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2013 SCAPTA election results
SCAPTA
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 2013 Annual Conference held in Myrtle Beach. The candidate Q & A session was well attended, informative and exciting for all to meet the future and current leaders of our profession. The election results are as follows.
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SCAPTA Awards announced
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SCAPTA is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2012 SCAPTA Awards. Categories include the Butch Buchanan Clinical Excellence Award for a Physical Therapist, the Chris Junkins Clinical Excellence Award for Physical Therapist Assistant, the Emily Cate Award and the Outstanding Student of the Year Award.
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Motivation Inc. courses
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There are several Motivations Inc. courses available in April and May. They range in topics from turning technology into treatment activities and tightening our grip of spasticity after stroke.
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2013 SCAPTA election results
SCAPTA
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 2013 Annual Conference held in Myrtle Beach. The candidate Q&A session was well attended, informative and exciting for all to meet the future and current leaders of our professions. The election results are as follows.

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Top iPad apps for physical therapists
PutMeBackTogether.com
With the use of the tablet becoming increasingly more popular in therapy facilities and hospitals, we thought we would share some of our favorite Ipad apps for physical and occupational therapists. All of these apps are available for purchase through your iTunes account or App Store on your device.

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Direct PT evaluation now in all 50 states and Washington, DC
PTinMotion
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence signed HB 1034, giving Indiana residents direct access to evaluation and treatment by a physical therapist without a physician referral. Prior to passage of the new law, a referral was required for all physical therapist services, both evaluation and treatment. Enactment of HB 1034 means that all 50 states and the District of Columbia now have direct access to evaluation and 48 states and the District of Columbia, including Indiana, have some level of direct access to treatment.

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8 tips to create an attractive layout for a therapy blog
PutMeBackTogether.com
The BBC reported that every Web writer has only nine seconds to quickly get the audience's attention. For therapy professionals who share their passion through writing, how do you attract the audience in such a short period of time? If nine seconds is all that you have, the content of your therapy blog is not what's going to bring them in. Put yourself in the position of a visitor and think about these points.
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Amputation: Making the decision and living with it
By Denise A. Valenti
On April 15, bombs took lives and changed lives in Boston. Many runners had already crossed the finish line of the Boston Marathon when two bombs exploded killing three people and injuring hundreds. At least 16 of those hospitalized had one limb amputated and others had both legs amputated. For some the decision to remove a limb was obvious and immediate. But for others, the process was more complex. To dance, to run, to walk and to get on with their lives are goals of these injured, as well as the hundreds physically harmed by the bomb event.
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PA facility amps up physical therapy with virtual games
The Tribune-Review
Sometimes physical therapy can be fun. Residents at Country Meadows of South Hills Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Bridgeville, Pa., often seem to forget that they are rehabbing when they use the OmniVR virtual rehabilitation system. Made by Accelerated Care Plus, it features 20 games that can be adjusted to the needs of a specific resident, such as endurance, range of motion or cognitive skills.
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Mahir Reiss: New bill makes physical therapy more accessible
Marketwire via SYS-CON
Mahir Reiss, a San Diego physical therapist, is speaking out on new legislation that would change the way physical therapy operates in the state of Louisiana. Currently, an individual who is interested in receiving physical therapy must first get a referral from a doctor, podiatrist, surgeon, chiropractor or dentist before having the ability to seek treatment from a physical therapist. However, a new bill that is awaiting review from the Committee on Health and Welfare would eliminate this step and allow a person to seek treatment right away.
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CMS clarifies that PTs must use ABN for services not 'reasonable and necessary' that exceed therapy cap
PTinMotion
Guidance issued by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services clarifies that in 2013 physical therapists must issue a valid Advanced Beneficiary Notice to patients to collect out-of-pocket payment from Medicare beneficiaries when Medicare deems services "not reasonable and necessary" after the therapy cap is exceeded. The CMS FAQ reinforces that "If the ABN isn't issued when it is required and Medicare doesn't pay the claim, the provider/supplier will be liable for the charges."
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