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Early bird registration and hotels discounts for the SCAPTA Annual Conference ends in April
SCAPTA
Learn all about this year's Annual Conference in Myrtle Beach, May 3-5. Click here to learn about exhibitor opportunities, educational programs offering 10 contact hours, volunteer opportunities and more.
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SCAPTA nominations still being accepted
SCAPTA
There is still time to serve SCAPTA. Nominations for candidates have been extended to March 15. The 2013 elections will be held at the Annual Conference for several positions including president-elect and treasurer.
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District updates
SCAPTA

Midlands District SCAPTA Meeting
Monday, March 18
Topic: Moore Orthopedic is presenting another Grand Rounds educational event on the hip. This is a unique opportunity to see how MDs, PTs, and ATCs can work as a team for the greater good of patient care.
Contact: Bob Carpenter PT, ATC, CSCS
bob@healthquestpt.org

The Midland District had 18 therapists attend the Feb. 19 lecture/lab on "Pelvic Floor Involvement in the Orthopedic Population." Thank you to Jenna Sires PT, DPT, and Jessica Powley PT, DPT, for presenting this topic. These two ladies did an outstanding job!

On April 9 Gretchen Seif, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT, will be coming to the Midlands District to discuss current documentation changes for all physical therapy settings and current happenings with both SCAPTA and APTA. This should be an entertaining and educational evening for all! This meeting will take place at the University of South Carolina.

Upstate District SCAPTA Meeting
Tuesday, April 9
Time: Dinner at 6:45 p.m., meeting at 7 p.m.
Location: Village at Pelham, MOB, Community Room 2755 S Hwy 14, Greer, South Carolina
Speaker: Tom Denninger, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT
Topic: Dry Needling
Sponsor: Sportsclub
RSVP: Trudy trudy_messer@bshsi.org or Holly holly@ssi-physicaltherapy.com by 5 p.m. on Friday, April 5.
Cost: One free CEU for SCAPTA members, $10 for non-members

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CMS issues interim instructions for Manual Medical Review Process for 2013
SCAPTA
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services issued interim guidance on how the manual medical review process will be implemented in 2013 for outpatient therapy claims that exceed $3,700. For 2013, CMS has replaced the prior approval process with prepayment review, at least for the interim.
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Federal affairs update
SCAPTA
With everything going on in Washington, D.C., there are several federal regulatory updates and congressional updates that you should be aware of. Click here for a list of important updates.
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Palmetto GBA issues Therapy Cap Manual Medical Review Instructions for 2012 and 2013
Janet M Shelley PT, DPT
Until CMS provides further instructions, all therapy claims that are suspended for manual medical review above the $3,700 threshold will be subject to prepayment medical review. Once a claim is received that has outpatient therapy services that exceed the $3700 threshold, the claim will suspend and the provider will receive an additional development request (ADR).

The ADR letter will request medical documentation to demonstrate the medical necessity for additional outpatient therapy services over the threshold. Once the documentation is received, it will be reviewed by the medical review department nursing staff and a decision on the processing of the claim will be made. Once that decision is made, the claim will adjudicate according to that decision.

Please do not submit claims for prior authorization since it is no longer required.

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Functional limitation reporting updates
SCAPTA
The APTA staff has received updates and clarifications from Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. This includes additional information on Transmittals 2622 and 165.
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Responding to exercise deficit disorder in youth
Pediatric Physical Therapy Journal
The decline and disinterest in regular physical activity among contemporary youth have created an immediate need to identify and treat these youngsters before they become resistant to our interventions. If pediatric physical therapists want to become advocates for children's health and wellness, there is a need to address limitations in the physical therapist professional curriculum, educate families on the benefits of wellness programming and initiate preventive strategies that identify youth who are inactive, promote daily physical activity and encourage healthy lifestyle choices.
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Exhibitors: Get noticed!
SCAPTA
Becoming a conference sponsor signifies you are committed to developing your brand recognition to physical therapy educators and Practitioners.We are committed to providing you with the greatest opportunity for face-to-face interaction through proven brand integration opportunities.
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5 ways to maximize your manual and physical therapy practice
PutMeBackTogether.com
The role of a physical therapist is to assist patients in preventing disability and achieving pain relief. A PT works hand in hand with the patient to reach this goal and if you have started your own physical therapy practice, these ways will help you maximize your practice.
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New features for J11 providers
SCAPTA
In case you did not see these messages in our list-serv, we have implemented two new important features for J11 providers in our Online Provider Services portal: e-offset and e-check. These new features should help our providers and your members tremendously. The e-offset feature will ensure a speedy response to a request for offset and provides confirmation that the offset request has been made by the service provider.
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28th Annual Advances on the Knee, Shoulder and Sports Medicine Conference
Cincinnati Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center
In it's 28th year, the conference will be held May 26-29 at the Westin Resort on Hilton Head Island, S.C. Attendees will have the opportunity to earn 31 CEUs. Our internationally recognized, multi-disciplinary faculty will share their experiences, research, and outcomes to stimulate you to re-think your approach to many musculoskeletal challenges.
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Serve on a SCAPTA committee
SCAPTA
The South Carolina Chapter prides itself on providing leadership opportunities for you. As an active member not only with the chapter, but also within the physical therapy profession, you are qualified to help other members benefit from your education, training and experience.
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Certified Educator of Infant Massage training
Infant Massage USA
Infant Massage USA is providing an evidence-based Certified Educator of Infant Massage training April 10-13 in Charleston, S.C. Infant Massage skills encourage parents to be more involved in the care of their baby
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Motivation Inc. courses
SCAPTA
There are several Motivations Inc. courses available in March and April. They range in topics from early interventions activities that work to restoring shoulder rotation before elevation. Click here for more details.

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Physical therapy assistants are in demand
EDU Atlanta via The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
While many recent college graduates are struggling in today's sluggish job market, physical therapy assistants are going straight to work. "We just graduated our fourth class of physical therapy assistants in December," said Stephanie Puffer, program director of the PTA program at Chattahoochee Technical College in Georgia. "All passed their board exams for licensure and all have had job offers. Many have had the luxury of choosing the setting they want."
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