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نشست هم اندیشی رشد و تعالی در سیما با حضور مدیران شبکه های سیما و فیلمنامه نویسان و با حضور وزیر بهداشت، درمان و آموزش پزشکی برگزار شد.
آمادگی وزارت بهداشت برای حمایت از فیلم ها و سریال های فاخر با موضوع سلامت
نشست هم اندیشی رشد و تعالی در سیما با حضور مدیران شبکه های سیما و فیلمنامه نویسان و با حضور وزیر بهداشت، درمان و آموزش پزشکی برگزار شد.
برگزاری اجلاس رؤسای دانشگاه ها پس از تصویب بودجۀ سال آینده / تشکیل کارگروه اجرای قانون تمام وقتی پزشکان
وزیر بهداشت از برگزاری اجلاس رؤسای دانشگاه ها پس از تصویب بودجۀ سال آینده و بررسی مشکلات سلامت در کارگروه دولت خبر داد.
به جای آگاهی بخشی، مردم را از ایدز ترسانده ایم
وزیر بهداشت، درمان و آموزش پزشکی گفت: به جای آگاهی بخشی، مردم را از ایدز ترسانده ایم.
پنهان کاری ایدز موجب افزایش ابتلا شده است/ ابتلای 5 درصدی کودکان کار به ایدز 40 برابر بيشتر از متوسط ابتلای جامعه
وزیر بهداشت، درمان و آموزش پزشکی اعلام کرد پنهان کاری در خصوص ایدز موجب افزایش ابتلا شده و می شود.
10 قلم داروي درمان نازايي تحت پوشش بيمه قرار گرفت/ كاهش 50 درصدي قيمت داروهاي نازايي
معاون وزير بهداشت و رئيس سازمان غذا و دارو از كاهش قيمت 50 درصدي 10 قلم داروي درمان نازايي خبر داد.
خویشتن داری، ازدواج و پیشگیری سه عامل مهم کنترل ایدز/ ماهواره، باشگاه های بدنسازی و آرایشگاه ها مثلث شیوع ایدز
معاون بهداشت اعلام کرد خویشتن داری، ازدواج و پیشگیری با استفاده از لوازم جلوگیری، سه عامل مهم کنترل ایدز است.
2 ميليون نفر از مبتلايان به ايدز در دنيا، 10 تا 19 ساله هستند
رئيس مركز مديريت بيماريهاي واگير وزارت بهداشت، بقاء در درمان و توجه بيشتر به نوجوانان را از مهمترين اهداف پيشگيري از ايدز در دنيا عنوان كرد.
متولیان سلامت، در تعامل باهم نه تقابل
وزیر بهداشت گفت: با تقویت نماینده صنوف بهتر می توانیم در جهت احقاق حق مردم درحوزه سلامت گام برداریم .
پيام مدير اجرايي برنامه مشترك سازمان ملل متحد در زمينه ايدز/ جهان در آستانه پايان دادن به ايدز است
مدير اجرايي برنامه مشترك سازمان ملل متحد در زمينه ايدز و معاون دبيركل سازمان ملل متحد به مناسبت روز جهاني ايدز پيامي صادر كرد.
مصمم باشيم ايدز را به صفحات تاريخ بسپاريم
بانكيمون، دبيركل سازمان ملل متحد به مناسبت روز جهاني ايدز پيامي صادر كرد.
كمبود اعتبارات و عدم پرداخت به موقع به ويژه در مناطق محروم موجب روي آوري پزشكان به مشاغلي غير از پزشكي شده است
وزير بهداشت، درمان و آموزش پزشكي گفت: كمبود اعتبارات و عدم پرداخت به موقع به ويژه در مناطق محروم موجب رويآوري پزشكان به مشاغلي غير از پزشكي شده است.
نظام سلامت چاره ای جز حمایت طلبی از خیرین ندارد/ مجوز دهندگان سنگ های سر راه خیّران را بردارند
وزیر بهداشت در دوازدهمین مجمع خیّرین امداگران عاشورا گفت: نظام سلامت چاره ای جز حمایت طلبی از خیریّه ها ندارد، مجوز دهندگان سنگ ها را از سر راه خیّران بردارند.
وزیر بهداشت آخرین وضعیت زلزله در برازجان را تشریح کرد/ انتقال 45 مصدوم حادثه به بیمارستان
وزیر بهداشت، درمان و آموزش پزشکی آخرین وضعیت زلزله در برازجان را تشریح کرد.
گزارش 100 روزه وزارت بهداشت در دولت یازدهم
پيام وزير بهداشت به چهارمين كنفرانس گردشگري سلامت كشورهاي اسلامي
وزير بهداشت، درمان و آموزش پزشكي به چهارمين كنفرانس گردشگري سلامت كشورهاي اسلامي در مشهد پيامي صادر كرد.
جلسه وزیر و معاونان وزارت بهداشت با رییس و معاونان سازمان صدا و سیما
وزیر بهداشت، درمان و آموزش پزشکی به همراه معاونان این وزارتخانه صبح امروز با رییس و معاونان سازمان صدا و سیما جلسه مشترکی برگزار کردند.
آثار رفع تحریم ها در حوزه سلامت به مرور خود را نشان می دهد/ تلاش بیشتر برای رفع مشکلات دارو و تجهیزات پزشکی
وزیر بهداشت، درمان و آموزش پزشکی از تلاش بیشتر برای رفع مشکلات دارو و تجهیزات پزشکی خبر داد و گفت: البته آثار رفع تحریم ها به مرور خود را نشان می دهد.
دیدار صمیمانه وزیر بهداشت با دوتن از پزشکان جانباز/ فتح المبین زیباترین عملیات جنگ بود
وزیر بهداشت، درمان و آموزش پزشکی در چهارمین روز از هفتۀ بسیج به دیدار و عیادت دو تن از پزشکان جانباز جنگ تحمیلی از دانشگاه های علوم پزشکی شهید بهشتی و تهران رفت.
پيام وزير بهداشت به مناسبت هفته بسيج
وزير بهداشت، درمان و آموزش پزشكي به مناسبت فرا رسيدن هفته بسيج پيامي صادر كرد.
وزیر بهداشت خواستار ممنوعيت استعمال دخانيات در اماكن عمومي شد
وزير بهداشت، درمان و آموزش پزشكي در نامهاي به وزراي دولت و سازمانها خواستار ممنوعيت استعمال دخانيات در اماكن عمومي تابعه شد.
پیام تبریک وزیر بهداشت به وزیر امورخارجه
وزیر بهداشت، درمان و آموزش پزشکی به ثمر نشستن تلاش های مذاکره کنندگان هسته ای کشورمان را به وزیر امور خارجه تبریک گفت.
عامل اصلی آلاینده هوای اهواز هنوز مشخص نشده است
استفاده از واژه «باران اسیدی» در اهواز از حادثه ۶۰ سال پیش در انگلیس الگوبرداری شده است،هنوز عامل اصلی آلاینده کشف نشده است اما هر کس از ظن خود این حادثه را به صورت غیر علمی تفسیر میکند.
اساس برنامۀ افزایش جمعیت اقناع مردم است/ پزشکان می توانند بیش از دو فرزند داشته باشند
وزیر بهداشت، درمان و آموزش پزشکی اقناع مردم را اساس برنامۀ افزایش جمعیت دانست.
آرامش را به بازار دارویی کشور بازگرداندیم
گزارش 100 روزه وزارت بهداشت تقديم رئيس جمهور شد. در نخستين جلسه هيأت دولت يازدهم اين مدت زمان براي دستگاهها تعيين شد و هنوز تا پايان 100 روز چند روزي باقي مانده است، همه منتظريم تا با كنار هم قرار گرفتن قطعات اين پازل پيچيده تصوير نهايي وضعيت دستگاهها و بدنه اجرايي كشور روشن شود.
داروی کاهش وزن اکسی الیت موجب بروز 50 مورد نارسایی کبد می شود/ داروخانه ها این دارو را جمع آوری کنند
معاون بهداشت هشدار داد مصرف داروی کاهش وزن اکسی الیت (oxyelite) موجب بروز 50 مورد نارسایی کبد می شود و باید هرچه زودتر از سطح داروخانه ها جمع آوری شود.
خرید تضمینی محصولات سلامت محور شرکت های دانش بنیان
وزیر بهداشت، درمان و آموزش پزشکی گفت: راه نجات کشور توسعه فناوری و تولید و خلق ثروت است و وزارت بهداشت محصولات سلامت محور و دانش بنیان را تضمینی خرید می کند.
جلسه فوق العاده شورای گسترش برای بررسی تشکیل احداث پارک فناوری سلامت
معاون آموزشی از تشکیل جلسه فوق العاده شورای گسترش برای تصویب مجوز احداث پارک فناوری سلامت خبر داد.
ارائه محصولات دانش بنیان سلامت به مردم به جای رونمایی/ نمی توانیم از سنجش کیفی محصولات کوتاه بیاییم
معاون تحقیقات و فناوری در دیدار با نمایندگان 30 شرکت دانش بنیان حوزه سلامت گفت: به جای رونمایی های پی در پی به دنبال ارائه محصولات به مردم هستیم.
تصویب آیین نامه اعتباربخشی به محصولات شرکت های دانش بنیان/ تجاری سازی محصولات شرکت ها
رییس شورای فناوری وزارت بهداشت از تصویب آیین نامه اعتباربخشی به محصولات شرکت های دانش بنیان خبر داد.
نشست وزیر بهداشت و معاون علمی رییس جمهور با 30 شرکت دانش بنیان حوزه سلامت
شرکت های دانش بنیان حوزه سلامت مستقر در پارک فناوری پردیس در نشستی صمیمانه با وزیر بهداشت، درمان و آموزش پزشکی و معاون علمی رییس جمهور به بیان مشکلاتشان پرداختند.
تاكيد وزير بهداشت بر استفاده حداكثري از ظرفيت رسانه ها برای ارتقاي سلامت جامعه
رییس مرکز روابط عمومی و اطلاع رسانی وز ارت بهداشت از تاكيد وزير بهداشت بر استفاده حداكثري از ظرفيت رسانه ها به منظور ارتقاي سلامت جامعه خبر داد.
دو دانشمند ایرانی، جزو ۵ برگزیده سازمان بهداشت جهانی
در شصتمین اجلاس منطقه ای وزرای بهداشت سازمان جهانی بهداشت، از خدمات دو پزشک و محقق ایرانی برای ارتقاء سلامت، توسعه مراقبت های بهداشتی و مبارزه با گسترش بیماری ها قدردانی شد.
همکاری تشکل ها و انجمن های علمی و پزشکی در تعامل با نظام پزشکی و وزارت بهداشت برای حل پدیده زیر میزی
وزیر بهداشت، ضمن انتقاد از پدیده زیرمیزی گفت: رفتار نامناسب یک عده قلیلی از جامعه پزشکی باعث شده است که به کل جامعه پزشکی نگاه مثبتی وجود نداشته باشند.
وزارت بهداشت با 80 هزار ميليارد ریال كسري بودجه روبروست/ اختصاص تنها 2 درصد از 2 هزار ميليارد ریال اعتبار برنامه پزشك خانواده
وزير بهداشت از كسري 80 هزار ميليارد ریالی بودجه وزارت بهداشت خبر داد و گفت: اعتبارات ناكافي مانع از انجام ماموريتهاي وزارت بهداشت نشده است.
بهره گیری از ظرفیت اجلاس منطقه ای سازمان جهانی بهداشت برای رفع تحریم ها
وزیر بهداشت ، درمان و آموزش پزشکی برنامه های اولین سفر خارجی خود را تشریح کرد.
توانمندسازي، همكاري بينبخشي و كيفيت كار سرلوحه كار حوزه بهداشت
معاون بهداشت گفت: توانمندسازي، همكاري بين بخشي، نظم و انضباط و كارگروهي سرلوحه كار حوزه بهداشت است.
وزير بهداشت وارد مسقط شد
دکتر هاشمی وزیر بهداشت، درمان و آموزش پزشکی صبح امروز وارد شهر مسقط پایتخت کشور عمان شد.
روش جدید اصلاح پیرچشمی وارد مراکز درمانی کشور شد
وزیر بهداشت، درمان و آموزش پزشکی از بکارگیری روش جدید اصلاح پیرچشمی در مراکز درمانی چشم پزشکی کشور خبر داد.
كاهش تصديگري همراه با تمركززدايي / اعتبار بخشي بيمارستانها قابل واگذاري است
وزير بهداشت گفت: اگر بنا باشد تصديگري كاهش يابد بايد همراه با تمركززدايي باشد.
ريالي از 10 درصد هدفمندي يارانهها به وزارت بهداشت واريز نشده است / نياز به بودجه 3 هزار ميلياردي مجزا براي استقرار پزشكان در مناطق محروم
رئيس سازمان نظام پزشكي كشور گفت: درخصوص اعتبارات وزارت بهداشت مقرر شد كه 10 درصد از هدفمند كردن يارانهها به وزارت بهداشت اختصاص يابد كه ريالي به اين وزارت واريز نشده است.
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CMS To Host Conference Call on 'Improved Standard' Agreement
December 6, 2013: Physical therapists (PTs) can get the latest information on how the Jimmo v. Sibelius settlement agreement reached in U.S. District Court will affect the services they provide under Medicare by joining in on a December 19 Medicare Learning Network conference call.
No Rules Of The Road for Getting Behind the Wheel After Injury, Says NYT
December 6, 2013: When is it safe to drive after an extremity injury? According to a recent article in the New York Times, even when the question is limited to a specific injury like a broken wrist or sprained ankle, the considered answer from research boils down to a firm "it depends."
Modest Grassroots Activity Could Threaten Repeal of Therapy Cap
December 5, 2013: Low participation among physical therapists (PTs), physical therapist assistants (PTAs), and their supporters could diminish legislator interest in permanent repeals of the therapy cap and sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula, which are set to be discussed in Congress
Move Forward Radio Discusses Chronic Pain
December 5, 2013: The latest episode of APTA's Move Forward Radio looks at chronic pain through 3 people who were part of a new Discovery Channel documentary on the subject and a physical therapist (PT) who treats chronic pain in his practice.
PTs Get Expanded Code Choices in Maryland Medicaid System
December 5, 2013: After over 2 years of work by APTA and the Maryland Chapter, the fee schedule for Maryland's Medicaid program has been expanded to include additional procedure codes directly related to physical therapy.
APTA Names HPSO, Hocoma, Parker Labs Strategic Business Partners
December 5, 2013: APTA added 3 companies to its Strategic Business Partners program. Through the program, APTA seeks to enhance business relationships and develop meaningful partnerships with for-profit companies by offering services and marketing opportunities that provide mutual benefits to partners and APTA.
Average Hospital Stay Was $10k in 2011; Musculoskeletal Conditions 2nd Largest Area of Cost
December 4, 2103: From 1997 to 2011, the average cost of a hospital stay rose to $10,000, with the costs for stays for osteoarthritis and back problems increasing at more than 2 times the overall rate.
California Chapter and CAL-PT-FUND Make Major Pledge to Foundation
December 4, 2013: The California Physical Therapy Association (CPTA), in collaboration with the California PT Fund (CAL-PT-Fund), has pledged $100,000 toward a Foundation for Physical Therapy project that would create the nation's first Center of Excellence for Health Services and Health Policy Research dedicated to training physical therapist researchers.
Humana Acknowledges Problems With MPPR Adoption
December 3, 2013: Physical therapists (PTs) who contract with Humana have been finding out about the managed care company's shift to the multiple procedure payment reduction (MPPR) policy the hard way—by being notified that they have to reimburse the company for payments they've already received.
Vision Differences Between Eyes Prevalent in Older Adults, Can Increase Falls Risk
December 3, 2013: Older adults are at significant risk of developing vision differences between their eyes that, if undetected, could increase the likelihood of falls.
Therapy Cap Repeal in Sight, But More Grassroots Action Needed
December 2, 2013: A full repeal of the Medicare therapy cap could become part of congressional discussions on the sustainable growth rate (SGR)—but your voice is needed now to ensure that the repeal remains a priority on Capitol Hill.
Physical Therapist Paris Begins His Bid to Sail Solo Around the Globe
December 2, 2013: Stanley Paris, PT, PhD, FAPTA, FAAOMPT, would tell you that physical therapists (PTs) are a diverse, multitalented group of professionals, but you'd have to catch him first—or at least wait until he returns from his attempt to become the oldest and fastest person to sail around the world solo.
CMS Issues Final 2014 Physician Fee Schedule Rule
November 27, 2013: The final 2014 Medicare physician fee schedule rule (.pdf) released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) sets the therapy cap amount on outpatient services at $1,920.
2014 Outpatient Payment Rule Released by CMS
November 27, 2013: The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a new rule for the Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) that will create 29 comprehensive Ambulatory Payment Classifications (APCs) to handle payment for the most costly device-dependent services, require direct supervision for a range of outpatient services in critical access hospitals (CAHs), and increase the payment rates under the OPPS by 1.7 %.
Early Mobility, Ongoing Rehabilitation at Center of Media Attention on Post-ICU Care
November 27, 2013: Physical therapists (PTs) have long understood that mobility plays a key role in a patient's recovery from the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), but now national-profile articles are bringing this fact to a much wider audience.
Sen Kirk Thankful for Rehabilitation Professionals
November 27, 2013: When Time magazine asked Sen Mark Kirk (R-Ill) to share what he was thankful for, he came right to the point.
APTA's Health Care Reform Resources Expanded
November 26, 2013: New APTA resources available online are helping members understand health care reform and giving them a way to communicate their experiences in this changed—and changing—landscape.
APTA Monitoring CMS as Fee Schedule Deadline Approaches
November 26, 2013: The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is nearing its November 27 deadline for issuing rules on the 2014 Physician Fee Schedule, and APTA will be posting information on the provisions in the final rule impacting physical therapy as soon as possible after release.
December 2013 Board of Directors Meeting to Be Broadcast Online
November 26, 2013: APTA’s upcoming Board of Directors meeting will be broadcast online for APTA members, December 5-7.
CMS Says Cardiac Rehab Should Be Covered for CHF
November 25, 2013: The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is proposing that Medicare coverage be expanded to cover cardiac rehabilitation (CR) for patients with chronic heart failure (CHF).
Foam Mattresses Could Mean Longer Spans Between Repositioning for Pressure Ulcers
November 25, 2013: The standard 2-hour patient repositioning schedule to minimize pressure ulcers could be stretched to 3 or 4 hours with the use of high-density foam mattresses, according to a recent study funded in part by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
CMS Releases Medicare Home Health Final Rule for 2014
November 22, 2013: The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the final rule for the Home Health Prospective Payment System for Calendar Year (CY) 2014.
Ask Congress to Add Therapy Cap Repeal to SGR Legislation on December 2
November 22, 2013: Legislation that would end the sustainable growth rate (SGR) will soon be discussed in a Senate committee, and grassroots efforts could play a big role in how that discussion takes shape.
Not Much Time Left to Share Your NPTM Activities
November 22, 2013: There's still time to share your National Physical Therapy Month celebration and recognition photos and stories with colleagues all over the world, but you'd better hurry.
Walk Time, Not Intensity, May Be Most Important in Stroke Risk Reduction
November 21, 2013: A new study has reaffirmed a link between stroke reduction and walking in older men—but the link has more to do with time spent walking than intensity of the activity.
PT Research Center Announces Major Contributions From Chapters, Sections
November 21, 2013: The first Center of Excellence (COE) in the United States solely dedicated to research relevant to physical therapist (PT) practice received a major boost this week, when the Foundation for Physical Therapy announced that APTA chapters and sections have contributed more than $1 million to its fundraising campaign.
Government Affairs and Public Service Awards Nominations Due January 10, 2014
November 21, 2013: Do you know of an APTA member who in 2013 has gone above and beyond to advocate on behalf of the physical therapy profession at the federal level?
New Practice Guidelines Address Treatment of Torticollis, Ankle Sprain, Shoulder Mobility
November 20, 2013: The latest evidence-based clinical practice guidelines for ankle sprain and instability, adhesive capsulitis, and congenital muscular torticollis (CMT) have been added to PT Now, the APTA member resource for evidence-based practice information.
APTA Launches Action App In Time for Final Push to Stop the Therapy Cap
November 20, 2013: Members, patients, and supporters of physical therapy can now stay up-to-date on the latest legislative and regulatory news by downloading the free APTA Action app.
Concussion Legislation Reintroduced
November 20, 2013: Important concussion legislation supported by APTA has been reintroduced in Congress.
PT Leader Helen Hislop Dies
November 19, 2013: Physical therapy leader, educator, and author Helen Hislop, PT, PhD, FAPTA, has died near her home in High Point, North Carolina.
Patient-Focused Urinary Incontinence Resources Now Available From AHRQ
November 18, 2013: In its third-ever online "decision aid" tool, the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is focusing on women's urinary incontinence (UI), with information on the effectiveness of nonsurgical approaches to treatment.
NIH Funded Post-Acute Care Study Needs PTs
November 15, 2013: A National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded study is looking for physical therapists (PTs) with expertise with older adults in a post-acute care setting.
Patient Satisfaction May Be Related to Staff Work Relationships
November 15, 2013: A new survey tool focused on relationships among members of a clinic staff is not only holding up to measurement scrutiny, but is indicating a direct correlation between the quality of staff working relationships and patient satisfaction.
PTs Helping Philippines Recover From Haiyan
November 15, 2013: Physical therapists (PTs) from outside the Philippines have arrived on the islands to join their peers and other medical professionals in relief efforts in the wake of typhoon Haiyan.
UIW Library Renamed in Honor of Geneva Johnson
November 15, 2013: Physical therapy leader and Catherine Worthingham Fellow Geneva Johnson, PhD, PT, FAPTA was recognized last week when the University of the Incarnate Word (UIW) School of Physical Therapy renamed its library in her honor.
Researchers Identify Widespread Use of Opioids in Nonsurgical Patients
November 14, 2013: A study of over 1 million adult hospital admissions has revealed a high rate of opioid prescriptions for nonsurgical patients, with over 43% receiving the medications during their stay, and over half of that population receiving opioids on the day of discharge.
Rockar and UPMC Host Congressman Murphy
November 14, 2013: Concussion management, the therapy cap, SGR, and the National Health Service Corps were among the topics discussed when Congressman Tim Murphy (R-PA) visited APTA President Paul Rockar Jr. PT, DPT, MS, last week at Rockar's office at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC).
Overview of AHRQ Projects Points to Importance of Health IT
November 13, 2013: A new report from the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) assembles the results of 12 grant studies that, combined, show that effective use of health care IT can play a significant role in improving outcomes, increasing patient engagement, and lowering costs—particularly for patients moving to or from ambulatory care settings.
MedPAC Discusses SGR, Other Issues
November 13, 2013: The most recent meeting of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) touched on the need for reform of postacute care (PAC) payment systems, the role of accountable care organizations (ACO), and the advisability of taking a measured approach to advocating for the repeal of the sustainable growth rate (SGR) to avoid stalling current momentum in Congress.
Post Story Emphasizes Access to PT as Key to Pro Athlete Recovery
November 13, 2013: File under "hardly startling": Quick access to a physical therapist (PT) and availability of cutting-edge rehabilitation equipment are 2 of the biggest reasons why professional athletes seem to mend so much more quickly than their amateur counterparts, says a recent article in the Washington Post.
National Faculty Mentor Award Recognizes Dave Pariser
November 12, 2013: Former APTA Board Member Dave Pariser, PT, PhD, has been posthumously honored as both the inaugural recipient of a national NCAA faculty mentor award and the award's namesake.
Virtual Town Hall for Motion Concepts to the 2014 House of Delegates
November 12, 2013: A new series of virtual town halls will enable members and delegates to share and offer input on motion concepts for the 2014 House of Delegates.
More Research on Falls Prevention, Other Screenings for Older Adults Recommended to Congress
November 8, 2103: A recent report has alerted Congress to the need for more evidence-based research in preventive care for older adults—including more work focused on physical screenings and falls prevention.
Activity Limitation Rates Rising Faster Than Predicted
November 8, 2013: Overall arthritis rates rose at expected rates in the United States between 2010 and 2012, but the incidence of arthritis-attributable activity limitation (AAAL) exceeded projections, with an estimated 22.7 million Americans—nearly half of the estimated 52.5 million with arthritis—suffering with symptoms that limited normal physical activity.
New Additions to APTA Member Value Programs
November 8, 2013: You have 3 new benefits to consider under APTA’s member value programs: the PT Clinician app, Office Depot discounts, and VPI pet insurance.
Going ALL-In for Newly Discovered Ligament
November 7, 2013: The mystery of a 134-year-old anatomical "enigma" has finally been solved with the announcement of a new knee ligament.
Exercise Advice May Not Be Widely Given to Patients With Arthritis, Sciatica
November 7, 2013: Advising exercise to patients with osteoarthritis or sciatica may be a highly recommended approach to treatment, but it's an approach that may not be widely used by physicians, according to a recent factorial experiment (abstract).
Residency Board Seeks Credentialing Committee Members
November 7, 2013: The American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education (ABPTRFE) is seeking a cadre of members with diverse clinical expertise to serve on the Credentialing Services Committee.
FDA Issues Mobile Medical App Guidelines
November 6, 2013: The federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says that it is taking a "risk-based" approach to its oversight of mobile medical apps and will focus its enforcement efforts on apps "that present a greater risk to patients if they do not work as intended."
Podcast on Updated FLR Guidelines Now Available
November 6, 2013: Physical therapists (PTs) can now download the latest information on changes to the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services' (CMS) guidelines on functional limitation reporting (FLR) as an APTA podcast.
More Than 800K Messages Call for an End to the Therapy Cap
November 5, 2013: Physical therapists (PTs), physical therapist assistants (PTAs), and their supporters harnessed the power of social media to help generate more than 876,000 social media messages sent simultaneously to call for an end to the Medicare therapy cap.
Quadriceps Atrophy Present in Patients With PFP
<p>November 5, 2013: A recently published literature review and meta-analysis has determined that there may be a link between patellofemoral pain (PFP) and quadriceps atrophy, and authors believe the findings "support the rationale for use of quadriceps strengthening as part of a rehabilitation program for PFP."</p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p>
Effort to End Therapy Cap Enters Crucial Stage
November 4, 2013: The APTA grassroots campaign to end the Medicare therapy cap and sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula has intensified in light of the looming 60-day deadline for Congress to take action, with the association calling on physical therapists (PTs), physical therapist assistants (PTAs), patients, and supporters to add their voices now to the movement advocating for long-overdue changes.
PTs Have 'Tremendous Opportunity' in Medicare's Shift to Quality Reporting
November 4, 2013: While the media focuses on high-profile website problems and political debates, physical therapists (PTs) may find that for them, some of the biggest news around the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has to do with how payment systems will emphasize quality of care—and how that quality will be measured
Details Still to Come on Proposal to End SGR
November 1, 2013: Details on a recently released bipartisan framework that would drop the sustainable growth rate (SGR) from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ payment methodology and shift to alternative payment models (APMs) are still being developed, and APTA will be monitoring the proposal as specifics are worked out.
Updated FLR Guidelines Address Reporting on Additional Evaluative Procedures
November 1, 2013: The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) updated its guidance on functional limitation reporting (FLR) around reporting evaluative procedures that are for different limitations in addition to those currently being reported.
Proposed Legislation Would Allow PTs to Bring In Another Licensed PT to Continue Care During Absences
October 31, 2013: Physical therapists (PTs) in private practice may be able to provide Medicare patients the continuity of care they deserve if a recently introduced bill is successful
'Culture of Resistance' Complicates Concussion Reporting in Youth Sports
October 31, 2013: As youth sports programs have grown, so has a "culture of resistance" around concussion reporting and treatment compliance, according to a major study released October 30 by the National Institute of Medicine and National Research Council.
Contact Your Legislators on November 4 to Stop the Therapy Cap
October 30, 2013: Congress is approaching the 60-day mark for its opportunity to finally end the Medicare therapy cap and sustainable growth rate formula, and now is the time to amplify a grassroots effort to make the needed changes.
Falls Prevention Exercises May Lessen Severity of Fall Injuries
October 30, 2013: Prevention exercises can help the elderly avoid falls, but can they also reduce injuries when a fall occurs? A recently-published meta-analysis indicates just such a possibility.
Walking Can Decrease Joint Pain in Breast Cancer Survivors
<p>October 29, 2013: Older women who take aromatase inhibitor (AI) therapy as part of their breast cancer treatment may be able to walk their way to decreased joint pain, according to a recent study from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Results of the study were announced in a press release issued in conjunction with the annual meeting of the American College of Rheumatology.</p>
Tell Your Story of a Mid-Career Shift to Physical Therapy
<p>October 29, 2013: APTA has been contacted by a freelance journalist for BBC Capital looking to profile an APTA member who switched careers to become a physical therapist.</p>
Recovery Room Mobilization Can Make a Difference in Length of Hospital Stay
<p></p> <p><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: "Arial","sans-serif";">October 28, 2013: A new study has reinforced the idea that for total hip and knee replacement patients, rehabilitation that begins in the recovery room can reduce the length of hospital stays. </span></p>
'Washington Post' Story Questions Effectiveness of Spinal Fusion Surgery
October 28, 2013: The Washington Post recently looked at the rise in spinal fusion surgeries and uncovered more questions than answers when it comes to the procedure's effectiveness over therapy.
NY, CT Medicare Contractor Makes Official Announcement of Documentation Rule Changes
October 28, 2013: Physical therapists (PTs) in New York and Connecticut have received official word that 2 burdensome requirements have been lifted.
Let Everyone See How You Celebrated National Physical Therapy Month
October 25, 2013: How did you celebrate National Physical Therapy Month (NPTM)? Tell APTA—and the rest of the world.
APTA Private Insurance Page Adds Expanded MPPR Resources
October 25, 2013: The increased use of the multiple procedure payment reduction (MPPR) by private and workers' compensation payers is already affecting physical therapists (PTs), and it's now among the elements of the changing insurance landscape addressed in an expanded APTA private insurance website.
Global Stroke Burden Increasing
October 25, 2013: In what its authors describe as the first study of its kind, the burden of stroke was found to be a growing global issue, with a 25% increase in the number of strokes suffered by adults aged 20-64 around the world, and disparities among higher and lower-income countries.
CMS to Issue Rules On Outpatient and Home Health Payments, Physician Fees in Late November
<p> </p> <p>October 24, 2013: Although the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is still assessing the impact of the recent government shutdown on its work schedule, physical therapists (PTs) can count on seeing final rules for calendar year 2014 on at least 3 issues relevant to PTs by the end of November.</p>
NIH to Fund Research on Robotic Ankle Exoskeletons for Patients Recovering From Stroke
October 24, 2013: The National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering has announced a $2.4 million funding program focused on the development of robotic technologies, including a project to help researchers evaluate designs for ankle "exoskeletons" for patients recovering from stroke
Rise in Observation Status Could Be Costly for Patients and PTs
October 24, 2013: A recent article in the Wall Street Journal reports that hospitals, wary of regulatory penalties, are increasingly holding patients for observation rather than formal admission.
Newest WCPT Networks Connect PTs Around the World
October 23, 2013: APTA members interested in physical therapy education or amputee rehabilitation now have an opportunity to interact with like-minded physical therapists (PTs) from around the world via new networks developed by the World Confederation for Physical Therapy (WCPT).
PTs, PTAs, Patients, Supporters Needed to Add Thunder To Therapy Cap
October 22, 2013: Ending the hard cap in Medicare outpatient physical therapy services will take unified voices, personal effort—and more than a little help from technology.
Select NSC 2013 Events to Be Livestreamed
October 22, 2013: Physical therapy students unable to attend National Student Conclave (NSC), October 24-26, in Louisville, Kentucky, will be able to watch select events live online.
PT Named to Institute of Medicine
October 22, 2013: APTA member Alan M. Jette, PT, MPH, PhD was included in the 70 professionals named to the Institute of Medicine (IOM), one of the world's most prestigious health care advisory organizations.
Slower Population Growth, Lowered Predictions for Insured Impact Future Demand for PTs
October 21, 2013: What might the future hold when it comes to demand for physical therapists (PTs)? According to the latest models developed by APTA, that depends on several factors, including the rate at which PTs leave the profession over the next 7 years.
2013 PQRS Interim Feedback Dashboard Data Now Available
October 21, 2013: Eligible professionals, including physical therapists (PTs), who reported at least 1 2013 Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) quality-data code through claims can now access an online dashboard to review data on their submissions.
Heart Association Calls for Physical Activity Assessments to be Considered a Vital Health Measure
October 18, 2013: An American Heart Association (AHA) scientific statement released in October 2013 urges clinicians and researchers to include physical activity assessments as a vital patient health measure equal to other cardiovascular risk factors like obesity, smoking, diabetes, and hypertension.
Weight Loss Apps Light on Behavioral Content
October 18, 2013: Though extremely popular, weight loss apps may not really deliver the kinds of help proven to be most effective in shedding pounds and keeping them off.
ED Visits for Falls Will Rise as Population Ages
October 18, 2013: Injuries—particularly injuries suffered in falls—will become an increasingly prevalent reason for emergency department (ED) visits as the US population continues to age, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Budget on the Table Provides Support for Reform of Caps and SGR
October 17, 2013: Reform of the caps on outpatient therapy and repeal of the Medicare sustainable growth rate (SGR) payment formula will be part of the 2014 federal budget discussions in a conference committee seeking compromise after disagreements led to a 16-day government shutdown. Amendments to a congressional budget resolution support the authority to "reform or replace" both provisions.
Personal Physical Therapy Success Stories Featured On Move Forward Radio
<p>October 17, 2013: Physical therapists (PTs), physical therapist assistants, and their patients can tell plenty of stories of resilience and courage. Throughout October, APTA is helping to bring those inspiring stories to a wider audience. <br /></p> <p></p>
iPods—The Next Tool in Parkinson Disease Treatment?
A new approach that uses music may improve freezing of gait among patients with Parkinson disease (PD) and can be used as part of an assessment tool to give physical therapists (PTs) and other health care professionals a better understating of symptom severity. Discussion of the new system took place at the 3rd World Parkinson Congress and was reported in <em>Medscape Medical News.</em>
'10 Essential IT Tools' for Medical Homes Emphasize Connection
October 16, 2013: Innovative, collaborative care models such as the patient-centered medical home depend on making connections not just within the practice but throughout the health care system and broader communities.
APTA Nominations for National Office Due November 1
October 16, 2013: Now's the time to reach out to colleagues you think will continue to provide APTA with strong, creative, and engaged leadership.<br /><br />
Wall Street Journal Article Quotes PTs on Postpartum Health
<p>October 15, 2013: Physical therapists (PTs) can play a key role in postpartum health for mothers for a range of issues beyond weight loss, according to a recently published article in the Wall Street Journal (WSJ). The article quoted APTA members in its examination of the musculoskeletal changes that can occur in women after birth, particularly among women who have more closely spaced babies later in life.</p>
Muscle Loss a Significant Contributor to Fractures in Older Men
<p>October 15, 2013: A recent Medscape article draws attention to research showing that the loss of skeletal muscle mass in men with osteopenia or osteoporosis increases risk of fracture by roughly 3 times over men who have these conditions but less muscle loss. Researchers believe the results point to the importance of focusing not just on bones but on muscle function as well.</p>
International Physical Therapy Organization Seeks Members for Scientific Committee
<p>October 15, 2013: APTA members have a unique opportunity to lend their scientific expertise to physical therapy research on an international scale by applying for appointment to the Education Congress Scientific Committee of the European Region of the World Confederation for Physical Therapy (ER-WCPT). The committee will oversee the development of the program of the 4th European Congress on Physiotherapy Education, set for November 11-12, 2016, in Liverpool, UK.</p>
Physical Therapy Just as Effective as Surgery for Degenerative Disc Disease
October 11, 2013: Physical therapy and other nonoperative treatments are just as effective at reducing pain and disability as surgical spinal fusion for patients suffering from degenerative disc disease (DDD), according to a recently published study conducted at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia.
Signing of AB 1000 Concludes Busy Legislative Year for California Chapter
October 11, 2013: California residents will have improved access to physical therapist services due to a bill that was signed into law by Gov Jerry Brown on October 7.
2013 APTA State Awards Recipients Announced at State Policy & Payment Forum
October 11, 2013: American Physical Therapy Association state chapter leaders from Indiana, North Carolina, Kansas, Michigan, and Nebraska were honored for their efforts to ensure that physical therapists and physical therapist assistants have a strong voice in the legislative process.
Quality of Care Differs Among Insurance Types
October 11, 2013: The quality of care patients receive may depend on the type of insurance they have, even when variations in facility-level factors like geography and ownership are accounted for.
Resistance Training for Kids Can Be Safe and Beneficial When Well-Supervised
October 10, 2013: Children may benefit from resistance training—but only if the program is professionally supervised and customized to the individual child's age, motor skill level, emotional maturity, and other factors.
Wal-Mart, Lowe's Will Pay for Employees' Hip and Knee Procedures in Select Facilities
October 10, 2013: Hip and knee replacement procedures will be covered with no cost-sharing for employees of Wal-Mart and Lowe's—but only if those procedures take place in select facilities that have met specific evidence-based quality goals, according to a recent story from ModernHealthcare.com.
Calling All Residency Experts
October 10, 2013: Members of APTA have an opportunity to help develop the clinical performance evaluation instrument for residency education by participating in a work group looking for volunteers with a range of backgrounds in residency programs.
Updated Policies, Standing Rules, and Bylaws Posted
October 9, 2013: Newly adopted or amended House of Delegates (House) policies, standing rules, and bylaws have been posted to the Policies and Bylaws area of the APTA website.
Physical Therapist Will Join Key AMA Performance Measures Group
October 8, 2013: APTA member Dianne Jewell, PT, PhD, CCS, FAACVPR, has been appointed to one of the nation’s leading advisory groups guiding the development of evidence-based performance measures in health care.
21% of Health Care Dollars Spent on 1% of Patients
October 8, 2013: Although efforts to create more coordinated care systems may be making a small impact, as late as 2010 expenditures on health care in the United States were skewed toward the "super utilizer" patients—the 1% of patients who consume 21% of money spent on health care.
PTs Are Effective Primary Care Providers in Military Settings
October 7, 2013: Physical therapists (PTs) who function as musculoskeletal primary care providers (PCP) may provide a better route to recovery than family practice physicians, according to a new study that focused on use of PTs in the military.
Basic Resident Education Could Help Reduce Falls
October 7, 2013: A fairly simple educational program may help family practice residents recognize and assess potential for falls among elderly patients, according to a recent article in Medscape.
Help Improve the Contents of PTNow—And Your Wallet
October 4, 2013: Members can help shape an important PT web portal—and earn $50 doing it.
PT and PTA Students Take up the Marquette Challenge
October 4, 2013: Physical therapy students across the country are getting ready to take part in an annual grassroots fundraising event that has gathered more than $2.5 million for the Foundation for Physical Therapy and helped to reinforce the strong connection that already exists between physical therapy programs and physical therapy research.
Unpreparedness Can Be Disastrous for PTs
October 4, 2013: Physical therapists don't need much more than a news broadcast to understand that disaster strikes nearly every day.
Get 'Insider Intel' On Hot Topics in Medicare, Insurance Exchanges, Reporting, and More
October 3, 2013: Functional limitation reporting, post-acute care setting changes, Medicare Part A to Part B rebilling, health insurance exchanges, and the implementation of multiple procedure payment reduction by Medicare Advantage plans will take center stage for APTA's next "Insider Intel" program on October 8.
PT Programs Boost Foundation Funds
October 3, 2013: A total of 61 teams from physical therapist and physical therapist assistant programs across the country raised nearly $37,000 for the APTA Foundation for Physical Therapy in a fundraiser that tracked swimming, running, and biking activities.
Give Your Patients a (Clean) Hand
October 3, 2013: If you find yourself being asked to wash your hands by your next patient, don't take it personally: patients are increasingly becoming more assertive about seeing to it that health care providers have washed their hands before beginning treatment.
Get Ready to Respond to Health Care Reform Questions
October 2, 2013: Physical therapists are likely to find themselves responding to patient questions about how the Affordable Care Act will affect their health care.
ER Visits for Child Traumatic Brain Injuries Up 92% in 10 Years
October 2, 2013: A recently-released study cites a dramatic rise in the number of children being treated for traumatic brain injuries (TBI) in emergency rooms, but the cause for the increase may be harder to pin down.
Federal Government Shutdown Begins Today
October 1, 2013: The federal government began a shutdown today that will affect daily operations of most federal agencies.
Study: PTs' Unique Skills Help Dancers Recover From Injury
October 1, 2013: Physical therapists (PTs) can be particularly effective at helping dancers recover from injury thanks to the unique matrix of evaluation, intervention, and communication skills they bring to their approaches, according to a recent study in the Journal of Dance Medicine & Science.
Facts, Fast: 10 Things You Need to Know for October 1
October 1, 2013: Some of the biggest parts of health care reform launch today. Are you ready?
Study: Second Bone Density Test Within 4 Years Has Questionable Value
September 27, 2013: A new study suggests that older adults without osteoporosis can wait longer between screenings.
New CUSP Module Helps Clinicians Engage Patients and Families in the Hospital Setting
September 26, 2013: A new module in the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Comprehensive Unit-based Safety Program (CUSP) can help clinical teams learn how to engage patients and families in their care.
Insurance Discounts Available to APTA Members
September 26, 2013: You're probably aware that your APTA membership could entitle you to savings on your auto, homeowners, renters, condominium, and boater's insurance from GEICO. But did you know that your auto insurance is actually 7 coverages rolled into a single policy?
Help PTA Education Evolve: Join New APTA Task Force
September 25, 2013: Here is your chance to roll up your sleeves and contribute to the future of PTA education.
US Senate Again Recognizes National Falls Prevention Awareness Day
September 23, 2013: The sixth annual National Falls Prevention Awareness Day (FPAD) was observed yesterday, the first day of fall, per US Senate resolution S 248 passed on September 19.
2013 House of Delegates Minutes Posted
September 23, 2013: Minutes of the 2013 House of Delegates (House) have been posted on the House webpage and within the 2013 Archive folder of the online House community.
Manuscripts Sought for Physiotherapy Canada Series on Transitioning Youth
September 20, 2013: Physiotherapy Canada is seeking submissions for a special series of journal articles that will consider transitions for youth with chronic conditions or disabilities.
CA Couple Challenges Donors to Match $50,000 for Foundation Center of Excellence Campaign
September 20, 2013: Longtime supporters of the Foundation for Physical Therapy Nancy Byl, PT, PhD, FAPTA, and her husband Fred Byl, MD, of Oakland, California, have challenged other individual donors to match their $50,000 gift in support of the Center of Excellence (COE) for Health Services/Health Policy Research.
Sample Privacy Notices Now Available for Health Care Providers
September 19, 2013: If you need help creating a Notice of Privacy Practice to comply with the HIPAA privacy rules, the federal government has developed model notices that you can customize, reproduce, and distribute either in print or electronically to patients.
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Delays Enforcement of DME Face-To-Face Requirement
September 19, 2013: Beginning on "a date that will be announced in calendar year 2014," physical therapists (PTs) who order durable medical equipment (DME) for their patients will have to show that they met face-to-face with the patient within 6 months of writing the order.
Health Care Spending Would Fuel Long-Term Budget Deficit, Says CBO
September 18, 2013: While the federal deficit is expected to continue shrinking over the next few years, it gradually will grow again, mostly from expenses related to the government's health care programs and Social Security, reported the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) this week.
Education Leadership Institute Fellowship Accepting Applications for 2014
September 17, 2013: APTA's Education Leadership Institute (ELI) Fellowship, a collaborative with the American Council of Academic Physical Therapy (ACAPT), Education Section, Physical Therapist Assistant Educators Special Interest Group, and APTA, now is accepting applications for 2014.
Residency/Fellowship Education Introduces 1-Stop Application System
September 17, 2013: Applicants to physical therapist residency and fellowship programs now can complete 1 comprehensive application and submit it to the participating program(s) of their choosing.
APTA News App Now Available
September 16, 2013: The free APTA News app, available for download in Apple and Google Play app stores, allows quick access to APTA’s PT in Motion: News Now, as well as national events and advocacy opportunities, among other features.
Study: System Review Confirms Physical Therapy Benefits for Parkinson Disease
September 13, 2013: Physical therapy improved short-term functional ability or minimized secondary complications for patients with Parkinson disease (PD), based on a systematic review of randomized controlled trials (RCTs) of intervention versus no intervention in patients with PD.
Joint Commission Wants Your Comments on Optional Memory Care Certification
September 13, 2013: The Joint Commission's proposed standards for an optional memory care certification within the nursing and rehabilitation center accreditation program are out for field review, and your comments can help shape final standards.
New APTA Resources Focus on Physician Self-Referral
September 13, 2013: Activity on physician self-referral, in particular efforts regarding the exceptions to the in-office ancillary services (IOAS) exception to the Stark self-referral laws, has ramped up this year, and APTA has new online resources to help members understand federal self-referral efforts and get involved.
Upcoming Events: World Parkinson Congress, Musculoskeletal Summit
September 11, 2013: APTA partners with or cosponsors these upcoming events that physical therapists and physical therapist assistants should consider attending. Visit the websites for registration information.
Last Call for Proposals: CPG/CPA Development
September 10, 2013: Member teams that want to apply for financial support from APTA to develop clinical practice guidelines and clinical practice appraisals are reminded that the deadline for applications is next week, September 15.
WebMD Description of Physical Therapy Updated for Accuracy
September 10, 2013: If you visit WebMD's page describing physical therapy, thank some of your member colleagues who last month notified APTA that the content describing the role of the physical therapist included inaccuracies and omissions.
APTA Recommends Changes to Proposed 2014 Medicare Payment Schedules
September 9, 2013: The therapy cap and its application to critical access hospitals, PQRS, incident-to billing, MPPR, functional claims-based data collection, and OPPS adjunct bundling services are among the issues APTA addressed in comments last week to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).
Final Call for Poster Abstracts for NEXT Conference 2014
September 6, 2013: There are only 2 weeks left to submit abstracts for poster presentations for APTA's NEXT Conference, to be held in Charlotte, North Carolina, June 11-14
Healing After the Boston Marathon Bombing; What Are the Lessons for PTs?
September 6, 2013: Physical therapists (PTs) worked with many survivors of the Boston Marathon bombing in the days and weeks following the April attack.
Two Ways to Contribute to MoveForwardPT.com
September 6, 2013: In case you missed the announcement a few weeks ago, APTA's MoveForwardPT.com consumer website wants your help in 2 areas...
Celebrate Extraordinary PTs and PTAs: Nominate for Honors and Awards
September 5, 2013: Help your colleagues or students receive recognition for their achievements by nominating them for an APTA national honor or award.
World Physical Therapy Day Emphasizes Different Life Stages
August 30, 2013: Physical therapists can help people become fit and active contributors to society, whatever their physical limitations or stage of life.
2013 National Physical Therapy Month Resources Available Now
August 30, 3013: Check out APTA's National Physical Therapy Month webpage at www.apta.org/NPTM, where you can see a video announcement by President Paul Rockar Jr, PT, DPT, MS, about this year's exciting media initiative, the "Top 10 Fittest Baby Boomer Cities in America."
Professional Component of EMG Now Billable by PTs in MAC Jurisdictions H, L
August 28, 2013: Qualified physical therapists in jurisdictions H and L, under the Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC) Novitas Solutions, now can perform and bill for both the technical and professional components of electromyography (EMG).
September 23 HIPAA Deadline Approaches
<p>August 26, 2013: Practitioners have until September 23 to comply with provisions of the final rule that earlier this year extensively modified the privacy, security, and enforcement regulations established under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, or HIPAA.</p>
National Registry on Patient Outcomes Moves Forward
August 23, 2013: APTA plans to have a national registry of physical therapy patient outcomes ready for widespread use by 2015, as health care requirements for quality reporting and outcomes reporting increasingly dictate payment for services. <br /><br />
APTA CEO Search Under Way
August 23, 2013: Executive search firm Isaacson, Miller has developed a scope document that describes the position for APTA’s chief executive officer (CEO) and is seeking candidates for individuals to fill the position, which became open in July.
APTA Exhibits at National Conference of State Legislatures
August 23, 2013: APTA's sponsorship and participation in the eighth annual NCSL "Walk for Wellness" and the APTA physical therapy information booth were prominent features at the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) annual Legislative Summit last week, where the association was again a leading exhibitor.
MoveForwardPT.com Seeks Applicants for Editorial Board Positions
August 22, 2013: APTA is seeking members to help develop and review content for MoveForwardPT.com, the association's official consumer website.
Patient Stories Sought for Move Forward Radio
August 22, 2013: Do you have any current or former patients or clients who would be willing to share their physical therapy success stories? If so, MoveForwardPT.com may be interested in interviewing those patients, and their physical therapist, for upcoming episodes of Move Forward Radio, APTA's official consumer-oriented online radio show and podcast.
APTA Urges Increase in Payment for NCS and EMG Tests
August 21, 2013: The values of the CPT codes describing nerve conduction studies (NCS) and electromyography (EMG) tests should be increased to more accurately reflect the intensity of the work involved, APTA and others contended yesterday.
Older Adults Encouraged to Check for Fall Hazards
August 21, 2013: In recognition of Falls Prevention Awareness Day on September 22, the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) is urging older adults to take a moment to complete a room-by-room checklist to identify and repair possible fall hazards in their homes.
What Does Professionalism Look Like? Hear What Your Fellow PTs Have to Say
August 20, 2013: What constitutes "professionalism" in physical therapy? How does APTA define the term, and, more important, what does professionalism look like in actual physical therapist (PT) practice? How best can it be fostered in both new and veteran PTs?
Healthy People 2020 Adds Web Resources
August 19, 2013: You can find new tools and resources for Healthy People 2020, the national initiative to improve the health of all Americans.
Take the APTA Search Challenge
August 16, 2013: Help improve the user experience at APTA.org, and earn a chance to win a free year of APTA national membership.
Study: OA Pain Improved by Supervised Physical Therapy Programs
August 16, 2013: Manual therapy or exercise therapy programs provided by a physical therapist is a cost-effective way to relieve pain in people with osteoarthritis (OA) in the knee and hip joints, new research from New Zealand's University of Otago shows.
Speak Up on Requirements for Care of Patients With Dementia in Nursing and Rehab Centers
August 12, 2013: The Joint Commission’s (TJC) proposed accreditation requirements on care for patients with dementia in skilled nursing and long-term rehabilitation facilities will impact physical therapists and physical therapist assistants who manage these patients.
Move Forward Radio Discusses the Effects of Pregnancy on Running
August 8, 2013: Today's episode of Move Forward Radio focused on a study published in the Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy examining the effects of pregnancy on the biomechanics of runners.
APTA 'Insider Intel' Call-Ins Debut With Discussion of Therapy Cap Exceptions
August 8, 2013: APTA's new "Insider Intel" monthly Q&A call-in program starts August 13, 2:00 pm–2:30 pm Eastern, with the topic of the Medicare therapy cap exceptions process.
Medicare Call-In to Focus on ICD-10 Basics and CMS Implementation
August 8, 2013: The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) Medicare Learning Network will host a free call-in on August 22, 1:30 pm–3:00 pm Eastern, featuring a presentation on ICD-10 basics by Sue Bowman from the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) and an implementation update by CMS.
DCoE to Host Webinar on TBI Screening and Assessment
August 8, 2013: An upcoming webinar hosted by the Defense Centers of Excellence (DCoE) will review traumatic brain injury (TBI), explain how military TBI presents in clinical practice settings, compare TBI with posttraumatic stress disorder, and describe screening and assessment methods.
The 9 Areas of Most Interest for WCPT Congress in 2015
August 7, 2013: If you're considering presenting a focused symposium at the 2015 World Confederation of Physical Therapy (WCPT) Congress in Singapore, look to these 9 topics that the International Scientific Committee is most interested in...
Ultrasound Patch Heals Venous Ulcers in Human Trial
August 6, 2013: In a small clinical study, researchers administered a new method for treating chronic wounds using a novel ultrasound applicator that can be worn like a band-aid, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) reported last week.
Inconsistent and Burdensome Documentation Rules Removed From NY, CT LCD Policy
<p>August 5, 2013: New York and Connecticut physical therapists no longer have to follow certain burdensome documentation requirements that were in conflict with national Medicare policy. </p>
New Publication Explains Key EHR Contract Terms
<p>August 5, 2013: A new resource gives physical therapists and other health care providers explanations of key terms and provisions used in contracts with EHR technology developers.</p>
New and Updated Resources on Functional Limitation Reporting Under Medicare
<p>August 5, 2013: FAQ updates and new podcasts offer members the latest information on issues most top-of-mind related to functional limitation reporting (FLR). </p>
APTA Summary of Final Rule on Medicaid and CHIP Posted
<p>August 5, 2013: APTA has reviewed the final rule on Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Programs (CHIP) that was released July 5 as a supplement to the final rule on health care exchanges. Among other things, under this rule CMS clarifies that any individuals eligible to enroll in Alternative Benefit Plans (ABPs) must be provided the 10 mandatory benefits that the Accountable Care Act deemed "essential health benefits," one of which includes rehabilitative and habilitative services.</p>
Congressional Committee Takes First Steps on Payment Reform
August 2, 2013: Addressing the flawed sustainable growth rate (SGR) brings Congress 1 step closer to overhauling the Medicare Part B payment system out of its current fee-for-services model.
Latest GAO Report on Self-Referral Bolsters Argument for Closing Loophole
August 2, 2013: Yet another report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) concludes that when physicians provide certain services in their own facilities instead of referring the service to an outside lab, the number of procedures increases, and costs go up.
New Law Averts Doubling of Federal Student Loan Rates
August 2, 2013: Instead of jumping to 6.8%, federal undergraduate student loan interest rates rise this year from 3.4% to 3.9%, as a result of the Bipartisan Student Loan Certainty Act.
APTA Applauds New Legislation Seeking to Curb Physician Referral-for-Profit
August 1, 2013: Mounting evidence that physician self-referral encourages unnecessarily higher use of certain services more than justifies the introduction of the Promoting Integrity in Medicare Act today in Congress.
2014 Prospective Payment System Raises SNF and IRF Payments
August 1, 2013: The 2014 prospective payment system (PPS) final rules for skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) and inpatient rehabilitation facilities (IRFs) call for market basket updates of 1.3% and 2.3% respectively.
CMS Clarifies Functional Limitation Reporting Requirements
<p>July 31, 2013: The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) clarified various elements of functional limitation reporting in its July 24, 2013, edition of MLN Matters.</p>
Study: Back Pain Treatment Increasingly Ignores Clinical Guidelines
<p>July 30, 2013: Despite published guidelines that call for physical therapy or medications such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen for first-line management of most back pain, other treatments such as imaging, narcotics, and referrals to other physicians have increased, according to a study published online yesterday in JAMA Internal Medicine.</p>
Maine Law Further Protects Health Care Providers in Preferred Provider Arrangements
<p>July 30, 2013: A new Maine law will give physical therapists and other health care providers additional protections when they enter into contracts for preferred provider arrangements. Public Law 399 (LD 1466) will require health plans to disclose certain information and materials to providers at the time a preferred provider arrangement contract is offered. </p>
New FAQ Provides Guidance on Coding for Patient Education
<p>July 30, 2013: APTA answers members' most-often-asked questions about coding for patient education services in a new APTA.org resource.</p>
CMS Wants You to Rate Your MAC
<p>July 30, 2013: As APTA reported on July 9, physical therapists and other health care providers have a chance to rate their Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs), and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is still seeking registrants for this opportunity. </p>
Updated MMR Complaint Form, Proposed Rule Summaries Now on APTA.org
July 29, 2013: New APTA web resources will help members stay up-to-date on Medicare policies and proposals...
APTA Member Benefit: Car Rental Discounts
July 29, 2013: If your summer travel plans include driving a rental car, your APTA membership can save you up to 25% with Avis and Budget.
Concussion Webinar Can Prepare PTs for Fall Sports Season
July 26, 2013: For youth football players, more contact drills in practice don’t result in less exposure to head hits during games, according to a July study in the Annals of Biomedical Engineering that was reported in the The New York Times.
2013 ELI Fellows Graduate From APTA Education Leadership Institute Fellowship
July 26, 2013: The second class of ELI Fellows graduated from APTA's Education Leadership Institute (ELI) Fellowship on July 11.
APTA Member James Buskirk Examines Today Show Host for Balance Issues
July 25, 2013: This morning's airing of the Today show featured a segment with APTA member James Buskirk, PT, SCS.
Registration Now Open for 2013 APTA State Policy & Payment Forum
July 25, 2013: Registration is now open for the 2013 APTA State Policy & Payment Forum to be held September 15-17 at the Hilton in Omaha, Nebraska.
Specialist Certification Exam Applications Due July 31
July 24, 2013: Physical therapists who plan to take the 2013 American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS) exam for certification in Geriatrics, Neurology, Orthopaedics, Pediatrics, or Sports must turn in their applications by July 31.
DMEPOS Competitive Bidding Program Launched in 91 US Regions
<p>July 22, 2013: Physical therapists in 91 metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) need to know which suppliers of durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics, and supplies (DMEPOS) have been selected by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) under its competitive bidding program. As of July 1, these are the only suppliers from which Medicare beneficiaries in these MSAs may obtain certain DMEPOS items, such as wheelchairs, hospital beds, walkers, and oxygen. </p>
Online Nomination Form for 2014 Elections Available
<p>July 19, 2013: It may seem as if the 2013 elections for APTA offices were just completed, but APTA encourages members to begin considering candidates for the 2014 elections—including self-nominations—early to ensure time to complete the process by the November 1, 2013, deadline.</p>
New Video Resources Help Bring Evidence-Based Practice to Clinics
<p>July 19, 203: Three new APTA videos feature members talking about programs at their facilities that encourage clinicians to incorporate evidence-based practice into their patient care.</p>
Find Your Colleagues and Yourself in APTA Conference Photos
<p>July 19, 2013: Nearly 600 photos were taken at APTA Conference and the 2013 House of Delegates—want to see if you and your colleagues are in any of them?</p>
APTA Provides Highlights of 2014 Proposed Physician Fee Schedule
<p>July 18, 2013: A new APTA document provides highlights of the provisions in the 2014 proposed physician fee schedule rule that will affect physical therapy.</p>
APTA to Host Third Call-In on Medicare's Functional Limitation Reporting Requirements
<p>July 18, 2013: Due to continued high demand, APTA will host a third Q&A call for members to answer questions about functional limitation reporting requirements. The next call-in will be Tuesday, July 23, 2:00 pm-3:00 pm (ET).</p>
WCPT Partners With PEDro and Physiopedia
<p>July 18, 2013: Saying that they share many of the same objectives and values, the World Confederation for Physical Therapy (WCPT) has agreed to promote 2 physical therapy knowledge resources-the Physiotherapy Evidence Database (PEDro) and Physiopedia.</p>
Foundation Releases 2012 Annual Report
<p>July 17, 2013: The Foundation for Physical Therapy posted its 2012 Annual Report.</p>
Self-Referral of Anatomic Pathology Cost Medicare $69 Million, Says GAO
<p>July 16, 2013: A new report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) concludes that when physicians performed biopsies in their own facilities instead of referring the service to an outside lab, the number of procedures increased, and costs went up. GAO released "Action Needed to Address Higher Use of Anatomic Pathology Services by Providers Who Self-Refer" yesterday.</p>
2013 Call for Proposals: CPG/CPA Development
<p>July 16, 2013: As part of APTA's strategic plan, one of the goals for 2013 is to better enable physical therapists to consistently use best practice to improve the quality of life of their patients and clients.</p>
Walking for Arthritis Pain Is Topic of Free Dial-in Presentation July 17
<p>July 15, 2013: Jennifer Hootman, PhD, ATC, FACSM, FNATA, epidemiologist with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) arthritis program, will outline research findings on the benefits of walking to ease arthritis pain this Wednesday, July 17, in a free dial-in presentation.</p>
2013 Post-House Packet Available Online
July 12, 2013: A Post-House Packet containing draft final language for all motions acted on at the 2013 House of Delegates (House) in Salt Lake City is posted at the 2013 House of Delegates webpage and on the House of Delegates community.
NY Physical Therapy Association Pledges $125,000 to Foundation for Physical Therapy
July 12, 2013: The New York Physical Therapy Association has pledged $125,000 toward the Foundation for Physical Therapy’s Center of Excellence for Health Services/Health Policy Research.
Second Call-in Q&A Can Answer Your Questions on Functional Limitation Reporting
<p>July 10, 2013: Because of high demand for its first Q&A call-in, APTA will host a second Q&A call for members on Tuesday, July 16, 2:00 pm-3:00 pm (EST) to answer questions about the functional limitation reporting requirements that became effective July 1.</p>
GAO Says 115,000+ Medicare Beneficiaries Affected by Manual Medical Review in 2012
<p>July 10, 2013: The Government Accountability Office's (GAO) mandated report on the implementation of manual medical review (MMR), part of the therapy cap exceptions process, estimated that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) received more than 167,000 reviews, affecting more than 115,000 Medicare patients, over a 3-month period.</p>
What Belongs in an Annual PT Exam - Tell Us
<p>July 10, 2013: APTA wants member input on standard elements that should be included in an annual physical therapist examination. Per a House of Delegates charge and goals related to the association's strategic plan, a task force is developing templates for such an exam and seeks comments from the APTA membership at large.</p>
MACs Want to Know: How's Our Service?
July 9, 2013: Physical therapists and other health care providers now have a chance to rate their Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs).
House Adopts New Vision of the Physical Therapy Profession
July 9, 2013: The 2013 APTA House of Delegates adopted a landmark new vision of the profession of physical therapy: "Transforming society by optimizing movement to improve the human experience."<br /><br />
Academic Council Designated as an APTA Component
July 9, 2013: Amendments to the APTA bylaws have granted component status to the newly named American Council of Academic Physical Therapy (ACAPT). <br /><br />
US Health Care System Should Meet Individual, Community, and Population Needs
July 9, 2013: APTA updated its policy on principles and objectives for the US health care system, aligning it with the association’s outward-facing vision of what’s best for the health of society. <br /><br />
Standards of Practice Recognize Ongoing PT-Patient Relationship
July 9, 2013: "Discharge" is being discharged from the physical therapy profession's lexicon as the term to describe conclusion of an episode of care, per revisions to the House of Delegates "Standards of Practice for Physical Therapy."<br /><br />
Corresponding Membership Available for Students
July 9, 2013: An amendment to the APTA bylaws provides for student rates for APTA student members to join additional state chapters. The cost to be a corresponding student in an additional chapter can’t exceed the chapter's student physical therapist or student physical therapist assistant dues. <br /><br />
Resolution Calls for Broadened Efforts to Reduce Administrative Burdens That Limit Care and Increase Recognition of Value of Physical Therapist Services
July 9, 2013: As further evidence that the physical therapy profession is moving away from an internal focus and looking out toward the needs of health care consumers and society, APTA has resolved to focus advocacy efforts on demonstrating to society the value of physical therapist (PT) participation in the health care system and on achieving access for consumers to necessary PT services. At the same time, the association rescinded a House of Delegates policy calling for attainment of "physician status" under Medicare (HOD P06-05-16-08). <br /><br />
Documentation Should Reflect Clinical Reasoning and Decision Making
July 9, 2013: As health care reform evolves, and the profession seeks a new payment system that moves away from fee-for-service and toward recognition of the clinical reasoning and decision making of the physical therapist (PT), the House of Delegates charged APTA to pursue documentation standards that align with this goal, reflecting the PT’s clinical reasoning and decision making. <br /><br />
APTA Pledges to Support Health Care Access for People With Chronic Disability
July 9, 2013: Noting that "the current model of management involving episodic care is not adequate to meet the needs of those living with chronic disability and relying on both Medicare and Medicaid for the reimbursement of physical therapy services," a new APTA position pledges action on the issue.<br /><br />
PTs as Prescribers of DME Could Improve Patient Access to Equipment and Related Services
July 9, 2013: Recognizing physical therapists (PTs) for their expertise in evaluating for, training in, and prescribing durable medical equipment (DME) will lead to more timely access to appropriate and necessary equipment and services, APTA said in adopting a resolution that supports PTs as authorized prescribers of DME, which is integral to PT patient/client management. <br /><br />
Training Program Will Foster Consistent, High-Quality Peer Review
July 9, 2013: The House called upon APTA to review current resources and develop needed new resources to provide and promote a process for the training and recognition of physical therapists (PTs) to perform peer review of physical therapist services.<br /><br />
APTA Announces Other Results of House of Delegates Activity
July 9, 2013: In addition to the motions reported on separately today, the House of Delegates debated and resolved several motions related to operations and governance.<br /><br />
Parliamentarian John Stackpole Named Honorary APTA Member
July 9, 2013: John Stackpole, PhD, PRP, CPP, became an honorary APTA member on June 26 by a unanimous vote.
Proposed 2014 Physician Fee Schedule Adjusts Payment Rates, Updates PQRS, Applies Therapy Cap to CAHs
July 8, 2013: Today, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the proposed 2014 Medicare physician fee schedule rule that updates 2014 payment amounts and revises other payment policies.
Final Rule on Certain ACA Provisions Addresses Medicaid, CHIP
July 8, 2013: A final rule on provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will impact physical therapists (PTs) as providers of services under Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP).<br /><br />
WCPT Update Highlights World Physical Therapy Day, Calls for Congress Symposia
July 5, 2013: World Physical Therapy Day is September 8. The World Confederation for Physical Therapy (WCPT) has materials to help you join your global colleagues in raising awareness about the crucial contribution our profession makes to individuals and societies around the world.
Mandate for Employer-Provided Health Insurance Delayed Until 2015
July 3, 2013: Businesses with more than 50 employees have an extra year to begin offering health coverage required by the Affordable Care Act (ACA). A post on the US Treasury website announced the deferral yesterday.
APTA Members' Input Welcomed for APTA CEO Search
July 3, 2013: As announced last month, APTA hired executive search firm Isaacson, Miller to conduct the search for a new chief executive officer of the association.
Functional Limitation Reporting Under Medicare: Get Answers to Your Questions
July 2, 2013: As of yesterday, all providers billing outpatient therapy services under Medicare Part B must begin or continue submitting functional limitation data (G-codes) for any Medicare beneficiary, or claims will be returned unpaid.
CMS: Pioneer ACO Model Participants May Leave Program
July 1, 2013: The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced last week that 9 of its 32 Pioneer ACO Model participants may leave the program, with 4 likely to join Medicare's Shared Savings Program. <br /><br />
Hawaii Becomes Final State to Require Regulation of PTAs
June 28, 2013: In a move that also provides title protection for PTAs and the doctor of physical therapy degree (DPT), Hawaii Gov Neil Abercrombie signed a bill (SB 1074) yesterday requiring the licensure of physical therapist assistants (PTA) in the state.
CMS Proposed Home Health PPS for 2014 Cuts Payment 1.5%
<blockquote><p>June 28, 2013: The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the proposed rule for the Home Health Prospective Payment System for calendar year 2014<br /></p> </blockquote>
New Vision of the Physical Therapy Profession Adopted
June 27, 2013: The 2013 APTA House of Delegates yesterday adopted a landmark new vision of the profession of physical therapy: "Transforming society by optimizing movement to improve the human experience."
Move Forward Radio Discusses Cycling Injuries and Performance
June 27, 2013: Just in time for the start of the Tour de France this weekend, today Move Forward Radio discussed cycling injuries and the role of physical therapists in managing recreational and elite cyclists with Erik Moen, PT. <br />
Call for Nominees to the FSBPT Examination Committees
June 25, 2013: APTA is asking physical therapist members to consider serving on a Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT) examination committee.
HHS Launches Health Insurance Marketplace Educational Tools
June 25, 2013: The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has relaunched the HealthCare.gov website and added a 24/7 consumer call center to better help US consumers prepare for open enrollment and ultimately sign up for private health insurance.
APTA 2013 House of Delegates Election Results
<p>June 24, 2013: The following members were elected to APTA's Board of Directors and Nominating Committee Monday night at the House of Delegates (House) in Salt Lake City, Utah.</p>
New Podcasts: Research Advocacy, Functional Limitation Reporting
June 24, 2013: Hear updates on rehabilitation research and functional limitation reporting requirements in 2 new podcasts that APTA has recorded and posted online.
Study: Outcomes From Physical Therapy vs Surgery for Cervical Radiculopathy Similar After 2 Years (Spine. 2013 Jun 17. [Epub ahead of print])
June 21, 2013: "Structured physiotherapy should be tried before surgery is chosen," concluded researchers of a study comparing surgery followed by physical therapy and physical therapy alone for cervical radiculopathy.
New FLR Toolkit Walks You Through Requirements
June 20, 2013: Are you ready for the July 1 functional limitation reporting (FLR) requirements? APTA has a new online toolkit that explains the rules, lists the codes you need to report, provides examples, and links to other resources.
More CMS Guidance on July 1 Functional Limitation Reporting Requirements
<p>June 20, 2013: A new FAQ page within the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) web resources on functional limitation reporting confirms an e-mail communication from earlier this week about changes to requirements for submitting claims for current patients.</p>
Federal IT Spokesman Says No More Extensions for ICD-10
June 20, 2013: The October 1, 2014, deadline for converting to ICD-10 from the ICD-9 medical coding system will not be extended again, according to Farzad Mostashari, MD, who said "There are no plans for any more extensions."<br /><br />
PT Reelected to USBJI Board, New President Takes the Helm
June 19, 2013: Anita Bemis-Dougherty, PT, DPT, MAS, APTA director of clinical practice, has been reelected as secretary of the United States Bone and Joint Initiative (USBJI).
Foundation for Physical Therapy Center of Excellence Campaign Goes Public
<p>June 19, 2013: The Foundation for Physical Therapy plans to launch the public phase of a campaign to establish the nation's first center dedicated to expanding the number of physical therapy scientists in the field of health services and health policy. </p>
CMS Changes July 1 Functional Limitation Reporting Instructions for Current Patients
<p>June 18, 2013: In response to concerns raised by APTA, providers, and other stakeholders, CMS has changed its functional limitation reporting instructions for claims submitted for each patient's first visit on or after July 1, 2013. </p>
APTA Names Polvinale Interim CEO, Launches Search Process
<p>June 17, 2013: The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) announced today that Bonnie Polvinale, CMP, will serve as interim chief executive officer (CEO) until a permanent CEO is hired to lead the organization. In addition, the association has officially launched the search process for a new CEO with the hiring of an executive search firm and the appointment of a CEO Search Board Workgroup (CEOSWG).</p>
Texas Adds Title Protection for the DPT Degree
June 17, 2013: The title "DPT" is now a protected designation for licensed physical therapists in Texas who have earned a doctoral degree in physical therapy. <br /><br />
Medicaid/CHIP Report Discusses Access to Adults With Disabilities
June 17, 2013: Among the conclusions of the June 2013 MACPAC report is that more research is needed on how nonphysician practitioners could improve access to care for Medicaid enrollees with disabilities.
APTA Joins Federal Policy Makers in Efforts to Reform Outpatient Therapy
June 14, 2013: APTA continued its support today of congressional efforts to seek reform in the outpatient therapy Medicare benefit and called on policy makers to reject several misguided recommendations released by the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) in its recent report to Congress.
Parkinson Disease, OA Event Opportunities
June 14, 2013: APTA partners with or cosponsors these upcoming events that physical therapists and physical therapist assistants might like to attend...
PCORI Hopes Patient-Proposed Research Leads to Patient-Centered Care
<p>June 13, 2013: A web-based prototype crowdsourcing platform that lets users propose and support health-related research topics got a boost from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) last week with a $40,000 top prize in the PCORI Challenge.</p>
Move Forward Radio Presents Series on Boston Marathon Bombings
<p>June 13, 2013: Today MoveForwardPT.com kicked off a 3-part Move Forward Radio series examining the role of physical therapy for the victims of 2013 Boston Marathon bombings.</p>
APTA Learning Center to Host First-Ever Virtual Conference
June 12, 2013: In conjunction with the APTA Conference and Exposition in Salt Lake City, the APTA Learning Center will host its first APTA Virtual Conference on Thursday, June 27, and Friday, June 28.
APTA to Livestream 2013 House of Delegates
June 10, 2013: For the first time, all APTA members can “sit in” on the House of Delegates—part of the association’s efforts to increase awareness of how professional policies are created.
WCPT Participates in World Health Assembly
June 10, 2013: WCPT representatives from the World Confederation for Physical Therapy (WCPT) were in Geneva last month at the World Health Assembly, the governing body of the World Health Organization (WHO) that meets annually.
Functional Limitation Reporting Tip: Submit Claims in Sequence
June 7, 2013: To avoid payment challenges to functional limitation reporting when you file for outpatient Medicare services provided beginning July 1, submit your claims in sequence. <br /><br />
New Center to Coordinate Workers' Compensation Data
June 7, 2013: To help prevent and reduce the severity of work-related injuries, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has launched the Center for Workers’ Compensation Studies.
Study: Patients Prefer Nonphysician to Waiting
June 5, 2013: Given certain scenarios, consumers surveyed by the Association of American Medical Colleges preferred to see a physician assistant or nurse practitioner over a physician if their visit could be as little as 1 day sooner.
Mark Your Calendars for World Physical Therapy Day
June 5, 2013: World Physical Therapy Day, sponsored by the World Confederation for Physical Therapy, is celebrated on September 8, 2013.
Move Forward Ads to Air on Sirius/XM Radio Next Week
June 5, 2013: Move Forward ads will run on select channels on Sirius/XM satellite radio during the weeks of June 10 and June 17. <br /><br />
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