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Now accepting nominations for SCAPTA Awards
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It is a New Year! A time for good deeds and warm wishes. There are few better feelings than recognition of a job well done. With that in mind: It is time for nominations for all the 2015 SCAPTA Awards! We all know someone worthy of recognition. What better time than now to express our thanks and admiration for jobs well done?
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Please plan to join us for an Upstate District Social!
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When: Thursday, March 19, 2015 — 6-8 pm
Where: Bar Louie's @ Magnolia Park, Greenville
Woodruff Road @ I-85 (near Old Navy/Bed, Bath & Beyond)

No need to RSVP. Bring a friend and join us. Happy hour specials until 7 p.m.

Hope to see you there!

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Earn CEUs at the SCAPTA Annual Conference
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Were you, by chance, scrambling to get enough CEUs this past December? Did you vow not to leave it until the last minute next time? At SCAPTA Annual Conference you can earn up to 13 hours or 1.3 CEUs in just two days. These courses are the some of the latest and greatest offered in South Carolina and are described here but are easily viewed with online registration

Social events, job recruiters and research presentations will round out a great weekend in Greenville, S.C., May 1-2, 2015.

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HAVE YOU HEARD? MUSC has a new Master of Science in Health Informatics (MSHI) program designed to ensure graduates are prepared (a) to select, implement, use, and evaluate healthcare information systems such as electronic health records (EHRs) and data management and analytic systems; (b) to lead organizational efforts in health informatics and IT; and (c) to apply data analytical skills to transform patient care and the care delivery process. Graduates of the program will be prepared to assume positions as data analytics officers, clinical system analysts, health IT project managers, and chief medical/nursing information officers in hospitals, physician practices, and other health care settings.


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Physical therapists see growing demand for experts in musculo-skeletal system
Yakima Herald
Advances in medicine and a changing model of health care delivery have created growing demand for physical therapy in recent years, and those in the industry believe that's only going to increase. As health reform aims to shift the health care industry's payment model away from fee-for-service, where doctors get paid according to how many procedures they do, regardless of outcome, to "value-based purchasing," where providers are paid for keeping patients healthy, physical therapists see an opportunity for their craft, said Jackie Barry, executive director of the Physical Therapy Association of Washington.
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Beware of ICD-10 shortcuts: The case against crosswalking
By Charlotte Bohnett
ICD-10 is inherently more sophisticated and specific than ICD-9, but that doesn't necessarily mean it's more complicated. So, why are healthcare professionals pulling their hair out over the mandatory transition to these new codes? Because learning ICD-10 is like learning a new language. If we were going into this with a clean slate — like a newborn babe — perhaps it wouldn't be so tough to learn the language. Unfortunately, the U.S. healthcare industry has relied on ICD-9 codes for more than 30 years.
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Study explores thoughts among accredited physical therapy schools on pain education
The Medical News
A study published in The Journal of Pain showed that just 2 of 3 accredited physical therapy schools surveyed believe their students receive adequate education in pain management. Researchers from the University of Iowa and Marquette University developed a survey to determine the levels of pain education offered in current doctorate of physical therapy schools in the U.S.
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Researchers: Treadmill performance may help predict risk of death
Physical Therapy Products
Johns Hopkins cardiologists state that they have developed a formula designed to estimate an individual's risk of dying over a decade based upon their ability to exercise on a treadmill at an increasing speed and incline. The formula finds its roots in data analyzed from 58,000 heart stress tests.
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CMS releases 2015 Quality Measures Report
Healio
CMS released the 2015 National Impact Assessment of Quality Measures Report, demonstrating that the nation has made significant progress in improving the health care delivery system to achieve better care, smarter spending and healthier people, the agency announced in a blog post.
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CMS appears ready for ICD-10 — claims submitters, maybe not so much
PT in Motion
If grades were being handed out, the first real test of how well the new ICD-10 system integrates with the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services resulted in a solid B — but the problems that stood in the way of a top score seem to have more to do with the claims submitters than the agencies receiving the claims.
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Manage your time more effectively with these 4 tips
The Globe and Mail
In this world of distraction, it's easy to lose focus on the tasks that bring us sales success. When you're trying to manage multiple things at once, you may find it difficult to manage the hours in your day. So, to ensure that you don't become a victim of lost time, here are a few tips to help keep you on track so you can stay ahead of the clock.
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