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Navigating Medicare policy on physical therapy and other services
The New York Times
For years, some people on Medicare had difficulty getting insurance coverage approved for physical therapy, occupational therapy and other treatments. The prevailing approach was that if the therapy was not helping to improve a patient's condition, then it was not eligible for coverage. That is changing, as a result of a 2013 settlement of a lawsuit that the center and others brought against the secretary of the Health and Human Services Department, the parent agency of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which oversees Medicare.
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SC BlueCross Foundation provides more than $2 million in grants statewide
WBTW-TV
The BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina Foundation has awarded more than $2 million in its latest semiannual grant cycle to health care-related organizations serving uninsured and underinsured South Carolinians.
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Aging population presses need for physical therapists
Democrat and Chronicle
Higher demand for physical therapy services will come from aging baby boomers who are staying active later in life, as well as people with mobility issues stemming from chronic conditions such as diabetes or obesity.
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South Carolina ranks in bottom half of states for senior health
The Florence Morning News
South Carolina still has work to do in addressing the needs of seniors, according to a recent research report. The annual America's Health Rankings Senior Report, a report from the UnitedHealth Foundation that assembles data from 12 government agencies, ranked South Carolina 34th in the nation for senior health for the second consecutive year.
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5 simple steps for better management
The U.S. Small Business Administration
Good news: Here's a simple process, five easy steps, to improve your business. It's easy to do. And, if you're not doing something like this already, then this simple addition to your process offers you substantial business improvement.

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Do you want to defend the PT profession in South Carolina?
SCAPTA
As you may know, SCAPTA has been quite active legislatively and legally for the last few years. We have been and continue to be successful in defending our practice act from legislative attacks from physician groups. Recently, we have had another victory in the courts on a case that would prohibited the ability of physical therapists to operate group practices, as well as to employ PTAs. However the court found in our favor while maintaining the state's ban on PTs working for physician owned groups.

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3 tips for self-managing Patello-Femoral Pain Syndrome
PutMeBackTogether.com
condition which causes pain at the front of the knee. It is associated with positions of the knee which result in increased or misdirected mechanical forces between the kneecap and the thigh bone (Piva et al., 2009). Despite being a common and relatively easy to diagnose injury, there is much to learn about the exact pathology involved in the presentation of this condition.

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Study: Healthcare IT security worse than retail
InformationWeek
Healthcare organizations are rife with insecurity, and it's only a question of when a Target-like attack puts millions of patient health information files on the black market, a new study suggests. A large-scale attack within the healthcare industry could put patients' safety and lives at stake, cautioned Stephen Boyer, CTO of security rating firm BitSight Technology.
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Common running injuries treated in physical therapy
The Mercury
As the weather starts to heat up more people are lacing up their sneakers, grabbing their Ipods, and hitting the road. Running and power walking outside are very popular forms of exercise and while they both have excellent health benefits, physical problems can still arise. Even running or walking a few miles per week can lead to pain in the hips, legs and feet. In this article we will review some of the common injuries that afflict runners.
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Fibromyalgia symptoms may be reduced with whole-body vibration exercise
Medical Daily
Sufferers of the debilitating disorder fibromyalgia syndrome may find symptom relief in a form of therapy known as whole-body vibration exercise, a new study reports. While the research on vibration exercise for treating FMS has been mostly spotty until now, a team of scientists from Indiana University have performed a pilot study that, they believe, holds interesting promise for future investigation. The therapy could help patients break the vicious cycle of avoiding exercise to avoid pain, only to gain weight and suffer more.
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Cybersecurity: How to navigate threats in your healthcare organization
By Maria Frisch
The network is down. Someone from accounting just spammed the entire practice. An outsider gains access to protected health information within electronic health records. Someone erases critical operational data. Many of us have both experienced and feared these scenarios, along with other threats to security. In this increasingly digital age, what can healthcare organizations do to protect themselves against cyberthreats?
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