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SCAPTA bylaw amendments
SCAPTA
Bylaws amendments were voted on and passed at the SCAPTA Annual Membership Meeting March 29. The following changes in the bylaws will be incorporated into the bylaws posted on the SCAPTA website.
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Lowcountry District Social
SCAPTA
When: 5:30 p.m. April 16

Where: Biergarten, 549 E. Bay St., Charleston

If you have questions or to RSVP, please contact Dave Ravnikar.



Upstate District SCAPTA Social Night
SCAPTA
You are cordially invited to the Upstate District SCAPTA Social Night, 6:30-9 p.m. May 9. Five dollars for those who RSVP by May 1; $10 at the door.
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Obama signs Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014
National Government Services
On April 1, President Barack Obama signed into law the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014. This new law prevents a scheduled payment reduction for physicians and other practitioners who treat Medicare patients from taking effect April 1. The new law extends several expiring provisions of law. We have included Medicare billing and claims processing information associated with the new legislation. Please note that these provisions do not reflect all of the Medicare provisions in the new law and more information about other provisions will be forthcoming.
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SCAPTA bylaw amendments
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Bylaws amendments were voted on and passed at the SCAPTA Annual Membership Meeting March 29. The following changes in the bylaws will be incorporated into the bylaws posted on the SCAPTA website.

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How to incorporate the 5 senses into your PT practice
PutMeBackTogether.com
Harrison Vaughan writes, "There has been some hype lately about incorporating five senses into product design and marketing. So why not incorporate that in our physical therapy practice? I look at it simply as multisensory stimulation and it does seem to make sense. I am sure everyone has had a very positive experience in regards to this concept whether you know it or not."

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SCAPTA election results
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The Nominating Committee would like to extend our sincere appreciation to all of the candidates willing to serve our association and run for office at the 2014 Annual Conference held in Charleston at the Medical University of South Carolina.  The "meet the candidates" session was well attended, informative and exciting for all to meet the future and current leaders of our professions.

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New tool enables healthcare professionals to conduct security risk assessment
PT Products
The U.S. Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology is now offering a free tool to enable physical therapists and other healthcare professionals to conduct HIPAA security risk assessments. The American Physical Therapy Association reports that the ONC is offering a downloadable Security Risk Assessment Tool that was developed in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights and the Office for the General Counsel.
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'The wind on my legs': Stimulator helps paralyzed men move again
NBC News
VideoBriefFour men paralyzed after bad spinal cord injuries can all move their legs again, thanks to an electrical stimulator. Astonished researchers say they'd hoped for some result but nothing like what they got. They think the stimulator is retraining the mens' nerves to work with the brain again, despite the terrible damage.
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ICD-10: Fact or fiction
By Charlotte Bohnett
As with any major change, the rumor mill churns at a mighty pace. With all the hearsay, telephone games and disbursement of misinformation, it's easy for the myths to swallow the truth. No worries, though. We're here to sort the fact from the fiction when it comes to the latest information on ICD-10. The first bit of fiction is that coders will spend an overwhelming amount of time dealing with external cause codes.
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Empowering patients to take an active learning role in therapy
Advance for Physical Therapy & Rehab Medicine
Physical therapists find themselves involved in many roles throughout their careers, including a significant teaching role. This includes teaching fieldwork students, patients, family member, physicians, teachers and many other people involved in the care of others. Multimedia learning is a school of thought that has been used in the education field for many years. It has only been enhanced with the new available technologies many of us enjoy. The multimedia learning concept uses the cognitive theory of sensory memory, working memory and long-term memory in employing the best learning techniques for students.
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Educational sessions as effective as physiotherapy for chronic whiplash pain
2 Minute Medicine
The pain and debilitation caused by a whiplash injury may persist over a period of months to years, long after the initial treatment. The current recommended approach consists of multiple intense physiotherapy sessions. Previous studies of acute whiplash injuries have demonstrated that intensive physiotherapy sessions may be no more beneficial than a single educational session. In the current study, the investigators were able to replicate this finding across a group of chronic whiplash patients. The study found that the intensive rounds of physical therapy offered little additional benefit when compared with the advice alone.
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6 power foods for therapy professionals
PutMeBackTogether.com
One of the most important parts of our everyday living is eating. The selection of food we eat is very important since this is the single source of energy and nutrition. And as therapy professionals, if you don't take care of yourself, you won't be able to take care of others. You are your first patient. So what are the right kinds of food to eat? These six healthy food selections will give your brain and body energy throughout the day.
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FDA says health IT should be regulated according to 'functionality'
PT in Motion
A recently released report from the Food and Drug Administration proposes regulating health management health information technology based on where and how the IT product is used and not on platforms or product names and descriptions. APTA provided comments on a draft version of the report, which sets the stage for a more nuanced approach to how the government may regulate health IT applications ranging from billing software to robotic surgical control.
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