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New website highlights integrity in physical therapy practice
A new website launched by APTA will support the profession's effort to eliminate fraud, abuse, and waste in the health care system. The APTA Center for Integrity in Practice website houses information on how PTs, PTAs, and students can continue to uphold the profession's high standards. Resources include information and supporting evidence on the recently released Choosing Wisely® list of "5 Things Physical Therapists and Patients Should Question;" a primer on preventing fraud, abuse, and waste; a free course on compliance; and other information on regulation and payment systems, evidence-based practice, ethics, professionalism, and fraud prevention. The site is part of the association's Integrity in Practice Campaign, a broad initiative that seeks to position physical therapy as a leader in responsible patient-centered care. Plans are for the website to continue expanding its offerings, and APTA is seeking partners to share resources, work together on advocacy, and possibly develop joint educational offerings to bring the message of practice integrity to the widest possible audience.
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Rehabilitation is getting back to normal with help
Greensburg Daily News
National Rehabilitation Services Awareness Week is Sept. 21 through Sept. 27. Most people only think of rehabilitation, or rehab, when they need it, or associate it only with physical injuries.
However, the field of rehab services is a widely varied one that helps people of all kinds, with all types of problems, get back to normal functioning.
Gait analysis: The serious runner's salvation
The Wall Street Journal
People who lace up their running shoes and pound the pavement have a roughly 50 percent chance of sustaining an injury that interrupts their training. Among marathon runners, studies have placed the injury incidence rate significantly higher, in some cases as high as 90 percent.
It isn't running itself that's doing the damage, a growing number of physicians, physical therapists and exercise scientists say. It's the way people run. Too many runners stride too far out in front of their bodies, or land with their legs at awkward angles. Gait analysis seeks to identify the root of an injury, or a bad habit that may lead to one.
Constraint-induced movement therapy may improve upper-limb function in cerebral palsy patients
Physical Therapy Products
A recently published meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials supports the use of constraint-induced movement therapy for children with cerebral palsy as an effectual intervention for upper-limb function.
Adults over 45 fall short on muscle strengthening
HealthDay News via WebMD
Although there is mounting evidence that muscle-strength training provides key health benefits, most middle-aged and older adults in the U.S. don't engage in this type of exercise, according to new research.
Less than one-quarter of adults over 45 meet the muscle-strengthening recommendations set by the Department of Health and Human Services, the study found.
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Therapy Cap Repeal gets majority House support
PT in Motion
It's official: A majority of members of the U.S. House of Representatives are now cosponsors of a bill that would repeal the Medicare therapy cap, a strong sign that the legislation has solid bipartisan support as both a long term therapy cap solution and a component in larger sustainable growth rate reform legislation.
Is healthcare improving for obese patients?
U.S. News & World Report
Nearly 35 percent of U.S. adults are considered obese, each with individual health-care needs. But if you're among them, it might feel like you can't get through a single medical encounter without being urged to lose weight – even if you just came in for a flu shot. And you're tired of sitting on a too-narrow exam table in a too-small gown waiting for someone to find a blood pressure cuff that fits. You can ask for safe, accommodating health care that goes beyond your BMI.
Transforming from a reluctant leader into a smart leader
By Betty Boyd
Leaders are role models to the workforce. Have you ever had a leader who could never make a decision no matter how much information was at his disposal? Did you ever know a leader who took too long in her decision-making process? There are always trade-offs when making a decision. If you decide too quickly or hastily, mistakes can be made. But being risk averse can often be a bigger issue for organizations. If you are too slow, then you may miss an opportunity. When a leader becomes reluctant, the organization can become ineffective.
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