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زمان انتخاب رشته چهل و يكمين دوره آزمون پذيرش دستياری رشتههاي تخصصي باليني پزشكي اعلام شد.
زمان انتخاب رشته چهل و يكمين آزمون دستياري تخصصی اعلام شد/ 4 تا 6 مرداد ماه
زمان انتخاب رشته چهل و يكمين دوره آزمون پذيرش دستياری رشتههاي تخصصي باليني پزشكي اعلام شد.
تشکیل جلسه کمیته سرطان با حضور وزیر بهداشت
قانونی که ورود نخبگان جامعه پزشکی به عرصههای تخصصی را محدود می کند
مهندس موهبتی گفت: کاهش سهمیه پذیرش آزاد، ورود نخبگان جامعه پزشکی به عرصههای تخصصی را محدود می کند.
بازدید وزیر بهداشت از روند اجرای طرح تحول نظام سلامت در بيمارستانهاي دانشگاه علوم پزشکی البرز
دکتر محمود رضا ميري بنجار سرپرست دانشگاه علوم پزشکی زاهدان شد
با حکم وزیر بهداشت، درمان و آموزش پزشکی، دکتر محمود رضا ميري بنجار به عنوان سرپرست دانشگاه علوم پزشکی و خدمات بهداشتی درمانی زاهدان منصوب شد.
اعلام انزجار از حمله اسرائیل به بیمارستان های غزه
دکتر مره صدق: ضرورت واکنش موسسات درمانی به رفتار جنایتکارانه ارتش اسرائیل در حمله به بیمارستان های غزه را خواستار شد.
لیست انتظارهای پیوند در ایران، کمتر از یک سال است/ تخلف شایعی در امر پیوند وجود ندارد
دکتر سید احمد تارا گفت: پیوند اعضای مختلف بدن در ایران چه از نظر کمی و چه از نظر کیفی، در سطح برترین های دنیا است و ما شاهد لیست انتظارهای کمتر از یک سال در پیوندهای مختلف هستیم.
300 مرکز بهداشتی درمانی استان فارس به عضویت شبکه جامع و همگانی سلامت در می آیند
رییس دانشگاه علوم پزشکی شیراز با بیان اینکه اجرای برنامه پزشک خانواده شهری در استان فارس، زیرساخت مناسبی برای اجرای شبکه جامع و همگانی سلامت در استان را فراهم کرده است، از عضویت 300 مرکز بهداشتی درمانی فارس در این شبکه خبر داد.
هشدار نسبت به تبليغات سوء براي فروش دستگاههاي تصفيه آب
رییس مرکز سلامت محیط و کار وزارت بهداشت گفت: برخی شركت هاي تبليغ كننده دستگاه هاي تصفيه آب با فريب اذهان عمومي و آلوده جلوه دادن آب آشاميدني ، اقدام به ساخت فيلم هاي تبليغاتي به منظور فروش دستگاه هاي خودمی کنند.
دانشجویان مدیران آینده کشور هستند/با هرگونه تخلف در زمینه پیوند عضو به شدت برخورد خواهیم کرد
وزیر بهداشت، درمان و آموزش پزشکی در حاشیه بازدید از خوابگاه دانشجویی امام علی (ع) در جمع خبرنگاران گفت: دانشجویان مدیران آینده کشور هستند و ما به آنها افتخار می کنیم.
بازدید وزیر بهداشت از خوابگاه دانشجویی امام علی (ع)
نگرانی از کاهش رشد جمعیت در کشور/11 میلیون زوج جوان در آستانه ازدواج
مدیرکل سلامت خانواده و جمعیت وزارت بهداشت به همراه مشاور فنی این دفتر و معاون بهداشتی دانشگاه علوم پزشکی و جمعی از مسئولین مرکز بهداشت استان با حضرت آیت الله العظمی مکارم شیرازی دیدار کرد.
تحول در سیستم بهداشتی مقدمه تحول در نظام سلامت کشور است
فاز اول اجرای طرح تدارک مراقبت های اولیه جامع و نوین سلامت در حاشیه شهرهای استان سیستان و بلوچستان با اولویت تحول در خدمات مراقبت های اولیه آغاز شد.
واحد های صنفی غذایی رتبه بندی می شوند/ابلاغ دستورالعمل چگونگی اعطای سیب سلامت
معاون بهداشت از ابلاغ دستورالعمل الزامات اعطای سیب سلامت به دانشگاه های علوم پزشکی کشور و رتبه بندی واحد های صنفی غذایی خبر داد.
سهم 5 درصدی سلامت از تولید ناخالص ملی را با بهبود وضعیت اقتصادی کشور، ارتقاء دهیم
دکتر داود دانش جعفری گفت: باید با بهبود وضعیت اقتصادی کشور، سهم 5 درصدی سلامت از تولید ناخالص ملی را ارتقاء دهیم. چون به طور معمول تولید ناخالص داخلی کشورها هر ساله رشد دارد و طی دهه های گذشته ایران نیز به طور متوسط 8/4 دهم، رشد اقتصادی داشته است.
ارسال کمکهای فوری پزشکی و درمانی به مردم فلسطین، مسئولیت مشترک همه کشورهای اسلامی است
دکتر سید حسن هاشمی: ارسال کمکهای فوری پزشکی و درمانی به مردم مظلوم فلسطین، مسئولیت مشترک همه نهادهای بین المللی و کشورهای اسلامی است.
زمان اعلام نتایج اولیه بيست و هشتمين دوره آزمون پذيرش دستيار دندانپزشكي اعلام شد
مرکز سنجش آموزش پزشکی با صدور اطلاعیه ای زمان اعلام نتایج اولیه بيست و هشتمين دوره آزمون پذيرش دستيار دندانپزشكي را اعلام کرد.
سکوت سازمان های بین المللی و کوتاهی در امدادرسانی به مردم غزه، نقض حقوق بشر است
وزیر بهداشت با انتشار بیانیه ای بی توجهی سازمان های بین المللی برای توقف حملات به غزه و کوتاهی در امداد رسانی به مردم بی دفاع را نقض حقوق بشر خواند.
ساخت هزار و 955 خانه بهداشت جدید در سال جاری
دکتر علی اکبر سیاری گفت: امسال در راستای اجرای طرح تحول نظام سلامت، ساخت هزار و 955 خانه بهداشت جدید صورت خواهد گرفت.
مشارکت های اجتماعی، فرهنگ همیاری در جامعه را گسترش می دهد
دکتر ایازی گفت: مهم ترین عامل در افزایش مشارکت های اجتماعی، حاکمیت فرهنگ همیاری در جامعه است.
نگرانی از افزایش شیوع ایدز و بیماریهای عفونی در بین کودکان کار
دکتر هاشمی گفت: شیوع سوء تغذیه، ایدز و بیماریهای عفونی در بین کودکان کار بسیار نگران کننده است.
حمایت همه جانبه از تولید کنندگان دارو و تجهیزات پزشکی خواهیم داشت
مهندس محمد رضا نعمت زاده گفت: همه واردکنندگان، صادرکنندگان و تولید کنندگان شاخه بهداشت و درمان و دارو باید کار را جدی بگیرند و ما نیز از آن ها برای بهبود کیفیت تولیدات داخلی و واردات حمایت منطقی خواهیم داشت.
گزارش تصویری بازدید وزیر بهداشت از خانه درمانی کودکان کار امام علی (ع)
اجرای طرح پزشک خانواده در انتظار تخصیص اعتبار/اجرای سراسری طرح 10 سال زمان می برد
وزیر بهداشت، درمان و آموزش پزشکی در تشریح جزئیات اجرای طرح پزشک خانواده، گفت: در صدد هستیم تا پزشک خانواده را در یک شهرستان هر استان اجرایی کنیم و بدون شک بعد از بررسی دقیق، آن را عملیاتی خواهیم کرد.
مطالبه اصلی از دانشگاه های کشور تلاش علمی هدفمند است
رییس جمهوری، مطالبه اصلی از دانشگاه، استاد و دانشجو را تلاش علمی هدفمند دانست و تصریح کرد: اگر کلاس درسی که پایان آن به چند مقاله و یا کتابی منتهی باشد که بر قفسه ها جا بگیرد ،آن دانشگاه هدفمند نیست.
جامعه امروز ایران، نیازمند ترسیم یک نقشهی جامع سبک زندگی اسلامی- ایرانی است
سرپرست دانشگاه علوم پزشکی شهرکرد گفت: تاکید مقام معظم رهبری بر "ترويج و نهادينهسازي سبك زندگي اسلامي- ايراني و مقابله با ابعاد نامطلوب سبك زندگي غربي" به عنوان یکی از سیاست های کلی جمعیت در اردیبهشت ماه سال جاری بر ضرورت ترسیم یک نقشه جامع سبک زندگی اسلامی- ایرانی می افزاید.
تشریح چگونگی بازبینی و تغییر پروتکل درمان اعتیاد با متادون
رییس اداره پیشگیری، درمان و کاهش آسیب اعتیاد وزارت بهداشت، درمان و آموزش پزشکی، طی سخنانی در سمپوزیوم "اعتیاد و آسیب های روانی"، ضمن تشریح چگونگی بازبینی و تغییر پروتکل درمان با متادون، اعلام کرد: با بازبینی پروتکلMMT ، امیدوار به ارتقاء سیستم پایش و خدمات و همچنین کاهش تقاضا هستیم.
ديدار دوباره وزير بهداشت با امدادگران اورژانس 115/بازديداز مرکز ناحيه غرب اورژانس تهران
وزیر بهداشت درمان و آموزش پزشکی برای دومین بار در کمتر از دو ماه گذشته به دیدار مسولان و امدادگران اورژانس 115 رفت.
با افزایش پایگاه های انتقال خون در ایام خاص به اعتماد اهداکنندگان احترام بگذاریم/ تقدیر از پرسنل مرکز انتقال خون
وزیر بهداشت گفت: با فراهم نمودن تمهیدات و نیروی انسانی و افزایش پایگاه های خون گیری در این ایام خاص باید به این اعتماد و بزرگواری مردم احترام بگذاریم .
حمایت از تولید داخل نیاز به جلب مشارکت های بین المللی در تولید برندهای ژنریک دارد
دکتر سید حسن هاشمی گفت: با مشارکت شرکت های قابل بین المللی در حوزه تولید برندهای ژنریک، اجازه ورود برند خارجی داده نمی شود و از تولید داخل نیز حمایت خواهد شد.
همه جامعه پزشکی خواستار اعمال قانون در زمینه منع استعمال دخانیات هستند
دکتر سید حسن هاشمی گفت: چهار هزار نفر از جامعه پزشکی به طور نمادین در مخالفت با مصرف قلیان نامه ای را امضا کردند و این یعنی همه جامعه پزشکی و همه ایرانیان خواستار اعمال قانون در زمینه منع استعمال دخانیات هستند.
آمادگی وزارت بهداشت برای ارائه خدمات بهداشتی درمانی به کودکان کار در قالب خیریه ها
وزیر بهداشت از آمادگی این وزارتخانه برای ارائه خدمات درمانی به کودکان کار تحت پوشش جمعیت امام علی(ع) در حوزه اختصاص مکان، ارائه تجهیزات و درمان خبر داد.
دیدار صمیمانه وزیر بهداشت با پرستاران دانشگاه علوم پزشکی شهید بهشتی
وزیر بهداشت درمان و آموزش پزشکی با جمعی از پرستاران دانشگاه علوم پزشکی شهید بهشتی دیدار کرد.
عیادت رییس جمهوری از بیماران بیمارستان شهدای تجریش
رییس جمهوری پنجشنبه شب با حضور سرزده در بیمارستان شهدای تجریش با اهداء گل و شیرینی از بیماران بستری در آن عیادت کرده و برای آنان سلامتی و شفای عاجل آرزو کرد.
هزارمین حلزون شنوایی در گوش کودک 2.5 ساله کاشته شد
در هزارمین عمل جراحی مرکز کاشت حلزون شنوایی دانشگاه علوم پزشکی شیراز ، هزارمین حلزون شنوایی در گوش کودک 2.5 ساله هرمزگانی کاشته شد .
ساخت دوچرخه مبتنی بر تحریک الکتریکی عملکردی ویژه معلولان
دوچرخه مبتنی بر تحریک الکتریکی عملکردی برای افراد معلول ، توسط محققان و فناوران دانشگاه علوم بهزیستی و توانبخشی ساخته شد .
جامعه پزشکی ایران حملات رژیم اشغالگر قدس به مردم بی دفاع فلسطین را محکوم کرد
رییس فرهنگستان علوم پزشکی کشور در نامه ای به گری لوییس هماهنگ کننده مقیم سازمان ملل متحد و نماینده برنامه عمران سازمان ملل متحد در کشور (UNDP)، حملات رژیم اشغالگر قدس به مردم بی دفاع فلسطین را محکوم کرد.
آمادگی وزارت بهداشت برای امداد رسانی به مجروحین غزه
دکترسید حسن هاشمی گفت: وزارت بهداشت آمادگی کامل برای تامین دارو و تجهیزات و ارائه مراقبتهای پزشکی برای مجروحین غزه را دارد.
سرپرست دانشكده علوم پزشکی اسفراين منصوب شد
طی حکمی از سوی وزیر بهداشت درمان و آموزش پزشکی دکتر عباس نيكروش به عنوان سرپرست دانشكده علوم پزشکی و خدمات بهداشتی درمانی اسفراين منصوب شد.
لزوم استفاده از تمام ظرفيتهاي قانوني براي ارتقا سطح خدمات بهداشتي و درماني
وزير بهداشت درمان و آموزش پزشکي بر لزوم استفاده از تمام ظرفيتهاي قانوني به منظور ارتقاء سطح خدمات بهداشتي و درماني تاکيد کرد.
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Clinical Education Webinar Series Continues With Focus on Partnerships
July 23, 2014: A sweeping multiorganizational effort to create a shared vision for physical therapist clinical education continues to advance, and now needs stakeholders to participate in webinars focused on partnerships.
Proposed CMS Rule Would Reduce Prosthetics, Orthotics, Other DME Reimbursement; APTA Posts Summary
July 23, 2014: A Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) proposed rule (.pdf) could reduce reimbursement for durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics, and supplies (DMEPOS) by more than $7 billion from 2016 through 2020, largely through applying payment rates from the DMEPOS competitive bidding program in noncompetitive bidding areas.
Shirts May Be No Slouch When it Comes to Posture
July 22, 2014: Bad posture? There's a shirt for that. Well, maybe.
Latest Edition of Preventive Services Guide Recommends Physical Therapy for Falls Prevention
July 22, 2014: Recommendations around falls prevention, physical activity, and obesity prevention are among the topics covered in the latest edition of the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, which grades preventive services based on the "net benefit" to the patient.
Can't Seem to Face Up to the Facts? Try This Psycho(metric) Killer Blog
July 22, 2014: Choosing appropriate tests and measures is a crucial component of evidence-based practice. But not all measurements are reliable—and even when they are, the test or measure might not have validity for certain uses or types of patients.
Article Questions 'Rush' to EHRs
July 21, 2014: A recent Boston Globe article explores some critics' claims that a government-incentivized "rush" to the adoption of electronic health records (EHRs) has created a new kind of patient safety issue with little oversight in place.
APTA Opposes UnitedHealthcare's Plan to Use Functional Reporting Requirements
July 21, 2014: APTA is urging that UnitedHealthcare (UHC) stop its plan to implement Medicare outpatient therapy functional reporting code requirements in its Medicare Advantage plans.
Proposed OPPS Rules Subject of New APTA Summary
July 21, 2014: A new APTA summary focuses on proposed rules for the 2015 Medicare outpatient prospective payment system (OPPS).
Innovative Physical Therapy Models Chosen for Further APTA Support
<p>July 18, 2014: Following a rigorous review that included a "Shark Tank"-like workshop and critique in May, APTA has announced the finalists in its Innovation 2.0 initiative. Through the program, APTA will provide funding and in-kind services over a 12-month period to help advance these innovative models of care delivery that highlight the value of physical therapist services.</p>
APTA Member Benefit: Rent Some Wheels for Summer Travel
<p>July 17, 2014: If you're planning a long road trip this summer, you might be more comfortable, and save money, by leaving the family car at home and renting a vehicle. Every family, and every family's car, is different, but here are some things to consider, good and bad:</p>
American Ninja Warrior, PT, DPT, OCS, MTC, FAAOMPT
<p>July 17, 2014: Watching Todd Bourgeois, PT, DPT, OCS, MTC, FAAOMPT, artfully navigate the ramps, ropes, waving pods, and sliding curtain obstacles in his qualifying round on NBC TV's "American Ninja Warrior," you half expect him to shoot webs out of his wrist, Spiderman-style. He's that good. </p>
Yanni Anyone? Headbanging Linked to Brain Injury, Whiplash
<p>July 16, 2014: It turns out that so-called heavy metal "headbangers" do just that, and violently enough to occasionally result in brain injury, whiplash, and other problems.</p>
Rise in Obesity More About Inactivity Than Caloric Intake
<p>July 16, 2014: It's no news that Americans have become more obese during the past 15 years, but a new study adds an interesting perspective—the dramatic gains may be almost entirely due to lack of physical activity, and not an increase in caloric intake. </p>
CMS Criticized Over Rate of Improper Payments
<p>July 15, 2014: A recently issued congressional report offers a grim assessment of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Service's (CMS) attempts to curb improper payments, calling them largely ineffective "pay and chase policies" that provide no reason for recovery audit contractors (RACs) to stop improper payments before they happen. In fact, the bipartisan report (.pdf) from the Senate Special Committee on Aging argues that the RAC incentive structure "could be viewed as an incentive to keep improper payment rates high."</p>
Foundation Annual Report Highlights a Big Year
<p>July 15, 2014: Want a lot of very good reasons why you should feel good about the future of physical therapy research? Check out the recently released Foundation for Physical Therapy's 2013 annual report. </p>
You Choose the Next 'PT in Motion' Magazine Cover
<p>July 15, 2014: If you could decide what's on the cover of PT in Motion magazine, what would you choose? </p>
Injury Rates for Adolescent Female Soccer Players Could Be Higher Than Previously Thought
<p>July 14, 2014: Adolescent female soccer players may be experiencing injury rates much higher than previously believed, and for at least 1 subgroup of these athletes, the secret to prevention could be to play more soccer.</p>
APTA Outlines Medicare 2015 Home Health Payment Proposal
<p>July 14, 2014: An APTA summary of the Medicare proposed rule for the 2015 home health prospective payment system guides members through the various proposed policies, including a payment update and provisions related to the therapy functional reassessment requirements, physician face-to-face requirements, speech-language pathology personnel qualifications, quality reporting, and value-based purchasing.</p>
APTA State Policy and Payment Forum Registration Now Open
July 11, 2014: The big state issues that directly affect physical therapists (PTs) and physical therapist assistants (PTAs)—copay legislation, health care reform implementation, scope of practice, dry needling, and much more—will be front and center at the 2014 APTA State Policy and Payment Forum.
Physical Therapy a Good Fit at Bloggers Convention
July 11, 2014: Don't be surprised if the next health and wellness blog you read seems a bit more attuned to physical therapy.
NEXT and House of Delegates Photos Are Ready
July 11, 2014: Anyone ever tell you you oughta be in pictures? Turns out, you might be—along with your physical therapy friends and colleagues.
New APTA Resource on 2015 Fee Schedule Available
July 11, 2014: A new APTA resource provides highlights of the provisions in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed 2015 physician fee schedule rule—including one proposal that would move physical therapists (PTs) into a program that currently applies only to physicians.
From the House of Delegates: PTAs, 'Early Career' Individuals Focus of Membership Efforts
July 11, 2014: APTA will have an opportunity to further enrich involvement from both physical therapist assistants (PTAs) and early-career physical therapists (PTs) and PTAs, now that the APTA House of Delegates (House) has approved efforts to increase the value of membership for both groups.
From the House of Delegates: APTA Has a Role in Strengthening PT Education
July 11, 2014: If physical therapy wants to truly embrace its vision of transforming society, the profession will need to be equipped with a diverse, well-educated workforce comfortable with innovation and capable of working across disciplines.
From the House of Delegates: 'Friend to Physical Therapy' Michael J. Axe Named Honorary APTA Member
July 11, 2014: By unanimous vote, orthopedic surgeon Michael J. Axe, MD, became an honorary APTA member during the 2014 House of Delegates, June 9-11 in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Foundation Gala Nets Nearly $50k
July 10, 2014: They came. They gala-ed. They exceeded their physical therapy research fundraising goal by 50%—all in all, a great night for attendees to the Foundation for Physical Therapy's (Foundation) 35th Anniversary Gala held last month during APTA's NEXT Conference and Exposition.
Skilled Maintenance Resource Dispels Myths About Coverage
July 10, 2014: A new resource at APTA.org helps to dispel some of the myths around skilled maintenance therapy, and provides physical therapists (PTs) with information that can help them better understand documentation, billing, and other issues brought to light in the recent Jimmo v Sebelius settlement.
Making Vision Happen: Board Seeks Member Input on Making APTA Vision a Reality
July 10, 2014: APTA's vision for the physical therapy profession—transforming society by optimizing movement to improve the human experience—is broad and ambitious, to be sure. But it's also achievable.
From the House of Delegates: New Consolidated Policy Covers a Host of State Licensure Topics; Includes 2 New Key Positions
July 10, 2014: Anyone interested in understanding APTA's approach to ensuring consumer protection in physical therapy through state licensure of physical therapists (PTs) and physical therapist assistants (PTAs) can now turn to one resource that, among other positions, advocates for greater licensure portability, supports restricted licenses for PTs in clinical internships, and brings policies up to date with recent House decisions in related areas.
From the House of Delegates: Legislative Campaign to Transition State Licensure Designation to 'DPT' to Begin in 2025
July 10, 2014: Ten years can seem like a long while—unless you're preparing for a national campaign to change the way an entire country refers to your profession.
From the House: PT-PTA Team Reaffirmed; APTA Supports Innovation in Developing Practice Models
July 10, 2014: Determining that this is not the right time for a more “permissive” policy on the individuals that should be permitted to perform physical therapist (PT) interventions under the direction and supervision of the PT, the APTA House of Delegates (House) rescinded a 2011 position statement, not yet implemented, that would have supported the expansion of support personnel available to the PT.
PTNow Blog: A Good Guideline That Could Be Better
July 9, 2014: Is it about time interdisciplinary practice guidelines got a little more guidance from physical therapists (PTs)?
From the House of Delegates: House Actions Could Increase Reach of Physical Therapy
July 9, 2014: Physical therapy should be empowered to assume its appropriate place in a quickly evolving health care system, and should be made available as widely as possible—that was the common thread running through several motions approved by the 2014 APTA House of Delegates.
From the House of Delegates: Help in Responding to 'Productivity' Issues on Its Way
July 9, 2014: By this time next year, physical therapists (PTs) and physical therapists assistants (PTAs) may have a few more tools at their disposal when it comes to talking with employers and others about productivity and performance.
Chronic Low Back Pain Research Standards Proposed
July 8, 2014: Citing a lack of consistency in investigations into one of the most widespread chronic conditions in the world, last month the National Institutes of Health (NIH) released a task force report that seeks to establish standards for research into chronic low back pain (cLBP).
Brain-Powered Movement Achieved in Patient With Paralysis
July 8, 2014: Researchers at The Ohio State University have successfully engineered an electronic neural bypass system that has allowed an individual who is quadriplegic to move his hand and fingers with his thoughts alone.
Cardiac Rehabilitation More Successful in Men Than Women
July 7, 2014: The benefits of cardiac rehabilitation (CR) are well-established, but men may be benefitting more than women, according to a new study that suggests the differences in improvement may point to a need for modified exercise and counseling programs.
PTJ Editor in Chief Search Begins, New Editor to Start January 2016
July 7, 2014: With Physical Therapy (PTJ) Editor in Chief Rebecca Craik, PT, PhD, FAPTA, in the next-to-last year of her second term, APTA has begun its search for her successor.
CMS Proposed 2015 Fee Schedule Adjusts Payment Rates, Updates PQRS
July 3, 2014: The proposed 2015 Medicare physician fee schedule (PFS) rule released July 3 would result in an estimated 20.9% reduction in payments beginning April 1, 2015, unless congressional action is taken to avert sustainable growth rate (SGR) reductions. If those reductions are avoided, the rule’s aggregate impact on payment is a positive 1% for outpatient physical therapy services.
CMS Issues Proposed Rule on Outpatient Prospective Payment
July 3, 2014: The rule proposed July 3 by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) includes a 2.1% increase in payment rates for 2015 under the outpatient prospective payment system (OPPS) and changes to hospital admissions requirements.
A Revolutionary Way to Have Family Fun
July 3, 2014: The 4th of July weekend is a great time for fireworks, overcooked meat, and finally getting around to learning to whistle the piccolo part to "The Stars and Stripes Forever," but it's also the perfect time for families to get active—and possibly win a Fitbit, courtesy of APTA and its Section on Pediatrics.
Early Career Dues Discount Program Extended Through 2018
July 3, 2014: As if new graduates need another reason to make sure they renew their APTA membership every year, eligible early-career physical therapists (PTs) and physical therapist assistants (PTAs) will continue to benefit from reduced APTA dues under a program that provides discounted rates for members up to 4 years after graduation.
July 10 DCoE Webinar Focuses on Concussion and Football Helmets
July 2, 2014: Physical therapists (PTs) and physical therapist assistants (PTAs) can gain insight into the effectiveness of equipment in reducing concussion incidence while getting information on the pathophysiology of the injury through a free webinar from the US Department of Defense Centers of Excellence (DCoE).
Log 'N Blog: Get Happy—and Help Physical Therapy
July 2, 2014: Want to feel really good about yourself? Help physical therapy research by documenting those activities in the Foundation for Physical Therapy's Log 'n Blog campaign.
CMS 2015 Home Health Payment Proposal Estimates .3% Net Decrease, Requires Reassessments Every 14 Days
July 2, 2014: Estimating a net decrease of .3% to home health agencies for next year, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released its proposed rule for the Home Health Prospective Payment System (HH PPS) for 2015.
New Michigan Law Means All 51 US Jurisdictions Allow Direct Access to PTs
July 1, 2014: The people of Michigan are better off—and the physical therapy profession has reached an important milestone—now that legislation has been signed into law allowing allow patients in Michigan to go directly to a physical therapist (PT) for evaluation and treatment without a physician’s referral.
2015 NEXT Proposal Deadline July 14
July 1, 2014: APTA members have until July 14 to submit proposals for sessions at the 2015 NEXT Conference and Exposition, set for June 3–6 at National Harbor, Maryland, near Washington DC.
APTA Comments on SNF, IRF, IPPS Proposed Rules Now Available
July 1, 2014: Skilled nursing facilities (SNFs), inpatient rehabilitation facilities (IRFs), and prospective payment systems for acute and long-term care are the subjects of newly available APTA comments on proposed rules from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).
A Map to Everywhere: PT in Motion Looks at Patient and Client Advocacy
July 1, 2014: For physical therapists (PTs) and physical therapist assistants (PTAs), patient and client advocacy is all over the map. And that's a good thing.
One Third of All TKAs Labeled 'Inappropriate'
June 30, 2014: More than one-third of total knee arthroplasties (TKAs) in the US could be "inappropriate," according to a new study whose lead author is a Catherine Worthingham Fellow.
Postacute Care Legislation Would Lead to Improvements in Standardization
June 30, 2014: Recently introduced legislation to standardize data used across postacute care settings is expected to move quickly through Congress, with a final vote likely to be held this summer. APTA has been working to influence this legislation and will continue to monitor its progress.
Where It's At: Study Says Physical Therapy Charges 40% – 60% Higher in Hospital Outpatient Departments Than Freestanding Clinics
June 27, 2014: A new report comparing some common tests, procedures, and treatments has found that hospital outpatient departments (HOPDs) consistently charge more than community-based settings for the same services.
Postacute Care Legislation Introduced
June 27, 2014: Congress will be turning its attention to postacute care in Medicare with the introduction of the Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation (IMPACT) Act in both the US House of Representatives and Senate this week.
Foundation Receives Major Donation from Paris, Laureate Education
June 26, 2014: When he's not attempting to sail around the world, Stanley Paris, PT, PhD, FAPTA, FAAOMPT, is busy making a world of difference—this time, by donating $500,000 to the Foundation for Physical Therapy (Foundation).
Medicare's Newest Fraud Prevention Tool is Paying Off
June 26, 2014: The use of predictive analytics—the same kind of technology credit card companies use to spot questionable spending activities—has enabled the US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to recover or prevent more than $210 million in improper payments in 2013.
Docs Need to Get Up To Speed on Physical Activity, Nutrition
June 25, 2014: America's physicians aren't educating their patients on weight, diet, and physical activity because America's physicians aren't themselves educated on weight, diet, and physical activity.
TBI Reauthorization Bill Approved by House
June 25, 2014: Prospects are good that government-sponsored research and data collection on traumatic brain injury (TBI) will continue now that the US House of Representatives has passed the TBI Reauthorization Act (H.R. 1098).
Rehabilitation Research Back in Advocacy Spotlight
June 25, 2014: Physical therapy researchers returned to Capitol Hill June 24-25 to advocate on behalf of rehabilitation research funding, and to press for passage of a Senate bill that would better coordinate these efforts within the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
EHR and Patient Safety: A Real Danger, Even for Experienced Users
June 24, 2014: When it comes to electronic health records (EHRs) and patient safety, experience might be a great teacher, but it doesn't guarantee straight-A performance. <br />
Award-Winning Privacy Notices Available
June 24, 2014: Physical therapists (PTs) have an opportunity to get the latest on notices of privacy practices, and find out how to install and customize award-winning open-source models for their own use.
Specialist Certification Exam Applications Due July 1 and 31
June 24, 2014: Application deadlines for the 2015 Board-Certified Clinical Specialist examinations are coming up in early or late July, depending on the specialty.
Too Many Questions Could Decrease Value of Patient Surveys of Physical Therapy
June 23, 2014: When it comes to getting an accurate take on patient experience with physical therapy, it may be a matter of the less asked, the better.
Consumer Group Voices Opposition to Unnecessary Tests
June 23, 2014: Is that advertised offer of a low-cost screening for stroke risk and heart disease good public health outreach or an "unethical" exercise in "fear mongering?" According to a consumer group that issued strongly worded letters to 20 hospital systems, the answer is clear—and hospitals need to put a stop to it.
2014 APTA Component Award Winners Recognized
June 23, 2014: Real-world innovation and excellence in support of the physical therapy profession were on display when APTA announced this year's component awards. Recognitions took place at the Component Leadership Meeting on June 8 in Charlotte, North Carolina.
WCPT Accepting Award Nominations
June 20, 2014: Feel like yelling from the rooftops to tell the world about an outstanding physical therapist (PT)? Come down. There's a safer way.
Oncologists Say AMEN to Conversations With Patients Hoping for a Miracle
June 20, 2014: Physical therapists (PTs) who find themselves the bearer of disappointing news for their patients and clients may want to take a cue from the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center, whose oncologists are using a new tool that helps them navigate conversations with patients counting on a miracle to turn a bad prognosis around.
Foundation Announces $250,500 in Scholarships, Fellowship Awards
June 20, 2014: Sixteen physical therapists (PTs) will receive a combined total of $250,500 in scholarships and 1 fellowship from the Foundation for Physical Therapy (Foundation) through the Promotion of Doctoral Studies (PODS) I and II programs, and the New Investigator Fellowship Training Initiative (NIFTI).
MedPAC June Report Subject of Congressional Subcomittee Hearing
June 19, 2014: Though it contains no formal recommendations, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission's (MedPAC) June report describes the commission's exploration into the possibility of future changes in several areas, including the idea of paying the same rates to inpatient rehabilitation facilities (IRFs) as are paid to skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) for some types of postacute care.
Burwell Pressed to Expand Payment for Telehealth
June 19, 2014: The newly confirmed Secretary of Health and Human Services can put another item on her "to do" list—changing Medicare payment policy to allow for accountable care organizations (ACOs) to receive payment for telehealth and remote patient monitoring—including physical therapy.
BioMed Journal Focuses on Physical Therapy
June 19, 2014: A recent issue of BioMed Research International is entirely devoted to role of physical therapy in the treatment of chronic wounds, cancer-related lymphedema, and urinary incontinence, with an accompanying editorial stating that "well-documented, promising, and inexpensive methods for physical therapy are necessary" in order to respond to these "common and costly" problems.
US Health Care Most Expensive, Least Effective Among Wealthy Nations
June 18, 2014: The news is, there's no news: once again, the United States ranks first among industrialized nations in health care spending but lands near the bottom on most health care outcomes, and winds up in last place overall.<br /><br />
'Rock Doc' Gets 6 Years for Medicare Fraud Involving 'Physical Therapy'
June 18, 2014: The so-called "Rock Doc" who pleaded guilty to defrauding Medicare of $2.6 million through bogus physical therapy services has been sentenced to 6 years in prison.
6K Steps a Day Linked to Better Function in Individuals With Knee OA
June 18, 2014: Walking 6,000 steps a day can significantly reduce the risk of functional limitation among people with or at risk of knee osteoarthritis (OA), according to a new study.
Nearly 10% of Americans Have Diabetes; 25% of Them Don't Know It
June 17, 2014: Diabetes rates continue to rise at an "alarming" rate, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which reports that in 2012, the disease was the 7th leading cause of death in the US with a cost of $245 billion in medical expenses and lost work.
Health Data Breaches Affect 31.7 Million
June 17, 2014: It's not exactly the kind of milestone they make greeting cards for: last week, the US Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) "wall of shame" listings of large-scale health IT data breaches passed the 1,000 mark. The breaches affected 31.7 million people in the US, a number equivalent to 1 in every 10 Americans.
Taking It to the Streets: Enhancing Local Physical Activity Efforts
June 17, 2014: Finding ways to advance physical activity through local action will be the subject of an upcoming free webinar from the National Physical Activity Plan (NPAP) Alliance.
Webinars on PT Clinical Education Vision Ready for Your Input
June 16, 2014: The first in a series of webinars aimed at getting broad input on a shared vision for physical therapist clinical education are coming soon, and the organizations responsible for the initiative are hoping for broad participation from all stakeholders in physical therapy.
PT Helps Make the World 'A Different Place' With Role in Brain-Controlled Exoskeleton
June 13, 2014: Call it a "brain-mediated technology breakthrough." Call it a "significant paradigm shift." Call it "an elongation of the continuum of movement." The bottom line is this: on Thursday, June 12, 2014, a young man who has paraplegia stood up, walked, and kicked a ball—all by way of an exoskeleton solely controlled by his brain. No joystick, no outside controller, just his own mind.
PT-PTA Teamwork Highlighted in Video Series
June 12, 2014: A collection of short videos from APTA makes it clear that tales of a dynamic duo's success aren't just found in comic books and Fred Astaire movies—they're the stuff of real-world practice relationships among physical therapists (PTs) and physical therapist assistants (PTAs).<br /><br />
Large-Scale Trial Links Activity to Lowered Risk of Mobility Loss
June 11, 2014: In what its authors call "the largest and longest duration randomized trial of physical activity in older persons," a new study asserts that a carefully structured, moderate physical activity program can reduce risk of losing the ability to walk without assistance.
Registry to Move Ahead Through APTA Collaboration With Quintiles
June 10, 2014: The largest, most comprehensive electronic repository for physical therapy outcomes is ready to move from planning to reality with the announcement of a collaboration between APTA and Durham, North Carolina-based Quintiles.
HHS Lays Out Vision for Health Care IT
June 10, 2014: By 2024, health care consumers will access, manage, and share their own health care data with multiple providers through a "seamless" set of technologies; primary care providers will access patient genetic information and research on medication efficacy to pinpoint the best treatments for individual patients; and all participants in the health care system—including patients—will contribute to a massive body of data that can be used to further research.
APTA 2014 House of Delegates Election Results Announced
<p>June 9, 2014: The following members were elected to APTA's Board of Directors and Nominating Committee Monday night at the House of Delegates (House) in Charlotte, North Carolina.</p>
Challenge Gets Families Moving Together
June 9, 2014: For families looking for ways to stay active together, summer just got more challenging—in a fun way, that is. With prizes.
Jump in Knee Replacement Surgeries Linked to Rise in Obesity Rate
June 9, 2014: The rate of total knee arthroplasty (TKA) in adults has surpassed the rate of total hip arthroplasties (THA) over the past 20 years, and researchers believe overweight and obesity is the reason.
Burwell Confirmed for HHS
June 6, 2014: Sylvia Matthews Burwell, former director of the US Office of Management and Budget (OMB), has been confirmed by the Senate to take over as Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
PTs in the ED: New Resources Available
June 6, 2014: A new set of resources on the APTA website can help physical therapists (PTs) make the case for the PT's role in an emergency department (ED) and gain a better understanding of the skills required to make that role effective.
PTs' Role in Joint Pain Management Highlighted in Letter to Editor
June 6, 2014: A recent Harvard Medical School newsletter article on nonsurgical approaches to joint pain came up short on information about the physical therapist's (PT) role, and APTA weighed in to provide a more complete picture
NIH Backs $4.5 Billion Brain Research Project
June 6, 2014: A "moon shot initiative" to uncover the mysteries of brain function received significant support from the US National Institutes of Health (NIH), which is recommending that the project be funded to the tune of $4.5 billion over the next 12 years.
Wanted: PT Perspectives on Clinical Education
<p>June 5, 2014: A sweeping multiorganizational effort to create a shared vision for physical therapist clinical education has arrived at a turning point and is now reaching out to the profession for input.</p> <p></p> <p></p>
What You Don't Know Can Hurt You: Get the Latest From APTA on Fraud, Abuse, and Waste
June 5, 2014: Avoiding risk is easier when you understand what the dangers are, and where they exist. A new resource from APTA helps physical therapists (PTs) do just that by taking a careful look at fraud, abuse, and waste.
$70 Million Falls Prevention Study Launched
June 5, 2014: A $30 million, 5-year project will use large-scale clinical trials to create a "cohesive intervention" for falls reduction. The project, announced by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), will study over 6,000 adults 75 and older in 10 trial sites across the country.
International Physical Therapy Congress Gearing Up for 2015 Event
June 5, 2014: It may be almost a year away, but now's the time to start preparing for the next World Confederation of Physical Therapy (WCPT) Congress, May 2015 in Singapore.
Apple Announces System to Coordinate Health Apps
June 4, 2014: Apple has announced that a new suite of in-device software coming to its next operating system (iOS8) will allow users' health data to be coordinated between separate health-related apps, making it possible to create a customizable health data dashboard that could be shared with health care providers.
Exercise By Any Other Name Just a Bit Sweeter, According to Study
June 4, 2014: According to a recently published open access article in Marketing Letters, men and women who think a physical activity program is meant to be "fun" and not "exercise" tend to make healthier after-activity food choices.
GAO Report on Self-Referral and Physical Therapy Adds to Evidence Questioning the Practice – Joint Congressional Statement
June 3, 2014: The Government Accountability Office (GAO) report on self-referral in physical therapy released June 2 shows that there "does appear to be a relationship between self-referring providers and the overall number of individuals referred for physical therapy," according to a joint Congressional statement issued soon after the report was made public.
New Centralized Pain Research Database Launched
June 3, 2014: A new interagency database is offering 1-stop information on a wide range of government-supported research on pain.
GAO Analysis of Physical Therapy Self-Referrals Lacks 'Definitive Conclusions'
<p>June 2, 2014: A long-awaited report from the US General Accountability Office (GAO) on physician self-referral in physical therapy is short on "definitive conclusions" and overlooks many of the realities of physical therapist practice and patient populations, according to a recent statement from APTA.</p>
Direct Access to PTs Now a Reality in Oklahoma
<p>June 2, 2014: Oklahomans now have direct access to evaluation and treatment by physical therapists (PTs). On May 23, Oklahoma Gov Mary Fallin signed HB 1020, which allows patients to be evaluated and treated by a PT for 30 days without a referral from a physician or other provider. Previously, state law required a physician referral for any kind of treatment, though PTs were allowed to provide an evaluation without a referral. The new law takes effect November 1, 2014.</p>
Obesity Goes Global
<p>June 2, 2014: When it comes to rates of obesity, the world isn't so small after all.</p>
Your NEXT Photos Could Make It to Print
May 30, 2014: Picture this: your photographs published in PT in Motion magazine.
Summaries of New CMS Rules Now Available
May 30, 2014: APTA members now have access to summaries of the latest proposed rules from the US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).
APTA Participates in White House Concussion Summit
May 29, 2014: Need confirmation of physical therapy's role in education, prevention and treatment of concussion in youth sports? Would an invitation from the White House do?
Help Identify Physical Therapy's 'Top 5' Unnecessary Procedures
May 29, 2014: This week, all APTA members were invited to participate in a survey that will help the association identify the "top 5 things physical therapists (PTs) and patients should question," for consideration to be included in the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation's "Choosing Wisely" campaign.
Focus on Specific Interventions May Limit New Study Questioning Effectiveness of Physical Therapy on Hip OA
May 29, 2014: A new study comparing physical therapy with a sham procedure in the treatment of hip osteoarthritis pain and disability contains some interesting findings—and some notable limitations.
UnitedHealthcare Announces FLR Requirements Starting August 1
May 29, 2014: UnitedHealthcare announced in its May bulletin that the Medicare outpatient therapy functional reporting requirement would apply to UnitedHealthcare Medicare Advantage plans beginning August 1 (the announcement can be found on page 46 of the bulletin).
Wikipedia Medical Information Popular But Often Wrong
May 28, 2014: When it comes to medical information, Wikipedia's popularity may be exceeded only by its inaccuracy.
Move Forward Radio Calls for Patient Stories
May 28, 2014: Physical therapists watch incredible patient success stories unfold every day. Now it’s time to share those stories with a wider audience.
PTNow Blog: Are We There Yet?
May 28, 2014: When it comes to drawing inferences for clinical practice, research design can really be an obstacle. That's the issue explored in the most recent PTNow blog post.
FLR Processing Fixes May Decrease Rejections
May 27, 2014: The US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has implemented several fixes that should decrease the number of rejections in the processing of functional limitation reporting (FLR) claims.
WHPA: To Grow Worldwide, Professional Regulation Needs to Be Responsive
May 27, 2014: As health care professional regulation's prominence increases worldwide, regulatory models will need to develop in ways that are sensitive to regional differences and changes in the overall health care landscape.
VA Will Use More Private Care to Reduce Delays
May 27, 2014: In an effort to respond to criticism that the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has subjected veterans to excessive and potentially deadly waits for care, the VA has announced that it will increase veteran access to private hospitals and clinics.
Move Forward Radio Discusses ACL Injury Prevention in Youth Athletes
May 23, 2014: The latest episode of APTA’s Move Forward Radio includes advice to help youth athletes avoid an increasingly common injury: anterior crucial ligament (ACL) tears.
Initiative to 'Re-Align' Care Debuts
May 23, 2014: A new initiative to develop a new model of care for older adults with complex chronic conditions will focus on a "realignment" toward patient-defined treatment goals.
'Magic Wand' Could Be the Future of Diabetic Foot Ulcer Treatment
May 23, 2014: A wandlike device and a system that delivers a localized dose of antibiotics could be the next phase in the treatment of diabetic foot ulcers. Both methods are now entering human trial stage, according to an article in Medscape news (free registration required to view story).
First Case of MERS Transmission Inside US Reported; APTA Offers MERS Resources
May 22, 2014: The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced last week that the first reported transmission of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) in the US occurred between an Illinois resident who contracted the virus from the man who had the first reported case in the US. APTA’s new webpage provides resources on the disease and the latest recommendations on precautions against spreading the infection.
Scientific Statement: Exercise Crucial in Stroke Recovery
May 21, 2014: When it comes to patients poststroke, physical activity and exercise is simply good medicine that needs to be prescribed for all survivors, according to a scientific statement recently released by the American Heart Association (AHA) and the American Stroke Association (ASA).
Major League Baseball Will Investigate Rise in UCL Tears, Possible Link to Youth Sports
May 20, 2014: With Major League Baseball (MLB) on track to see a record number of pitchers undergoing Tommy John surgery for ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) injuries, experts are beginning to investigate the reasons behind the "epidemic"—including the possibility that more intensive youth sports are a major contributor to the problem.
New APTA Resource Focuses on Minimalist Running Debate
May 20, 2014: Barefoot and minimalist running is getting attention again, and APTA now offers resources for runners who want to get the latest information on the benefits and risks of this trend.
Wasteful Care in Medicare 'Substantial and Widespread'
May 19, 2014: Medicare beneficiaries "commonly" undergo tests and procedures that are of little benefit and could cost the system more than $8 billion a year, according to authors of a new study of 1.36 million beneficiaries.
New CMS Rules Target Consumers, Quality Reporting
May19, 2014: The US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released a final rule on Exchange and Insurance Market Standards for 2015 and beyond that the agency claims is "aimed at giving consumers additional tools to evaluate their options and find plans that best meet their needs and budget."
PTNow Blog: Come and Get It
May 19, 2014: In direct violation of the "what happens in Vegas" edict, the current PTNow blog is revisiting a popular giveaway from the 2014 Combined Sections Meeting (CSM): a handy "at a glance" reference on functional limitation reporting g-codes and severity modifiers.
New PT in Motion to be Revealed June 1
May 16, 2014: In just 2 weeks, APTA members will receive the premier issue of the redesigned PT in Motion magazine.
Gala Tickets Still Available – But Not for Long
May 16, 2014: Ask Cinderella—missing out on a party is a drag. Fortunately if you act before May 21, there's still a chance for you to get in on the fun without having to rely on spells with limited shelf life doled out by fairy godmothers.
Stem Cells Restore Movement to Mice With MS-Like Symptoms
May 16, 2014: Although far too early to know if the treatment will be effective on humans, researchers have been able to restore movement to mice disabled by a multiple sclerosis (MS)-like condition by using human stem cell transplants.
Abstract Reviewers Needed for International Congress
May 16, 2014: ATPA members have a unique opportunity to help shape the content of the largest international physical therapy conference.
MoveForwardPT.com Adds ‘Inspired’ Resources
May 16, 2014: Parents looking for fun, easy-to-implement play activities that can help their children develop can now find them at MoveForwardPT.com thanks to a new partnership with The Inspired Treehouse, a collaborative venture founded by a pediatric physical therapist (PT) and 2 occupational therapists.
Big Insurance Companies Will Release Data in 2015
May 15, 2014: Three of the largest commercial health insurance companies in the US will be sharing price data to provide consumers with a "transparent and comprehensive destination to make more informed choices about health care," according to the creator of a new online database.
CDC Webinar on Activity for Adults With Disability Includes PT Perspective
May 15, 2014: On the heels of a US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that stresses the importance of physical activity in the lives of people with disabilities, the agency is offering a webinar to help health care providers learn how to effectively deliver this information to patients—and part of that learning will include a physical therapist's perspective.
View Highlights of Membership Matters Week
May 15, 2014: There are dozens of reasons to be an APTA member. Need proof? Check out highlights from APTA’s Membership Matters Week, including photos and social media posts from members across the country.
Webinar Looks at Clinical Decision-Making in Home Health
May 14, 2014: Physical therapists (PTs), physical therapist assistants (PTAs), and other health care providers can get the latest insights on clinical decision-making and the use of valid outcomes and measures in the home health environment through a free webinar being offered on May 21.
All VA Medical Centers to Undergo Audits
May 14, 2014: In advance of congressional testimony set to begin this week, US Veterans Affairs Secretary Erik Shinseki has announced that his agency will conduct "face-to-face" audits of all Veterans Affairs (VA) medical centers across the country.
Second US MERS Case Results in Quarantines, 1 Hospitalization
May 14, 2014: The second reported case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) in the US has surfaced at an Orlando, Florida, hospital and has prompted a quarantine of 19 health care workers and hospitalization of another after the employees came into contact with the infected individual.
New American Diabetes Association Patient Resource Available for Free to PTs, PTAs
May 13, 2014: Physical therapists (PTs) and physical therapist assistants (PTAs) have access to a new free resource for patients and clients recently diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, courtesy of the American Diabetes Association (ADA).
Innovative Physical Therapy Models Vie for Support at Workshop
May 13, 2014: How do you bolster widespread replication of promising models of health care delivery across the country? Feed them to the sharks.
Concussion Symptoms For Children May Change Over Time, Include Emotional Elements
May 13, 2014: Children who experience concussions may find some symptoms fading relatively quickly while others emerge later in a progression that authors of a new study believe should inform how these children are cared for at home and school.
'Luke Skywalker' Arm Approved by FDA
May 12, 2014: A robotic prosthetic arm that can allow users to perform a range of activities from manipulating keys to power tools has been approved for use by the US Food and Drug Administration.
APTA Launches Redesigned Consumer Website
May 9, 2014: Consumers looking for information about treatment by a physical therapist will now have an easier time finding it.
PTNow Blog: New Podcast Focuses on Realities of Putting Evidence Into Practice
May 9, 2014: Putting evidence into practice isn't as simple as handing out a couple journal articles at an in-service training, according to Susan Perry, PT, DPT, NCS. It takes time, follow-up, and a few "clinical champions" who are in it for the long haul.
Watch for the New PT in Motion
May 9, 2014: APTA members are in for a surprise come June 1: a completely redesigned PT in Motion magazine that's more lively, readable and valuable to physical therapists (PTs), physical therapists assistants (PTAs), and students.
NEXT Advance Registration Discounts End May 14
May 9, 2014: Beware the ides of May—because if you haven't registered for the NEXT Conference and Exposition by the day before, you'll have missed out on saving some money.<br />
Family Physician Use of LBP Risk Stratification Could Improve Timely Referrals to PTs
May 8, 2014: Research from the United Kingdom asserts that family physicians' use of risk-stratified care for low back pain (LBP) has produced "significant improvements in patient disability outcomes" through the application of a system first studied in physical therapist services.
South Carolina Circuit Court Upholds Ban on Physician Referral for Profit
May 8, 2014: In the latest chapter in a decade-long battle in South Carolina over the issue of physician-owned physical therapy services (POPTS), a circuit court on April 22 granted summary judgment (.pdf) in favor of the South Carolina Board of Physical Therapy Examiners (SCBPTE) and the South Carolina Chapter of APTA (SCAPTA).
WHO: MERS Likely No More Transmissible Than Before, Still a Serious Illness
May 8, 2014: The uptick in Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) cases that caught US media attention when the first case was reported in the United States is most likely the result of seasonal changes, and not due to an increase in transmissibility of the disease, according the United Nations' World Health Organization (WHO).
Log 'N Blog Still Accepting New Participants
May 7, 2014: Proud of that last run you took? Feeling good about that fantastic biking session the other day? Don't keep your accomplishment to yourself—log it, and help physical therapy research while you're at it.
CDC: Inactivity Can Increase Risk of Chronic Illness by 50% in Adults With Disabilities
May 7, 2014: Adults with disabilities who are physically inactive are 50% more likely to have chronic disease than their physically active counterparts, according to a new report from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that urges better patient education.
Lower Health Care Increases for Adults 65 and Up May Be Linked to Shift to Home-Based Care
May 6, 2014: In an overall spending picture researchers describe as "relatively stable" between 2002 and 2010, health care spending among adults 65 and older grew at a rate lower than all other age groups studied—a slowdown partly attributed to a Medicaid shift away from institutional care settings and toward home-based care.
WHO Issues Polio Alert
May 6, 2014: Not long after reaching a milestone in its campaign to eradicate polio worldwide, the World Health Organization (WHO) has declared a global health emergency and is warning of new outbreaks of the disease.
Arthritis a 'Significant' Factor in Falls Injury, Rates
May 5, 2015: Adults with arthritis are injured in falls at a rate 2.5 times higher than for those without the disease, according to a new report from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which described this "growing public health problem" as one that can best be addressed through a falls prevention approach that "involves exercise or physical therapy."
Tell It Like It Is – Or Isn't
May 5, 2014: Physical therapists (PTs) and physical therapist assistants (PTAs) attending APTA's NEXT Conference and Exposition June 11–14 in Charlotte, North Carolina, have an opportunity to tell the world what physical therapy is—and what it is not.
CMS Says ICD-10 Will Begin October 1, 2015
May 2, 2014: Without much fanfare, the US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced that use of the International Classification of Diseases, 10th revision (ICD 10) will begin on October 1, 2015—the soonest possible date allowed in a law passed by Congress earlier this year.
CMS Releases Report on Alternative Payment Systems for Outpatient Therapy
May 2, 2014: A long-awaited set of reports on outpatient therapy payment alternatives has been released by the US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).
Proposed CMS 2015 Payment Rules for Inpatient Rehabilitation Include 2.2% Increase
May 2, 2014: Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities (IRFs) will receive an additional $160 million in 2015, according to policy updates recently released by the US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).
Clinical Instructor Input Wanted on Clinical Reasoning Skills
May 2, 2014: The American Council of Academic Physical Therapy (ACAPT) is taking a close look at clinical reasoning skills in physical therapist doctoral education programs and needs to hear from clinical instructors.
CMS Releases Proposed SNF Payment Rules, Report on Alternative Payment Systems
May 2, 2014: Medicare payments to skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) will increase by $750 million in 2015, according to the US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), which recently released a proposed payment and policy update.
First-Round Innovation 2.0 Project Descriptions Posted
May 2, 2014: APTA has posted full descriptions of the 21 promising and innovative models for physical therapy care that will be explored at APTA headquarters May 8 – 9 as part of the association's Innovation 2.0 initiative.
APTA Among First Nonphysician Groups to Partner in Choosing Wisely Campaign
May 1, 2014: The American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Foundation has announced that APTA will be among the first 3 nonphysician provider organizations to partner later this year in a high-profile national campaign to educate consumers on making informed health care choices.
Arizona: Dry Needling Now Included in PT Scope
May 1, 2014: Arizona now specifically includes dry needling in the physical therapist (PT) scope of practice. The legislation was signed into law by Gov Jan Brewer on April 25.
PT in Motion: Women's Health PTs Taking the Pelvic Floor 'Out of Isolation'
May 1, 2014: Putting evidence into practice requires hard work, creativity, critical insight, and willingness to approach information with an open mind—exactly the qualities demonstrated by members of APTA's Section on Women's Health featured in the most recent issue of PT In Motion, the association's member magazine.
Experimental Muscle Regrowth Procedure Involves Physical Therapy
May 1, 2014: An experimental approach that uses material from pig bladders to grow new muscle is showing some early promise for victims of volumetric muscle loss, but the success of the procedure depends on physical therapy that begins soon after surgery.
PTNow Blog: Since When Is Patient Education Not Physical Therapy?
May 1, 2014: According to recent stories in major media outlets, physical therapy "may not help whiplash pain" or may be no more effective than "just one exercise education session." According to the latest blog post in PTNow, recent stories are missing the point.
Proposed CMS Rules for Hospitals Would Cut Payments, Institute Function and Mobility Measures
May 1, 2014: A $241 million reduction in payments to acute-care hospitals and a slight payment increase (.8%) for long-term-care hospitals (LTCH) are among the proposed Medicare payment and policy changes for hospitals issued by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
APTA Says NYT Article Identifies Areas of Concern, But Doesn't Tell Full Story
April 30, 2014: The New York Times published an APTA letter to the editor about an article on the recent release of extensive Medicare payment information.
Good News Hard to Find In Physical Activity Report Card
April 30, 2014: Think a 1.5 GPA will get you on the honor roll? Neither does the National Physical Activity Plan Alliance, whose recently released Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth (.pdf) paints a fairly dismal picture of the state of exercise among kids.
APTA Board: 'Scope of Practice' Defined and Association Role Clarified
April 30, 2014: The physical therapy scope of practice does encompass the relationship of professional, jurisdictional, and personal scope of practice, but it is not a laundry list of activities.
Party Like It's 2014: Virtual NEXT Offers Viewing Party Option
April 30, 2014: APTA's upcoming NEXT Conference and Exposition June 11 – 14 will have an online version—Virtual NEXT 2014—that will allow members to participate in this cutting-edge conference from their home or office.
APTA Board: Board Approves Pilot and Education Initiatives for New Payment System
April 29, 2014: APTA’s next steps in overhauling the flawed payment system for physical therapist services include a 2014 pilot program to investigate the impact of APTA’s proposed model and a 2015 campaign to educate members on new payment systems in health care.
Board of Directors: Board to Submit Bylaws Proposals to 2015 House on PTA Role, Vote
April 29, 2014: In what some Board members described as a "maturation" of the relationship between physical therapist assistants (PTAs) and association governance, the APTA Board of Directors voted to bring bylaw amendments to the 2015 House of Delegates that would enable chapters to allow PTAs to serve as delegates in the House, grant PTAs a full vote at the component level, and enable PTAs to run for non-officer Board of Directors positions.
Muscle-Rebuilding Drugs Being Tested
April 29, 2014: A new wave of myostatin drugs in or nearing clinical-stage testing could make a significant impact on the ability to build muscle in patients who are elderly or suffering from muscle-wasting diseases, according to a recent article in the Wall Street Journal.
Board of Directors: PT Outcomes Registry Gearing Up for 2015 Launch
April 28, 2014: Though its pilot test will be delayed until June because of changes to the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS), the APTA Physical Therapy Outcomes Registry (PTOR) is becoming more of a reality each day, with workflows, sample data entry screens, and staff ready or nearly ready to proceed.
APTA Board: First Quarter Strategic Plan Report Shows Progress
April 28, 2014: An accounting of activities and achievements shared with the Board of Directors at its most recent meeting adds up to one bottom line: solid gains in each of APTA's goals around effectiveness of care, patient and client-centered care across the lifespan, professional excellence, and value and accountability.
AAP Says Neuromuscular Training Could Lower Risk of ACL Injury in Adolescent Athletes
April 28, 2014: A new clinical report from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) asserts that the continued rise in anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries in adolescent athletes could be partially countered by neuromuscular training to "preprogram" safer movement patterns before an injury occurs.
Vitamin D May Not Improve Falls Risk After All, Says New Study
April 25, 2014: A new study is challenging widely made assertions that vitamin D supplements decrease falls risk, particularly in community-dwelling adults over 65.
Laptop Stolen From Physical Therapy Center Results in $1.7 Million HIPAA Fine
April 25, 2014: An unencrypted laptop stolen from a Missouri physical therapy center has resulted in a $1.7 million fine against the center's owners.
Coming Soon to a District Near You: Lots of Advocacy Opportunities
April 25, 2014: Some of the best opportunities for physical therapy advocacy don't happen on Capitol Hill, but on a legislator's home turf—and now is a great time to prepare by requesting a meeting, and maybe even shooting your own patient or client video, according to the APTA advocacy team.
New NICU Resources Available
April 25, 2014: The latest addition to the APTA website helps to provide physical therapists (PTs) with resources on physical therapy in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), the source of medical care for more than 3% of all infants born in the US.
FDA Issues Warning on Common Off-Label Neck, Back Pain Treatment
April 24, 2014: The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a warning (.pdf) about the dangers of administering epidural injections of corticosteroids to relieve neck and back pain.
AHA/ASA Initiative Improves Outcomes for Patients With Stroke
April 23, 2014: A multifaceted initiative from the American Heart Association (AHA) and the American Stroke Association (ASA) has generated marked improvements in the rate of patients suffering a stroke who receive a critical drug within an all-important treatment window.
PTs On Top of the World: Nepal Conference Set for November
April 23, 2014: If you've ever felt like shouting the benefits of physical therapy from the highest mountain, now's your chance: the Nepal Physiotherapy Association (NPA) has opened registrations for its seventh international conference, to be held in Kathmandu, Nepal, in the Himalayan mountains, November 21-22, 2014.
Blum Resigns From CMS
April 22, 2014: Jonathan Blum, principal deputy administrator for the US Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), has resigned his position effective May 16, according to an alert from Modern Healthcare.
Tablets: The Future of Care Coordination in Home Health?
April 22, 2014: It may not be a 1-size-fits-all solution, but least 1 fairly large home health care agency thinks it may have hit upon the technology that can best coordinate care, reduce costs, and minimize privacy concerns: the 7-inch mobile tablet.
Interprofessionalism: Jargon vs Practice
April 22, 2014: Peruse articles on the future of health care, and you're likely to read plenty of references to "interprofessionalism" and how it will become central to effective delivery. But have we agreed on what the word means? And if we can manage to agree on a definition, do we know how to apply it to real-world situations?
US Diabetes Rates Double in 20 Years, Diagnosis Rates Improve
April 21, 2014: The "staggering" increase in obesity rates among Americans is the most likely reason behind a near-doubling in the prevalence of diabetes over the past 20 years, according to a new study, which also found "striking differences" in diabetes rates among minorities.
Professionalism Across Disciplines Subject of Panel Discussion
April 18, 2014: What is professionalism, exactly? Part of a person's character? A set of learned behaviors? In a health care environment that demands increased levels of interprofessional collaboration, how important is it that individual providers understand professionalism across disciplines?<br />
Foundation Now Accepting Grant and Scholarship Applications
April 18, 2014: The Foundation for Physical Therapy now is accepting applications for the 2014 Florence P. Kendall Doctoral Scholarships and the 2014 Research Grants.
Study: Rethink Benefits of Antihypertensive Meds vs Risk of Serious Falls
April 17, 2014: For adults over 70, could the risk of falls due to the effects of antihypertensive medications outweigh the risks of not taking those medications?
Marquette Challenge Deadline Coming Soon
April 16, 2014: Either you're on The List, or you're not on The List. And you definitely want to be on The List.
New Standards for Residency and Fellowship Program Accreditation Announced
April 15, 2014: Physical therapist (PT) residency and fellowship education programs enrolling their first participants after December 31 will be required to follow new standards for American Board for Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education (ABTRFE) accreditation.
'2 Midnights' Rule Subject of Lawsuit
April 15: The enforcement delay for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' (CMS) "2 midnights" rule has apparently left an opening for a legal attack. This week, the American Hospital Association (AHA) announced that it has filed 2 lawsuits against the US Department of Health and Human Services challenging the rule as "wholly arbitrary," according to an AHA press release (.pdf).
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.
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