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SoPAC Annual Conference to be held Nov. 6-8 in Pittsburgh
Section on Pediatrics Annual Conference (SoPAC) will be held Nov. 6–8, 2015, at the Wyndham Grand Hotel in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Four pre-conference courses will be held November 4-5. The 2015 SoPAC theme is: "Convergence of Knowledge and Research into Practice." SoPAC includes 18 hours of all-pediatric programming with concurrent sessions from all pediatric practice areas. The SoPAC Schedule-At-A-Glance and registration information can be accessed at www.sopac.us.
Medicaid re-enrollment process begins
At the Annual Meeting in Greenville a few weeks ago, we shared that South Carolina Medicaid is beginning a re-validation process. All therapists and group practices who are enrolled in the SC Medicaid program as providers will be asked to re-validate their credentials during this process. At this time, they are just beginning the process. Phase one has begun and includes Physical Therapy Group practices. Letters were mailed out on June 3 and practices on the list have until July 6 to respond.
Please go to this link: https://msp.scdhhs.gov/revalidation/site-page/group-1-deadline-july-6 and click on the link in the bottom paragraph that states: "To find out if you are a Group 1 provider, please refer to the Provider Revalidation Group 1 List." Search for your group practice. If your practice is on the list and has not received a letter with the revalidation code, contact the Medicaid office. If you do not respond to the re-validation request by the deadline, the group practice will be inactivated in the Medicaid system.
Individual physical therapists will be included in a different phase. It appears that phase one is specifically for group practices and facilities. Please contact the SC Medicaid office if you have questions.
– Robbie B Leonard, PT
Chair, SCAPTA Payment & Policy Committee
Concerns about the ability to perform dry needling in South Carolina
The South Carolina Physical Therapy Association (SCAPTA) has been made aware of a number of complaints that have been filed with the South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing, & Regulation against physical therapists related to the performance of dry needling. While dry needling is within the professional and legal scope of physical therapist practice in South Carolina, there is significant concern by SCAPTA about these complaints. Complaints have been filed against both members and non-members across the state. If you or someone you know have received a complaint regarding the practice of dry needling, we need to hear from you as soon as possible.
Please contact the SCAPTA Executive Director's office at (703) 706-3136 or firstname.lastname@example.org. We need to hear from all clinicians across the state that have been contacted whether or not they are a member of the association. As your professional association SCAPTA continues to be an advocate for all PT's and PTA's in the state of South Carolina and we will be working quickly to develop resources and coordinate a response for individuals involved in this issue. For any further questions or concerns please communicate with SCAPTA leadership by contacting the SCAPTA Executive Director's office at email@example.com (703) 706-3136.
Thank you for your dedication to the PT profession, and for your membership in SCAPTA.
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.
Does cutting expenses really grow your practice?
PT and entrepreneurial consultant Jamey Schrier explains why looking at your practice's staff as an investment — rather than a cost — is the key to achieving business growth and financial success. Want to know more? Watch the video or read on for Jamey's description:
Ask any business "expert" what you should do to increase your clinic's profits, and he or she likely will advise you to do two things:
While he agrees with the second piece of advice, he has a fundamental issue with the first. Why?
- Cut costs.
- Increase your number of new patients.
Physical therapy assistants help ill, injured resume normal lives
A PTA is trained to help a physical therapist in the delivery of rehabilitation and care to those who are injured, ill or handicapped. The goal is to help people move more normally, walk better, decrease pain and enable patients to return to as normal a life as possible. In general, a PTA may use manual therapy, devices or exercise to accomplish this mission. They may also play a role in developing a patient's treatment plan and carrying out routine functions such as documenting the progress of treatment and modifying specific treatments.
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3 considerations before choosing an EHR
A successful EHR implementation should begin well before your selected vendor partner arrives at your practice to install your system. Even before you choose an EHR, your practice should conduct its due diligence by making a careful assessment of staff needs and wants.
Engineering a successful return to work
Physical Therapy Products
Physical therapy treatment goals typically focus on increasing the patient's strength and range of motion along with decreasing symptoms, rather than focusing on return to work as a primary goal. In some cases, the patient is discharged from therapy only to find out that he or she is unable to perform the required job duties to sustain return to work. To facilitate return to work, therapists must become familiar with the patient's actual job requirements and integrate them into the treatment process. Therapists can assist return to work by identifying modified duty options for employers, allowing workers to safely return to work when they can perform part of their job duties.
Medicare provides tips on reducing errors around insufficient documentation
PT in Motion
According to Medicare administrative contractors, physical therapy procedures are among the "more common" procedures that get denied due to insufficient documentation. It's a pattern they're hoping to change through additional information aimed in part at physical therapists.
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