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SCAPTA Bylaws amendments
SCAPTA
The Bylaws Committee has work with the board to develop the following bylaws amendments. These will be voted on at the annual meeting on May 4. Bold and italics are additions. Strike-throughs are deletions to the current bylaws.
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Exhibitors: Get noticed!
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Become an exhibitor at the SCAPTA Annual Conference and get noticed by attendees and experts in the field.
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Lawmakers turn to technology to solve South Carolina health problems
The State
South Carolina lawmakers want to expand telemedicine — where doctors treat patients via video conference — because they see it as a potential fix for some of South Carolina's health problems. Telemedicine, they say, offers the chance to give specialized medical care to poor residents in rural areas — people who need it the most but don't have access to it. The South Carolina House of Representatives approved a $22.7 billion budget for the state's fiscal year that starts July 1, that includes $8 million to expand MUSC's telemedicine program.
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Early-bird registration ends April 1
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The early-bird deadline for the SCAPTA Annual Conference closes April 1. Why pay more when you don't have to? Choose one of the three separate 10-hour educational tracks to earn 1 CEU. We also have a course exclusively for students, as well as a career fair.
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SCAPTA Bylaws amendments
SCAPTA
The Bylaws Committee has work with the board to develop the following bylaws amendments. These will be voted on at the annual meeting on May 4. Bold and italics are additions. Strike-throughs are deletions to the current bylaws.

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South Carolina panel approves bill opposing federal healthcare law
The Associated Press via WACH-TV
A House panel has advanced a bill declaring South Carolina's opposition to the federal healthcare law. The measure approved 4-2 along party lines would put Republican lawmakers' well-known opposition into state law. It says no state employee could help enforce provisions of the federal law.

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Torn meniscus treatments: Physical therapy just as good as surgery
The Associated Press via CBS News
A new study that compares physical therapy to knee surgery for torn meniscus' finds that therapy can be just as effective, not to mention cheaper. Results were published online in the New England Journal of Medicine and presented at an American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons conference in Chicago.

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Information for independence: A wealth of resources are just a click away
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AbleData and the National Rehabilitation Information Center offer the most comprehensive collection of information on almost every aspect of disability, including resources, assistive technology, research and support organizations. The best part is that most people can access this information for free. Funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, NARIC and AbleData have served the disability and rehabilitation community for more than 35 years by providing information that is key to full participation for the disability community.
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4 considerations for hiring a Medicare compliance consultant: Credentials
By Charlotte Bohnett and Erica Cohen
Drafting a compliance plan and conducting self-audits are definite must-dos; however, you may eventually find your clinic in a situation that requires absolute expertise. Yes, an in-house compliance officer is ideal, but many small- to mid-sized clinics simply cannot afford to staff someone full-time. Thus, you may want to consider a consultant. Of course, it's crucial you're selective. As is the case with hiring for any position, experience is key.
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RACs to conduct manual medical review of claims subject to therapy cap
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CMS announced that as of April 1, recovery audit contractors will conduct manual medical review of outpatient therapy services, including physical therapy, for outpatient therapy claims that exceed $3,700. In the additional guidance on MMR, CMS said that RACS will complete two types of review for claims processed on or after April 1: Prepayment review for states within the Recovery Audit Prepayment Review Demonstration and immediate post-payment review for the remaining states.
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Stroke patient makes gains in speech, physical therapy with robot
FierceHealthIT
Researchers at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst are touting success in the case of a robot that delivered speech and physical therapy to a 72-year-old male stroke patient. While the child-sized robot might not be the ideal therapist, it could help ease the shortage of workers, especially in rural areas. The study looked at how intervention in one domain, speech, affected that of another: physical therapy.
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