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Physical Therapist Workforce and Patient Access Act Reintroduced
Legislation would Include Physical Therapists in the National Health Service Corps Loan Repayment Program; Promoting Increased Access in Underserved Areas

The Physical Therapist Workforce and Patient Access Act (H.R. 2342/S. 1426) was reintroduced in the US House of Representatives by Representatives John Shimkus (R-IL) and Diana DeGette (D-CO), and in the US Senate by Senators John Tester (D-MT) and Roger Wicker (R-MS). H.R. 2342/S. 1426 authorizes physical therapists to participate in the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Loan Repayment Program in order to address the workforce demands of physical therapists and provide increased access to physical therapy services in underserved areas of the country.

The NHSC addresses the health needs of over nine million underserved individuals across the nation. H.R. 2342/S. 1426 would ensure that patients receive access to physical therapy services to meet the needs of both rural and underserved areas. As physical therapist workforce shortages continue to grow, it is essential that physical therapists be added to the list of professions included in the NHSC program to guarantee patient access in underserved communities.

This is just one of the important issues hundreds of APTA members will be advocating for on June 4th at PT Day on Capitol Hill. Stay tuned for more information on how you can advocate for these issues in DC or at home!

Feel free to contact Ken Sprague, at 703-706-8509 or with any questions or comments you may have.
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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
9:00 a.m.
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.

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ICD-10: 5 tips to prepare now before spending a nickel
Medical Practice Insider
Many physicians and practice managers are in a rather precarious scenario when it comes to ICD-10. Should you start allocating resources toward the conversion now, knowing that Congress could alter ICD-10's fate and render those investments a financial loss? And since any further delay at this point looks like a real long shot, exactly how late can you start the project?
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Payment reform is coming: What PTs must do to prepare
When it comes to payment reform, the wheels of change are already in motion. By aligning themselves with the push to reform payment structures and processes to better align with the so-called triple aim—that is, the nationwide push for better access, lower cost, and improved accountability in health care — PTs will set themselves up for success in a world where value will drive the manner in which providers deliver care. However, jumping on the alternative payment model bandwagon doesn't make sense for every practice, and the proposed alternative payment system is still a ways off from implementation. So, what's a forward-thinking PT to do? The good news is that there's plenty you can do now to ensure the evolution of your practice moves with — not against — the currents of payment reform. Here are the biggest action items on your short list of to-dos.
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Work-life balance in healthcare: Realign your priorities
By Catherine Iste
As a healthcare professional, your work requires you to be there for others, but how can you do that effectively if you haven't taken care of yourself? Now that you are acutely aware of where your hours go, it's time to look at what you can do realign your time with your priorities. Lisa Cole, MS, RN, FNP, has spent more than 35 years in the healthcare industry. Through her work, Cole has learned three areas that can help reduce stress now and help you be more present as a caregiver.
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Study finds connection between weak muscles, tension headaches
Duluth News Tribune
Strength training might help prevent tension headaches, or at least reduce their pain, according to a small Danish study. Researchers found that neck and shoulder muscles were up to 26 percent weaker in people with regular tension headaches, compared to those without. They also saw strength imbalances between sets of muscles that hold the head straight.
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Shin splints? Knee pain? It could be weak feet
The Bulletin
When cars act funny, mechanics typically don't blame their owners for driving too much. They look for some internal issue that's out of whack — say, the alignment or the timing belt. The same is true for people. One of the first culprits physical therapists investigate when clients come in with a range of ailments — low back or knee pain, shin splints, to name a few — is their foundation: the feet.
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What if playing a game could help patients recover from injury?
Patients recovering from an injury have a hard time sticking with repetitive physical therapy exercises. What if a video game could help them heal?
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Those extra lace holes: What's all the fuss about?
By Heidi Dawson
A video recently went viral across various social media platforms. It claims to "finally" show us what that extra lace hole at the top of your running shoes is really for. While all serious runners and coaches have known their purpose for years, it appears most recreational runners were unaware. Now it seems everyone is trying the heel-lock (or lace-lock) technique. But should we be? Is this lacing technique suitable for everyone? Or can it cause problems for some people? Let's find out.
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Patient focus: See a physical therapist first for lower back pain
The Hanford Sentinel
Fact: 80 percent of people will experience back pain in their lifetime. Yes, you read that correctly, 80 percent. What if you were told there is a way to recover from your back pain and save money at the same time? Go to physical therapy first. The research supporting going to physical therapy first is growing. A Texas study shows patients benefit from direct access to physical therapy.
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