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رییس مرکز روابط عمومی و اطلاع رسانی وزارت بهداشت گفت: افزایش آگاهی و توانمند سازی مردم با استفاده از ظرفیت های اطلاع رسانی، نخستین گام در توسعه سلامت است.
افزایش سواد سلامت، نخستین گام در توسعه سلامت است
رییس مرکز روابط عمومی و اطلاع رسانی وزارت بهداشت گفت: افزایش آگاهی و توانمند سازی مردم با استفاده از ظرفیت های اطلاع رسانی، نخستین گام در توسعه سلامت است.
عدم توجه به فرهنگ صحیح مصرف مواد غذایی سرمنشاء بسیاری از بیماریهاست/دولت یاری نوعی خودیاری است
دکتر دانش جعفری مشاور عالی وزیر بهداشت در سفر به استان قم در با حضرت آیت الله جوادی آملی دیدار کرد.
برطرف کردن نیازهای عمرانی و تجهیزاتی مراکز درمانی قم در اولویت می باشد
مشاور عالی وزیر بهداشت : اولویت اصلی در رفع مشکلات درمانی استان قم، برطرف کردن نیازهای عمرانی و تجهیزات مراکز درمانی قم می باشد.
بازدید مشاور عالی وزیر بهداشت از پروژههای عمرانی در حال احداث و مراکز درمانی استان قم
دکتر دانش جعفری مشاور عالی وزیر بهداشت از پروژههای عمرانی در حال احداث دانشگاه علوم پزشکی قم و تعدادی از مراکز درمانی استان بازدید به عمل آورد.
سیاست های ابلاغی مقام معظم رهبری نقش وزارت بهداشت را در تولیت نظام سلامت کشور تحکیم کرد
معاون آموزشی وزارت بهداشت اظهار داشت: سیاست های ابلاغی مقام معظم رهبری نقش وزارت بهداشت را در تولیت نظام سلامت کشور تحکیم کرد.
عدالت در سلامت با اجرای سیاستهای کلی نظام سلامت برقرار میشود
رییس دانشگاه علوم پزشکی و خدمات بهداشتی درمانی استان بوشهر گفت: در سیاستهای کلی نظام سلامت که مقام معظم رهبری ابلاغ نمودند هوشمندی خاصی وجود دارد و با اجرای آن عدالت در سلامت برقرار میشود.
عمیقاً به استقلال دانشگاهها معتقدیم
وزیر بهداشت گفت: ما عمیقاً به استقلال دانشگاه ها معتقدیم و باید بدانیم که دانشگاه مستقل تصمیمات بهتری می تواند بگیرد. هیات امنای دانشگاه اختیارات زیادی دارد که می توان با تصمیمات مناسب، بسیاری از مشکلات موجود دانشگاهها را حل کند.
خودمراقبتي گام اول سلامتي محسوب ميشود/اجرای صحیح و دقیق طرح هدفمندی یارانه ها و تحول سلامت مهم ترین برنامه دانشگاه
نخستین نشست خبری رئیس دانشگاه علوم پزشکی شهید بهشتی در سال جاری به مناسبت فرارسیدن هفته سلامت با حضور اصحاب رسانه در تالار شهید بهشتی برگزار شد.
اسامي برندگان مسابقه ايدز اعلام شد
اسامي برندگان مسابقه ايدز كه اسفند ماه سال گذشته با همكاري صندوق كودكان سازمان ملل ( يونيسف) و وزارت بهداشت برگزار شده بود، اعلام شد.
بازدید وزیر بهداشت از مراکز بهداشتی درمانی حاشیه شهر زاهدان
وزیر بهداشت درمان و اموزش پزشکی در ادامه سفر خود به سیستان و بلوچستان صبح امروز از نحوه خدمات دهی به بیماران و متقاضیان در مراکز بهداشتی حاشیه شهر زاهدان بازدید کرد.
اعلام آمادگي دانشگاه علوم بهزيستي و توانبخشي براي تحقق سياست هاي کلی سلامت ابلاغ شده از سوی رهبر معظم انقلاب اسلامی/تشكيل كارگروه سبك زندگي در اين دانشگاه
سرپرست دانشگاه علوم بهزیستی و توانبخشی آمادگی اين دانشگاه را براي تحقق بخش هایی از بندهای سیاست های کلی سلامت ابلاغ شده از سوی رهبر معظم انقلاب اسلامی اعلام كرد.
توسعه هدفمند در کیفیت آموزش از اهداف وزارت بهداشت است
معاون آموزشی وزارت بهداشت توسعه هدفمند در کیفیت آموزش را از اهداف وزارت بهداشت طی 4 سال آینده ذکر کرد.
ادامه عملیات ایمنسازی علیه فلج اطفال در مرز شلمچه
معاون بهداشت دانشکده علوم پزشکی آبادان از ادامه عملیات ایمنسازی علیه فلج اطفال که از پنجم فروردین ماه در مرز شلمچه آغاز شده است، خبر داد.
سیاست های ابلاغی مقام معظم رهبری در حوزه سلامت، راهگشای آینده نظام سلامت است
رئیس دانشگاه علوم پزشکی خراسان شمالی سیاست های ابلاغی مقام معظم رهبری در حوزه سلامت را راهگشای آینده نظام سلامت عنوان کرد.
عضو هيئت علمي علوم پزشکي مشهد مدال طلا و جايزه ويژه جشنواره بين المللي اختراعات و ابداعات ژنو را کسب کرد
عضو هيئت علمي دانشگاه علوم پزشکي مشهد در چهل و دومين جشنواره بين المللي اختراعات و ابداعات ژنو موفق به کسب مدال طلا و جايزه ويژه اختراعات اين جشنواره شد.
دولت با مدیریت جهادی نهایت تلاش را برای تامین رفاه و ارتقاء سلامت مردم انجام می دهد
وزیر بهداشت که به استان سیستان و بلوچستان سفر کرده است، در جلسه شورای اداری شهرستان ایرانشهر این استان اظهار داشت: دولت با مدیریت جهادی، نهایت خود را برای تامین آرامش، رفاه و ارتقاء سلامت مردم انجام خواهد داد.
وزير بهداشت وارد ايرانشهر شد/بازدید از بیمارستان های ایران و خاتم الانبیاء
وزير بهداشت، درمان و آموزش پزشكي در ادامه سفر به استان سيستان و بلوچستان وارد ايرانشهر شد.
دیدار وزیر بهداشت با خانواده شهید شعیب مراد زهی در شهرستان خاش
وزیر بهداشت درمان و آموزش پزشکی عصر امروز در ادامه سفر به استان سیستان و بلوچستان، با خانواده شهید شعیب مرادزهی در شهرستان خاش دیدار و از آنان دلجویی کرد.
تعهد سياسي پايدار مي تواند ميليون ها زندگي را نجات دهد
به مناسبت روز جهاني بهداشت بان كي مون دبير كل سازمان ملل متحد پيامي صادر كرد .
پيشگيري و كنترل بيماري ها در قالب طرح امام رضا (ع) براي نظاميان
رييس بهداري ارتش جمهوري اسلامي ايران اقدامات بهداشتي صورت گرفته در حوزه سلامت ارتش جمهوري اسلامي ايران را در همايش روز جهاني بهداشت تشريح كرد.
استان سیستان و بلوچستان استعدادهای زیادی برای پیشرفت دارد/در سال 93 سیمای خدمت رسانی در حوزه سلامت متفاوت خواهد بود
وزیر بهداشت گفت: استان سیستان و بلوچستان استعدادهای زیادی برای پیشرفت دارد.
خود مراقبتی را جایگزین خود درمانی کنیم/ خود درمانی پدیده ای شایع
رئیس دانشگاه علوم پزشکی البرز گفت: با توسعه آموزش همگانی میتوان شعار پیشگیری بهتر از درمان است را نهادینه کرد.
پیام مدير سازمان جهاني بهداشت در دفتر منطقه مديترانه شرقي به مناسبت روز جهاني بهداشت
دكتر اعلاء الوان مدير سازمان جهاني بهداشت در دفتر منطقه مديترانه شرق به مناسبت روز جهاني بهداشت پيامي صادر كرد.
50 درصد مردم جهان در معرض خطر ابتلا به بيماريهاي منتقله توسط ناقلين
معاون بهداشت وزارت بهداشت در همايش كنترل بيماريهاي منتقله توسط ناقلين گفت: 50 درصد مردم جهان در معرض خطر ابتلا به بيماريهاي منتقله توسط ناقلين قرار دارند.
کاهش موارد ابتلا به بیماری مالاریا طی 6 سال گذشته در کشور
رییس مرکز مدیریت بیماری های واگیر وزارت بهداشت از کاهش تعداد افراد مبتلا به بیماری مالاریا در طی 6 سال گذشته از 18 هزار مورد به کمتر از هزار مورد در کشور خبر داد.
پیشرفت در تمامی زمینه ها حاصل ابلاغ سیاست های کلی سلامت توسط رهبر معظم انقلاب است
سرپرست دانشگاه علوم پزشکی جندی شاپور اهواز گفت: ابلاغ سیاست های کلی سلامت از سوی مقام معظم رهبری زمینه ساز بسط عدالت اجتماعی، اعتلای علمی، بالندگی فرهنگی و پیشرفت همه جانبه کشور در مسیر کسب جایگاه شایسته منطقه ای و بین المللی است خواهد شد.
بازدید وزیر بهداشت از خانه بهداشت و پایگاه اورژانس جاده ای روستای چانعلی/بازدید از درمانگاه و خانه بهداشت روستای ده پابید
وزیر بهداشت، درمان و آموزش پزشکی در سفر خود به استان سیستان و بلوچستان از خانه بهداشت و پایگاه اورژانس جاده ای روستای چانعلی از توابع شهرستان زاهدان بازدید کرد.
سیاستهای کلی سلامت توسط مقام معظم رهبری، بهار سلامت را به ارمغان آورد
رئیس دانشگاه علوم پزشکی همدان گفت: ابلاغ سیاستهای کلی سلامت توسط مقام معظم رهبری در طلیعه سال نو همزمان با توجه بیسابقه دولت به بخش سلامت، بهار سلامت را برای مردم عزیز به ارمغان آورده است.
وزیر بهداشت از محل نگهداری اتباع خارجی در اردوگاه الغدیر بازدید کرد/صدور دستورات لازم برای ارتقای وضعیت بهداشتی این اردوگاه
وزیر بهداشت، درمان و آموزش پزشکی که در قالب سفر دولت به استان سیستان و بلوچستان سفر کرده است، در مسیر عظیمت به شهرستان خاش، از اردوگاه الغدیر، محل نگهداری اتباع افغانی و پاکستانی بازدید کرد.
نیمی از افراد 15 تا 65 ساله کشور چاق هستند/ ته دیگ هیچ غذایی را نخورید
سرپرست دفتر آموزش و ارتقای سلامت اعلام کرد حدود نیمی از افراد 15 تا 65 ساله کشور چاق هستند یا اضافه وزن دارند.
لزوم ایجاد زیرساخت قوی برای داشتن شبکه بهداشتی یکپارچه
در حال حاضر حدود 8 و نیم میلیون نفر در حاشیه شهرها ساکن هستند که باید امکانات بهداشتی و درمانی بهداشتی برای آنها پیش بینی شود.
سفر وزیر بهداشت درمان و آموزش پزشکی به استان سیستان و بلوچستان
وزیر بهداشت درمان و آموزش پزشکی امشب در قالب اولین سفر رییس جمهور به استان وارد زاهدان می شود.
برنامه های معاونت پرستاری برای رفع کمبود نیروی پرستار مرد
در پی سفر يک روزه وزير بهداشت به استان زنجان، جلسه مشترکی با هيات رئيسه دانشگاه علوم پزشکی زنجان تشکیل شد.
برگزاري اولین نشست فنی کارشناسان نظام سلامت و نماینده سازمان جهانی بهداشت
اولین نشست فنی کارشناسان نظام سلامت و نماینده سازمان جهانی بهداشت با هدف تدوين برنامه هاي همكاري مشترك با سازمان جهاني بهداشت برگزار شد.
اساتيد دانشگاه علوم پزشكي مشهد، كرمانشاه، بم و لارستان يارانه نقدي خود را براي توسعه بهداشت درمان اهداء كردند
دانشگاهيان دانشگاه هاي علوم پزشکی مشهد، كرمانشاه، بم و لارستان در راستاي حمايت از سياست هاي اقتصادي دولت، يارانه خود را براي توسعه بهداشت و درمان كشور اهدا كردند.
راه اندازي رشته بهداشت روان در دانشكده علوم رفتاري و سلامت روان دانشگاه علوم پزشكي ايران
به استناد راي صادره در دويست و سي و يكمين جلسه شوراي گسترش دانشگاه هاي علوم پزشكي كشور، با راه اندازي رشته بهداشت روان، مقطع كارشناسي ارشد ناپيوسته در دانشكده علوم رفتاري و سلامت روان دانشگاه علوم پزشكي ايران موافقت شد.
مهلت رفع نقص مدارك شركت كنندگان آزمون پذيرش دستيار تخصصي فقط تا فردا/ اتخاذ تدابیر و تمهيدات لازم براي امنيت و كيفيت بالای آزمون
مشاور وزير بهداشت و دبير شوراي آموزش پزشكي و تخصصي گفت: شركت كنندگان در چهل و يكمين دوره آزمون پذيرش دستيار تخصصي تاپايان روز دوشنبه 25 فروردين ماه مهلت دارند تا نسبت به تكميل و رفع نقص مدارك خود اقدام كنند.
50 درصد بيماريهاي قلبي و عروقي و 30 درصد سرطانها با تغذيه صحيح قابل پيشگيري است
سرپرست دفتر بهبود تغذيه گفت: با تغذيه صحيح و درست 50 درصد بيماريهاي قلبي و عروقي و 30 درصد سرطانها قابل پيشگيري است.
ابلاغ سیاست های کلان سلامت توسط مقام معظم رهبری، اهمیت حوزه سلامت را مشخص کرد
رئیس دانشگاه علوم پزشکی کرمانشاه گفت: ابلاغ برنامه ها و سیاست های کلان نظام سلامت توسط مقام معظم رهبری اهمیت سلامت را مشخص کرد.
برنامه های سازمان بسیج جامعه پزشکی در هفته سلامت اعلام شد/ارائه ویزیت رایگان در محل برگزاری نماز جمعه سراسر کشور در قالب برپایی چادرهای سلامت
بسیج جامعه پزشکی در روز جمعه 5 اردبیهشت ماه با برپایی چادرهای سلامت در محل برگزاری نماز جمعه در سراسر کشور، به نمازگزاران ویزیت رایگان ارائه می دهد.
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Latest news from APTA
Study: Rethink Benefits of Antihypertensive Meds vs Risk of Serious Falls
April 17, 2014: For adults over 70, could the risk of falls due to the effects of antihypertensive medications outweigh the risks of not taking those medications?
Marquette Challenge Deadline Coming Soon
April 16, 2014: Either you're on The List, or you're not on The List. And you definitely want to be on The List.
New Standards for Residency and Fellowship Program Accreditation Announced
April 15, 2014: Physical therapist (PT) residency and fellowship education programs enrolling their first participants after December 31 will be required to follow new standards for American Board for Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education (ABTRFE) accreditation.
'2 Midnights' Rule Subject of Lawsuit
April 15: The enforcement delay for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' (CMS) "2 midnights" rule has apparently left an opening for a legal attack. This week, the American Hospital Association (AHA) announced that it has filed 2 lawsuits against the US Department of Health and Human Services challenging the rule as "wholly arbitrary," according to an AHA press release (.pdf).
World PT Congress Issues Call for Abstracts
April 14, 2014: Physical therapists (PTs) have until October 31 to submit abstracts for possible presentations at the 2015 World Confederation for Physical Therapy's (WCPT) Congress in Singapore May 1-4.
'Membership Matters' Week Begins
April 14, 2014: Think APTA membership matters? Have we got a week for you.
AMA: Massive CMS Data Release Could Be Misleading
April 11, 2014: With the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' (CMS) release of provider payment data now 3 days old, media attention is turning to discussions of what the data really mean, and the American Medical Association (AMA) is facilitating the discussions by way of media guidelines and a webpage that explains how the data could be easily misinterpreted.
Burwell Nominated to Replace Sebelius at HHS
April 11, 2014: President Barack Obama moved quickly today to nominate a replacement for Kathleen Sebelius, who announced her resignation as director of the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on Thursday, by nominating Office of Management and Budget Director Sylvia Mathews Burwell for the post.
Foundation Ready to Move Ahead on 'Groundbreaking' Center of Excellence Project
April 11, 2014: A groundbreaking plan to jumpstart physical therapist research in health services and health policy is about to take a big step toward becoming a reality.
Health Indicators Report Cites Improvement in Physical Activity, Stalled Obesity Rates
April 10, 2014: According to a recent federal report on the health of Americans, the US is making steady gains in the number of adults who meet guidelines for physical activity, but obesity rates haven't changed much for any population age group—including children.
New Review Says Virtual Reality, Gaming for Individuals Poststroke Provide 'Moderate Advantage' Over Conventional Therapy
April 10, 2014: Researchers make a cautious assertion that for individuals poststroke, the use of virtual reality—including commercially available video game systems—produces "a significant moderate advantage" in ICF outcomes compared with conventional therapies.
PTNow Blog: Hypertension Guidelines Nearly Silent on Physical Activity
April 10, 2014: When it comes to physical activity and its impact on hypertension, absence definitely doesn't make the physical therapist's heart grow fonder.
Medicare Data Released; Analysis Will Require Time, Context
April 9, 2014: The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' (CMS) release of payment data sparked plenty of dramatic headlines across the country, but sweeping pronouncements may need to be approached carefully until the information is fully analyzed from multiple perspectives, including overall usefulness.
2014 House of Delegates Motions Posted
April 9, 2014: In preparation for the 2014 House of Delegates (House), APTA posted this year's House motions to the House of Delegates page of the APTA website.
Foundation Gala Tickets On Sale
April 9, 2014: The Foundation for Physical Therapy has announced that tickets are now available for its 35th Anniversary Gala at The Westin Hotel in Charlotte, Thursday, June 12, 7:30 pm-12:00 am.
NIH Rehab Research Center Opens Director Search
April 9, 2014: The National Institutes of Health (NIH) center that oversees the NIH grant portfolio for rehabilitation research has announced its search for a director.
Early Bird Discounts Extended for NEXT, NACR Events
April 8, 2014: APTA members have been given a brief do-over on early registration discounts for 2 upcoming events, but the windows will soon close, and close for good. So make plans to stop procrastinating.
Spinal Stimulation Restores Voluntary Movement to Patients With Paraplegia
April 8, 2014: In results that even study authors describe as "surprising," electrical stimulation of the spinal cord accompanied by a home exercise program has helped 4 people with paraplegia regain movement in muscles that had been paralyzed for more than 2 years.
2014 Forum Brings Energy to PT Advocacy
April 8, 2014: APTA members from across the country met with their legislators on Capitol Hill this week to discuss issues impacting the physical therapy profession as part of the APTA Federal Advocacy Forum, a 3-day event that focuses on the importance of educating legislators on the role, value, and interests of physical therapists (PTs) and physical therapist assistants (PTAs).
CMS Ready to Release Extensive Payment Data on Individual Providers
April 7, 2014: The US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is poised to release a publicly available flood of data on individual payments made to over 880,000 providers in the system.
PT Featured In Yahoo! Story on Ankle Sprain
April 7, 2014: While ankle sprains may be common, some of the commonly held assumptions about self-treatment should be more carefully considered.
FDA Says Health IT Should Be Regulated According to 'Functionality'
April 4, 2014: A recently released report (.pdf) from the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) proposes regulating health management health information technology (IT) based on where and how the IT product is used, and not on platforms or product names and descriptions.
APTA State Legislative Leadership Award Nominations Open
April 4, 2014: APTA is calling on components to submit their nominations for the 2014 State Legislative Leadership Award, the annual association recognition of an individual member who has provided outstanding service and leadership on behalf of a component's legislative efforts. <br /><br />
Dry Needling Now Included in Utah PT Scope
April 3, 2014: Dry needling is now included in the scope of practice for licensed physical therapists (PTs) in Utah thanks to legislation signed into law by Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert on April 1.
Reorganized APTA Resource Provides Ethics Information
April 3, 2014: Making an ethical decision or evaluating the ethics of a colleague's action requires careful consideration of facts and circumstances that can vary dramatically from one situation to the next.
PT in Motion Corrects 2014 Slate of Candidates Appearing in April Issue
April 2, 2014: The listing of the 2014 candidates for APTA offices appearing in the printed edition of the April issue of PT in Motion contains 2 errors. The office of Speaker is incorrectly labeled “Secretary” and 2 candidates—not 1—are to be elected to the Nominating Committee.
Get Your School on The List – Time Running Out to Join Miami-Marquette Challenge
April 2, 2014: The deadline for donations to the Foundation's popular Miami – Marquette Challenge annual fundraising event is April 21, which means there's still time to join "The List" of over 60 physical therapist and physical therapist assistant education programs in a contest that can give your program national recognition—and a few prizes, too.
Last Day for North American Caribbean Region CE Conference Discounts
April 2, 2014: April 2 is the last day to get discounted rates on registrations for the APTA-hosted North American Caribbean Region (NACR) continuing education conference in Miami, April 25–27.
Section Nominations Being Accepted for Invitational CPG Workshop
April 1, 2014: APTA sections have until May 2 to nominate individuals for an association program that will help them develop clinical practice guidelines (CPGs).
NPR Story Describes New Leg Brace, Interviews PT
April 1, 2014: A new leg brace that is reducing amputations and allowing wounded soldiers to run again was the focus of a recent National Public Radio feature story that included an interview with the physical therapist (PT) involved in the project.
This Issue of PT in Motion: Skilled Maintenance Care and CMS
April 1, 2014: Whether you call it a "change" or a "clarification," the fact is this: the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is providing more details on skilled maintenance care in the wake of the landmark Jimmo v Sebelius settlement.
SGR Patch Now In Place – Congress Gives Itself 12 Months To Develop Permanent Repeal
March 31, 2014: With a vote taken just in time to avoid a March 31 deadline that would have triggered a 24% cut in payment via the flawed sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula, the US Senate has passed House-drafted legislation that will provide a 12-month temporary fix.
New Tool Demystifies Security Risk Assessments
March 31, 2014: Physical therapists (PTs) and other health professionals looking for help on how to conduct HIPAA security risk assessments have a new free tool to make the process more understandable.
Capt. Mark Kelly To Speak At NEXT; Discounted Registration Ends April 2
March 31, 2014: APTA members need to act by April 2 if they want to get in on early registration discounts for the inaugural NEXT Exposition and Conference featuring Captain Mark Kelly.
Anticipating Patch Legislation, CMS Puts Hold On Claims Processing
March 28, 2014: While a proposed "patch" to scheduled reductions in the 2014 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) may be imminent, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is implementing a 10-business-day claims-processing hold just in case Congress doesn't take action to prevent the reductions before a March 31 deadline.
LPGA’s Natalie Gulbis Calls PTs ‘Huge Part to Our Success’
March 28, 2014: Now in her 12th season on the LPGA Tour, golfer Natalie Gulbis believes that daily in-season treatment by physical therapists (PTs) played a major role in her ability to stay in the game for so long.
New CPG Requirements Will 'Raise the Bar' at Federal Clearinghouse
March 28, 2014: The federal government's official clearinghouse for practice guidelines will be adopting more stringent standards for acceptance in the coming months.
Autism Rates Show a 30% Rise in 2 Years
March 28, 2014: In a report that could inform how physical therapists (PTs) and physical therapist assistants (PTAs) approach their work with children, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has cited a nearly 30% rise in autism spectrum disorder (ASD) rates in the US since 2008.
12-Month SGR Patch Approved in House While Congress Examines Permanent Repeal
March 27, 2014: Recent advances made on a repeal of Medicare's flawed sustainable growth rate (SGR) and therapy cap may help chances of a permanent solution in 2015, but for this year at least, it appears Congress is opting for another temporary fix days before a March 31 deadline.
Almost 60% of Patient Harm In SNFs Preventable, Says HHS IG Report
March 27, 2014: A US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Inspector General's report says that nearly 60% of harm incidents experienced by patients in skilled nursing home facilities (SNF) are preventable, and that this gap in prevention resulted in hospitalizations that cost Medicare an estimated $2.8 billion in 2011.
Compression Hosiery as Effective—and Cheaper—Than Bandages for Venous Leg Ulcers, But Patient Compliance An Issue
March 26, 2014: Layered compression bandages may be the "gold standard" in treatment of venous leg ulcers, but according to a new study, 2-layer hosiery is just as effective—and less costly.
USPSTF: More Research Needed on Routine Cognitive Impairment Screenings
March 25, 2014: Though US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) acknowledges that there may be "important reasons" to screen for cognitive impairment for adults over 65 with no recognized signs or symptoms of impairment, 10 years after its last investigation of the issue the group continues to say that more research is needed before it can reach a recommendation about the benefits and risks of the assessments.
HIPAA Violation Leads To $4.1 Million Judgment Based On State Law
March 25, 2014: A protected health information (PHI) breach that violated HIPAA may now result in the same facility paying out an additional $4.1 million for violations of state privacy laws.
APTA Member Input Brought to CMS Meeting on FLR; CMS Provides Information on Claims Processing
March 24, 2014: APTA members' willingness to share their experiences of claims processing errors and payment delays related to functional limitation reporting (FLR) enriched the information that APTA staff provided to representatives of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) during a recent meeting.
New APTA Webpage Offers Evidence-Based Document Resources
March 24: Whether you’re first exploring evidence-based care issues, looking for information on how to create clinical practice guidelines, or trying to learn about ways to conduct guideline appraisals, a new APTA webpage can make the work a little less daunting.
Health Professions Regulation Conference Will Look at High-Risk Industry Examples
March 24, 2014: What do pilots, deep sea oil rig workers, and physical therapists have in common? More than you might think, particularly when it comes to regulation.
PT-Generated Lists of Unnecessary Procedures Coming In; Deadline April 4
March 21, 2014: APTA's effort to get member opinions on potentially unnecessary physical therapy tests and procedures is off to a strong start, but the association is looking for as much input as possible as it considers joining a national campaign to educate consumers on making informed health care choices.
APTA Contributes to FTC Discussion on Consumer Access
March 21, 2014: A March 20 and 21 meeting of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) examined activities and trends related to cost, quality, access, and care coordination that may affect competition in the US health care industry.
Time’s Running Out to Win an iPad Mini
March 21, 2014: If you're in need of inspiration to read The Successful Physical Therapist, you could look up a motivational quote on your iPad mini—if you had one, that is. <br />If you don't, well, get reading.
2014 APTA Honors and Awards Program Recipients Announced
March 21, 2014: APTA's national awards program has announced the full list of recipients of recognition for their outstanding contributions to the physical therapy profession.
Exercise During Chemotherapy: Limited Research Finds Possible Positive Outcomes
March 20, 2014: The sample size was small and the results not definitive, but authors of a new study on the effects of exercise on women undergoing chemotherapy for breast cancer assert that the findings were strong enough to support the need for further clinical trials.
Claims of Dramatic Obesity Drop Called Into Question
March 19, 2014: Recent media reports that preschool obesity rates have dropped 43% in 10 years may have been based on a faulty conclusion given the data in the study.
Virtual Career Fair Could Power Up Your Job Search
March 19, 2014: Physical therapists (PTs), physical therapist assistants (PTAs), and physical therapy students will have an opportunity to jump start their job searches without leaving their laptops, thanks to APTA's upcoming Virtual Career Fair set for April 1 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm.
Grassroots Support Needed for Senate Bill to End SGR, Therapy Cap
March 18, 2014: Though a House-approved bill to end the flawed sustainable growth rate (SGR) is almost certain to be a nonstarter in the Senate, a Senate bill that would end both the SGR and the therapy cap is now gaining momentum and is the focus of renewed grassroots advocacy efforts from APTA and other organizations.
Volunteers Wanted for ICD-10 Testing – Sign Up by March 24
March 18, 2014: The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is looking for volunteers to test systems (.pdf) built around the International Classifications of Diseases – 10th revision (ICD-10) codes that will be implemented throughout the Medicare and Medicaid systems in October.
Free CDC Presentation on Knee OA and Physical Activity March 19
March 17, 2014: Health care providers can get the latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) perspectives on knee osteoarthritis (OA) and physical activity in a free 30-minute webinar on March 19 at noon ET.
New ACA Rules Could Increase Provider Networks in Exchanges
March 17, 2014: New proposed rules (.pdf) released on Friday, March 14, include changes to provider network requirements that could help increase the number and variety of facilities and specialists offered by policies in the federally managed exchanges.
PT in Motion: Physical Therapy Vision Far From Blurry
March 14, 2014: APTA's vision of "Transforming society by optimizing movement to improve the human experience" is certainly broad, definitely ambitious, possibility a little daunting—and very much about the realities of physical therapy, according to an article in the current issue of PT in Motion.
Editorial Suggests Physician Screening Tool, PT Referral for LBP
March 14, 2014: A British screening approach for physicians with patients complaining of low back pain (LBP) could help in creating a US approach that more frequently involves physical therapists (PTs) early on and lowers the financial burden of the condition, according to an editorial appearing in the April issue of The Annals of Family Medicine.
APTA Members Asked to Identify Unnecessary Procedures
March 13, 2014: APTA's efforts to make physical therapy a leader in fraud and abuse prevention could soon include a public education campaign to encourage informed care decisions based on member input on physical therapy tests and procedures that are unnecessary.
SGR Reform, Therapy Cap Repeal Hit Political Road Bumps
March 13, 2014: Although permanent solutions are still on the table, the flawed sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula—and the current therapy cap system—may be around for most of 2014, now that the House of Representatives will hold a vote to offset the costs of SGR repeal by delaying implementation of parts of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
Clinical Practice Guideline Proposals Due Soon
March 12, 2014: APTA sections have less than a week left to submit proposals for clinical practice guidelines (CPGs) and clinical practice appraisals (CPAs) for possible financial support from the association.
CMS Looking For 'Practice Transformation' Input
March 12, 2014: Physical therapists (PTs) who have insights on transforming clinical practices now have an opportunity to share those insights with the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).
Physical Therapy As Effective As Surgery for Rotator Cuff Tears
March 12, 2014: A recent study from Finland asserts that when it comes to treatment of non-traumatic rotator cuff tears, physical therapy alone produces results equal to those produced by arthroscopic surgery and open surgical repair.
Humana Seeking to Amend Provider Contract Terms
March 12, 2014: If you've received a letter from Humana or Health Value Management notifying you of reductions in payments in connection to sequestration, consider consulting a healthcare attorney: the letter could contain information on amendments to your contract and deadlines for review and objection.
APTA Part of TBI Events on Capitol Hill
March 11, 2014: Members of the US Congress and their staff will have a chance to get the physical therapist (PT) perspective on traumatic brain injury (TBI), as APTA staff participate in the Brain Injury Awareness Fair taking place March 12 on Capitol Hill.
AHRQ Names Falls Prevention Policy Kit a 'Quality Tool'
March 11, 2014: A resource for advancing falls prevention at the state policy level has been designated a "quality tool" by the federal Agency for Health Care Research and Quality (AHRQ) and included among offerings on the AHRQ website.
Innovation 2.0 Projects Selected For May Workshop
March 10, 2014: A total of 21 projects will be part of APTA's Innovation 2.0 program aimed at bolstering the impact of physical therapy in innovative and emerging models of health care.
Medicare Spending Differences Still a Mystery
<p>March 10, 2014: Just about everyone knows that Medicare spending varies depending on geography. Just about no one knows why.</p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p>
Telehealth Assessments of LBP: Ready for Prime Time?
March 7, 2014: The need is there, the opportunities are there, and the technology is, well, almost there, but when it comes to assessment of low back pain (LBP), the current reality of telerehabilitation (TR) is that more work is needed before a remote approach becomes a fully reliable substitute for in-person interaction.
Humana Completing MPPR Refunds, Delays Policy Implementation
March 6, 2014: The Humana health insurance corporation has nearly completed processing refunds owed to practitioners who were incorrectly billed during an "overpayment recovery" process last year.<br />
Feedback Needed on Draft Manual for Residency and Fellowship Education
March 6, 2014: APTA members have an opportunity to provide input on a new resource for physical therapist residency and fellowship education.
'2 Midnight' Rule on Hold Until September 30
March 5, 2014: The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is once again delaying implementation of the "2 midnight" rule for hospital admissions of patients in Medicare. In the face of criticism from physicians and hospitals, CMS now says recovery auditors cannot use the rule until after September 30.<br />
Foundation Service Award Recipients Announced
March 5, 2014: This year's recipients of the Foundation for Physical Therapy's Service Awards have advanced the cause of physical therapy research in a variety of ways, from providing funds to fundraising, and from partnering with the Foundation to leading its work.
OA Model of Care Advances
March 5, 2014: Much work remains to be done, but a multidisciplinary panel of health care providers, researchers, and patients has made significant progress toward establishing a model of osteoarthritis (OA) care that acknowledges the importance of early diagnosis and recognizes the powerful impact that OA can have on successful treatment of comorbidities.
Obama Budget Would Eliminate Medicare Physician Self-Referral Loophole for Physical Therapy
March 4, 2014: President Obama's federal budget proposal would close the loophole that allows physician self-referrals for physical therapy services—a change long supported by APTA that would improve quality of care and lower Medicare costs.
Register Now for the North American Caribbean Region CE Conference Coming Up in April
March 4, 2014: Physical therapists (PTs) from the Caribbean, United States, Canada, and South America will gather this spring to take part in the North American Caribbean Region (NACR) continuing education conference in Miami, April 25–27, hosted by APTA.
PT Discusses Sandbag Weights in WSJ Article
March 4, 2014: A recent Wall Street Journal article highlights the rise in popularity of sandbag workouts—and the importance of sound advice from a physical therapist (PT) before taking on any new exercise regimen.
Latest Advances in Regenerative Rehab Topic of Upcoming Symposium
March 3, 2014: Physical therapists (PTs) have the opportunity to connect with scientists, researchers, and other clinicians to discuss how tissue engineering and cellular-level therapies can impact rehabilitation at the 3rd annual Symposium on Regenerative Rehabilitation set for April 10–11 in San Francisco.
CSM Prints and Digital Downloads Now Available
February 28, 2014: Save yourself thousands in words—grab a picture or two from the 2014 Combined Sections Meeting (CSM) photo gallery now posted for download.
HHS Improves Access to Benefit Plan Information in Marketplaces
February 28, 2014: Physical therapists (PTs) hoping for a little more light to be shed on the details of health plans available through state health insurance marketplaces can take heart: the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) may have just what they need.
CMS: ICD-10 Will Be Implemented on October 1
February 28, 2014: The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will be sticking to its October 1, 2014 date for implementation of the new International Classification of Diseases, 10th Edition (ICD-10) codes, with no rollback of compliance dates, and only limited "hardship exemptions" from the requirement.
PT's Movie Review on ESPN Also Educates on Consecutive TBI
February 27, 2014: An APTA member's review of a new documentary on traumatic brain injury (TBI) has been featured on ESPN.
CMS Launches Website on Health IT
February 27, 2014: The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has unveiled a new website designed to help providers of all experience levels understand federal health IT requirements.
Toddler Obesity Rates Drop, Most Other Rates Unchanged
February 26, 2014: A glimmer of good public health news: obesity rates among 2– 5-year-old children have dropped by 43% over the past 10 years.
March APTA Webinars Focus on Health Care Reform, ICD-10
February 26, 2014: APTA members can get the latest information on what's been happening in health care reform and what's going to be happening in diagnostic coding by signing up for 2 free webinars coming in March.
APTA Advocacy Sparks Medicare Advantage Beneficiary Protections for PT Services in 2015
February 25, 2014: The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced greater cost-sharing protection for Medicare Advantage beneficiaries receiving physical therapy services in 2015, a change adopted as a result of APTA advocacy efforts.
'Polio-Like Illness' in California Children Still a Mystery
February 25, 2014: The "polio-like illness" found in 5 California children "appears to be very, very rare," according to the author of a study on these cases, but could point to an "emerging" infectious syndrome.
CMS Transition Means Temporary Changes to Manual Medical Review Processes
February 25, 2014: The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Service's (CMS) transition to new recovery audit program contracts will temporarily change pre- and postpayment manual medical review processes for therapy services over $3,700, and will likely create delays in the typical 10-day review cycle.
Researchers Reel In New Artificial Muscle
February 24, 2014: Want to witness the power behind the next generation of artificial muscles for prosthetics and exoskeletons? Look in your fishing tackle box.
Walking Can Reduce Hip Fracture Risk By 43%-62% in Older Men
<p>February 24, 2014: A study of nearly 36,000 men over a 24-year span has revealed that walking significantly contributes to prevention of hip fractures to an even greater extent than more strenuous activity.</p> <p><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: "Arial","sans-serif";"><br /></span></p>
CMS Cardiac Rehab Policy Expands, Leaves Physical Therapy Coverage Unchanged
February 21, 2014: The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized its policy decision to expand coverage of cardiac rehabilitation (CR) to patients with stable chronic heart failure (CHF) but made no significant changes to policies on physical therapy.
APTA 2014 Strategic Plan Now Posted
February 21, 2014: The 2014 APTA Strategic Plan has been posted on the association website and features updated objectives for each of 4 goals that have been carried over from 2013: effectiveness of care, patient- and client-centered care across the lifespan, professional growth and development, and value and accountability.
Discounted Registration for NEXT Still Available
February 21, 2014: APTA members have until April 2 to get in on early registration discounts for the inaugural NEXT conference, the association's spring meeting with a focus on the future of physical therapy, being held June 11-14 in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Results of New Study on Sedentary Behavior Ring True for PTs and PTAs
February 20, 2014: A recently released article that points out the dangers of inactivity among older adults is receiving wide media attention for its conclusion that regardless of time spent in moderate-vigorous activity, each hour spent in sedentary behavior significantly increases the odds of disability in 1 or more activities of daily living (ADL).
Opportunity to Participate in CMS Bundled Payment Initiative Now Open
February 20, 2014: The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has opened the window for participation in its Bundled Payments for Care Improvement (BCPI) initiative, and will host a webinar to explain the program and discuss how to get involved.
Team USA PT Discusses Skiing and Snowboarding Injuries With Move Forward Radio
<p>February 19, 2014: Listeners to APTA's Move Forward Radio can get a firsthand account of how Team USA prepares to go for gold on the slopes of Sochi, Russia, at the Olympic Winter Games—all from a physical therapist's perspective.</p> <br /><p></p>
PT Will Oversee $25 Million Translational Research Program
February 19, 2014: A Delaware physical therapist (PT), researcher, and educator will be leading a program that has received over $20 million in National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding to foster clinical and translational research.
Lawmakers Urged to Seize Opportunity to End Therapy Cap
February 18, 2014: The Therapy Cap Coalition recently sent a letter to House and Senate leadership urging legislators to add permanent repeal of the therapy cap to the current sustainable growth rate (SGR) reform proposal.
Post-Mastectomy Physical Therapy 'Widely Improves' Quality of Life
February 18, 2014: Postoperative physical therapy that begins as early as 2 days after surgery significantly improves joint mobility and "widely improves the quality of life" for women who underwent mastectomies, according to a new study.
Revised CPT Codes Delayed Until 2016
February 18, 2014: The magnitude of proposed changes to an entire family of physical medicine and rehabilitation codes has prompted the editorial panel for the American Medical Association's (AMA) Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) document to postpone finalization of the revisions.
New Report on Blast Injuries Cites Research Gaps
February 14, 2014: Despite the prevalence of blast-related injuries among returning war veterans there are still big gaps in research into long-term effects, according to a newly released study by the National Academy of Science's Institutes of Medicine (IOM).
Innovation 2.0 Update: Proposal Deadline Feb 13
February 13, 2014: Thursday, February 13 is the deadline for Innovation 2.0 proposals.
The PTJ App Is Here
February 12, 2014: Physical Therapy (PTJ) now offers a new app that allows subscribers to access journal content through any iOS device, and to store some of that content for offline use.
APTA Offers Support for Clinical Practice Document Development
February 12, 2014: APTA sections have until March 17 to submit proposals for clinical practice guidelines (CPGs) and clinical practice appraisals (CPAs) for possible financial support from the association.
Innovation 2.0 Proposals Due Feb 13 – Even If You Submitted a Letter Of Intent
February 12, 2014: Thursday, February 13, is the deadline for submitting a proposal for the APTA Innovation 2.0 program that will offer up to $150,000 to support innovation in service delivery and payment in a wide range of areas.
APTA Photo Contest Winners Announced
February 11, 2014: The winning entries in the 2013 APTA photography competition have been announced, and combined they make a moving statement on how physical therapy's transformative powers begin with the individual patient or client.
Virtual Town Hall February 20 for Motions to the 2014 House of Delegates
February 11, 2014: APTA continues its series of virtual town halls that enable APTA members and delegates to discuss motion concepts and language for the 2014 House of Delegates.
Hayes, Hillegass Named To Influential Measures Evaluation Committees
February 11, 2014: APTA members Marcie Harris Hayes, PT, DPT, MSCI, OCS, and Ellen Hillegass, PT, EdD, CCS, FAACVPR, FAPTA, have been named to National Quality Forum (NQF) steering committees overseeing reviews of musculoskeletal measures and cardiovascular conditions for the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
Bill to End SGR Lacks Language on Therapy Cap
February 10, 2014: A bipartisan, bicameral proposal unveiled on February 6 would end Medicare’s flawed sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula, but it does not contain any language around the therapy cap.
Committee Call Closing February 11
February 10, 2014: Some very special opportunities for professional growth and leadership are available, but not for long: APTA will close its call for committee volunteers at midnight on February 11.
ICF Accepting Suggestions for Changes
February 10, 2014: The current version of the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) is now open for suggested updates and corrections, and physical therapists (PTs) can get involved.
International Physical Therapy Congress to Feature PTs From the US
February 7, 2014: A total of 18 physical therapists (PTs) from the US will be among the main speakers at the World Confederation for Physical Therapy (WCPT) Congress to be held in Singapore May 1–4, 2015.<br />
Innovation 2.0 Proposal Deadline February 13
February 7, 2014: APTA members have until Wednesday, February 13, to submit a proposal for APTA’s Innovation 2.0 program, a project that will offer up to $150,000 to support innovation in service delivery and payment in a wide range of areas.
From CSM: Portney Calls for Disruptive Change in Physical Therapy Education
February 6, 2014: Stating that the physical therapy community has not adequately dealt with change in physical therapy education, Leslie Portney, PT, DPT, PhD, FAPTA, said that disruptive change is needed.
From CSM: Crane Lecturer Envisions a New Kind of PT 'Trailblazer'
February 6, 2014: If physical therapists (PTs) are to hold on to their reputation as trailblazers, they'd better realize that they're lighting out to some very different territory from that of their counterparts years ago, according to Linda Crane lecturer Dianne V. Jewell, PT, DPT, PhD.
Consumer Engagement Webinar Coming February 13
February 6, 2014: Physical therapists (PTs) and physical therapist assistants (PTAs) can get insight on the role of consumers in the health care marketplace and learn about technology available to support that role through a webinar being held February 13.
Get Active for PT Research With Log 'N Blog
February 5, 2014: It's that time again when getting fit, staying fit, or simply having a good time can benefit both your own wellbeing and physical therapy research, thanks to the Foundation for Physical Therapy's second Annual Log ’N Blog.
From CSM: Leadership Necessary to Make APTA Vision a Reality
February 5, 2014: Everyone has the potential to lead—and the responsibility to do so, John Lowman, PT, PhD, CCS, told attendees at the Recognition Ceremony for Clinical Specialists of the American Board of Physical Specialties (ABPTS) at CSM 2014 on February 3.
New Podcast Focuses on Jimmo v Sebelius Updates
February 4, 2014: APTA members now have access to a podcast that will help them understand changes made to Medicare policy as a result of the January 2013 Jimmo v Sibelius settlement agreement on maintenance care.
Resistance Training May Increase Testosterone in Older Men
February 4, 2014: Authors of a small-scale study are asserting that resistance training may increase testosterone levels in older men.
Prickett Appointed to International PT Awards Committee
February 3, 2014: APTA member Nancy Prickett, PT, MA, MPT, GCS, NCS, has been selected to join the World Confederation for Physical Therapy's (WCPT) awards committee.
ACOs 'Off to a Strong Start,' According to CMS
February 3, 2014: Early news on savings achieved by Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) is out, and it's mostly good: According to a study just released by the US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), almost half of the ACOs started in 2012 were already reporting significantly lower-than-projected expenditures in their first year.
APTA Selects J. Michael Bowers as Chief Executive Officer
February 3, 2014: APTA has selected J. Michael Bowers as its new chief executive officer, effective February 28, 2014. The announcement comes after an extensive nationwide search that spanned more than 6 months and attracted roughly 160 potential candidates.
New PTNow Blog Starts the Conversation About Evidence in Practice
January 31, 2014: There's a lot of talk out there about bringing evidence into practice. So how about a conversation?
APTA Candidate Information Now Posted
January 31, 2014: Candidates for APTA elected positions have been announced and APTA members can learn more about them at the association's candidate webpage.
Looking For Evidence? Open the Door to PTNow ArticleSearch
January 31, 2014: For physical therapists (PTs) looking to put evidence into practice, life just got a little better: APTA has retooled one of its most popular evidence-based practice (EBP) resources to make it easier to find and more intuitive to use.
2014 PQRS Changes Discussed
January 31, 2014: The Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) has changed for 2014, and physical therapists (PTs) need to understand what's different. APTA provides the resources that will keep you up-to-date.
Only 1 in 10 Receive Palliative Care Worldwide
January 30, 2014: Around the world, 90% of people in need of palliative care don't receive it, according to a new study released by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Worldwide Palliative Care Alliance (WPCA).
Knowledge of the Physical Therapist Brand Could Win You an iPad Mini
January 29, 2014: What could be better than being a physical therapist well-versed in how to build consumer trust? Being a physical therapist well-versed in how to build consumer trust who also just happens to own an iPad mini.
Back Pain, Arthritis Costs Exceed $200 Billion Per Year
January 29, 2014: While often not as high in per capita costs as other disabling conditions, sheer prevalence makes back pain and arthritis the most costly conditions requiring rehabilitation in the US, according to a recent study.
Feedback Needed on First Draft of Revised Accreditation Criteria
<p>January 28, 2014: The first draft of revised criteria for physical therapist (PT) and physical therapist assistant (PTA) education programs is now available for review, and the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) is seeking input both online and at the upcoming 2014 Combined Sections Meeting (CSM) in Las Vegas.<br /></p> <p></p>
Innovative PT Center of Excellence Reaches $3 Million Mark
January 8, 2014: In what it describes as an effort aimed at "changing the face of physical therapy" the Foundation for Physical Therapy (Foundation) announced that it has raised $3 million to fund a program dedicated to training physical therapists in health services research.
Treadmill Training's Benefits Mixed for Individuals Poststroke
January 27, 2014: For people who have had a stroke and are unable to walk at the outset of treatment, treadmill training is not likely to aid their progress toward walking independently—but for patients with stroke who are ambulatory, the intervention may significantly improve endurance and speed.
Omron Healthcare Named APTA Strategic Business Partner
January 27, 2014: Omron Healthcare Inc, a manufacturer of personal wellness products, has been named a Strategic Business Partner of APTA.
Group Urges President to Acknowledge Physical Activity in SOTU Address
January 27, 2014: While the upcoming State of the Union address will almost certainly include remarks about the economy, foreign policy, and health care, if President Barack Obama listens to a suggestion from APTA and more than 100 other organizations and companies, the speech may also include a nod to the importance of physical activity.
IOM Seeking Comment on Clinical Trials Data Sharing
January 24, 2014: In a health care world that places increasing emphasis on outcome data, some of the richest information from clinical trials can be the least accessible because of barriers to sharing.
New Website Supports Ending Inappropriate Physician Self-Referral
January 24, 2014: The fight to end inappropriate physician self-referral has been boosted by the launch of a new website that will highlight the issue, support legislation aimed at curbing the practice, and help physical therapists (PTs) and others learn how to take action to advocate for needed change.
MPPR Calculator Helps PTs Navigate Payment System
January 24, 2014: Congress has until March 31 to take action on payment formulas including the sustainable growth rate (SGR): until then, physical therapists (PTs) need to know how to determine current payment for services.
CMS Releases Summary of Manual Changes Based on Jimmo v Sibelius Agreement
January 23, 2014: The US Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services' Medicare Learning Network (MLN) has released a summary of updates (.pdf) made to the Medicare Benefit Policy Manual as a result of the settlement agreement reached in Jimmo v Sebelius.
World Congress Seeks PT Presenters, Instructors
January 23, 2014: Physical therapists (PTs) interested in participating as presenters at the next World Confederation of Physical Therapy (WCPT) Congress (Congress) in Singapore will need to pay close attention to their calendars over the coming weeks.
Sitting Connected With Heart Failure in Men
January 23, 2014: The flurry of news and magazine articles last year proclaiming that "sitting is the new smoking" may have been a bit hyperbolic, but apparently there's at least 1 thing a sedentary lifestyle has in common with tobacco use: increased risk of heart failure in men, even with low to moderate exercise.
Mobile Technology Risks and Tips Now Featured on HealthIT.gov
January 22, 2014: Smart phones, tablets, and the ability to wirelessly connect to files and other information can enhance service to patients and clients—but they can also create serious problems if providers aren't aware of how misuse of the technology could violate provisions of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).
HHS Updates Practice Guidelines on Knee OA, Falls Prevention
January 22, 2014: Aerobic walking programs for the management of knee osteoarthritis (OA) and recommendations for falls assessment and prevention are among the clinical practice guidelines recently approved by the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's National Guideline Clearinghouse (NGC).
Calling All PT Innovators – Innovation 2.0 Now Seeking Proposals
January 17, 2014: APTA has opened its call for proposals from members interested in taking part in Innovation 2.0, a funding and mentoring program offering up to $150,000 to support new approaches to service delivery and payment.
Foundation Researchers Will Share Results at CSM
January 17, 2014: The role of comorbidities in physical therapist services and a study on day-to-day walking of older adults with knee pain from osteoarthritis will be featured during the Foundation for Physical Therapy's research briefing at this year's Combined Sections Meeting (CSM) in Las Vegas.
Innovation 2.0 Deadline January 20
January 16, 2014: APTA members have a Monday, January 20, deadline to submit letters of intent to let staff know if they will be making a proposal to receive funding and mentoring through the association's Innovation 2.0 program.
Changes to CPT Editorial Process Emphasize Transparency
January 16, 2014: Recently announced changes to the American Medical Association's (AMA's) Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) editorial process emphasize greater transparency and collaboration, and could bolster opportunities for physical therapists (PTs) to work with APTA to ensure the codes accurately reflect practice.
APTA Committee Members Needed
January 16, 2014: Here's a great new year's resolution: get more involved in APTA.
New Wound Treatment Code Available to PTs
January 16, 2014: A new code for the use of a modality to heal wounds using sound energy has been made available to physical therapists (PTs) in the 2014 version of the Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) document maintained by the American Medical Association (AMA).
KHN Article: Private Insurers Could Dampen Access to Habilitative Services
January 15, 2014: While the Affordable Care Act (ACA) contains provisions that aim to increase patient access to habilitative services, rules around how states approach "essential health benefits" requirements could weaken the intended outcome, according to a recent article in Kaiser Health News (KHN).
Mechanical Traction's Benefits Documented
January 15, 2014: A recent study is helping to strengthen the argument that mechanical traction can lead to greater improvements than exercise alone in patients with cervical radiculopathy.
Medical Home Models Continue to Report Positive Outcomes
January 14, 2014: Patient-centered medical home (PCMH) initiatives across the US are continuing to report mostly good news, with demonstrated decreases in cost of care, visits to emergency departments (EDs), and inpatient admissions.
Health Care Loses 6k Jobs in December
<p>January 14, 2014: Health care employment in the US reported its weakest month since 2010, with about 6,000 jobs shed in December 2013.</p> <p><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: "Arial","sans-serif";"><br /></span></p>
Exercise Trumps Surgery in NPR Report on Back Pain
January 14, 2014: The idea that exercise can be more effective than surgery as a way to manage back pain may be well known to physical therapists, but National Public Radio (NPR) has spread the word to a much wider audience.
Stanley Paris Ends Sail Early
January 13, 2014: More than 6 weeks after beginning his journey, adventurer and physical therapist Stanley Paris, PT, PhD, FAPTA, FAAOMPT, has been forced to abandon his attempt to solo circumnavigate the globe nonstop.
Vitamin D May Reduce Falls Risk
January 13, 2014: Older adults given vitamin D and calcium supplements may reduce their risk for falls, according to a consensus opinion published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.
End to Therapy Cap Still on the Table
January 10, 2014: Though the legislative process is far from over, a possible end to the therapy cap is still very much in play now that Congress has reconvened.
Are You An Innovator? Funding, Support May Be Available
January 10, 2014: APTA members who are taking new approaches to models of care now have an opportunity to receive funding and mentoring through a new program offered by the association, but submission deadlines are soon.
Only 25% of US Youth Meet Daily Exercise Goal
January 10, 2014: Despite a 4-year-old national initiative to encourage at least 1 hour of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity every day, only about a quarter of US youth are actually meeting that goal. The findings were part of a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report (.pdf) that examined activity patterns in 2012.
Lack of Cognitive Rest Can Impede Concussion Recovery
January 9, 2014: A new study supports the consensus view that for young people recovering from concussions, too much cognitive activity too soon can actually slow the return to normal functioning.
'Simple' Measures Reduce MRSA Rates in Long-Term Care Facilities
January 9, 2014: Adherence to "a simple bundle of infection prevention and control strategies" has significantly reduced the incidence of methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections in Veterans Administration (VA) long-term care facilities.
Foundation Raises Over $150K at Private Practice Conference
January 9, 2014: The Foundation for Physical Therapy raised over $150,000 for the Center of Excellence (COE) for Health Services/Health Policy Research Campaign during the 2013 APTA Private Practice Conference and Exposition, an achievement reached in large part through support from APTA Private Practice Section (PPS) board members and the Institute of Private Practice Physical Therapy.
Humana Temporarily Ceases Overpayment Recovery
January 8, 2014: The Humana health insurance corporation has put its overpayment recovery efforts on hold while it considers how it will implement its plan to apply the Multiple Procedure Payment Reduction (MPPR) policy.
Brain-Controlled Exoskeleton Will Be Featured at World Cup
January 8, 2014: A teenager who is paralyzed will use a mind-controlled robotic exoskeleton to stand, walk, and kick the first ball at the opening of the World Cup soccer tournament this June.
WSJ Article Focuses On Special Rehabilitation Needs of Student Athletes
January 7, 2014: A recent Wall Street Journal article highlights the special approaches that must be taken with young athletes and the role physical therapy plays in ensuring that treatment is appropriate for musculoskeletal systems that are still growing.
Health Care Spending Growth Low Again
January 7, 2014: The residual impacts of the economic recession are the primary drivers behind relatively low growth in US health care spending in 2012, according to a recent report from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).
Theft of Unencrypted Health Records Results in $150K HHS Fine
January 6, 2014: A stolen flashdrive containing patient records has resulted in a $150,000 federal fine for violation of the Health Insurance Accountability and Portability Act (HIPAA).
Fake Surgery Just as Good as the Real Thing for Meniscus Tears
January 6, 2014: Actual surgery is no better than simulated surgery in treatment of individuals with nontraumatic degenerative meniscal tears and no osteoarthritis, according to a study recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine.
Today's Need-to-Know: 2014 Medicare Payment Changes
January 3, 2014: Before adjourning for the holidays, Congress passed the Pathway for SGR Reform Act of 2013, temporarily preventing a scheduled physician fee schedule payment cut from taking effect on January 1, 2014, and extending the therapy cap exceptions process.<br /><br />
Heart Disease Risk Lowered By Increasing Steps Per Day
January 2, 2014: Simply increasing the number of steps taken per day can lower the chances for heart disease among individuals at high risk for type 2 diabetes, according to a study that involved more than 9,300 people in 40 countries.
CMS to Propose New Rule on Emergency Preparedness
January 2, 2014: The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has found significant gaps in emergency preparedness among its providers, and is proposing regulations that would require providers and suppliers to meet planning, training, and communication standards.
Changes Coming to PQRS Measures Specifications in 2014
<p>December 30, 2013: Physical therapists (PTs) will be facing changes to Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) measures specifications in the new year. The changes recently announced by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) affect areas including current medications, pain assessment, falls plan of care, and functional outcome assessment.</p>
NYT: New Study Identifies 'Nuanced' Range of Adaptation to Disabilities
December 27, 2013: A New York Times article cited physical therapy as an important way for older adults to maintain independence and remain in one of a "more nuanced" set of groupings recently analyzed in a large-scale study of how older Americans adapt to disability.
Free Arthritis, Bone Health Programming Available
December 27, 2013: The US Bone and Joint Initiative (USJBI) is offering free programming to help physical therapists (PTs) and other providers educate the public about arthritis and bone health.
December 23, 2013: Nearing holiday crunch time and still feel like you haven't seen enough people wearing ridiculous things on their heads? We've got you covered.
Professional Regulation Will Be Focus of Global Conference
December 23, 2013: The big—really, really big—picture of health professions regulation will be the topic of an international conference in May 2014, and physical therapy is one of the disciplines that will be joining the conversation.
Medicaid Guide Now Available
December 23, 2013: The federal Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC) has released an important resource on regulations. The resource is available for free online.
Visiting Paris in December Could Be Tricky
December 20, 2013: Are you bobbing in the water somewhere in the Atlantic Ocean between Africa and South America, and feel like discussing the future of physical therapy research? Keep an eye out for physical therapist and all-around adventurer Stanley Paris, PT, PhD, FAPTA, FAAOMPT, as he sails by.
Get Ready For Innovation 2.0
December 20, 2013: In the wake of APTA's highly popular 2013 Innovation Summit, the association is launching Innovation 2.0, a new program that will provide funding awards and 1-on-1 guidance to innovators who are developing or participating in new ways to promote the role of physical therapy in collaborative care models.
NIH Seeking Input From PTs on Activity and Disease Prevention
December 20, 2013: The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Common Fund wants to identify potential research on the molecular-level connection between physical activity and disease prevention, and is looking to the physical therapy community for input.
On Move Forward Radio: PT Helps Former NFL Player Make the Move to Endurance Sports
December 20, 2013: In this week’s episode of Move Forward Radio, former professional football player Don Davey describes how he decided to compete in an ironman competition after retirement from professional football, and how Mike Ryan, PT, ATC, of the Jacksonville Jaguars, helped him reach that goal.
Knee OA Presentation Now Available
December 20, 2013: Physical therapists and physical therapist assistants can learn more about knee osteoarthritis (OA) through a free 30-minute presentation now available online.
Car Rental Discounts Available for APTA Members
December 20, 2013: APTA members traveling over the holidays can get discounts on rental cars, thanks to special programs from Avis and Budget.
NIH and NFL Award Grants for TBI Research
December 19, 2013: A partnership created by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Football League (NFL) will be awarding over $14 million in grants for research focused on the long-term effects of traumatic brain injury (TBI) and the development of better ways to diagnose and measure concussions.
Early Exercise Can Reduce Depression in Parkinson Patients
December 19, 2013: A pilot study has found that exercise can be an effective way to reduce depression symptoms among individuals with Parkinson disease (PD), particularly if the exercise program is implemented as soon as possible after diagnosis.
Foundation Researcher Receives Major Grant Award
December 19, 2103: A former Foundation for Physical Therapy (Foundation) grant recipient has been awarded a $1.7 million grant to continue work she began with Foundation funding.
New Resource Helps Explain Medicare - Medicaid Dual Eligibility
December 19, 2013: Physical therapists who work with patients who qualify for both Medicare and Medicaid now have a tool that could help them navigate through some the complexities of dual eligibility, thanks to guides jointly created by Medicaid and Medicare commissions.
2014 Budget Deal Includes SGR Patch, Therapy Cap Exceptions Extension
December 18, 2013: The $1.014 trillion federal budget compromise passed by Congress includes a 3-month "fix" that will prevent implementation of Medicare payment cuts associated with the sustainable growth rate (SGR).
Venous Ulcer Treatment Research Lacking
December 18, 2013: If there is a single best way to dress and treat venous leg ulcers, it can't be confirmed through existing research.
Foundation Grants Fund PT Research on Wide Range of Topics
December 18, 2013: Physical therapy's role in improving the lives of individuals with Alzheimer disease, meeting developmental challenges of infants born preterm, and enhancing recovery after anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction will be the focus of research funded by grants from the Foundation for Physical Therapy (Foundation).
Vets Will Receive Benefits for TBI-Linked Conditions
December 17, 2013: The US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will be making it possible for veterans with traumatic brain injury (TBI) to receive additional disability payments for 5 conditions that have been connected with brain trauma.
Physical Therapy Named a 'Top Job' for 2014
December 17, 2013: Physical therapists (PTs) have been listed among the career paths with the strongest recent growth and most potential for expansion in the future, with rates of increase greater than registered nurses and database administrators, among others.
Magazine Looks to PT for Winter Sports Advice
December 17, 2013: A national publication has turned to a physical therapist (PT) and APTA spokesperson for advice on how to approach the winter months. And his take? Get moving.
APTA Board: Success With 2013 Strategic Plan Sets the Stage for 2014 Goals
December 16, 2013: With most of the objectives of APTA’s 2013 Strategic Plan met, the Board of Directors adopted new targets for 2014.
APTA Board: 2014 Budget Is Balanced, Continues Strong Support for Strategic Plan
December 16, 2013: The $43.5 million 2014 APTA operating budget will continue to devote the majority of discretionary funds to the APTA strategic plan.
APTA Board: Guide to PT Practice 3rd Edition Slated for Online Release by Fall 2014
December 16, 2013: The profession’s definitive description of who physical therapists (PTs) are, what they do, and how they do what they do is poised to release its third edition by fall 2014.
APTA Board: Governance Documents to Be Reviewed, Reorganized
December 16, 2013: The APTA Board of Directors has decided that it's time the association untangle and clarify the approximately 370 positions, standards, guidelines, policies, and procedures (PSGPP) created through its history in a multiyear review process.
APTA Board: Reports on New Care Models Will Undergo Further Analysis
December 16, 2013: Two APTA task force reports on potential physical therapy models of care will be getting a closer look before being reconsidered by the APTA Board of Directors for presentation to the House of Delegates.
APTA Board: New Endorsement Process Could Increase Use of Clinical Practice Guidelines
December 16, 2013: APTA is set to launch an endorsement process that could help significantly increase the use of clinical practice guidelines (CPGs) in physical therapist practice.
APTA Board: 'Accreditation' to Replace 'Credentialing' for ABPTRFE
December 16, 2013: The American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education (ABPTRFE) will soon use the more appropriate term "accreditation" to describe a process it currently calls "credentialing."
End to SGR and Therapy Cap Part of Wide-Ranging Medicare Package
December 13, 2013: The House of Representatives and the Senate could reach agreement early next year on proposals to permanently repeal the flawed sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula and possibly end the therapy cap.
EDs Need to Switch From 'Front Door' to 'Front Porch'
December 12, 2013: According to a recent analysis, the pressures of an aging US population should cause emergency departments (EDs) to rethink delivery of care based on cooperative interdisciplinary decision-making, including comprehensive discharge planning involving physical therapists (PTs) when appropriate
PT Keysor Elected Chair of Key Osteoarthritis Group
<p></p> <p><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: "Arial","sans-serif";">APTA member <strong style="">Julie Keysor, PT, PhD</strong>, has been elected to lead the Physical Activity Work Group of the <a href="http://www.oaaction.org/index.php">Osteoarthritis Action Alliance</a> (OAAA). </span></p>
Concussions Less Frequent at Higher Altitudes
December 11, 2013: High school athletes at higher elevations experience 31% fewer concussions than athletes closer to sea level, and the difference may have something to do with the "tight fit" created inside the skull when altitude increases intracranial pressur
Latest Thought on Emergency Department Care Available Online
December 11, 2013: The past, present, and future of emergency department (ED) care were recently explored in a briefing hosted by Health Affairs, and the entire event and other materials are now available free online.
Get 'Insider Intel' On Hot Topics in Medicare, Health Reform, and More
December 11, 2013: Functional limitation reporting, the therapy cap, 2014 fee schedule payment rates, and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid's manual changes reflecting the “improvement standard” will take center stage for APTA’s next “Insider Intel” program on December 16.
Senate and House Propose End to SGR, Therapy Cap Repeal Also Discussed
December 10, 2013: House and Senate proposals now on the table would end the sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula that has confounded adequate payment to Medicare providers since its inception.
Mothers Today Less Physically Active Than 1960s Moms
December 10, 2013: Today's mothers are spending an average of 12.5 hours less per week on physical activity (PA) than mothers in the 1960s—a difference that researchers are describing as a "significant reallocation" of time to sedentary activities that could contribute to a potential public health crisis.
CMS Issues Information on Skilled Therapy Services and Maintenance Care
December 10, 2013: The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued revised portions of the Medicare Benefits Policy and Claims Processing manuals to clarify coverage of skilled therapy services in maintenance care.
WEDI Report Sees More Patient Control in Health Care's Future
December 9, 2013: The influential Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI) has released what it calls a new "roadmap" for the future of health care, and a high level of consumer control is one of the primary destinations.
APTA Analyzes the 2014 Fee Schedule, Outpatient Prospective Payment System
December 9, 2013: APTA members now have access to detailed information on how the 2014 Medicare physician fee schedule and the hospital outpatient prospective payment system (OPPS) will affect physical therapist practice. APTA staff has prepared analyses of the final rules that the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) announced on November 27.
2014 Slate of Candidates Posted
December 6, 2013: The 2014 Slate of Candidates for APTA national office is now available on the APTA website.
Marketing Tips Emphasize Diverse, Thoughtful Approach
December 6, 2013: When it comes to marketing your physical therapist practice, don't get so caught up in all the new delivery methods that you forget the basics of knowing your audience, understanding yourself, and figuring out how you'll know when you've succeeded.
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.
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