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A new vision, a new strategic plan
SCAPTA
A group of APTA leaders, including the APTA Board of Directors (Board) along with representatives from the regional caucuses, Council of Chapter Presidents and Council of Section Presidents, met in early August to work on defining a new strategic plan toward accomplishing APTA's new vision. This vision was adopted by the House of Delegates in 2013: "Transforming society by optimizing movement to improve the human experience." The group ultimately identified three broad goals for the organization to help focus activities and priorities for the next few years. An update on the strategic planning process is available on the Component Leaders Community (member login required). More information will be available in coming months, as specific objectives are finalized and the strategic plan is adopted by the Board in November. The vision can only be accomplished through our collective efforts and we look forward to working together to achieve our goals.
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$10 a month can help to defend physical therapy in South Carolina
SCAPTA
While we have been busy defending the PT practice, SCAPTA has also been actively working on co-pay legislation to begin to limit the amount of co-pays some of our patients have to pay each and every time they come they see a PT. This legislation can have a direct effect on not only the patients we serve, but all practice areas. We need funding to support legislative activities to protect our profession in South Carolina. Make a recurring gift of just $10 and make a difference.
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Understanding the biomechanics of equinus
Podiatry Today
Given that equinus is a factor in many foot and ankle conditions, it is imperative to be knowledgeable in the biomechanical aspects of the condition. Accordingly, this author discusses the biomechanical compensations that can occur with equinus, keys to evaluation and current concepts in treatment.

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Experiment trips elderly to prevent future falls
The Spectrum
Researchers are tripping seniors on purpose, and it's not some kind of warped practical joke. The experiment is among techniques being studied to prevent falls, the leading cause of injury in older adults. Falls by the elderly cost $30 billion yearly to treat and can send them spiraling into poor health and disability.

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Best sleep position and how to loosen joints in the morning
Fort Worth News-Sentinel
By Charles Stuart Platkin: Recently, I was able to catch up with an expert in physical therapy and dance, Colorado-based Mieke Scripps. She studied dance and kinesiology at the University of Wisconsin while performing in the modern dance troop Li Chiao-Ping Dance. After her dance career, she received her doctorate in physical therapy from Northwestern University.

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Choosing Wisely: APTA releases list of procedures that PTs and patients should question
PT in Motion
Passive physical agents that aren't part of an active treatment plan, under-dosed strength training for older adults, and the use of whirlpools for wound management are among the "5 Things That Physical Therapists and Patients Should Question," according to a list recently announced by APTA. The list, developed through member suggestions and refined by an expert panel, is now part of a national campaign that encourages patients and health care providers to talk about whether a given procedure is really necessary based on the patient's individual circumstances.
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Hot jobs: Physical therapist finds inspiration in career
Indianapolis Star
A passion for sports, specifically baseball, forged Jamey Gordon's career as a physical therapist. Gordon discovered the profession following a baseball injury in college. "My passion for sports performance grew as the knowledge base developed in the early 2000s," he said, "That is when I began combining the science of physical therapy and athletic training with physical conditioning and sport-specific training."
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Study predicts possible labor shortage in US for physical therapy
PT Products
A new report from The Conference Board predicts a potential labor shortage in physical therapy over the next decade due to a combination of a dip in the "natural rate of unemployment" and changed labor force numbers associated with the aging of the baby boomer population. A news release from the American Physical Therapy Association notes that the report analyzes possible labor market trends in North America, Asia and Europe.
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Weight-bearing casts for Achilles tear keep pace with nonweight-bearing
Lower Extremity Review
Use of a weight-bearing cast for the nonoperative treatment of acute Achilles tendon rupture produces outcomes that are at least equivalent to traditional nonweight-bearing casts, according to a randomized controlled trial from researchers in Auckland, New Zealand.
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Many Americans worried about losing health insurance
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While more Americans now have health insurance because of Obamacare, more than half are afraid they won't be able to afford it in the future. Among those surveyed, 55 percent said they were either very or somewhat worried that they might not have health insurance in the future, according to the latest Bankrate Health Insurance Pulse survey. Additionally a quarter of all Americans say they currently have more medical debt than emergency savings.
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How to create a culture of universal accountability
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Across industries, the highest-performing teams don't rely on a manager to hold members accountable, but rather create a culture in which peers respectfully confront one another, according to a post from Harvard Business Review.
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New FICO credit score formula may hurt medical collections
By Christina Thielst
A new version of FICO's credit score formula will be launched this fall that could improve the chances of getting a mortgage. But it also has the potential to impact the collections and cash flow of healthcare providers. While this is good news for the mortgage industry and individuals wanting to finance or refinance, there may be some unintended consequences for medical and healthcare providers. Physicians, clinics, hospitals and other care providers may soon find some of their patients reprioritizing the debt they will pay off.
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