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Who is going to Gringo's?
What better way to end a day of CEUs than to socialize with alumni and friends at Gringo's on Friday night. Join us for SCAPTA's Annual Conference on May 1-2 at the Kroc Center in Greenville, S.C. Registration, course information and vendor opportunities can be found at: http://scapta.org/annual-conference. Don't miss this opportunity! See you there.
Now accepting nominations for SCAPTA Awards
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?
Earn CEUs at the SCAPTA Annual Conference
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.
US Census: Median PT earnings nearly $10,000 lower for women than men in 2013
PT in Motion
Women may make up 64 percent of the physical therapist workforce, but in 2013, they earned about 88 percent of what male PTs made, according to the latest data from the U.S. Census Bureau. The report issued on March 16 tracks employment and earnings data across professions, and divides them in to major sectors. The PT pay disparities are smaller than the average for health care professions in general, which combined showed that women make about 70.3 percent of what is paid to men. Data on physical therapist assistants were not included as a distinct line item.
Study: Neck pain can be changed through altered visual feedback
Today in PT
Using virtual reality to misrepresent how far the neck is turned can change pain experiences in individuals who suffer from chronic neck pain, according to new research.
It might seem like a person's experiences of pain stem from some objective, physiological source, but research has shown many factors — including sensory, cognitive and emotional cues — can have a significant influence on if, when and how someone feels pain. These new results suggest altering the visual cues that inform the brain about the body can affect pain.
Risk of secondary meniscal, chondral injuries increases with delayed ACL reconstruction
In pediatric patients, delayed ACL reconstruction increased the risks of secondary meniscal and chondral injuries, according to study results. Results showed lateral and medial meniscal tears had a bivariate association with time to surgery. The researchers found younger age and return to sports activities before surgery were independent risk factors for incidence of lateral meniscal tears, whereas female sex, older age and any episode of instability were independent risk factors for incidence of medial meniscal tears.
Referral to physical therapy lowers care utilization for LBP vs referral for imaging
PT in Motion
A recently published study of patients with new low back pain who received referral from a primary care provider concludes that not only is physical therapy a less expensive next step than advanced imaging, it's an approach that results in lower utilization costs over time.
The benefits of pumping iron in later life
The Wall Street Journal
Research at Tufts University and around the country is finding that it's safe for older adults to train intensely; when they do, they gain significant muscle mass — albeit not as efficiently as a younger person. A healthy person in his or her 60s can gain 2 to 3 pounds of muscle in six months to a year, about half of the gains that a younger person would see with the same workouts, says Roger A. Fielding, a Tufts University School of Medicine professor.
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US regulators tighten requirements on reusable medical devices
U.S. health regulators recently announced strict new recommendations for preventing the transmission of infections from reusable medical devices such at those that have spread "superbug" infections at several hospitals.
A key change is that when manufacturers submit instructions for disinfecting the devices between uses, the Food and Drug Administration will not take the company's word that the instructions work, but will demand proof.
ICD-10 proponents ready to fight any delays linked to 'doc fix'
Proponents of implementing the ICD-10 diagnostic and procedural coding system are vowing not to be ambushed during this year's "doc fix" legislation debate in Washington. A last-minute delay in ICD-10 implementation for 2014 surprisingly was tucked into last year's federal "doc fix" bill.
Don't confuse EHR HIPAA compliance with total HIPAA compliance
Healthcare IT News
Electronic health records systems are revolutionizing the collection and standardization of patient medical information. Never before has it been so easy for healthcare practitioners to have patient information so readily available, allowing for more efficient and accurate care.
Unfortunately, what many organizations today don't realize is, just because their EHR system is compliant with HIPAA security standards, their entity as a whole may not be fully compliant.
Making your practice a 'best' place to work
Every office has something the employees get excited about, whether it's the summer picnic, bring-your-child-to-work day or Taco Tuesday. Creating a strong culture won't happen overnight, but it will happen. Here's why workplace "culture" is so important, and how you can cultivate a great workplace culture at your practice.
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