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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.
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Providing health care with the Affordable Care Act
In 2015, we will be coming up on five years of passing the Affordable Care Act (ACA). After five years, we can step back to see a picture of how the law has affected the landscape of health care as providers, and the impact on our clients. There have been positive aspects of the bill, including expansion of Medicaid in most states, coverage of preventable care, and the end to pre-existing conditions. However, these changes have forced the insurers to make changes that negatively impact the consumer.
The insurer is now forced to take more risk that results in higher costs. In order to mitigate that risk, the insurers have responded unfavorably. Some insurers have limited provider participation, increased out-of-pocket costs (i.e. higher co-pays), and narrowed their networks.
The FSBPT is requesting your help regarding dry needling
The Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy has developed a task force of clinicians, instructors and consultants with varied backgrounds in dry needling. This task force will meet with the goal of determining a list of dry needling competencies needed for physical therapists to perform dry needling. As part of this determination they developed a survey to gather info from clinicians currently practicing dry needling.
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?
Researchers testing two physical therapy treatments for plantar fasciitis
Loyola University Medical Center via Medical Xpress
Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain. It involves a band of tissue, called the plantar fascia, that connects the heel bone to the toes. The tissue becomes irritated and inflamed from repeated stress and strain. The pain typically is most severe when taking the first steps in the morning. Loyola University Medical Center is conducting a clinical trial on two physical therapy regimens to treat plantar fasciitis, which causes stabbing heel pain.
Physical therapy can help ICU patients
The intensive care unit is a last frontier for physical therapy: it's hard to exercise patients hooked to ventilators so they can breathe.
Some hospitals do manage to help critically ill patients stand or walk despite being tethered to life support. Now, research that put sick mice on tiny treadmills shows why even a little activity may help speed recovery. It's work that supports more mobility in the ICU.
MRI instead of physical therapy for low back pain leads to $4,793 higher price
The Washington Post
This article summarizes the findings of research that compared health costs for patients with uncomplicated low back pain who were referred to physical therapy with patients referred for advanced imaging.
ACL reconstructed knees likely have higher risk for subsequent meniscal surgery vs contralateral knee
A retrospective study of 3,425 patients who underwent primary ACL reconstruction and had no meniscal pathology at the time of surgery and a normal contralateral knee showed a significantly higher odds of patients later having meniscal surgery on their reconstructed knee compared with their contralateral joint.
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Phone counseling can boost recovery, reduce pain in patients after spinal surgery
The Medical News
Research by Johns Hopkins scientists suggests that having a short series of phone conversations with trained counselors can substantially boost recovery and reduce pain in patients after spinal surgery.
The phone calls, designed to enrich standard pre- and post-operative care by reinforcing the value of sticking with physical therapy and back-strengthening exercise regimens, are a relatively inexpensive and simple intervention that can maximize surgical outcomes for the hundreds of thousands of Americans who undergo spinal surgeries every year, the investigators say.
Why providers seek EHR flexibility standards from CMS
Over the last several years, a multitude of providers have found meaningful use requirements too complex and advanced to reach as quickly as the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services mandates. Specifically, the healthcare industry is calling for more EHR flexibility when integrating these systems.
Due to the large volume of concerns from stakeholders and healthcare providers, CMS did move forward with revising some aspects of the meaningful use requirements. For example, instead of reporting on EHR use in a full calendar year, CMS decided to implement a 90-day reporting period instead.
Experts: 2015 is the year of the healthcare breach
By Scott E. Rupp
Breaches, breaches everywhere. It seems there's no shortage of news about security breaches and their effect on healthcare. In an effort to better paint the picture of breaches in healthcare, Software Advice recently published research focusing on how recent HIPAA breaches, like the cyberattacks at Anthem and Premera Blue Cross, have impacted U.S. patients' trust, treatment and retention. According to the organization, security experts warn that we're in the year of the healthcare hack.
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