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South Carolina moves up a notch in health rankings
The State
South Carolina's status improved slightly in the 2013 edition of America's Health Rankings, moving from 44th to 43rd in part because of the state's effort to ensure poor children get Medicaid coverage. This year the report gave a shoutout to South Carolina for the best one-year improvement in percentage of insured population. The drop from 19.7 percent of the population uninsured to 16.6 percent amounted to about 140,000 more people insured in 2013 than in 2012.
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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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Slate of Candidates posted
APTA
The 2014 Slate of Candidates for APTA national office has been posted on APTA's Nominations and Elections Webpage. The candidate Webpage, including candidate statements, will be posted Jan. 31, 2014. Elections for national office will be held at the 2014 House of Delegates June 9, 2014. Please contact Amber Neil for additional information.
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Learn the latest on payment policy and compliance — in Baltimore or attend virtually
APTA
APTA is hosting a one-day seminar Feb. 15, 2014, in Baltimore. Participants may join in person or via livestream to learn the most updated information on physical therapy payment policy and compliance for outpatient clinics. Become versed in the latest developments related to the Medicare fee schedule, the therapy cap, quality initiatives, program integrity, implementation of healthcare reform provisions and what's coming with a new patient classification and payment system for outpatient physical therapist services.
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South Carolina moves up a notch in health rankings
The State
South Carolina's status improved slightly in the 2013 edition of America's Health Rankings, moving from 44th to 43rd in part because of the state's effort to ensure poor children get Medicaid coverage. This year the report gave a shoutout to South Carolina for the best one-year improvement in percentage of insured population. The drop from 19.7 percent of the population uninsured to 16.6 percent amounted to about 140,000 more people insured in 2013 than in 2012.

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Why online reviews matter to your physical therapy practice
PutMeBackTogether.com
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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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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CSM 2014
APTA
CSM 2014 will bring together more than 10,000 physical therapy professionals from around the nation for five stimulating days of exceptional programming, networking opportunities and an exhibit hall filled with products and services at the The Venetian in Las Vegas.
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Study: Hypoxia can help people with spinal injuries walk better
Today in PT
Scientists might have found a new treatment that can help people with spinal cord injuries walk better, according to a small study in which participants underwent short periods of breathing low oxygen levels. The research involved 19 people with spinal injuries between levels C2 and T12 who had no joint shortening, some controlled ankle, knee and hip movements, and the ability to walk at least one step without human assistance. Research team members were based at Emory University, Georgia Institute of Technology and Shepherd Center in Atlanta, the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago and the University of Wisconsin in Madison.
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5 important things you didn't learn in physical therapy school
PutMeBackTogether.com
Not anything and everything is taught in school. It is only when we are exposed to the outside world when we realize a lot of things. There are many facets of being a healthcare provider that they do not cover in physical therapy school or even when taking up the best courses. Here are five important things you may not have learned in school or courses.
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Kinesio taping for skeptics
By Heidi Dawson
I write this article as a skeptic. I have been a skeptic since I first saw Kinesio tape in 2007 on David Beckham's bare torso. Finding information about what exactly Kinesio tape is supposed to do and how it does it is hard to come by. Despite this, its popularity has continued to grow — by last year's London Olympics, athletes of all nationalities and across all sports were wearing this brightly-colored tape. As more and more of my peers became swept along with the hype, I thought maybe it was time I gave it another look. I am now fresh off an introduction to myofascial taping course. Do you think my views have changed?
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How to approach PQRS in 2014
WebPT
Now that you're up to snuff on the basics of PQRS 2014, you've got some decisions to make: How will you submit your PQRS measures? How many measures will you report? Which measures will you report? If those questions make you feel a wee bit overwhelmed, just close your eyes, take a deep breath and calm down because WebPT is here to help.
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EDs need to switch from 'front door' to 'front porch'
PT in Motion
According to a recent analysis, the pressures of an aging U.S. population should cause emergency departments to rethink delivery of care based on cooperative interdisciplinary decision-making, including comprehensive discharge planning involving physical therapists when appropriate. The report — Transforming Emergency Care for Older Adults — appears in the December 2013 issue of the healthcare policy journal Health Affairs and describes how EDs can respond to the "silver tsunami" affecting nearly all areas of healthcare.
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Telemedicine offers better access to care for Parkinson's patients
Advance for Physical Therapy & Rehab Medicine
Dr. Kevin Biglan, associate professor of neurology at University of Rochester, has been researching the benefits of telemedicine in clients with Parkinson's disease for more than five years. He finds that having access to telemedicine allows for better treatment of symptoms, better satisfaction and better quality of life for clients living with Parkinson's Disease.
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