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Webinar on Health Plan Contracting: A Guide For Rehabilitation Providers
As rehabilitation providers strive to establish relationships with quality payors, understanding key issues in health plan contracting is of increased importance. This webinar will review the basic concepts of preparing for and negotiating payor contracts. Additionally, the webinar will review a number of specific contractual provisions and provide considerations for rehabilitation providers in negotiating more favorable terms of payor contracts.

Date: Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Time: 1:00 - 2:15pm Eastern Time
CEUS: 1 contact hour
Space is limited, Register Now: Free to SC chapter PT and PTA members. $50.00 for all others.

  1. Recognize the steps necessary to be well prepared for negotiating a payor contract.
  2. Recognize key considerations for the negotiation process and how to improve the rehabilitation provider's likelihood of achieving its negotiating goals.
  3. Demonstrate a general understanding of a number of key contract provisions in rehabilitation provider payor contracts and certain options to consider in negotiating a more provider friendly contract.
About the Speaker:
Paul Welk, PT, JD is an attorney at Tucker Arensberg, P.C. in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where he is chair of the firm's Health Law Group. He focuses his legal practice in the areas of business and health care law and in this capacity frequently represents rehabilitation providers and professional organizations. Paul is a lobbyist and legal counsel for the Pennsylvania Physical Therapy Association and provides legal services to the APTA and a number of its chapters on a variety of issues. He served as Chair of the APTA Committee on Risk Management and Member Benefits and is the founding author of The Legal Impact, a regular column in the APTA Private Practice Section's Impact Magazine. Paul lectures regularly at professional association events, colleges, and universities. He is also a member of the Duquesne University School of Physical Therapy Advisory Board.
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Continuing Education Opportunity for Clinical Instructors
Are you a clinical instructor or health care provider who works primarily in a clinical setting? Are you interested in developing your teaching abilities? If so, consider enrolling in APTA's Credentialed Clinical Instructor Program (CCIP). Participants explore various aspects of the clinical learning environment and learn skills and techniques needed to provide students with a structured and effective learning environment.

The CCIP is taught throughout the year in the United States and Canada. Successful course completion by physical therapists and physical therapist assistants results in the awarding of 1.6 CEUs and the clinical instructor credential.

The CCIP will be offered in South Carolina on Feb. 20-21, 2015. Visit APTA's website to learn more, browse the 2014-2015 CCIP course schedule, and register. The registration deadline for this course is Jan. 16, 2015. If you've already taken the CCIP and would like to further develop your teaching and mentorship skills, consider taking the Advanced CCIP. Direct any questions to APTA's clinical instructor credentialing staff.

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Nominations open for 2015 APTA Honors and Awards Program
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
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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How weightless rehabilitation can help injured runners
U.S. News & World Report
What if there was a machine that allowed injured runners to run again without any pain? Better yet, what if there was a way to make you feel like you were running on air? The AlterG Anti-Gravity Treadmill might just be the answer to an injured runner's prayers. Instead of pushing through a "no pain, no gain" training season, this modern treadmill reduces the load and impact on legs and joints by providing a supported weightless experience.
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Proposed CMS rule may impact essential benefits, habilitative care and more
Physical Therapy Products
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has issued a proposed rule that places an emphasis on strengthening affordability and accessibility for insurance plans offered through the Affordable Care Act health insurance marketplaces beginning in 2016. According to a news story from the American Physical Therapy Association, if the rule is enacted as proposed, it would in turn impact essential benefits, network adequacy, habilitative care and cost-sharing, among other areas.
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Athletes find emotional scars need healing as much as physical ones
The Island Packet
The challenge an athlete faces to physically recover from a major injury is obvious. What's not as obvious, and often more difficult, is the psychological toll injuries take on young athletes whose self-worth and identity can get wrapped up in athletics and the feeling of invincibility that comes with success.
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Experts urge caution in implementing pay-for-performance schemes tied to coordinating 'transitional care' of older adults
Medical News Today
In what is believed to be the first interview-style qualitative study of its kind among health care providers in the trenches, a team led by a Johns Hopkins geriatrician has further documented barriers to better care of older adults as they are transferred from hospital to rehabilitation center to home, and too often back again.
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Doctors seek another ICD-10 delay
HealthLeaders Media
The twice-delayed ICD-10 implementation was supposed to have taken effect on Oct. 1, 2014. Now physicians groups in two states are asking members to implore their representatives in Congress for a two-year postponement.
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Exercise program helps children with arthritis
The StarPhoenix
A University of Saskatchewan graduate student has developed a strength training program that holds promise to improve quality of life for children with arthritis. Affecting one in 1,000 Canadian children aged six months to 16 years, juvenile arthritis can be temporary or chronic, lasting many years or even a lifetime. Pain makes exercising very difficult and potentially negatively affects growth and health.
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Cold weather and the need for injury prevention through physical therapy
Owatonna Peoples Press
As we head into the holidays, the weather starts to change. As the temperature drops, aches and pains become a frequent occurrence. Activities like snow shoveling and even prolonged standing whether in the kitchen or in the shopping mall can trigger low back pain, knee pain and other injuries. Some of the pain can be prevented with proper warm up, stretching and making sure you move and don't stand or sit in one spot for a more than thirty to forty minutes.
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Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Study: Common knee surgery may boost arthritis risk (HealthDay News via U.S. News & World Report)
Physical therapy for peripheral neuropathy, balance (St. George News)
Physical therapy is not just rehabilitation; it also prevents injuries (News Transcript)
Webinar on Health Plan Contracting: A Guide For Rehabilitation Providers (2) (')
Obstructive sleep apnea associated with impaired exercise capacity (The Medical News)

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