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Massive CMS data release could be misleading
PT in Motion
With the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' release of provider payment data now completed, media attention is turning to discussions of what the data really mean and the American Medical Association is facilitating the discussions by way of media guidelines and a Web page that explains how the data could be easily misinterpreted.
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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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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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Massive CMS data release could be misleading
PT in Motion
With the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' release of provider payment data now completed, media attention is turning to discussions of what the data really mean and the American Medical Association is facilitating the discussions by way of media guidelines and a webpage that explains how the data could be easily misinterpreted.

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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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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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Treadmill aims to 'inoculate' older adults against falls
PT Products
Dr. Clive Pai, a professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago, is developing a computerized treadmill program that can be used by physical therapy professionals to prevent falls and fall-related injuries in older adults. Pai was awarded a five-year, $1 million grant from the National Institute on Aging to develop the program. The professor, who has been studying falls for more than 20 years, believes people can be trained relatively quickly and easily how not to fall.
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10 things physical therapists need to know about CrossFit, Part 1
PutMeBackTogether.com
Daniel Pope writes, "I field emails every day with questions about CrossFit injuries. The biggest complaint I hear from these individuals about other physical therapists is that they don't understand CrossFit. Obviously, understanding what you're trying to send your patients back to and what they'll have to be capable of performing is going to be critically important in the rehab process. As such, here is part one of the 10 things that physical therapists should know about CrossFit."
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In surprise move, CMS announces Medicare Advantage pay increase
By Pamela Lewis Dolan
After proposing in February a 1.9 percent cut in reimbursement to insurers in the Medicare Advantage program, Medicare made a surprise announcement and said there would, instead, be a 0.4 percent increase. This is the second year Medicare has reversed proposed cuts despite a provision in the Affordable Care Act to bring pay parity between traditional Medicare and Medicare Advantage. The decision came as a surprise, especially to insurance industry leaders who were pushing for rates to remain unchanged.
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Webinar: Defining Skilled Maintenance Therapy and Minimizing Denials
APTA
Join Lynn Steffes and James Dunleavy from 2-3 p.m. EDT April 24 for "Defining Skilled Maintenance Therapy and Minimizing Denials," a webinar. Anita Bemis-Dougherty and Roshunda Drummond-Dye will discuss the Medicare manual provisions, as well as provide clinical and regulatory insight on how to properly treat patients under the Medicare skilled maintenance benefit, while minimizing risk of denials from Medicare administrative contractors.
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The importance of collections: Avoid writing off copays
By Heidi Jannenga
Today, copays are the norm, and they're only becoming more costly. To top it off, many insurance plans have large deductibles that patients must meet before insurance will pay for anything. While it's obvious that these increased copays and deductibles put a burden on patients, they also burden physical therapy practices. How? Many practices don't have the procedures in place for effective fee collection from patients — especially not in person. Instead, they're willing to simply write off cash collections when the patient doesn't pay.
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How to select the right ICD-10 code in 3 easy steps
WebPT
Previously, WebPT showed you how to find the correct ICD-10 equivalent of an ICD-9 code; discussed tips for coding pain and injuries; and provided you with a list of common therapy-specific codes. Now, let's talk about how to navigate the alphanumeric coding labyrinth known as ICD-10 from patient diagnosis to final code submission. With more than 68,000 codes to wade through, identifying the correct one might seem a bit like finding a needle in a haystack. And while there are definitely instances in which the code selection process could get a bit gnarly, most of the time you should be able to arrive at the right code in these three basic steps.
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