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Legislative update
SCAPTA
Last year, the South Carolina Board of Physical Therapy and the South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation were named in a lawsuit regarding the referral for profit language in the South Carolina Physical Therapy Practice Act; Joseph et al. v. South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation. SCAPTA has retained counsel and entered a motion to intervene in the case. The motion was granted. This means SCAPTA and SCAPTA's counsel can participate in the court proceedings.
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South Carolina Department of Insurance director predicts health insurance costs will increase in 2014
The Post and Courier
Healthcare experts are bracing for insurance rates to jump next year as many of the federal Affordable Care Act's major reforms go live, including one regulation requiring insurers to cover individuals no matter how sick they may be. But exactly how much those premiums may increase is still speculation.
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Upstate District SCAPTA meeting
SCAPTA
Our next Upstate District SCAPTA meeting will be held Tuesday, Sept. 10, at the Village at Pelham, Medical Office Building Community Room. Dinner will start at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting will start at 7 p.m. Our speaker is Dr. Rhonda Baires Felder and the topic is "The Use of Motivational Interviewing in Physical Therapy Practice to Improve Patient Compliance to Physical Activity Recommendations". Our sponsor for the evening is Sheila McCullough-Burgess with Fleet Feet. Mark your calendars. We will request RSVPs closer to the date.
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SCAPTA
Therapy cap, manual medical review, MPPR, Functional Limitations Reporting, & Medicare audit process. Have questions? Need help? Don't know where to look for answers? Enjoying the experience? Let your Federal Affairs Liaison know about any and all difficulties or successes you are having so they can be reported to APTA and addressed appropriately. Your SCAPTA FAL, Aaron Embry, is looking to hear from you, the members, today.
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Legislative update
SCAPTA
Last year, the South Carolina Board of Physical Therapy and the South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation were named in a lawsuit regarding the referral for profit language in the South Carolina Physical Therapy Practice Act; Joseph et al. v. South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation. SCAPTA has retained counsel and entered a motion to intervene in the case. The motion was granted. This means SCAPTA and SCAPTA's counsel can participate in the court proceedings.

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2013 PTA Caucus Business Meeting
SCAPTA
Chris Junkins of Easley represented the South Carolina chapter at the 2013 PTA Caucus and House of Delegates in Salt Lake City on June 22-26. The PTA Caucus reviewed the goals that they had established during their 2012 business meeting in light of the work being conducted by the PTA-BOD Work Group. As a result of this discussion, the Caucus adopted several motions.

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Physical therapy for lateral epicondylitis: New research raises questions over effectiveness
By Heidi Mills
Lateral epicondylitis, also often known as tennis elbow, is a condition that causes pain on the outer elbow, especially with repetitive wrist movements. The initial treatment of lateral epicondylitis aims to ease pain and inflammation at the common extensor origin. This can be achieved through a combination of rest, activity modification, cold therapy, anti-inflammatory medications and physical therapy.

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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. 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.
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Apply for ABPTS certification
American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists
The American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties has certified 12,937 individuals who have demonstrated advanced clinical knowledge and skills in physical therapy specialty areas. Currently, the ABPTS offers board-certification in eight specialty areas of physical therapy: cardiovascular and pulmonary, clinical electrophysiology, geriatrics, neurology, orthopaedics, pediatrics, sports and women's health.
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4 considerations for hiring a Medicare compliance consultant: Cost
By Charlotte Bohnett and Erica Cohen
Drafting a compliance plan and conducting self-audits are definite must-dos; however, you may eventually find your clinic in a situation that requires absolute expertise. Yes, an in-house compliance officer is ideal, but many small- to mid-sized clinics simply cannot afford to staff someone full-time. Thus, you may want to consider a consultant. While compliance is an expense, noncompliance — think audits, penalties and loss of business — is far more costly. And compliance creates sustainability.
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Anti-gravity treadmill gets injured people moving
KOMO News
VideoBrief A South Carolina physical therapy center is using new technology to help people heal faster. It's a treadmill that the takes the weight off of patients in recovery Carolyn Murray tells us what the "Alter G" does that got approval from the FDA.
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Increasing number of physical therapists utilizing Facebook, Twitter to promote practice
Advance for Physical Therapy & Rehab Medicine
Physical therapists typically had limited to no exposure to marketing strategies in school. "We're so clinically oriented and tend to just think about treating patients," says Sam Awosulu, Web marketing strategist and physical therapist. "Curricula don't focus much on marketing because physical therapists tend to go into hospital settings. But many of us go into private practice and don't have the business course to help. Chiropractors have a lot of marketing courses but physical therapy just isn't there yet." Because of this old-fashioned thinking, PTs are losing potential clients to athletic trainers and DOs. Now, more than ever, PTs are engaging social media to help bring in new clients.
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National Center for Sports Safety, University of Georgia to study sports injuries
Al.com
The National Center for Sports Safety, a nonprofit founded by sports surgeon Dr. Larry Lemak in 2001, will work in partnership with the University of Georgia to study sports injuries and promote safety, Lemak said. The NCSS, based in Birmingham, Ala., has hired former Samford University director of athletic training education Chris Gillespie to manage the project along with Ron Courson, senior associate athletic director and director of sports medicine at UGA.
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Fear not: 5 reasons failure is important in the medical profession
PutMeBackTogether.com
Most physical therapists are afraid to fail because it is linked to being weak. The truth is that even the most successful people in the medical profession have faced failure at some point. No one wants to fail but it is important to do so in life as clinicians. Here are five reasons why failure can be a good thing in the medical profession.
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