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ICD-10: Everything you need to know
By Maria Frisch
The compliance deadline for ICD-10 is Oct. 1, 2015 — a change expected to impact all HIPAA-covered entities. While this rollout will entail both time and cost burdens throughout healthcare, the move from ICD-9 to ICD-10 reflects significant advances in medicine that have occurred during the last three decades. Implementation of ICD-10 is not optional, and rollouts will be complex. This article highlights some important facts and resources regarding the transition to ICD-10.
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Competition heats up on health care exchanges for 2015
USA Today
Insurance companies are gingerly moving onto healthcare exchanges in some competition-deprived states, and they are requesting rate increases that are largely in line with pre-Obamacare years, state filings show. A few big and many smaller insurers avoided the 2014 state- and federal-run healthcare exchanges that sold individual insurance plans as required under the new law. Some blame these insurer absences for higher rates than many people expected under the Affordable Care Act, but that's likely to change for the 2015 plan year, experts say.
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Deadline approaching: July 1, 2014
SCAPTA
The deadline for submissions to be a presenter at SCAPTA's Annual Conference in Greenville, S.C, occurring next May is July 1, 2014. Click here to submit your educational session, platform or poster proposal.
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$10 a month can help to defend physical therapy in South Carolina
SCAPTA
While we have been busy defending the PT practice, SCAPTA has also been actively working on co-pay legislation to begin to limit the amount of co-pays some of our patients have to pay each and every time they come they see a PT. This legislation can have a direct effect on not only the patients we serve, but all practice areas. We need funding to support legislative activities to protect our profession in South Carolina. Make a recurring gift of just $10 and make a difference.
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FDA to improve device review procedures
Healio
In an effort to expedite the availability of new medical devices, the FDA's Center for Devices and Radiological Health has undertaken an independent evaluation of its review process, the agency said in a press release.

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Obama administration overhauls HealthCare.gov
Fox News
The Obama administration is in the process of revamping the troubled HealthCare.gov website, and scrapping large parts of the federal health-insurance marketplace in order to dodge the problems that troubled the launch of ObamaCare last year.

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When employees get sick: Legal lessons for your medical practice
Healio
There are times when employers become suspicious that an employee is exaggerating an illness or injury or that the course of treatment is inaccurate. That temptation can be even greater if the employer is a medical practitioner. In order to safeguard your practice from potential liability, the best course of action is to proceed in the same manner as a non-medical employer.

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Once again, US has most expensive, least effective health care system in survey
The Washington Post
There are painful losing streaks that don't really matter — say, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 26-game disaster in 1976 and 1977 — and losing streaks that really mean something. This one means something. A report released by a respected think tank ranks the U.S. dead last in the quality of its health-care system when compared with 10 other western, industrialized nations, the same spot it occupied in four previous studies by the same organization. Not only did the U.S. fail to move up between 2004 and 2014 — as other nations did with concerted effort and significant reforms — it also has maintained this dubious distinction while spending far more per capita ($8,508) on health care than Norway ($5,669), which has the second most expensive system.
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Quintiles and APTA announce plans to develop new outcomes registry
APTA
Quintiles and the American Physical Therapy Association recently announced a new strategic collaboration to develop and implement the Physical Therapy Outcomes Registry — which will be the largest and most comprehensive physical therapy electronic repository to date.
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Healthcare, embedded and connected
HealthLeaders Media
Technology is now in the process of not only tracking many everyday objects in healthcare, but also allowing those objects to sense and report things in a connected way to unprecedented degrees. This technology is informing applications such as patient wayfinding, robotic transfer of supplies, interactive or informational displays throughout hospitals, and badges that employees or patients can carry or wear to optimize patient care and patient experience.
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Large-scale trial links activity to lowered risk of mobility loss
PT in Motion
In what its authors call "the largest and longest duration randomized trial of physical activity in older persons," a new study asserts that a carefully structured, moderate physical activity program can reduce risk of losing the ability to walk without assistance.
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Study: Massage can ease muscle soreness, improve blood flow
Physical Therapy Products
A new study shows that massage therapy can help ease sore muscles as well as improve blood flow for active and non-active individuals. The positive effects can last for more than 72 hours, and those with poor circulation or limited ability to move may benefit the most from massage, according to researchers. For the study, researchers asked 36 healthy but inactive young adults to use a leg press machine until their legs became sore. Half of participants were given a Swedish leg massage after exercise, and all participants rated their muscle soreness on a scale from one to 10.
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PT helps make the world 'a different place' with role in brain-controlled exoskeleton
PT in Motion
Call it a "brain-mediated technology breakthrough." Call it a "significant paradigm shift." Call it "an elongation of the continuum of movement." The bottom line is this: on Thursday, June 12, 2014, a young man who has paraplegia stood up, walked, and kicked a ball — all by way of an exoskeleton solely controlled by his brain. No joystick, no outside controller, just his own mind.
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Physical therapy on horses brings new hope
WICU-TV
New research is being developed in Erie to help kids who are dealing with spinal cord injuries. Shriner's Hospital for Children wrapped up the first phase of research this week for a ground-breaking physical therapy program that takes kids back to nature, and onto horses. The therapy treats kids with conditions such as spina bifida, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy or even spinal trauma, and can help them develop continence.
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The anatomy and movement patterns of shoulder impingement syndrome
By Heidi Dawson
Shoulder pain is a common problem. In fact, around 30 percent of us will experience it at some point in our lives. Approximately 65 percent of all shoulder pain conditions are due to impingement syndromes. This is becoming a more widely-recognized cause of persistent shoulder pain, but as a condition it is often not treated effectively. To treat the condition effectively, we need to understand it — from anatomy to movement patterns.
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