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U.S. News & World Report
One sentinel event often overlooked in aging individuals is a fall. About 1 in 3 individuals who are over the age of 65 will experience a fall in one year. Individuals in this age range who fall and fracture their hip have a 25 to 30 percent chance of dying after one year. Additionally, these individuals often cannot regain their prior level of functional independence. Falls are the most common reason for nursing home placement.
Given the problems associated with falls, the American Geriatrics Society recommends any individual age 65 or older be evaluated if he or she has a fall or complains of difficulty with balance.
As I write this, there are 14 days, 15 hours, and 45 minutes until ICD-10 implementation. Are you ready?! If not — now is the time to put it into sprint mode. All claims as of October 1 will need to have ICD-10 codes on them in order to get paid. Even if you work in a hospital or setting that has professional coders, you need to understand the ICD-10 coding system in order to document effectively so that the coders can get the details required for ICD-10 codes. Without the correct diagnosis codes on your claims, payment may be denied or delayed. Below are some great professional resources for you to access if you still need help implementing your ICD-10 plan. October 1 is coming soon! Be ready!
Here are some resources that may prove useful in preparation for the change.
Professional Association Resources:
American Physical Therapy Association’s ICD10 Resource Page
Noted Industry Expert Resources:
Medicare & Medicaid Resources:
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
GEMS Crosswalk documents
GEMS General Equivalence Mapping
Robbie Leonard, PT
SCAPTA Chair, Payment & Policy Committee
Date: Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015
Time: Dinner will be served at 6:45 p.m. and the meeting will begin at 7:00 p.m.
Location: Pelham Medical Center (Village at Pelham)
Community room, Medical Office Building
2755 S. Hwy 14, Greer
Topic: "Swim. Bike. Run. Avoiding injury in the triathlete"
Speakers: Carolyn Moore
Benjamin Schowe, Body Geometry Certified Fit Technician
Sponsor: Fleet Feet
Dinner will be served. To help our sponsor prepare, please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or Trudy_messer@bshsi.org by Friday, Oct. 9 at 5 p.m.
SCAPTA members will receive a free CEU. We encourage non-members to attend, however, there will be a $10 charge to receive the CEU certificate. Hope to see you there!
South Carolina is filled with facilities offering exceptional physical therapy services, and we want to make consumers, practitioners and vendors aware!
Submit this form to email@example.com to be considered for feature in the Chapter's newsletter and website. If the facility meets the award criteria, it will appear on the Chapter's website and in one of our weekly newsletters during the month of October, which is PT Month. If this facility is selected as the Facility-of-the-Year, the contact identified below will be notified in mid-February so representatives from the facility can plan to attend the Chapter's Annual Conference to accept the award. Representatives may attend for free the Business Meeting and Lunch at which the award will be presented but must RSVP by the early bird. Representatives wishing to attend other aspects of the conference may do so, but will be required to pay any related registration fees. SCAPTA has the right to not highlight a facility.
Join PT's, PTA's, students and other PT staff across the world who have pledged support of the Global PT Day-of-Service! Let's make Oct. 17, 2015 an amazing day centered around a strong professional movement.
Any service activity can count towards participation. The Global PT Day-of-Service team views service as any activity contributing to the betterment of your community. This could mean serving in a soup kitchen, cleaning up a community park or garden, or work in a pro bono PT setting. Specific service opportunities are not coordinated by location, but the Global PT Day-of-Service team is happy to provide ideas for how to get started.
If your act of service takes place within one week of Oct. 17, 2015, you can still post your stories and pictures to be counted towards the grand total. Visit www.ptdayofservice.com for more information or to pledge support.
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.
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 Nov. 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.
Bill Gates once said, "I choose a lazy person to do a hard job, because a lazy person will find an easy way to do it." Perhaps that explains the existence of CliffsNotes, infographics, quick guides, flowcharts, cheat sheets, automated crosswalks, and a slew of other "shortcuts." But just because there's an easier way to do a hard job doesn't necessarily mean it's the right way. This is especially true when it comes to ICD-10 in the rehab therapy industry.
A 52-year-old Army veteran was on his feet and crossed the "threshold from impossible to possible" by taking a few steps while wearing a robotic exoskeleton.
Gene Laureano of the Bronx incurred a spinal cord injury in 2001 that left him paralyzed from the waist down when he fell 20 feet off of a ladder while working on a welding project in Manhattan.
In early 2013, Laureano joined a clinical trial of the device at the VA Medical Center in his hometown. After being told he'd never walk again, he used the exoskeleton and "stood up. I knew I was about to cross the threshold from impossible to possible."
One health problem most Americans eventually face is back pain. According to the National Institutes of Health, about 80 percent of us will suffer from an aching back at some point in our life.
Blame it on our poor posture, our love of sitting, or our ever increasing screen time, but our back pain problem has only grown worse in recent decades. A 2010 study survey found a sore back to be the third most burdensome health affliction Americans suffer, and the leading cause of disability worldwide.
PRWeb via San Antonio Express-News
Foot disorders and pains are normally treated by podiatrists and orthopedists with the help of orthotics, surgeries and steroid injections. The traditional care has been restricted to passive pain management therapies, stretching and muscle strengthening. Neither the conservative nor the invasive foot treatment strategies addressed the causation of the disorder. Filling the foot with orthotics culminated in limiting the foot movement which normally resulted in awfully minimal improvements. The application of orthotics in therapeutic purposes has minimal benefits. However, during the last 10 years, the technological revolution in art of movement as well as gait analysis has presented substantial evidence that human body operates as a holistic system.
By Heidi Dawson
Have you ever had a tight twinge of a pain deep in your butt muscles? And maybe "sciatic" pain that radiates down the back or side of your leg, in the absence of lower back pain? If the answer is yes, you may well have had piriformis syndrome. Piriformis is a muscle found in the buttock. It crosses almost horizontally from the sacrum across the buttock to the head of the femur on the outer hip. Its main job is to help laterally rotate the hip joint.
Today in PT
Intensive physical and occupational therapy with psychosocial support might treat fibromyalgia pain for children without using medication, according to a recent study.
Fibromyalgia is one of the most common amplified pain syndromes presenting in children, affecting about 2 percent to 6 percent, according to background information in the study. Past research examining long-term outcomes has found persistent pain in more than 90 percent of children with fibromyalgia, and many children suffered sleep disturbances 2.6 years after the diagnosis.
The incidence of lumbar spinal stenosis is estimated at 8-11 percent of the population of the United States, with some 2.4 million Americans expected to be affected by 2021. Many of these patients experience or will experience considerable pain.
The great question for orthopedic spine surgeons is whether to recommend surgery. For patients, it is whether surgery is worth the risk.
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