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Risk Management Forum
SCAPTA
Please join us Oct. 11 for the Risk Management Forum. SCAPTA and the North Carolina Chapter of APTA have partnered to provide you with this one-day event that will provide will include presentations on payment integrity from the perspective of the commercial payer, maximizing the risk of negative audit outcomes, Medicare updates and more.
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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.


SCAPTA Lowcountry District Social Event
SCAPTA
The South Carolina Physical Therapy Association realizes that time is a rare commodity and we often do not get the chance to slow down, relax, talk socially and possibly do some networking. It is for this reason that we are creating the Lowcountry District Social Event. Please join us on Wednesday, Sept. 11. We look forward to seeing everyone there.
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SCAPTA Lower Coastal District meeting
SCAPTA
When: Tuesday, Sept. 17, at 6 p.m.

Where: TCL Health Science Building, 921 Ribaut Road, Beaufort

Speaker: Scott Webb, CO

Topics: Prosthetics and orthotics update

CEUs: 0.1 awarded to all attendees

Questions? Contact Cindy Buchanan at 843-525-8230



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Risk Management Forum
SCAPTA
Please join us Oct. 11 for the Risk Management Forum. SCAPTA and the North Carolina Chapter of APTA have partnered to provide you with this one-day event that will provide will include presentations on payment integrity from the perspective of the commercial payer, maximizing the risk of negative audit outcomes, Medicare updates and more.

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Gaming the system and other FLR no-nos
By Erica Cohen
We all know functional limitation reporting, or FLR, means more work for basically the same reward. And that can be a hard pill to swallow for many therapists who are already stretched thin as a result of increasing caseloads and increasingly stringent documentation requirements. Even so, taking the low road and gaming the system — and thus, this profession — is not the answer.

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Functional limitation reporting
SCAPTA
We are one month into the mandatory functional limitation reporting for Medicare. Hopefully all therapists have systems and processes in place to make sure that they are complying with this new regulation; however, we have heard that there are still many therapists that are unaware of this rule. If you talk to your colleagues in other practices, make sure they are aware of the new rule.

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NSC 2013: Registration is open
APTA
APTA's annual National Student Conclave will be held Oct. 24-26, in Louisville, Ky. Program directors and faculty who accompany their students will receive a discounted registration rate. Check back often for details and be a part of this year's experience. If you are interested in exhibiting, contact Sarah Driver. Please help promote NSC in your component newsletter, your website and through your social networking sites. Contact Michelle Lovejoy for assistance. If you have any other questions, please contact Lisa McLaughlin.
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Is travel therapy the right career option for you?
PutMeBackTogether.com
There are hundreds of health care staffing companies operating in the U.S. right now and hundreds, if not thousands, of travel therapy job opportunities up for grabs. If you're a physical therapist, becoming a traveler might be the right career move. Many will tell you that not only is traveling great for one's career in therapy but it's also a good way of widening one's horizons and enriching the soul. Here are just some of the reasons to take a travel assignment.
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Help! Medicare rejected my claim — now what?
By Erica Cohen
So, you submitted a claim lacking functional limitation reporting to Medicare after July 1. Uh-oh. By now, you've probably received a polite rejection letter telling you that Medicare will not be providing you with reimbursement for your services — and neither will the beneficiary. What's a PT, OT or SLP to do?
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Medicare call-in to focus on ICD-10 basics and CMS implementation
PT in Motion
Are you ready to transition to ICD-10 on Oct. 1, 2014? The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Medicare Learning Network will host a free call-in on Aug. 22, from 1:30-3 p.m. EDT, featuring a presentation on ICD-10 basics by Sue Bowman from the American Health Information Management Association and an implementation update by CMS. A Q&A session will follow the presentation.
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Physical therapy marketing: Consumer decision-making process
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When someone makes a purchase, he typically progresses through a series of discrete steps called the consumer decision making process or the buyer's journey. In the PT world, a purchase is when a patient attends their initial evaluation. While we have some direct touch points prior to their IE — when they perhaps call to ask few questions before making a decision or when they call to schedule their first appointment — we're relatively unaware of the vast majority of their decision making. Here is how you can begin to understand the complexity and thoughtfulness of the process, and realized that there are very distinct touch points that have profound impacts on your marketing decisions.
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What you need to know before selling your physical therapy practice
PT Talker
VideoBriefHave you thought about selling your physical therapy practice? Listen as Paul Martin of Martin Healthcare Advisors shares details about what physical therapists should and shouldn't do when planning to sell their business. He discusses why it's critical for physical therapists to take time to properly prepare for selling the business, the importance of a solid business evaluation and how they can get the most money for their business.
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Carpenter uses 3-D printing to rebuild saw-injured hand
Woodworking Network
Richard Van As of South Africa turned to 3-D digital printing technology to help build a prosthetic device that would provide the needed flexibility and agility to mimic the hand that was severely injured in the blink of an eye.
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