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Report: Thousands in South Carolina will fall through healthcare gap
Greenville News
Some 5.2 million Americans, including 194,330 South Carolinians, won't qualify for either Medicaid or subsidies to purchase insurance under the Affordable Care Act, the Kaiser Family Foundation said. But the Supreme Court ruled that states could decide whether to expand or not. And in states that didn't expand, like South Carolina, these people aren't eligible for Medicaid or fall below 100 percent of poverty line and are therefore ineligible for coverage under the law, also known as Obamacare. South Carolina opted not to expand, saying it would be financially irresponsible to fund permanent programs with temporary dollars. It estimates some 200,000 residents will fall into the gap
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Physical Therapy Month
KGNS-TV
VideoBrief October is declared Physical Therapy Month. It's an attempt to get people to take better care of their bodies. A big problem therapists say more and more of us are facing is a hurt back and bad posture. Here to give some help on how to fix those humps is therapist Marisel Diaz.
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Air Force launches physical therapy enhancements
Edwards Air Force Base
October is National Physical Therapy month. To celebrate and to enhance the quality and access to care for its active duty members, the 412th Medical Group Physical Therapy Clinic at Edwards Air Force Base has instituted several new innovations.
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Slower population growth, lowered predictions for insured impact future demand for PTs
PT in Motion
What might the future hold when it comes to demand for physical therapists? According to the latest models developed by APTA, that depends on several factors, including the rate at which PTs leave the profession over the next seven years. The association has just released the results of its latest adjustments to predictions of supply and demand for PTs through 2020, and while two of three possible scenarios show a healthy growth in demand, changes to demographics, health insurance use and projected supply of PTs may make that growth less dramatic than earlier reports suggested.
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Report: Thousands in South Carolina will fall through healthcare gap
Greenville News
Some 5.2 million Americans, including 194,330 South Carolinians, won't qualify for either Medicaid or subsidies to purchase insurance under the Affordable Care Act, the Kaiser Family Foundation said. But the Supreme Court ruled that states could decide whether to expand or not. And in states that didn't expand, like South Carolina, these people aren't eligible for Medicaid or fall below 100 percent of poverty line and are therefore ineligible for coverage under the law, also known as Obamacare.

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Top 5 physical therapy specializations
Advance Healthcare
The field of physical therapy focuses on the treatment of a medical condition through external methods, rather than through surgical or pharmaceutical means. While physical therapists can specialize in any number of areas, from orthopedics to sports rehab, all physical therapists must obtain a graduate degree from an accredited program and apply for a license.

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Medicare cap changes for 2013
Advance for Physical Therapy & Rehab Medicine
For 2013, the therapy cap for occupational therapy is $1,900 and the combined cap for physical therapy and speech-language pathology services is also $1,900. As discussed in detail here, exceptions to these caps are allowed for reasonable and necessary therapy services.

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Touch-sensitive prosthetic limbs take step forward in monkey study
CBS News
People with artificial limbs could one day have their sensation of touch restored through electrical stimulation of the brain, new experiments in monkeys reveal. This research could help improve the dexterity of robotic prosthetic limbs, investigators added.
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Importance of ACL injury prevention in an exercise or sports conditioning training program
PutMeBackTogether.com
When the ACL tissue suffers a tear, whether from direct or noncontact injury, the player experiences a loss of control of motion of the knee joint. This is of particular concern to professional athletes, who may lose play time and suffer severe pain requiring surgery and physical therapy rehabilitation. The good news is that of the multiple factors that affect ACL injury risk, those that affect movement mechanics are modifiable.
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The importance of collections: Avoid waiving copays
By Heidi Jannenga
Today, copays are the norm, and they're only becoming more costly. To top it off, many insurance plans have very large deductibles patients must meet before insurance will pay for anything. While it's obvious these increased copays and deductibles put a burden on patients, they also burden on physical therapy practices. How? Many practices don't have the procedures in place for effective fee collection from patients — especially not in person.
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In an effort to enhance the overall content of SCAPTA News, we'd like to include peer-written articles in future editions. As a member of SCAPTA, your knowledge of the industry lends itself to unprecedented expertise. And we're hoping you'll share this expertise with your peers through well-written commentary. Because of the digital format, there's no word or graphical limit and our group of talented editors can help with final edits. If you're interested in participating, please contact Ronnie Richard to discuss logistics.
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Physical therapy for incontinence
KSFY-TV
VideoBrief It's estimated that three out of every five people will experience incontinence at some point in their life. The inability to keep your bladder in check can be an embarrassing topic to discuss but you shouldn't ignore and choose to live with the problem. Physical therapy is probably the last place you'd expect to find patients seeking help in controlling their bladder. Just like a patient rehabbing a repaired rotator cuff, physical therapist Sandy Cope runs her patients through exercises that target the muscles responsible for incontinence.
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Is there a potential relationship between prior hamstring strain injury and increased risk for future anterior cruciate ligament injury?
Archives of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation via PubMed
Hamstring strain injuries are the most prevalent injury in a number of sports and whilst anterior cruciate ligament injuries are less common they are far more severe and have long-term implications, such as increased risk of developing osteoarthritis later in life. Given the medial and lateral hamstring have different actions at the knee joint in the coronal plane, which hamstring head is previously injured might also be expected to influence the likelihood of future HSI. Whether the deficits in function following HSI, as seen in laboratory based studies, translates to deficits in hamstring function for typical injurious tasks for ACL injury is yet to be determined but should be a consideration for future work.
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Conquering the pain and debility of adolescents with osteochondritis dissecans
Advance for Physical Therapy & Rehab Medicine
The growing body is subject to a long list of overuse conditions, from stress fractures to throwing injuries to growth plate damage. One condition becoming more common in physical therapy circles is osteochondritis dissecans, often abbreviated OCD. OCD is classified as an overuse injury. While there's often no predisposing factors or family history, it tends to arise in adolescents who are active in sports.
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