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As 2013 comes to a close, SCAPTA would like to wish its members, partners and other industry professionals a safe and happy holiday season. As we reflect on the past year for the industry, we would like to provide the readers of the SCAPTA News a look at the most accessed articles from the year. Our regular publication will resume next Thursday, Jan. 9.


4 crucial therapist resume questions hiring managers want to know
PutMeBackTogether.com
From Nov. 7: As a point of fact, hiring managers in healthcare only spend around 15 seconds perusing over a new resume of a therapist for the first time and they're really only looking for a couple of things when they do. They're on autopilot, for the most part. Here's what they want to know.
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2013 SCAPTA election results
SCAPTA
From May 9: The Nominating Committee would like to extend our sincere appreciation to all of the candidates willing to serve our association and run for office at the 2013 Annual Conference held in Myrtle Beach. The candidate Q & A session was well attended, informative and exciting for all to meet the future and current leaders of our profession. The election results are as follows.
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10 qualities of a successful physical therapist
PutMeBackTogether.com
From Oct. 3: Physical therapists restore, maintain and promote the best possible physical health for their patients. Sounds simple? No. It's more than that. There are many attributes for a successful physical therapist and if you're in the profession or planning to be a part of it, you might want to read on.
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CMS issues interim instructions for Manual Medical Review Process for 2013
SCAPTA
From March 7: The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services issued interim guidance on how the manual medical review process will be implemented in 2013 for outpatient therapy claims that exceed $3,700. For 2013, CMS has replaced the prior approval process with prepayment review, at least for the interim.
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SCAPTA Awards announced
SCAPTA
From May 9: SCAPTA is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2012 SCAPTA Awards. Categories include the Butch Buchanan Clinical Excellence Award for a Physical Therapist, the Chris Junkins Clinical Excellence Award for Physical Therapist Assistant, the Emily Cate Award and the Outstanding Student of the Year Award.
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Torn meniscus treatments: Physical therapy just as good as surgery
The Associated Press via CBS News
From March 21: A new study that compares physical therapy to knee surgery for torn meniscus' finds that therapy can be just as effective, not to mention cheaper. Results were published online in the New England Journal of Medicine and presented at an American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons conference in Chicago.
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APTA adopts new vision and motion results
SCAPTA
From July 25: We had a very successful House of Delegates this year. We debated and voted on 30 motions and adopted a new vision for the PT profession. SCAPTA's Delegates present were Jason Hazel (chief delegate), Mollie Barrow, Tim Stone and Gretchen Seif. Adam Smith was unable to attend and Jason Hazel carried his vote. Here is APTA's new vision: Transforming society by optimizing movement to improve the human experience.
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Effects of physical therapy treatment: 20 minutes?
In Touch Physical Therapy
From Nov. 14: What if I told you that the neurophysiological effects of manual therapy are only 15-20 minutes. Meaning, 20 minutes at the max, no more. Surprising? What if I then told you that the same effects from our modalities — ultrasound, heat, laser, etc. — the ones we use for comfort but know there is no evidence of effectiveness, yield the same length of relief? Believe it or not, it's true.
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FAQ: Medicare beneficiaries may see increased access to physical therapy or some other services
Kaiser Health News with The Washington Post
From June 27: For years, seniors in Medicare have been told that if they don't improve when getting physical therapy or other skilled care, that care won't be paid for. No progress, no Medicare coverage — unless the problem got worse, in which case the treatment could resume.
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New iPhone app helps clinicians manage fall risk in patients
Evidence in Motion
From Aug. 1: A new Apple iOS application, developed through a partnership between Evidence In Motion and Shubert Consulting, will help physical therapists in identifying and managing patients who are at high risk of falling and educating older adults on preventative actions. It uses the most current evidence-based tools to mitigate and manage each patient's risk and is designed to guide a physical therapist through a simple but effective fall risk screen.
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