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As 2014 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 exclusive content articles from the year. Our regular publication will resume next Thursday, Jan. 8.

Final Rule 2015: What PTs need to know
By Brooke Andrus
From Nov. 13: The summary of this year's Final Rule is hot off the presses, which means that — among other things — we now know the details regarding the Physician Quality Reporting System, or PQRS, for 2015. For those who have been following the PQRS saga since the program first came into being in 2007, it should come as no surprise that Medicare has yet again upped the ante for compliance. Based on the fact sheet CMS provided, here's the scoop on this year's reporting requirements.
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The importance of hip internal rotation
By Heidi Dawson
From Nov. 6: Hip joint internal rotation occurs when the femur rotates within the hip joint, toward the mid-line of the body. It also occurs in standing when the lower limb is fixed and the pelvis rotates. A "normal" value for hip internal rotation is 45 degrees, although few individuals get anywhere near that level of movement and a minimum of 35 degrees is considered sufficient for most people. Many people — runners, coaches and physical therapists — are aware of the need for sufficient hip extension during the gait cycle, in both walking and running.
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5 ways the Affordable Care Act is impacting PTs
By Brooke Andrus
From March 13: Ever since the federal government got the ball rolling on healthcare reform legislation — aka the Affordable Care Act — it has been a hot topic of conversation among providers and consumers alike. For the last few years, discussions about the effects of the new healthcare law were purely speculative. But now that the ACA go-live date has come and gone, a clearer picture of its impact — particularly in the realm of outpatient physical therapy — is starting to emerge. Here's a breakdown of how the new healthcare law is affecting therapists.
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How to calculate your ideal patient load
By Brooke Andrus
From Aug. 21: As a rehab therapy provider, the strength of your clinic's revenue stream depends mainly on the number of patients you see each day — and the dollar amount you receive for each one of those visits. Naturally, if you want to increase your clinic's revenue, you mostly likely will need to increase the volume of patients you treat. But how do you figure out how many patients you should be seeing each day — in other words, your ideal patient load? When you break it all down, it's actually pretty simple to come up with a ballpark patient-volume target.
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Pectoralis minor: Far from a minor problem
By Heidi Dawson
From Feb. 6: Pectoralis minor is the smaller sibling of the larger and more talked about pectoralis major. But for such a small, seemingly insignificant muscle, it can sure cause some problems. The pec minor is found underneath its larger partner, originating from ribs 3, 4 and 5 and passing superiorly and laterally to attach to the coracoid process of the scapula. Its functions are to stabilize the scapula, as well as depressing, protracting and downwardly rotating it. When the scapula is fixed, pec minor will also assist in elevating the ribcage. OK, so we know where it is and what it does. But why is it often so troublesome?
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Managing the injured runner
By Heidi Dawson
From Feb. 27: Runners are a notoriously difficult "breed" to handle for the physical therapist. In fact, a colleague of mine has an orthopedic surgeon friend who says he would "rather treat heroin addicts than runners." Ouch! The reason behind this response is that when an injury that requires a rest from pavement pounding rears its ugly head, runners tend not to respond that well to the advice that they should put their feet up for a while. So how do physical therapists get runners to listen to their advice so the injury can be treated as quickly and effectively as possible?
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5 must-track metrics for practice profitability
By Sasha Viasasha
From May 15: Today's healthcare landscape is complex and constantly changing. Collecting data is essential for analyzing practice revenue and determining what changes can be made to increase profitability. The secret is to collect the right data to successfully determine what needs to be changed. Here are five key metrics practices should follow to achieve financial success.
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ICD-10: Everything you need to know
By Maria Frisch
From June 19: The compliance deadline for ICD-10 is Oct. 1, 2015 — a change expected to impact all HIPAA-covered entities. While this rollout will entail both time and cost burdens throughout healthcare, the move from ICD-9 to ICD-10 reflects significant advances in medicine that have occurred during the last three decades. Implementation of ICD-10 is not optional, and rollouts will be complex. This article highlights some important facts and resources regarding the transition to ICD-10.
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The top 5 exercises you should be doing
By Heidi Dawson
From Nov. 20: As the old saying goes, "prevention is the best medicine," and this is definitely true when it comes to the training and development of our bodies. There are so many injuries I see on a daily basis that stem from the same few causes — causes that can so easily be addressed in just a few minutes a day, before they become a problem or cause a problem somewhere else along the chain. So, with this in mind, here are my top five exercises that everyone should be doing.
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Measuring matters: Key metrics for PT marketing and sales
By Charlotte Bohnett
From July 17: You might be one heck of a salesperson, or you might be a master marketer. But how do you know that? A gut feeling, perhaps? Sales or marketing skills only matter to a business if that business understands the value those skills provide. More succinctly, sales or marketing only matter if they work, and the only way you'll know if they're working is if you measure them. With that, here are a few key metrics that will help you determine the worth of your practice's marketing and sales efforts, allowing you to make better decisions about future initiatives.
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