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Summaries now available for 2015 CMS Rules; Webinar, podcast on PQRS changes
PT in Motion
New resources from APTA are aimed at helping physical therapists (PTs) understand Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services 2015 changes to the physician fee schedule, outpatient prospective payment system (OPPS), home health prospective payment system (HHPPS), and provisions around durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics, and supplies (DMEPOS). In addition, the association will offer a webinar next week focusing on the new requirements for PTs under the Physician Quality Reporting System.
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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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INDUSTRY NEWS


Exercise, physical therapy may help ease pain of arthritis
HealthDay News via U.S. News & World Report
Regular exercise and physical therapy may benefit people with hip and knee arthritis, new research suggests. The study included 206 people with hip and knee osteoarthritis, average age 66, who were divided into two groups. One group received usual care, while the other group had regular exercise, physical therapy or both added to their standard care.
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High-intensity progressive resistance exercise improves lumbar extensor strength, endurance
Healio
Lumbar extensor high-intensity progressive resistance exercise may be more effective than core stability exercises to improve core lumbar extension muscular strength in active-duty soldiers, according to recent data.
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Study: Survivors face 'sharp' declines post-stroke and heart attack
Physical Therapy Products
A news release from the University of Michigan Health System reports that while a "record number" of individuals are surviving strokes and heart attacks, those that do may face a sharp decline in physical abilities that, over time, steadily worsens.
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TRENDING ARTICLES
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States hurry to fix healthcare exchange websites in new enrollment period
Fox News
Several states whose health exchange websites failed their first test during last year's inaugural ObamaCare open enrollment period have adopted different approaches for the second round. Some, like Oregon and Nevada, folded and decided to go with the federal exchange. Others, like Maryland and Massachusetts, fired their technology contractors and are hoping for better results this time.
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4 ways to lower the cost to collect from self-pay patients
HealthLeaders Media
Because it can be more difficult to collect from patients than it is from commercial payers, hospital and health system finance leaders are working hard to find ways to reduce the operational expenses involved with receiving payments from their self-pay population. Applying the power of data analytics to prioritize and segment accounts is one strategy a four-hospital, not-for-profit health system in Tennessee is using to rein in its billing costs.
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The top 5 exercises you should be doing
By Heidi Dawson
As the old saying goes, "prevention is the best medicine," and this is definitely true when it comes to the training and development of our bodies. There are so many injuries I see on a daily basis that stem from the same few causes — causes that can so easily be addressed in just a few minutes a day, before they become a problem or cause a problem somewhere else along the chain. So, with this in mind, here are my top five exercises that everyone should be doing.
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