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SCAPTA 2014 Annual Conference
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The SCAPTA 2014 Annual Conference is coming March 28-30 to Charleston. Registration is now open.



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Upstate District SCAPTA Social Night
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You are cordially invited to the Upstate District SCAPTA Social Night, 6:30-9 p.m. May 9. $5 for those who RSVP by May 1; $10 at the door.
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APTA Virtual Career Fair
APTA
Jump start your job search by attending APTA's Virtual Career Fair from 1-4 p.m. April 1. This live, online event is a great way for you to engage directly with employers, from your home, office or anywhere with a computer. You can participate for as long as you wish, chatting online with recruiters from large and small physical therapy providers, discussing your background and experience and their current and future career opportunities.
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Tax tips for therapy professionals: Deduct educational expenses
PutMeBackTogether.com
If you're a therapy professional, you know that it's important to ensure you are up-to-date with new therapy techniques, approaches or diagnostics for the disorders you treat. This will help you become a better clinician. If you've paid for any of your therapy education, hopefully you have saved the receipts. You can deduct these expenses from your taxes. Tax incentives for education, combined with professional learning, are a win-win situation.
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SCAPTA 2014 Annual Conference
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The SCAPTA 2014 Annual Conference is coming March 28-30 to Charleston. Registration is now open.

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Bylaws update
SCAPTA
The Bylaws Committee under direction of the board of directors, moves that we amend Article XII: Finance to reflect an increase in dues for Physical therapist members and Physical Therapy Assistant members as reflected in the following.

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5 ways the Affordable Care Act is impacting PTs
By Brooke Andrus
Ever since the federal government got the ball rolling on healthcare reform legislation — aka the Affordable Care Act — it has been a hot topic of conversation among providers and consumers alike. For the last few years, discussions about the effects of the new healthcare law were purely speculative. But now that the ACA go-live date has come and gone, a clearer picture of its impact — particularly in the realm of outpatient physical therapy — is starting to emerge. Here's a breakdown of how the new healthcare law is affecting therapists.

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Health matters: Physical therapy technology
KARK-TV
Physical therapy can often times be a difficult process both for the patient and therapist. However, Arkansas' Baptist Health Medical Center is turning to technology to make things easier. Physical therapist Beth Kilver is setting her patients up for success. With the help of the body weight support trainer, a harness is attached to the patient making it easier for them to move.
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Rating sites becoming an important tool for patients
By Pamela Lewis Dolan
Despite physicians' dislike of online rating sites, a survey finds patients are increasingly relying on them when shopping for a new doctor. A survey conducted by researchers at the University of Michigan Medical School found that when choosing a doctor, physician rating sites weren't ranked as high as other factors such as word of mouth from family and friends or whether a physician accepts the patient's insurance. But there is evidence the rating sites have become an important tool. And use of them is likely to continue growing.
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Physical therapists work to address post traumatic stress disorder among veterans
Advance for Physical Therapy & Rehab Medicine
The troops are coming home from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Physical therapists who treat military personnel continue to help those who have served in these conflicts. Some military personnel have suffered major injuries that involve loss of limbs and burns. While others have a less visible but an all too real injury known as post traumatic stress disorder. Physical therapists have an important role to play in treating this devastating disorder.
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Study: Physical therapy as effective as surgery for treatment of rotator cuff tears
Physical Therapy Products
A recent study from Finland shows that physical therapy alone produces results equal to arthroscopic surgery and open surgical repair in the treatment of non-traumatic rotator cuff tears. The research was built around treatment of 173 patients aged 55 years and older with supraspinatus tendon tears.
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Physical therapy vision far from blurry
PT in Motion
APTA's vision of "Transforming society by optimizing movement to improve the human experience" is certainly broad, definitely ambitious, possibly a little daunting—and very much about the realities of physical therapy. In the March issue of the APTA member magazine, author Chris Hayhurst dives into the implications of the vision statement adopted by the association in 2013 and shares perspectives on what it will take for physical therapists to truly transform society.
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29th Annual Advances on the Knee, Shoulder and Sports Medicine Conference
Cincinnati Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center
VideoBrief 29th Annual Advances on the Knee, Shoulder and Sports Medicine Conference May 25-28 at the Westin Resort on Hilton Head Island. Earn 30.25 CEUs. Our internationally recognized multidisciplinary faculty will share their experiences, research and outcomes to stimulate you to rethink your approach to many musculoskeletal challenges. Visit the website for detailed program, additional information and registration, or contact Debbie Hartwig at 513-794-8461.
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