessionalism: Jargon vs Practice
April 22, 2014: Peruse articles on the future of health care, and you're likely to read plenty of references to "interprofessionalism" and how it will become central to effective delivery. But have we agreed on what the word means? And if we can manage to agree on a definition, do we know how to apply it to real-world situations?
US Diabetes Rates Double in 20 Years, Diagnosis Rates Improve
April 21, 2014: The "staggering" increase in obesity rates among Americans is the most likely reason behind a near-doubling in the prevalence of diabetes over the past 20 years, according to a new study, which also found "striking differences" in diabetes rates among minorities.
Professionalism Across Disciplines Subject of Panel Discussion
April 18, 2014: What is professionalism, exactly? Part of a person's character? A set of learned behaviors? In a health care environment that demands increased levels of interprofessional collaboration, how important is it that individual providers understand professionalism across disciplines?<br />
Foundation Now Accepting Grant and Scholarship Applications
April 18, 2014: The Foundation for Physical Therapy now is accepting applications for the 2014 Florence P. Kendall Doctoral Scholarships and the 2014 Research Grants.
Study: Rethink Benefits of Antihypertensive Meds vs Risk of Serious Falls
April 17, 2014: For adults over 70, could the risk of falls due to the effects of antihypertensive medications outweigh the risks of not taking those medications?
Marquette Challenge Deadline Coming Soon
April 16, 2014: Either you're on The List, or you're not on The List. And you definitely want to be on The List.
New Standards for Residency and Fellowship Program Accreditation Announced
April 15, 2014: Physical therapist (PT) residency and fellowship education programs enrolling their first participants after December 31 will be required to follow new standards for American Board for Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education (ABTRFE) accreditation.
'2 Midnights' Rule Subject of Lawsuit
April 15: The enforcement delay for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' (CMS) "2 midnights" rule has apparently left an opening for a legal attack. This week, the American Hospital Association (AHA) announced that it has filed 2 lawsuits against the US Department of Health and Human Services challenging the rule as "wholly arbitrary," according to an AHA press release (.pdf).
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