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Final Rule 2015: What PTs need to know
By Brooke Andrus
The summary of this year's Final Rule is hot off the presses, which means that — among other things — we now know the details regarding the Physician Quality Reporting System, or PQRS, for 2015. For those who have been following the PQRS saga since the program first came into being in 2007, it should come as no surprise that Medicare has yet again upped the ante for compliance. Based on the fact sheet CMS provided, here's the scoop on this year's reporting requirements.
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2014 South Carolina Election Overview
SCAPTA
The GOP made a clean sweep of statewide offices beginning with incumbent Governor Nikki Haley defeating Senator Vincent Sheheen with 55.96 percent of the vote. This was a much more substantial margin of victory than the 51 percent of the vote she achieved during their first match up in the 2010 election. Weathers winning with 79.67 percent of the vote. Republicans also successfully retained the office of the Lieutenant Governor as well as the Superintendent of Education, both left open by incumbents choosing not to run for reelection.
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Facility Spotlight on: Joints in Motion
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Mission Statement: Joints in Motion Physical Therapy and Wellness will provide its patients with the highest quality of care available. Our services will extend well beyond the realm of treating patients with various injuries and dysfunctions. Individuals within the community will seek out Joints in Motion's expertise and services to stay fit, maintain their current health status, prevent musculoskeletal dysfunctions, seek out wellness advice, and improve sport performance. We will establish a positive environment, where individuals of all ages, race, and gender will feel comfortable while partaking in a stellar wellness and physical therapy program.

Joints in Motion Physical Therapy & Wellness will actively create an atmosphere where each employee will feel like an integral part of our team and will encouragingly accept the responsibilities assigned to their position. Every physical therapist employed at Joints in Motion Physical Therapy and Wellness will constantly seek to enhance their abilities, whether clinically, personally, or administratively.


We believe that what makes us unique is that we truly embrace the meaning of a "hands-on" clinic. We treat every patient using best evidenced based practice, but we embrace the art of treating the individual as a whole. Every patient that enters our clinic undergoes a 1 hour evaluation where a patient will undergo a comprehensive subjective exam and will have a physical therapist use their manual skills to help discover dysfunctions in movement.

Joints in Motion only employs physical therapists that have a real interest in manual-based physical therapy. Every patient that walks into our clinic will see their physical therapist every visit for the duration of their care.

As a service to our patients, Joints In Motion is open 8-8 M-F and is available with Saturday hours. We feel that this relieves the stress of taking time out of people's busy work schedules in order to get the help they need. It is a service that we have embraced and we feel our patients are grateful for it.

Joints in Motion's main clinic operates with access to a very large fitness club. This allows us utilize a vast array of resistive and aerobic exercise equipment, an indoor track, a large plyometric room, and indoor basketball court, and a racquetball court. Our very small clinic can become large very quickly. This allows us to treat the full spectrum of orthopaedic patients. We are equipped to treat those who are sedentary with chronic pain and we are equipped to treat athletes at the highest level.

Learn more about Joints in Motion at jimpt.com.

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Nominations open for 2015 APTA Honors and Awards Program
SCAPTA
Each year, APTA honors outstanding member achievements in the areas of education, practice and service, publications, research, academic excellence, the Catherine Worthingham Fellows of APTA, the Mary McMillan Lecture and the John H.P. Maley Lecture. Award recipients are recognized in June during a ceremony and reception at the NEXT Conference and Exposition, and this recognition includes highlighting the recipients' component affiliations. Play a significant role in helping your colleagues receive acknowledgement for their achievements by nominating the person or persons you feel are most deserving of an APTA award as well as promoting the awards program in your member communications. The 2015 call for nominations is now open and will close Dec. 1. Visit the Honors and Awards webpage for details about each award, including submission requirements. Nominations must be submitted electronically.

In addition, for the first time, the video of the 2014 Honors and Awards Ceremony is available for viewing on the APTA website. Components' members are identified throughout the ceremony as each recipient's chapter and section memberships are announced.

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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 2015-2016 term. There are multiple positions available, and the deadline to accept nominations is April 10, 2015. If you are interested in learning more about which positions are available, or if you 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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PTs do well in state races
PT in Motion
Election night was a good night for physical therapists running for seats in state legislatures, with members of the profession racking up wins from New Mexico to West Virginia. Overall, 10 PTs won elections, with most running as incumbents.
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Keeping the patient motivated to rehabilitate independently
Physical Therapy Products
Rehabilitation can sometimes be a long and challenging process, so keeping a patient motivated to train and adhere to an exercise program is key to their success. Many factors can affect motivation, including the individual, that person's goals and the level of pain and/or dysfunction being experienced.
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After trigger point dry needling, a runner's injury heals. But did the technique do it?
The Washington Post
When an old Achilles tendon injury flared up and prevented me from running, I tried all my previous tricks — ice, rehab exercises, rest. At my wits' end, I sought advice from a physical therapist, who suggested "trigger point dry needling," a technique in which thin needles are inserted through the skin and into so-called trigger points in the muscle. Desperate for relief, I was soon facedown on the exam table with needles going into my calves. The procedure didn't last long, but it felt like electric-charged spikes jabbing my nerves.
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APTA letter to New York Times on PT's role in falls prevention
PT in Motion
A recent series on falls in the New York Times brings an important issue to center stage but comes up short in providing information on how physical therapists can help protect adults at risk, according to a letter to the editor from APTA President Paul Rockar Jr, PT, DPT, MS.
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Physical therapy: Healing the heel pain of plantar fasciitis
Ruidoso News
Plantar fasciitis, also known as "heel pain syndrome," is the most common cause of heel pain, resulting from a gradual degeneration of the plantar fascia or sudden trauma to the area. Physical therapists can teach exercises to stretch the fascia so it doesn't tear or recommend special socks or boots that can relieve pain and help prevent the problem. They can also fit patients with custom orthotics that play a role in prevention and healing.
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Video game technology designed to encourage PT compliance
Physical Therapy Products
YuGo, created by an entrepreneur, creative game developer and physical therapist, is engineered to allow physical therapists to define a personal exercise regimen that is then automatically transformed into video games to be played by the patient during rehabilitation.
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Consumers now able to window-shop for insurance on HealthCare.gov
The Washington Post
Federal officials recently turned on a portion of HealthCare.gov to allow consumers to explore the benefits and prices of health plans that will be sold for 2015 through the federal health insurance exchange. The window-shopping period is beginning several days before the Nov. 15 official start of the sign-up period for people in the three dozen states that rely on the federal exchange to renew their coverage or buy insurance for the first time.
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