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5 common myths about the ICD-10 transition
With ICD-10 compliance date less than five months away, there is still an abundance of common misconceptions associated to this transition. For providers, these ICD-10 misconceptions can prove extremely costly and damaging to the implementation.
Pam Klugman, chief product officer of Clear Vision Information Systems specifically warns providers to avoid these five common myths about ICD-10.
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Foundation opens Call for Scientific Review Committee Members
Foundation for Physical Therapy
The Foundation for Physical Therapy (Foundation) is accepting nominations from physical therapists interested in serving on the Foundation's Scientific Review Committee (SRC). This elite group of professionals is the peer review arm of the Foundation’s scholarship, fellowship, and grants programs. Members selected to serve on the SRC have significant practice in training pre- and postdoctoral students and mentoring emerging investigators, as well as strong track records of extramural funding and peer review experience at the federal level. Terms are for 3 years beginning January, 2016. Nominations must be submitted no later than August 1. For more information, including a full list of qualifications to serve on the SRC and instructions on submitting a CV, please visit the SRC webpage or contact Rachael Crockett.
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.
Study of muscle mechanics could lead to better running 'blades' for amputees
A researcher at the University of Idaho is studying the muscle interactions of runners to help companies design better prostheses. Craig McGowan, PhD, an assistant professor of biological sciences, along with the help of students is developing a computer simulation that models the interactions of running-specific prostheses, often called "blades," with the body.
Study: Mobilization with movement can make a difference in shoulder impingement
PT in Motion
A new study that attempts to isolate the effectiveness of mobilization with movement (MWM) for unilateral shoulder impingement concludes that the intervention can result in significant reduction in pain compared with a sham intervention. Authors believe that the more realistic use of MWM — not in isolation but as part of a multimodal physical therapy plan — could point to even better results for patients with shoulder impingement syndrome (SIS).
Stretching enhances joint flexibility and strengthens muscle
The Patriot Ledger
Based on study results, it appears that resistance training and stretching exercise are complementary activities that enhance strength development when both activities are performed during a workout.
Study: Resistance as effective as eccentric training for Achilles tendinopathy
PT in Motion
The effectiveness of a loading regimen for treatment of Achilles tendinopathy is well-established, and when it comes to what kind of regimen to use — eccentric training (ECC) or heavy resistance training (HSR) — researchers were surprised to find that both work equally well.
Myofascial release offers whole body healing
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Myofascial release is taught in medical education programs as an effective hands-on approach for many pain syndromes, including those related to: sports injuries, childhood/aging disorders, traumatic and surgical scarring, acute and chronic pain, head and birth injuries, strokes, scoliosis, menstrual and pelvic pain and dysfunction, headaches, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia and jaw dysfunction.
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Survey explores outpatient rehab practice efficiency
Physical Therapy Products
Clinicient Inc, headquartered in Portland, Ore, recently announced the results of an industry survey, designed to investigate how efficiently outpatient rehabilitation practices perform day-to-day activities.
A company news release notes that a total of 759 therapists, practice owners, and administrative staff completed the brand-neutral survey and indicated a widespread industry need for technology and services that improve therapist efficiency.
According to the release, in response to the survey's findings, Clinicient published a free 12-page guide intended to assist physical therapy practices in improving the efficiency of their staff.
Subclinical hyperthyroidism associated with an increased risk of fractures
Today in PT
Subclinical hyperthyroidism was associated with an increased risk for hip and other fractures including those of the spine, according to an analysis that included more than 70,000 participants from 13 studies.
Study: Physical resistance training helps women with polycystic ovary syndrome
Today in PT
Physical resistance training can lead to physical and mental health improvements for women who have polycystic ovary syndrome, according to a recent study. PCOS is a hormonal disorder that affects 5 percent to 10 percent of the female population of fertile age. The condition can cause sexual dysfunction and low self-esteem. Physical resistance training has been shown in past research to improve some body parameters, but its effects on sexual function need more investigation, the researchers wrote in the study background.
4 ICD-10 fears decoded
So much anxiety and uncertainty hover around ICD-10 that the incoming president of the American Medical Association, Steven Stack, says his organization would prefer to skip it altogether. As the Oct. 1 implementation deadline nears, Seyfried examines four commonly held concerns about the coming changes, and explains whether and why they are valid.
Why PTs should approach ACOs with caution
While many ACOs are enjoying success, that hasn't been the case for everyone — especially when it comes to CMS-sponsored programs. As of September 2014, only 19 of the original 32 organizations that joined the Medicare Pioneer Accountable Care Organization program were still involved. Despite the program's total savings of more than $384 million over two years, the economic model didn't work for all participants. Results like those have many healthcare providers nervous about joining ACOs, and with good reason. After all, doing so is a new — and potentially risky — venture. So, how do you know if it's the right move for your clinic?
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