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Save the Date for SCAPTA's Inaugural Moving Forward 5K Race
Held by the South Carolina chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association (SCAPTA) to celebrate October National Physical Therapy Month and benefitting SCAPTA and partial proceeds towards Charleston's Achieving Wheelchair Equality (AWE).
Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015
James Island County Park in Charleston, S.C.
Achieving Wheelchair Equality is a Charleston, S.C., organization that serves the wheelchair using community and mobility impaired population in order to become involved, productive members. They educate and increase awareness to others about accessible resources in our environment for those with mobility impairments whether it be with daily activities with peer support and direct services including building ramps or in participation in recreational activities such as the Lowcountry Wheelchair Sports including and not limited to basketball, tennis, racing with hand cycling, swimming, triathletes, and more!
Watch this page for more information regarding sponsorship opportunities and registration.
Doctors: We need to delay ICD-10 again
By Scott E. Rupp
This whole ICD-10 delay thing continues to bear some fruit, and there's still quite a bit of steam behind the effort. With rumors swirling that congressional leaders are finally ready to take action this year, many providers may not be sharing the joy, nor are they looking to celebrate. Healthcare Informatics recently commissioned a survey through QuantiaMD, and the results are not (ICD-10) friendly. Doctors are not backing down in their distaste for the mandate.
Senators scrap plan to insure 194,000 working poor in South Carolina
Senate budget writers recently scuttled a proposal to create a program that would have used federal and state dollars to pay for private health insurance for almost 200,000 South Carolinians.
But the proposal will re-emerge within two weeks as standalone legislation, said state Sen. Joel Lourie, D-Richland.
Legislation introduced in both chambers aims to improve rehabilitation research
PT in Motion
Significant improvements to research on rehabilitation — a longstanding policy priority for APTA, and an important element in accomplishing the association's transformative vision — are at the center of proposed bipartisan legislation on Capitol Hill that aims to foster and better coordinate this type of research at the National Institutes of Health.
Bundle up: Why payment bundling could pay big for PTs
If you need to get into a cold swimming pool, it's usually better — and more painless — to just dive right in. When it comes to adopting a new payment model, on the other hand, it's usually smarter — and less risky — to take the plunge one chilling step at a time. Health care is moving toward a value-based payment environment; there's no question about that. But for providers who've been marching to the tune of fee-for-service payment since, well, forever, doing a hard about-face could prove extremely challenging — if not downright impossible. That's why some forward-thinking physical therapists and practice owners — like Rob Worth, PT, DPT, OCS, ATC/L, president and co-owner of Wisconsin-based Advanced Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine — have embraced the so-called "gateway" value-based payment model as a way of gently easing themselves into the pay-for-performance pool: bundled payments.
PT Pal app aims to make tracking therapeutic exercises easy
Today in PT
When Naveen Khan injured her back and needed three years of physical therapy, she wasn't a very compliant patient. Her own experience led her to develop PT Pal, an app that prompts compliance and helps educate patients via drawings, videos and instructions sent from the therapist.
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Physical therapy for infertility
More than a million women in the U.S. have problems with fertility, according to the latest data by the Centers for Disease Control. While many of them turn to surgery or in vitro fertilization, there is another option that doesn't require surgery or medication.
PTs in the ED: Australian study supports role of PTs as primary patient contact in certain cases
PT in Motion
A new study from Australia has found that when physical therapists serve as a primary patient contact in emergency departments, use of imaging and patient length of stay drop — all without an increase in adverse events.
Study: Stretching won't prevent tendon injuries
Tendon injuries are common in sports, and there are many schools of thought on how to avoid them. But a new analysis of past research finds that stretching doesn't help and might even raise the risk of injury for some.
Shock absorbing insoles, and hormone replacement therapy for postmenopausal women, on the other hand, did offer protection for some, the researchers found.
Study: Physical therapy equals surgery for certain lower back pain
HealthDay News via U.S. News & World Report
Physical therapy may be just as good as surgery for older adults with a type of chronic lower back pain, new research suggests.
Standard treatments for lumbar spinal stenosis — a painful, often disabling narrowing of the spinal canal — are an operation known as surgical decompression or physical therapy.
But physical therapy is much less invasive and less risky than surgery.
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