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Sponsors, recruiters and exhibitor opportunities at the SCAPTA Annual Conference
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If you have an interest in sponsoring a course or event, attending as a recruiter or presenting equipment at the conference, please complete the prospectus. Notice the schedule online, as we want to encourage you to also consider attending our courses and events.
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Dry needling letter from NCASI to State Boards of Physical Therapy
SCAPTA
APTA is aware that an organization called the National Center for Acupuncture Safety and Integrity has distributed a letter to state physical therapy licensure boards and regulatory agencies regarding the use of acupuncture needles by physical therapists in the performance of dry needling. The letter — signed by attorneys from the law firm of Field Jerger, LLP, on behalf of NCASI — claims that the sale of FDA-regulated acupuncture needles to physical therapists for use in the performance of dry needling is inconsistent with federal law. In addition, NCASI has sent a similar letter to distributors of acupuncture needles claiming that the sale of such needles to physical therapists is illegal. APTA is collaborating with the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy and legal counsel on a response to NCASI's analysis. APTA will distribute its official response to APTA components and members in the very near future. In the interim, please contact Justin Elliott with any questions.


2014 CCIP Trainer Course applications available
APTA
If you are interested in becoming a trainer for APTA's Credentialed Clinical Instructor Program, act now. Applications are available for the 2014 CCIP Trainer Course, April 22-24, 2014, in Alexandria, Va. The course occurs once every two years and involves three full days of training and interaction focusing on adult and active experiential learning approaches. Upon successful course completion, participants will receive 2.25 continuing education units and will receive the CCIP Trainer Credential. Please note that course applicants are selected by an advisory group of senior program trainers and that application submission does not guarantee participation. For more information and to receive the 2014 CCIP Trainer Course application portfolio, please contact Jennifer Rogers.
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2013 SCAPTA Award nominations
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The SCAPTA Awards committee is now accepting nominations for the 2013 SCAPTA Awards. Please take a few moments to nominate a deserving colleague for one of the following SCAPTA awards.
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Sponsors, recruiters and exhibitor opportunities at the SCAPTA Annual Conference
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If you have an interest in sponsoring a course or event, attending as a recruiter or presenting equipment at the conference, please complete the prospectus. Notice the schedule online, as we want to encourage you to also consider attending our courses and events.

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CMS issues final 2014 physician fee schedule rule
PT in Motion
The final 2014 Medicare physician fee schedule rule released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services sets the therapy cap amount on outpatient services at $1,920. In addition, the rule announces a 20.1 percent reduction in Medicare payment rates for physical therapists, physicians and other healthcare professionals — a cut linked to the flawed sustainable growth rate formula being discussed in Congress.

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SCAPTA 2014 Annual Conference
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The SCAPTA 2014 Annual Conference is coming! Check out the incredible selection of courses.
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Researchers call for study of herbal low back pain remedies
Today in PT
Topical herbal remedies should be studied as possible alternative therapies for low back pain, according to a recent commentary written by researchers. Low back pain is a major clinical and public health problem in the U.S., affecting eight out of 10 people at some point in their lives. Treatments vary based on the severity of the pain and can include cold therapy, therapeutic exercise, prescription medications, injections and surgery. Dr. Charles H. Hennekens and affiliate associate professors Dr. Patricia Hebert and Dr. E. Joan Barice — all of Florida Atlantic University's College of Medicine — call for more investigation into herbal remedies in their article, published online in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine.
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Why online reviews matter to your physical therapy practice
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More and more often, people are turning to the Internet to find physical therapists. They're using social media sites like Twitter and Facebook, they're searching on search engines like Google and they're looking to see what other people have to say about physical therapists in their local area. They'll do so by looking for and reading about what other patients have to say about the physical therapist they see. If that physical therapist is you, you'll want to make sure you have tons of raving reviews floating around about the physical therapy services you offer.
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10 tips to help your clients help themselves
By Heidi Dawson
Successful treatment of an injury or pain condition comes down to a working partnership between the therapist and the client. Each person has to keep to his/her end of the deal to achieve the desired result. Here are 10 tips for helping your clients to understand the importance of their own efforts, to feel empowered into helping themselves and to aid even the busiest or most forgetful clients in getting their homework done.
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Webinar: Physical therapy and PQRS in 2014 — How to report successfully
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Join Heather Smith from 2-3 p.m. EDT Dec. 19 for Physical therapy and PQRS in 2014 — How to report successfully, a webinar. This session will provide what you need to know about the physician quality reporting system for 2014, including program changes impacting physical therapists and provide practical approaches for participating. During the Q & A session following the presentation, you may ask your questions directly to the experts.
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Marketing tips emphasize diverse, thoughtful approach
PT in Motion
When it comes to marketing your physical therapist practice, don't get so caught up in all the new delivery methods that you forget the basics of knowing your audience, understanding yourself and figuring out how you'll know when you've succeeded. APTA director of marketing and creative services Chanté Sedwick and senior public relations specialist Jennifer Rondon provide both big-picture considerations and practical tips on how to approach the sometimes-dizzying array of marketing options available.
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Positive energy: Overcoming frustrations in the home health field
Advance for Physical Therapy & Rehab Medicine
Sara Cota Daly has worked in home health as a staff therapist for 11 years. She has witnessed and experienced first-hand the unique challenges of home health, and how it causes physical therapists to struggle with managing personal energy. In 2007, after feeling frustrated from her job, Daly changed careers, shifting from home health PT to owning a day spa and wellness center. Today, the president of Waterfalls Day Spa in Middlebury, Vt., and director of Vermont Wellness Professionals Network, speaks to home health agencies regarding negativity and frustration in the workplace.
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