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Midlands update
SCAPTA
The April 13 meeting was a success. SCAPTA President Gretchen Seif did a great job discussing new documentation changes and APTA updates. Open floor discussions brought up acute care issues that many had not heard before. There were 38 in attendance, five of whom were nonmembers and five were students. The next meeting date is yet to be determined, so stay tuned for more details.
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Health Care Reform: Implementation Progress Report webinar
APTA
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will be implemented over the next decade and will provide coverage for up to 95 percent of all Americans and attempt to improve quality, access, lower costs and reshape the healthcare workforce. What does healthcare reform mean for physical therapy practice, payment and professional issues? Will physical therapy survive or thrive in a reformed healthcare system? How will clinicians, business owners, rehabilitation managers and patients navigate this changing healthcare system? This free-for-members webinar will help you answer these questions and understand the changes that are affecting our profession.
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SCAPTA remembers beloved physical therapist
SCAPTA
Margot Strauss Freudenberg of Charleston, South Carolina died April 8 at the age of 105 at her residence. She held South Carolina physical therapy license number five and for many years was the only physical therapist in Charleston. In addition to her professional duties, she was a tireless volunteer for community nonprofits. It was through her diligence and leadership that the first American Cancer Society Hope Lodge in the United States opened in 1970 in Charleston. Hope Lodges serves as a home-away-from-home for those who travel to receive outpatient treatment for cancer along with family members or caregivers.
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J11 Medical Affairs Department revises the Outpatient Physical Therapy Coverage Determination
Palmetto GBA
Under CMS National Coverage Policy removed the following two citations: CMS Internet-Only Manual, Pub 100-02, Medicare Benefit Policy Manual, Chapter 8, §§20.4.5, 20.5 and CMS Manual System, Pub 100-02, Medicare Benefit Policy, Transmittal 163, dated November 30, 2012, Change Request 8005. Added the following citations: CMS Manual System, Pub 100-04, Medicare Claims Processing Manual, Chapter 5, §§20.B as the section changed to 20.1 and CMS Manual System, Pub 100-04, Medicare Benefit Policy, Transmittal 2622, dated December 21, 2012, Change Request 8005. Documentation Requirements moved to Associated Information and under #4 added verbiage regarding the "Functional reporting uses non-payable G-codes and related modifiers."
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Connolly (RAC) posting of Therapy Manual Medical Review
SCAPTA
Section 603 of the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 Act contains a number of Medicare provisions affecting the outpatient therapy caps and manual medical review threshold. The statutory Medicare Part B outpatient therapy cap for Occupational Therapy is $1,900 for 2013, and the combined cap for Physical Therapy and Speech-Language Pathology Services is also $1,900 for 2013. Exceptions to the therapy cap are allowed for reasonable and necessary therapy services. The therapy cap applies to all Part B outpatient therapy settings and providers including the following.
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Midlands update
SCAPTA
The April 13 meeting was a success. SCAPTA President Gretchen Seif did a great job discussing new documentation changes and APTA updates. Open floor discussions brought up acute care issues that many had not heard before. There were 38 in attendance, five of whom were nonmembers and five were students. The next meeting date is yet to be determined, so stay tuned for more details.

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Management of Lumbar Spine Dysfunction with Manual Physical Therapy
SCAPTA
Presented by Timothy J. Crunk, D.P.T., P.T., M.S., O.C.S., C.F.M.T., F.A.A.O.M.P.T., Management of Lumbar Spine Dysfunction with Manual Physical Therapy provides therapists with the tools to safely and effectively perform a biomechanical examination and develop a comprehensive treatment plan for the patient with lumbar spine dysfunction.

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Electrical stimulation could zap the need for some physical therapy
WESA-FM
A study completed at Forbes Regional Hospital in Monroeville, Pa., could lead to physical therapy sessions being replaced with a device patients would use at home. The study was done to see if electrical muscle stimulation, or EMS, is as effective as standard physical therapy in helping patients recover from joint replacement surgery.

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EMRs help keep practices current, legal
TodayinPT
Rapid changes and new regulations in healthcare — especially Medicare's functional limitation reporting — make electronic health records increasingly relevant for physical therapists. According to PTs who work with EHR and documentation software providers, adapting a system can be tough but it can make the paperwork less painful. Under the Physician Quality Reporting System, PTs in private practice who bill Medicare for outpatient physical therapy treatments can receive a 0.5 percent bonus payment in 2013 and 2014 for properly reporting quality measures. Starting in 2015, eligible professionals who do not report these measures will have their payments adjusted lower.
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Boston Marathon and physical therapists
Evidence in Motion
Dr. Selena Horner writes, "I was shocked, horrified and saddened by what happened at the Boston Marathon finish line. The level of physical and emotional trauma that occurred to so many individuals will be addressed by many of us in a variety of settings. Are we ready? Are we ready on a variety of levels? Do we, as civilian physical therapists understand blast related injuries and why/how they occur? The news focus has been on the high amount of amputations. What isn't being stated yet is the likelihood of brain injury."
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Finding the business niche for your private physical therapy practice
PutMeBackTogether.com
Defining a business niche of your own is just as important for a private physical therapy practice as it is for any business. The challenge is finding the right niche to fit your skills, experience and needs of patients. Not sure where to get started? Follow these tips.
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Helpful tips to avoid HIPAA violations in social media
Dental Health Magazine
Some practices are allowing HIPAA regulations to keep them from taking advantage of social media platforms such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest, Foursquare and blogging. But if you're having second thoughts about engaging with your potential patients on social media networks, you can be sure that your competition is way ahead of you. Take a look at these tips that will help ensure that you avoid HIPAA violations.
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Reforming the payment system for outpatient physical therapy services
PT Talker
APTA has been working on a plan to reform payment for outpatient physical therapy services to enhance quality of care, recognize and promote clinical judgment and communicate the value of physical therapy services. To achieve these goals, APTA has developed a proposed payment model for outpatient services. The alternative payment system is now known as the physical therapy classification and payment system.
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