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New SCAPTA website
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Check out the new SCAPTA website, redesigned with your web experience in mind.
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Dry needling course registration now open
Double E PT Education
If you're interested in high quality, lower cost, evidence-based instruction combined with integrating treatment into practice using clinical reasoning skills, register now for Double E PT Education's dry needling courses. Courses in North Carolina will be offered in August and October. A 5 percent discount is offered to three PTs who sign up together; 5 percent discount to all military personnel. Participants will receive 28 CEUs.
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Call for Proposals for 2015 SCAPTA Conference
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The South Carolina Physical Therapy Association is accepting proposals for the 2015 Annual Conference in Greenville. We will be accepting proposals through July 1. Speaking at the SCAPTA Annual Conference is a great opportunity to share your knowledge and enthusiasm.
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How to implement a patient fees collection plan in your practice
By Heidi Jannenga
In a previous article, I discussed the importance of not waiving patient fees. So what to do instead? Develop a system or procedure to collect all patient fees (including copays, deductibles, coinsurance and payment for noncovered services and supplies) at the time of service. This may seem like a lot to take in, but it's business-critical. Implement these steps and eliminate risking your practice or ruining your business. Most importantly, implement these steps to further prove your worth.

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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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Foundation for Physical Therapy is now accepting applications
Foundation for Physical Therapy
The Foundation for Physical Therapy is now accepting applications for the post-professional 2014 Florence P. Kendall Doctoral Scholarship and the 2014 Research Grants. The deadline to apply for any of these opportunities is 12 p.m. EST Aug. 6.
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Is a cash-based physical therapy clinic right for you?
PutMeBackTogether.com
Dwindling reimbursement rates and increased business costs have impacted the profitability of many insurance-based physical therapy practices. Looking at the hassle and paperwork associated with insurance and Medicare reimbursements, it's no wonder that the idea of running a cash-based physical therapy clinic sounds very appealing. However, the challenge of changing from a traditional insurance-based business model to one that accepts only cash for payment keeps most physical therapists from taking this approach.
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How to test ICD-10 internally
WebPT
ICD-10 is coming — as of now, it's slated for 2015. But just because it's been delayed doesn't mean you should delay your testing plans. Here, we'll discuss how to test ICD-10 internally.
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Physical therapists use science to stay healthy on the crag
University of Southern California
Local rock climbers will converge at the newly opened Stronghold Climbing Gym in Los Angeles for professional advice from USC physical therapists on how to keep their bodies in climbing shape for years to come. The goal, according to USC's Jared Vagy and Jason Kutch, isn't just to avoid a fall — it's to climb in a sustainable way that protects the climber's body from the types of injuries that typically plague longtime rock climbers. The outreach is part of their new initiative to bring hard science to the fast-growing sport of rock climbing.
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Pediatric therapists team up to share treatment ideas with parents and teachers
Advance for Physical Therapy & Rehab Medicine
Take a group of creative, energetic occupational and physical therapists with years of experience in pediatrics and you might expect to find them running an outpatient therapy clinic. But Lauren Drobnjak, Pam Braley and Claire Heffron decided to use their passion for children's health and wellness to pursue a different practice setting: the blogosphere. In September 2013, the three therapists teamed up to create The Inspired Treehouse — a popular online collection of tried and true theme-based activities that encourage health, wellness, and development for children of all ages.
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Knee ACL injuries: Psychological factors as important as physical
Liberty Voice
Each year in the U.S., more than 200,000 cases of ACL injuries happen to both recreation and competitive athletes who play agile sports. Even though ACL reconstruction has a 90 percent success rate, there are patients who still opt out to do surgery, who may have a higher chance of re-injuring or suffering from osteoarthritis in the knee than those who choose ACLR. However, surgeons and physical therapists should not just focus on the anatomy and exercise. Dr. Howard Lusk, who is the chief of sports medicine and arthroscopy at Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla, New York, strongly encourage medical professionals and coaches to address the psychological factors of the patients, which are just as important as the physical aspects of knee ACL injuries.
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