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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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AARP announces support to end self-referral exception for physical therapy
PT in Motion
The efforts by APTA, the Private Practice Section of APTA, and other organizations to transform health care by putting an end to self-referral loopholes for physical therapy and other healthcare services under Medicare received a high-profile boost recently, when the 38 million-member American Association of Retired Persons voiced its official support for restricting the practice.
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PTs rank as 1 of the best jobs in healthcare for 2015
The healthcare industry is the backbone of the U.S. job landscape, and with good reason — it's one sector where hiring growth is above average, and many professionals in the industry strive to make an impact on the lives of the people they help. Job prospects across the entire healthcare sector are expected to grow through the next decade as more Americans gain access to health insurance and providers add staff to meet the demands, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Here are the 10 best jobs in healthcare heading into 2015.
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Robot control theory improves prosthetic legs
Medical News Today
A University of Texas at Dallas professor applied robot control theory to enable powered prosthetics to dynamically respond to the wearer's environment and help amputees walk. In research available online and in an upcoming print issue of IEEE Transactions on Robotics, wearers of the robotic leg could walk on a moving treadmill almost as fast as an able-bodied person.
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APTA's support of rehabilitation research pays off in spending bill approved by House
PT in Motion
The $1.1 trillion spending bill approved by the U.S. House of Representatives on Dec. 11 includes some very good news for rehabilitation research, which may be enhanced in the National Institutes of Health. Among the activities getting attention: an existing grant program that Congress would like to better adhere to research definitions from a blue ribbon panel that included APTA members Rebecca Craik, PT, PhD, Anthony Delitto, PT, PhD, and Alan M. Jette, PT, PhD.
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The shoulder; a marvel and a menace
St. George News
We can do marvelous things because of our shoulders. We can reach high above our head or behind our backs. We can write, work at the computer, or paint a ceiling. We can drive a golf ball hundreds of yards, propel ourselves through water, smash a tennis serve, and even throw a fastball ninety plus miles per hour. Truly marvelous. We can do these things because of the way our shoulder is designed. Most people think of the shoulder as being a simple ball and socket joint. The shoulder is actually quite complex and consists of three bones (scapula, clavicle, and humerus) and a myriad of ligaments, tendons, and muscles that attach and cross these bones and joints to function in such demanding tasks.
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Researchers introduce 3-D-printed implant designed to regenerate meniscus
Physical Therapy Products
According to a news release issued by Columbia University Medical Center, its researchers have developed a strategy in which meniscus can be replaced using a personalized 3-D-printed implant, or scaffold, infused with human growth factors that encourage the body to regenerate the lining on its own. The release notes that the therapy has been successfully tested in sheep and could potentially provide the first effective, and long-lasting, repair of damaged menisci.
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