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'Prevent Interruptions in Physical Therapy Act' passes key Senate committee
PT in Motion
A bill that would help some physical therapists in private practice improve continuity of care has been approved by the U.S. Senate Finance Committee, and could be up for a vote on the Senate floor soon. Known as the Prevent Interruptions in Physical Therapy Act (S. 313), the legislation would extend so-called "locum tenens" provisions to PTs in rural and underserved areas — a change strongly supported by APTA and its Private Practice Section, and one of the advocacy areas targeted at the recent PT Day on Capitol Hill and at the joint APTA/Private Practice Section (PPS) legislative fly-in earlier this year.
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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.
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.
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
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: Location differences, disproportionate burdens among PT copay problems
PT in Motion
The amount of out-of-pocket expenses a patient may be expected to pay for an episode of physical therapy is likely to vary not only depending on where the patient lives, but on a number of demographic factors, according to a new study. In addition to these variations, the study says, the payment burden is not equally distributed, with 25 percent of patients who incurred OOP expenses accounting for 75 percent of all expenditures.
7 lessons learned from opening a PT private practice
Nothing can fully prepare a person for the trials and tribulations of opening a private practice, but this article offers the following golden drops of advice.
3 medical billing strategies to counter ICD-10
By now you've probably heard the bleak news: nearly every healthcare provider can expect headaches with their medical billing and an increase in claim denials once ICD-10 goes live on Oct. 1, 2015. This increase will be due in large part to coding errors, and even larger part to greater scrutiny by Medicare and commercial payers. So, if you haven't figured out exactly what you're going to do to mitigate losses when these denials start rolling in, now would be a really great time to put a plan into place.
Here are three ways you can counter these claim denials now and once ICD-10 is here this fall.
Best exercises for gluteus medius strengthening
By Heidi Dawson
The gluteus medius is a key stabilizer muscle of the hip joint, which acts to abduct and both externally and internally rotate the hip. It therefore plays an important role in knee joint alignment. There are many injuries in which a weak or misfiring gMed is implicated. These include IT band syndrome, patellofemoral pain syndrome and Achilles tendinopathy to name just a few. It's no coincidence that the injuries listed here are all injuries commonly suffered by runners.
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Pain in the neck: Passing crick or chronic agony?
U.S. News & World Report via Yahoo
Neck pain doesn't get nearly the attention that back pain receives, says Dr. Steven P. Cohen, director of the Johns Hopkins Blaustein Pain Treatment Center. "Neck pain is one of the top five causes of pain worldwide and in the United States," he says. "But people don't talk about it."
More than 30 percent of people suffer from neck pain each year.
Physical therapy for postpartum problems
Amanda Moore sits in a straight-back chair with a red physical therapy ball between her knees and a yellow ball between her right knee and the wall.
The exercises that Angela Poole Seamster, a licensed physical therapist assistant, instructs Moore to do are to help alleviate muscle and joint aches and pains Moore has been dealing with since giving birth eight months ago.
Smartphone app focuses on addressing gait disturbances in Parkinson's patients
Physical Therapy Products
A smartphone app is being developed to help personalize rehabilitation for patients with Parkinson's disease who experience Freezing of Gait or other gait disturbances. The project reportedly is three years in the making and is the result of an eight-member European Union-funded consortium including researchers at Tel Aviv University.
Study: Intense therapy helps restore arm function long after stroke
HealthDay News via Philly.com
Intensive physical therapy helps restore arm function in people who have survived a severe stroke, a new study finds.
University of Florida researchers followed 39 patients who underwent intense physical therapy for the arms five hours a day, five days a week, for 12 weeks.
For the study, the team "enrolled people who had a stroke a year or more prior to their study participation, and who were still severely impaired," said lead researcher Janis Daly.
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