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CMS changes July 1 functional limitation reporting instructions for current patients
PT in Motion
In response to concerns raised by APTA, providers, and other stakeholders, CMS has changed its functional limitation reporting instructions for claims submitted for each patient's first visit on or after July 1. As a result of the change, therapy providers who have submitted functional limitation data on Medicare Part B patients prior to July 1 will not need to restart functional limitation reporting on the first date of service on or after July 1.
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Call for Proposals for SCAPTA Annual Conference
SCAPTA
SCAPTA is accepting proposals for its Annual Conference to be held March 27-30, 2014 at MUSC in Charleston, S.C. We welcome PTs, PTAs and all others with expertise in the topic of their presentation to present a proposal for this conference. Proposals will be accepted through Aug 1. Click here to review and complete the proposal form.
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The essential role of effective physical therapy marketing on patients
PRWeb
Physical therapy marketing has an important role that typically involves the patients and it begins before a particular patient starts a treatment. International private practice marketing expert, Nitin Chhoda, recently reveals the importance of effective physical therapy marketing so that practices will continue to thrive in their businesses.
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FAQ: Medicare beneficiaries may see increased access to physical therapy or some other services
Kaiser Health News with The Washington Post
For years, seniors in Medicare have been told that if they don't improve when getting physical therapy or other skilled care, that care won't be paid for. No progress, no Medicare coverage — unless the problem got worse, in which case the treatment could resume.
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House of Delegates update
SCAPTA
In this newsletter we have listed six "hot topic" RCs from the 2013 Packet 1 to initiate discussion amongst clinicians in South Carolina. The South Carolina delegation would love to hear your feedback in regards to these or any other RCs from the 2013 House of Delegates.

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Smartphones can be bad for your joints
East Village Magazine
Although the impact of smartphones seems trivial, it is not something that should be taken lightly since it can result in pain, discomfort and lost productivity. Physical therapists not only help with treatment, but also with prevention of smartphone-induced neck and back pain.

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Our view: On healthcare, no answers from GOP
MPNnow
Having failed every other way to derail President Barack Obama's healthcare reform, congressional Republicans are determined to block any corrections or modifications in the Affordable Care Act that could be construed as improvements, especially by employers, in the current law.

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Physical therapist participation in pro bono care services
SCAPTA
You are invited to participate in a research project regarding the frequency of physical therapist participation in pro bono care services. Vision 2020 states by the year 2020 Americans throughout the country will have access to healthcare. However, many individuals are currently without healthcare access. Consequently, our research, via a questionnaire, will provide data regarding physical therapy participation in pro bono care.
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Why you should demand more surveillance — of your health records
WBUR-FM
Your medical data is already not as private as you might like to imagine. Dozens of agencies, commercial and governmental, routinely have access to it, ostensibly for the purpose of ensuring efficient and accurate payment. Yet the vast majority of your healthcare data remains unused, discarded and ignored. It sits idle when it could be applied today to improve the delivery of healthcare and advance medical science.
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Electronic medical records are the new way to organize physical therapy sessions
PRWeb
As many individuals now obtain physical therapy sessions, it is a necessity to organize files and documentations of the client's visit. Many have been interested in this new way of recording as it will allow them more time to accommodate patients, focus on the therapy and enjoy their work rather than stressing on the fact of documentation and billing.
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One week until functional limitation reporting deadline
SCAPTA
As of July 1, 2013, all providers billing outpatient therapy services under Medicare Part B must begin or continue submitting functional limitation data (G-codes) for any beneficiary, or claims will be returned unpaid. Therapy providers who have submitted functional limitation data (G-codes) on Medicare Part B patients prior to July 1 must submit data during the next reporting interval, for example the patient's 10th visit or at discharge. New patients or beneficiaries whose treatment started prior to July 1, but for whom functional limitation reporting information has not been submitted, must submit data on the first claim on or after July 1.
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Tim Scott asks feds to ensure access to healthcare supplies for SC seniors
The Charleston Chronicle
Sen. Tim Scott and members of the South Carolina congressional delegation recently asked the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services to ensure South Carolina seniors continue to have access to critical health care supplies. Currently, CMS oversees a bidding program for durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics and other supplies, which is intended to reduce Medicare expenses.
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7 predictions for the future of healthcare technology
Venture Beat
Sean Mehra envisions the future of healthcare and strategizes how innovative technologies can transform how we give and receive care, and, ultimately, make the world a happier and healthier place. Here are his seven predictions about where healthcare is headed.
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