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Call for nominations
SCAPTA
Are you interested in becoming more involved in SCAPTA? Would you like to gain leadership experience in the physical therapy field? SCAPTA is in the process of accepting nominations for the 2014-2015 term. There are multiple positions available. If you are interested in learning more about which positions are available, or if you know someone who would make a great candidate for a position, please contact a member of the SCAPTA Nominating Committee via the following emails:
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SCAPTA Legislative Committee Update


Fair PT Co-Pays
SCAPTA
Fair Co-Pay legislation was introduced the previous South Carolina legislative session. The bill saw no movement and stayed in committee. Consumers in SC have felt the impact of exorbitantly high physical therapy co-pays. So much so, consumers have rationed their own healthcare because they cannot afford a $50-$70 co-pay for physical therapy.

SCAPTA members have the opportunity to impact the accessibility to appropriate healthcare. Please contact SCAPTA regarding how you can help your patients’ access to physical therapy.

The legal and political efforts to protect your profession and practice are expensive. Please consider donating to the SCAPTA legal defense fund and the SCAPTA PAC. You may do so by clicking here.

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Lawsuit on SC Anti-POPTS law headed to State Supreme Court
SCAPTA
The South Carolina Fifth Circuit Court found in favor of the SC Board of PT Examiners, SCAPTA, and other individual PTs and PTAs on April 21, 2014 in the case of JOSEPH V. S.C. DEPT OF LABOR, LICENSING, AND REGULATION. The plaintiffs in the case (Joseph) argued that the transition of a patient within a practice from one PT to another PT or PTA was a prohibited referral for profit occurrence and a violation of the same section of the South Carolina physical therapy practice act that currently prohibits employment of physical therapists by physicians and other referral sources. The court found that claim as mistaken and the plaintiff's interpretation would actually harm the practice of physical therapy in SC without advancing the legislative purpose of the statute.

The plaintiffs have filed for appeal and the SC Supreme Court has agreed to hear the case. Our best estimate is the case may go before the SC Supreme Court in the spring of 2015. SCAPTA members must continue to engage our legislators regarding this attack on our profession.

The potential ramifications of this case are quite serious. Should the SC Supreme Court rule against the SC Board of PT Examiners, the impact could potentially be that PTs would not be able to work in practices employing two or more PTs — at least not if two or more of them ever treated the same patient. The evident purpose of the plaintiffs is to elicit such an intolerable interpretation of the statute, thereby forcing state legislation to open up the SC physical therapy practice act. SCAPTA over the years has defeated several attempts by to physicians to amend the practice act to overturn the current anti-POPTS language. While the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) continues to provide significant financial and legal support to SCAPTA for this case, SCAPTA is in need of additional financial support to assist with the legal costs.

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State-by-state look at impact of ACA
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Individuals in states that ceded all enforcement of the Affordable Care Act were worse off by approximately $245 per participant on an annualized basis, according to a recent study from Amanda Kowalski, published by the Brookings Institution.

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3 more pioneer ACOs say they will quit
HealthLeaders Media
Three more Pioneer ACOs have resigned from the federal shared savings model's third year, bringing to 13 the number of defections from the original 32, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services acknowledged.

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Osteoarthritis of the hip: Appropriate exercise therapy can alleviate symptoms
Medical News Today
Osteoarthritis of the hip is a progressive degenerative disorder affecting the hip joints, which affects 1 in 10 adults. The symptoms range from pain after intense joint loading to morning pain/stiffness and impaired mobility in everyday life. To date, no cure exists. Appropriate exercise therapy can, however, delay progression of the disease and alleviate symptoms, as shown in a randomized controlled study.

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7 myths about physical therapy
Move Forward
People everywhere are experiencing the transformative effect physical therapy can have on their daily lives. In fact, as experts in the way the body moves, physical therapists help people of all ages and abilities reduce pain, improve or restore mobility, and stay active and fit throughout life. But there are some common misconceptions that often discourage people from visiting a physical therapist. It's time to debunk seven common myths about physical therapy.
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Slow motion analysis improves outcomes for athletes
The Philadelphia Inquirer
As physical therapists, our eyes are trained to spot movement dysfunctions and bio-mechanical deviations from the time our patients walk in the door, sit in the waiting room and throughout our examinations. We can see the big picture of muscle imbalances, range of motion deficits, mobility problems, area of weakness and changes in gait. However, incorporating slow motion video analysis provides us with precise information that is not possible to see in real time.
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System designed to improve hand function lost to nerve damage
Medical News Today
Engineers at Oregon State University have developed and successfully demonstrated the value of a simple pulley mechanism to improve hand function after surgery. The device, tested in cadaver hands, is one of the first instruments ever created that could improve the transmission of mechanical forces and movement while implanted inside the body.
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Graphene-infused rubber bands shown to produce accurate body movement sensors
Physical Therapy Products
Researchers from Surrey University and Trinity College Dublin have shown that common rubber bands infused with graphene can produce adaptable, accurate body movement sensors capable of functioning at high strain rates. The researchers created "G-bands," which are body sensors that they claim have all the necessary components for monitoring, including heart rate to high-force, high-velocity joint and muscle movements, according to a news release from the American Physical Therapy Association. In addition, the G-bands are lightweight, sensitive, stretchable, and inexpensive.
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How a physical therapist manages her own rheumatoid arthritis
Everyday Health
Kim Steinbarger, PT, is a physical therapist, a professor, a mother and a woman who has had rheumatoid arthritis since her twenties. The Bangor, Maine, resident was two years into her career in physical therapy when she jammed a finger. Within a few weeks she was experiencing rheumatoid arthritis symptoms. She credits her training in physical therapy and her experience in the health care community with keeping her RA under control.
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Preoperative physical therapy results in 'significant' reduction in postoperative care use for patients undergoing hip or knee replacement
PT in Motion
A new study has found that as few as 1 to 2 sessions of preoperative physical therapy can reduce postoperative care use by 29 percent for patients undergoing total hip or knee replacement, adding up to health care cost savings of more than $1,000 per individual.
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Medicaid managed-care plans get federal help on state rates
Modern Healthcare
The CMS recently took action to improve the way states pay private health plans to oversee the care of Medicaid beneficiaries. The agency issued a nine-page guidance that outlines new data requirements states must follow to show they are meeting the statutory requirement that payments to plans are actuarially sound — meaning they cover all medical costs, administrative costs, taxes and fees that the health plan will be responsible for.
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MS patients can benefit from strength training and fitness exercises
The Medical News
A study developed at the Miguel Hernández University of Elche (Spain) has preliminarily concluded that people with multiple sclerosis may reduce perceived fatigue and increase mobility through a series of combined strength training and fitness exercises.
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Comparison between Kinesio taping and a traditional physical therapy program in treatment of nonspecific low back pain
Journal of Physical Therapy Science
Nonspecific low back pain (NSLBP) is a largely self-limiting condition that afflicts many people. Several types of tape and their associated application methods are available for different conditions. The aim of the present study was to observe the effect of Kinesio taping (KT) compared with traditional management of NSLBP.
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Show, don't tell: The PT's guide to visuals on social media
By Charlotte Bohnett
In college, I took my fair share of creative-writing courses, and every instructor's favorite prescription for effective writing was, "Show, don't tell." Now, as I examine the evolution of social media, those words ring even truer than they did when I was scribbling my way through sonnet stanzas. Looking at the success of Pinterest, YouTube and Instagram, it's clear the age of visual social media is upon us. Because your rehab therapy practice has social media, you're ready to jump in and start attaching images to everything you share. But there's an art to showing instead of telling.
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