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مهدی خلج گفت: به منظور کاهش مخاطرات بهداشتی، مردم برای خرید دام سالم و ذبح آن به مراکز مورد تایید سازمان دامپزشکی مراجعه نمایند.
مردم برای خرید دام سالم و ذبح آن به مراکز مورد تایید سازمان دامپزشکی مراجعه نمایند
مهدی خلج گفت: به منظور کاهش مخاطرات بهداشتی، مردم برای خرید دام سالم و ذبح آن به مراکز مورد تایید سازمان دامپزشکی مراجعه نمایند.
توزيع 2 هزار نيروي متخصص در سراسر كشور/ ورود 1000 دستگاه آمبولانس تا پايان امسال به ناوگان اورژانس
وزير بهداشت پس از ابلاغ مفاد كتاب «ارزشهاي نسبي سلامت جمهوري اسلامي ايران در سال 93 » خطاب به رؤسا دانشگاههاي علوم پزشكي سراسر كشور گفت: كاري كه شروع كردهايم بايد با شهامت و قدرت دنبال كنيم كه البته لازمه آن خويشتنداري، صبوري و همراهي است.
افزایش کارانه کارکنان غیر پزشک، با اجرای کتاب جدید ارزش گذاری نسبی خدمات سلامت
دکتر اولیایی منش گفت: با اجرای کتاب ارزش گذاری نسبی خدمات سلامت و رشد درآمد بیمارستان ها، خود به خود سهم تمام کارکنان از جمله غیرپزشکان رشد می کند.
اعلام آمادگی سازمان تامین اجتماعی جهت نظارت بر اجرای کتاب ارزش گذاری خدمات سلامت
دکتر نوربخش گفت: سازمان های بیمه گر به ویژه سازمان تامین اجتماعی برای مشارکت با وزارت بهداشت جهت نظارت بر نحوه اجرای کتاب جدید ارزش گذاری نسبی خدمات سلامت، آمادگی کامل دارند
آغاز ثبت نام انجام تعهد پزشکان متخصص فارغ التحصیل 93
رئیس گروه نیروی انسانی بیمارستانی و تخصصی معاونت درمان وزارت بهداشت از آغاز ثبت نام انجام تعهد پزشکان متخصص فارغ التحصیل 93 خبر داد.
دبیر موسسه ملی توسعه تحقیقات علوم پزشکی کشور منصوب شد
دکتر رضا ملک زاده معاون تحقیقات و فناوری و رئیس موسسه ملی توسعه تحقیقات علوم پزشکی کشور طی حکمی دکتر شاهین آخوند زاده را با حفظ سمت به عنوان دبیر موسسه ملی تحقیقات علوم پزشکی کشور منصوب نمود.
آغاز اجرای نخستین طرح " طولی – مداخله ای جامع سلامت کشور "
اجرای نخستین طرح طولی – مداخله ای جامع سلامت کشور، برای ارتقای سلامت مادران، کودکان، نوجوانان و جوانان کشور ( ز دوران جنینی و پیش از تولد کودک تا پس از تولد و تا سن 18 سالگی کودک)، توسط دانشگاه علوم بهزیستی و توانبخشی آغاز شد.
در اجرای کتاب جدید تعرفه گذاری خدمات سلامت از هیچ تخلفی چشم پوشی نمی کنیم
دکتر هاشمی گفت: در رهگیری تخلفات برای اجرای کتاب جدید تعرفه گذاری خدمات سلامت رودربایستی ها را کنار بگذاریم و روسای بیمارستان ها به جد پیگیر نظارت بر تخلفات باشند.
اجرای کتاب ارزشگذاری نسبی خدمات، قطعه ای از پازل پرافتخار طرح تحول سلامت است
دکتر زالی گفت: اجرای کتاب ارزشگذاری خدمات سلامت، قطعه ای از پازل پرافتخار طرح تحول سلامت است که برون داد آن تحصیل رضایتمندی مردم است.
با همه توان براي اجراي موفق طرح تحول نظام سلامت در كنار وزارت بهداشت ايستادهايم
وزير تعاون، كار و رفاه اجتماعي گفت: اجراي طرح تحول نظام سلامت در راستاي اجراي سياستهاي رفاهي و در اولويت قرار گرفتن «سلامت» در برنامههاي دولت است.
مراکز بهداشتی و درمانی، حفظ کرامت و ارزش انسانی و احترام به مردم را سرلوحه فعالیت های خود قرار دهند
دکتر فاضل، نماینده وزیر بهداشت در شورایعالی نظام پزشکی گفت: سلامت و آموزش جزء پایه ها و اصول مهم یک کشور است که در همه سالها در این دو بخش محروم بوده ایم.
انجام 8 ماه کار کارشناسی برای اجرایی شدن کتاب ارزش نسبی خدمات سلامت/همه به قانون احترام بگذاریم
وزیر بهداشت گفت: عملیاتی و اجرایی شدن سیاست های کلی سلامت که از سوی مقام معظم رهبری ابلاغ شده است، در گروی اجرای صحیح برنامه تحول نظام سلامت است.
نظام سلامت كشور بايد به سمت بهداشت و پيشگيري پیش برود/ با تعرفه های جدید به سمت عدالت نسبی پیش می رویم
رئيس كميسيون بهداشت و درمان مجلس شوراي اسلامي گفت: نظام سلامت كشور بايد به سمت بهداشت و پيشگيري پیش برود.
ماندگاری پزشکان در بیمارستان های دولتی و کاهش هزینه های پرداختی از جیب مردم ثمره اجرای کتاب ارزش نسبی سلامت است/ اجرای کتاب ارزش نسبی سلامت منجر به جلوگیری از پرداخت های غیر قانونی می شود
مديرعامل سازمان بیمه سلامت گفت: با اجرای طرح تحول در نظام سلامت كشور، 5 ميليون و 600 هزار نفر در حاشيه كلان شهرها بيمه شدند.
اجرای کتاب جدید ارزش گذاری خدمات پزشکی با سیاست های کلی سلامت ارتباط مستقیم دارد
دکتر ولایتی گفت: اجرای کتاب جدید ارزش گذاری خدمات حین درمان با سیاست های کلی سلامت به صورت مستقیم ارتباط داشته و در جهت اجرایی شدن این سیاست ها گام مهمی برداشته است.
اجرای گام جدید طرح تحول، نظام مالی بازار سلامت را ساماندهی می کند
دکتر علیرضا اولیایی منش گفت: اجرای گام جدید طرح تحول، نظام پرداخت ها در حوزه سلامت در بخش های دولتی و خصوصی را ساماندهی می کند.
تعیین تکلیف هزار و 700 خدمت پزشکی فاقد تعرفه/ ایجاد انضباط مالی در بازار سلامت و برقراری عدالت بین رشته ای
دکتر آقاجانی گفت: با اجرای کتاب جدید تعرفه گذاری خدمات پزشکی، هزار و 700 خدمت جدید که قبلا فاقد تعرفه بودند، تعیین تکلیف می شود.
مرحله سوم طرح تحول نظام سلامت کلید خورد
مرحله سوم طرح تحول نظام سلامت همزمان با برگزاری اجلاس روسای دانشگاه های علوم پزشکی سراسر کشور و با ابلاغ اجرای مفاد کتاب "ارزشهای نسبی سلامت جمهوری اسلامی ایران در سال 93" کلید خورد.
تشکیل کارگروه تخصصی روغن پالم/ ممنوعیت استفاده از پالم استئارین و پالم کرنل در بستنی تا اطلاع ثانوی
رییس انستیتو تحقیقات تغذیه ای و صنایع غذایی کشور، ضمن اعلام تشکیل کارگروه تخصصی الگوي توليد، توزيع و مصرف روغن به ويژه پالم، در این انستیتو از تشکیل دوجلسه در این کارگروه خبرداد.
بازدید معاون اول رییس جمهور از غرفه معاونت طب سنتی وزارت بهداشت
معاون اول رییس جمهور صبح امروز در مراسم افتتاح "دومین جشنواره و نمایشگاه ملی گیاهان دارویی، فرآورده های طبیعی و طب سنتی ایران" از غرفه معاونت طب سنتی وزارت بهداشت، درمان و آموزش پزشکی بازدید کرد.
افزایش سقف وامهای دانشجویی/ معافیت دانشجویان جدید پردیسها از هزینه تغذیه و ایاب و ذهاب
معاون فرهنگی و دانشجویی وزارت بهداشت از تصویب آییننامهای برای عدم دریافت هزینه ایاب و ذهاب وتغذیه ازدانشجویان جدیدالورود پردیسهای خودگردان خبرداد وگفت: درحال ابلاغ آییننامهای هستیم که طی آن هزینه ایاب و ذهاب از دانشجویانی که امسال در پردیسهای خودگردان پذیرفته شدهاند، دریافت نشود.
پیام تسلیت وزیر بهداشت به مناسبت درگذشت مدیر عامل مرکز پزشکی شهید شوریده
وزیر بهداشت، درمان و آموزش پزشکی به مناسبت درگذشت مدیر عامل مرکز پزشکی شهید شوریده پیام تسلیتی صادر کرد.
دبير دومين اجلاس وزراي بهداشت كشورهاي عضو سازمان همكاريهاي اقتصادي (اكو) منصوب شد
با حکم وزیر بهداشت، درمان و آموزش پزشکی، دكتر محسن اسدي لاري به عنوان دبير دومين اجلاس وزراي بهداشت كشورهاي عضو سازمان همكاريهاي اقتصادي (اكو) منصوب شد.
رئیس موسسه ملی توسعه تحقیقات علوم پزشکی کشور منصوب شد
با حکم دکتر هاشمی وزیر بهداشت، درمان و آموزش پزشکی دکتر رضا ملک زاده معاون تحقیقات و فناوری با حفظ سمت به عنوان رئیس موسسه ملی توسعه تحقیقات علوم پزشکی کشور منصوب شد.
کاهش کم خونی در کشور به دلیل مداخله وزارت بهداشت/ کاهش 58 و 26 درصدی کم خونی در گروه سنی 14 تا20 سال و 45 تا 60 سال
مدیر دفتر بهبود تغذیه جامعه وزارت بهداشت گفت: اجرای برنامه ملی غنی سازی آرد با آهن و اسید فولیک باعث کاهش کم خونی در گروه های سنی نوجوان و بزرگسال شده است.
دومین جشنواره و نمایشگاه ملی «گیاهان دارویی، فرآوردههای طبیعی و طب سنتی ایران»
دومین جشنواره و نمایشگاه ملی «گیاهان دارویی، فرآوردههای طبیعی و طب سنتی ایران»، هفتم تا دهم مهرماه در ۱۴ محور در مصلای تهران برپا خواهد شد.
وزارت بهداشت به دنبال پیگیری علت فوت دانشجوی دانشگاه علوم پزشکی شیراز است
دکتر فراهانی گفت: با توجه به تاکید وزیر بهداشت، مبنی بر پیگیری و بررسی علت درگذشت دانشجوی دانشگاه علوم پزشکی شیراز، تیم کارشناسي معاونت فرهنگی و دانشجویی وزارت بهداشت، به شیراز اعزام می شود.
بخش عمده تامین سلامت مردم در گرو همکاری های بین بخشی و فرهنگ سازی است
دکتر هاشمی گفت: وزارت بهداشت فقط به میزان 20 درصد در تامین سلامت مردم می تواند نقش داشته باشد و مسلما بخش عمده تامین سلامت در گرو همکاری سایر بخش ها و فرهنگ سازی میان مردم است.
رونمایی کیک یزدی با جایگزینی شیرین کننده طبیعی گیاهی به جای شکر
کیک یزدی (استویا) با جایگزینی شیرین کننده طبیعی گیاهی به جای شکر، توسط وزیر بهداشت رونمایی شد.
ارتقاء طرح تحول نظام سلامت با بهبود نظام ثبت و گزارش وقایع حیاتی
دکتر اسدی لاری گفت: ارتقاء نظام ثبت و گزارش وقایع حیاتی نقش موثری در ارتقاء طرح تحول نظام سلامت دارد.
انجام زایمان توسط افراد دوره دیده در کشور 97.3 درصد است
رئیس مرکز سلامت خانواده و جمعیت وزارت بهداشت، در کنگره ملی راهکارهای ارتقای سلامت و کاهش مرگ و میر مادری، انجام زایمان توسط افراد دوره دیده در کشور را 97.3 درصد بیان کرد.
ضرورت فراگیری مهارتهای تخصصی در کنار دانش تئوری
دکتر هاشمی گفت: در حوزه آموزش صرفا کسب دانش تئوری کافی نیست و دانشجویان و دانشگاه ها باید به فراگیری مهارت های تخصصی در کنار دانش تئوری توجه داشته باشند.
معضلات سلامت ریشه در بهداشت محیط دارد
دکتر سیاری گفت: تمام مسائل و معضلات سلامت جامعه و افراد آن ریشه در بهداشت محیط دارد.
تقویت نظام مراقبت مادران، یکی از برنامه های طرح تحول سلامت است
معاون بهداشت تقویت نظام مراقبت مادران را یکی از برنامه های طرح تحول سلامت بیان کرد و گفت: جلوگیری از سزارین های بی مورد و رسیدن به شاخص مطلوب 25 تا 30 درصد یکی از اهداف این طرح است.
لزوم پوشش بیمه خدمات تشخیص زودهنگام سرطان های زنان
نشست علمی – تخصصی مشورتی برای پیشگیری و کنترل سرطانهای زنان با تاکید بر سرطانهای پستان و سرویکس برگزار شد.
کاری به گستردگی «سلامت محیط و کار» در وزارت بهداشت وجود ندارد
معاون بهداشت وزارت بهداشت، درمان و آموزش پزشکی در مراسم تودیع و معارفه رییس مرکز سلامت محیط و کار گفت: کاری به گستردگی «سلامت محیط و کار» در وزارت بهداشت وجود ندارد.
تشکیل کمیته فناوری آزمایشگاه پزشکی
مدیر کل آزمایشگاه مرجع سلامت و رییس کمیته فناوری آزمایشگاه پزشکی از تشکیل کمیته فناوری آزمایشگاه پزشکی خبر داد.
تسهیلات ویژه وزارت بهداشت برای پیام آوران بهداشت در مناطق محروم
دکتر هاشمی گفت: وزارت بهداشت برای فارغ التحصیلان گروه های علوم پزشکی که خدمت سربازی خود را در مناطق محروم در جهت ارتقای سلامت جامعه سپری کنند، مشوق هایی را در نظر دارد.
قرار گرفتن ماما در كنار پزشكان خانواده ضروری است
مشاور وزير بهداشت، درمان و آموزش پزشکی در امور مامايي بر لزوم قرار گرفتن ماما در كنار پزشكان خانواده و نظام ارجاع تاکید کرد.
ثبت نام از دانشجویان رشته های مختلف علوم پزشکی، برای خدمت سربازی در مناطق محروم
دکتر هاشمی گفت: دانشجویان علوم پزشکی می توانند پس از پایان تحصیلات خود، با مراجعه به دانشگاه های علوم پزشکی سراسر کشور خدمت سربازی خود را در نقاط محروم برای ارائه خدمات بهداشتی و درمانی بگذرانند.
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Latest news from APTA
October's Here! Welcome to National Physical Therapy Month
October 1, 2014: Happy National Physical Therapy Month! During National Physical Therapy Month (NPTM), APTA will provide plenty of ways for you to participate in bringing attention to the profession.
Utah Once Again Gets Top Ranking as Best State for PT Practice; Colorado and Minnesota Not Far Behind
October 1, 2014: For the second year in a row, Utah has been declared the best state in which to practice physical therapy, followed by Colorado and Minnesota. The rankings—and the explanations behind the rating system—appear in this month's issue of PT in Motion, APTA's member magazine.
CDC: Ebola Outbreak in US Highly Unlikely
October 1, 2014: The first case of Ebola diagnosed in the United States sparked plenty of anxiety-producing headlines, but health experts from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) say the chances of an outbreak in the US are almost none.
International Meeting on Neurology and Rehabilitation Coming in June
October 1, 2014: Physical therapists and physical therapist assistants have an opportunity to get a global perspective on rehabilitation for neurological patients June 4-6, 2015, when the International Neurology and Rehabilitation Meeting (INEREM) is held in Istanbul, Turkey.
Health Officials Unsure of Link Between Paralysis and Virus; Virus Now in 40 States
September 30, 2014: Colorado health officials now report that 10 children are experiencing paralysis and muscle weakness that may or may not be linked to Enterovirus D-68 (EV-D68), a respiratory infection that has now spread to 40 states.
APTA Helps Spread the Word About Safe Needle Practices
September 30, 2014: APTA has joined a national campaign to help raise awareness about safe needle practices and injections in health care.
Exercise Programs Likely to Help People With Lower Limb Amputations, But Best Combination Still Unclear
September 30, 2014: There is a need for more definitive and rigorous studies, say researchers, but a new systematic review of the effects of exercise programs on gait performance in people with lower limb amputations points to some positive connections—even if specifics were hard to come by.
CMS Says Keep Using 59 Modifier for Now
September 29, 2014: Until you receive further notice, keep on using the 59 modifier in reimbursement claims to indicate that a health care common procedural code (HCPCS) represents a service that is separate and distinct from another service to which it is paired under the Correct Coding Initiative (CCI) program.
Medicare Pioneer ACO Program Continues to Lose Members
September 26, 2014: The Medicare "Pioneer" program that targets more sophisticated health systems to foster the development of accountable care organizations (ACOs) has now lost about 40% of the systems that signed on initially.
November PT in Motion Cover? You Decide
<p>September 26, 2014: When it comes to deciding on art for PT in Motion magazine, APTA members have it covered. <br /></p> <p></p>
Suggestions for APTA Board, Nominating Committee Due by November 3
September 26, 2014: As APTA continues to grow, so does its need for exceptional leaders. Anyone come to mind? Maybe you?
New Program on Early Mobilization of ICU Patients Seeks Participants
September 26, 2014: A new program is recruiting hospitals to participate in a project to spread that understanding by facilitating practices that can more quickly liberate patients from mechanical ventilation and move them out of the ICU.
Get Ready for National Physical Therapy Month!
September 25, 2014: With National Physical Therapy Month (NPTM) coming in October, now's a perfect time to begin making plans to celebrate the profession and increase understanding of how physical therapy can transform society.
National Physical Activity Plan Seeks Input on Revisions
September 25, 2014: APTA members have an opportunity to contribute to the first-ever revision of the National Physical Activity Plan (NPAP), a high-profile effort to create a comprehensive set of policies, programs, and initiatives to increase physical activity in all segments of the American population.
New, Amended APTA Policies and Bylaws Posted
September 25, 2014: Newly adopted or amended APTA policies and bylaws passed by the 2014 House of Delegates (House) are now posted at the Policies and Bylaws area of the APTA website.
PTNow Blog: Getting Beyond the Headlines
September 24, 2014: The latest PTNow blog explores the complicated dynamics involved when mainstream media covers sometimes-complex health care issues, and uses coverage of APTA's Choosing Wisely® list as an example.
WSJ Calls Gait Analysis 'The Serious Runner's Salvation'
September 24, 2014: Describing gait analysis as a way "to identify the root of an injury, or a bad habit that may lead to one," an article in the September 22 WSJ attempts to explain the relationship between common runners' injuries and how those runners move.
Preventable Hospital Admission Rates Dropping
September 24, 2014: In a mostly all-good-news report, the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) says that rates of preventable hospitalizations for acute and chronic conditions are dropping across the country, with a 14% overall decline recorded between 2005 and 2011.
2015 CSM Registration Open; Early Bird Discounts End November 5
September 23, 2014: Start your engines—registration is now open for the 2015 APTA Combined Sections Meeting (CSM) set for February 4-7 in Indianapolis, and members who register before November 5 can receive significant early-bird discounts.
Boston Globe Looks at Effects of Pulling the Plug on EHRs
September 23, 2014: Electronic health records (EHRs) may be an important part of needed improvements to health care, but according to a recent article in the Boston Globe, EHRs have one potentially problematic quality—they can be turned off. So what happens when health care providers lose access?
APTA Shares Its Consumer Outreach Approach With Other Organizations
September 23, 2014: APTA has authored the latest installment in the US Department of Health and Human Services "Be Active Your Way" blog that promotes organization-to-organization conversations about connecting with the public on physical activity issues.
75% of US Adults 45 and Older Not Meeting Strength Training Recommendations
September 22, 2014: Only about one-quarter of US adults over 45 are meeting federal recommendations for strength training—and the percentages drop even lower in certain age and other demographic groups, according to a new study from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Study: Functional Restoration Initiated Early Results in Big Savings
September 22, 2014: When it comes to interdisciplinary functional restoration (FR) for chronic disabling occupational musculoskeletal disorders (CDOMDs), the earlier the better, according to a new study, which found that FR programs initiated within the first 8 months after the disabling event can lead to health care and economic cost savings of up to 72%, or about $170,000 per claim.
Limited Space Available for ICD-10 Testing; Application Deadline October 3
September 22, 2014: The first end-to-end testing of Medicare's system for processing claims using the new International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision (ICD-10) will allow approximately 850 health care providers to see a claim through from submission to remittance advice.
'Choosing Wisely' List Subject of Move Forward Radio Episode
September 19, 2104: APTA's contribution to the national Choosing Wisely campaign, released earlier this week, is designed to encourage conversations between physical therapists (PTs) and patients to avoid waste and improve care. Move Forward radio is helping to get that conversation started.
Postacute Care Data Reform Legislation Passes Both Houses
September 19, 2014: Legislation that would standardize data used across postacute care (PAC) settings has now passed in both houses of Congress and could soon become part of larger reforms.
TBI Reauthorization Now Approved by Both Houses of Congress
September 18, 2014: Government-sponsored research and data collection on traumatic brain injury (TBI) has support from both houses of Congress, now that the US Senate has approved the TBI Reauthorization Act (S. 2539).
NPR Features APTA's List of '5 Things Physical Therapists and Patients Should Question'
September 17, 2014: APTA's list of "5 Things Physical Therapists and Patients Should Question" is reaching a wider audience by way of a recent National Public Radio (NPR) story in "Shots," its medical news blog.
Help Bring Attention to Falls Prevention Awareness Day
September 17, 2014: September 23 is the first day of autumn, which also happens to be national Falls Prevention Awareness Day (FPAD), and APTA is encouraging its members to spread the word on the importance of reducing fall risk and the important role that physical therapists (PTs) and physical therapist assistants (PTAs) can play in the effort.
Postacute Care Data Bill Passes House
September 17, 2014: Legislation that would standardize data used across postacute care settings has been approved by the US House of Representatives and is awaiting a vote in the Senate.
Bill Introduced in Senate Would Allow PTs to Bring in Another PT During Absences
September 17, 2014: A version of a bill that would allow physical therapists (PTs) in private practice to provide Medicare patients continuity of care in the PT's absence has been introduced in the US Senate.
Corrected Link to Task Force Opportunity
<p>September 16, 2014: A story in the Friday, September 5 issue of PT in Motion News contained an incorrect link to more information on the APTA Scope of Practice task force.</p>
Therapy Cap Repeal Gets Majority House Support
September 16, 2014: It's official: a majority of members of the US House of Representatives are now cosponsors of a bill that would repeal the Medicare therapy cap, a strong sign that the legislation has solid bipartisan support as both a long term therapy cap solution and a component in larger Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) reform legislation.
New Website Highlights Integrity in Physical Therapy Practice
September 16, 2014: A new website launched by APTA will support the profession’s effort to eliminate fraud, abuse, and waste in the health care system.
Choosing Wisely: APTA Releases List of Procedures That PTs and Patients Should Question
September 15, 2014: Passive physical agents that aren’t part of an active treatment plan, under-dosed strength training for older adults, and the use of whirlpools for wound management are among the "5 Things That Physical Therapists and Patients Should Question," according to a list recently announced by APTA.
Otto Payton, Noted Physical Therapy Author, APTA Fellow, Dies
September 15, 2014: Physical therapy leader Otto D. Payton, PT, PhD, FAPTA, Catherine Worthingham fellow and author of the seminal Research in Clinical Practice, died September 4 in Richmond, Virginia.
Move Forward Radio Shines a Spotlight on Childhood Cancer
September 12, 2014: In recognition of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, this week Move Forward Radio showcased the impact that physical therapists (PTs) can have on the lives of children with cancer by sharing the story of Mathias Giordano.
Volunteers Needed for 2 APTA Task Forces
September 12, 2014: Opportunities are now available for APTA members to serve on the Excellence in Physical Therapist Education and Scope of Practice task forces, but applications for the positions must be completed by October 2.
Free Webinar Will Focus on Aquatic Interventions for OA
September 12, 2014: An upcoming 30-minute "Lunch and Learn" free webinar from the Osteoarthritis Action Alliance (OAAA) will focus on the latest thinking around aquatic exercise interventions.
Patient Support for Home-Based Telemedicine Growing but Barriers Remain
September 11, 2014: More patients are willing than not to consider staying at home for video-based appointments with a health care provider, but the consumer demand for such an option still has a way to go before it could be characterized as overwhelming, according to a new study from the Mayo Clinic.
2015 Medicare Changes: Are You Ready?
September 11, 2014: It's no surprise that Medicare has changes in store for 2015 payment policies. But the changes themselves could be surprising if you're not prepared.
APTA Grassroots 'Flash Action' Campaign Delivers Message on Concussion
September 11, 2014: In what was the largest grassroots effort on concussions in APTA history, members, students, and patients sent a loud-and-clear message to members of Congress: greater attention needs to be paid to youth sports concussion, and physical therapists (PTs) and physical therapist assistants (PTAs) can play an important role in managing these injuries.
Light-Intensity Short Walks Can Prevent LE Vascular Damage Caused by Sitting
September 10, 2014: Long bouts of sitting can have serious effects on blood flow that could increase risk of cardiovascular disease, but a new study proposes that lower extremity vascular damage can be prevented by walking as few as 5 minutes every hour—and not even at a particularly fast pace.
'Movement Is Life' Accepting Abstracts, Posters
September 10, 2014: Abstracts and poster proposals are now being accepted for the Movement is Life Caucus, a gathering that will focus on the role of early intervention in decreasing musculoskeletal health disparities among women and minorities.
Inexpensive Graphene and Rubber Band Composite Could Be the Future of Body Movement Sensors
September 9, 2014: The next generation of body motion sensors may be a combination of low and high tech: researchers have found that common rubber bands infused with graphene produce adaptable and accurate sensors capable of functioning at high strain rates, all at a materials cost of "essentially zero."
Business Associate Agreements Must Be Updated by September 22
September 9, 2014: September 22 is the deadline for meeting new HIPAA rules on some types of business associate agreements, and APTA is reminding members to make sure they're compliant.
APTA on Capitol Hill to Push for Lymphedema Coverage
September 9, 2014: APTA believes Medicare coverage of lymphedema treatment should be expanded, and the association is helping to bring momentum to the issue by participating in a congressional briefing on the condition.
'Alternative' CR Programs, Better Reimbursement Both Necessary to Close Care Gap
September 8, 2014: A recent survey of cardiac rehabilitation (CR) centers across the US has found that even if current facilities were able to expand modestly, more than half of the US patients in need of CR would remain unserved—a care gap that can only be filled through alternative delivery models and significant changes to reimbursement policies, according the study's authors.
PTNow Blog: Fall for One and One for Fall?
September 8, 2014: Been waiting for that "singular test that will, with 100% accuracy, predict who will fall?" Keep waiting.<br /><br />
New CDC Obesity Map Shows Rates Remain High Everywhere
September 5, 2014: And the most obese state is … well it's a tie, actually.
Education Leadership Fellowship Opportunities Available
September 5, 2014: New and emerging physical therapist (PT) and physical therapist assistant (PTA) academic, residency, and fellowship directors will once again have an opportunity to hone their leadership skills through a one-of-a-kind learning program now accepting applications.
Don't Forget World Physical Therapy Day September 8
September 5, 2014: There's still time to gear up for World Physical Therapy Day on Monday, September 8—don't miss out!
APTA's Honors and Awards Program Accepting Nominations
September 5, 2014: Help your colleagues or students receive the recognition they deserve by nominating them for an APTA national honor or award.
Lots of Free Webinars This Month
September 5, 2014: September. 'Tis the season for football, yellowing goldenrod, chilly nights by a bonfire … and apparently, webinars. Lots of webinars. All free. <br />
After Record-Low Rates of Increase, Health Spending Likely to Rise by 6% Annually Over Next Decade
September 5, 2014: After historically low rates of growth in the wake of the Great Recession, health care spending is projected to rise by 5.6% in 2014, and will likely see average growth rates of 6% 2015–2023, according to a new report from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published in Health Affairs.
CPG Development Proposals Due September 15
September 4, 2014: APTA will provide financial and training support for the development of clinical practice guidelines (CPGs) for physical therapist practice, but proposals need to be submitted by September 15 to be considered in this review cycle.
Get Involved: Flash Action September 8-10 Will Focus on PTs and Concussion Management
September 4, 2014: Led by students in physical therapist (PT) and physical therapist assistant (PTA) programs, APTA members will focus their energies on advocating for the role of PTs and PTAs in the management of youth sports concussions when this year's Flash Action Strategy (FAS) takes place September 8-10
ICD-10 Testing Dates Announced
September 4, 2014: After several delays, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is now ready to test its International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision (ICD-10) system with providers before the October 1, 2015, startup date for use of the new codes.
WCPT President, Vice President Candidates Announced
<p>September 4, 2014: Candidates for World Confederation for Physical Therapy (WCPT) president and vice president have been announced and will be finalized at the confederation's General Meeting.</p> <p></p> <br /><p></p>
Next PT in Motion Magazine Cover Is Up to You
September 3, 2014: Once again, PT in Motion magazine is letting members decide which design will adorn the upcoming issue.
Report Predicts Coming PT, PTA Shortage in US
September 3, 2014: A combination of a dip in the "natural rate of unemployment" and changed labor force numbers associated with the aging of the baby boomer population will likely place physical therapy among the professions experiencing a significant labor shortage over the next decade, according to a new study from The Conference Board.
APTA Comments on PFS, HHPPS, OPPS, DMEPOS Proposed Rules
September 3, 2014: The 2015 physician fee schedule (PFS), home health prospective payment system (HHPPS), outpatient prospective payment system (OPPS), and durable medical equipment prosthetics, orthotics, and supplies (DMEPOS) are the subjects of newly available APTA comments on proposed rules from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).
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.
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