Section on Geriatrics NewsBrief
Aug. 1, 2013

Section on Geriatrics member 'Jake' Jakubiak Kovacek to receive APTA award
Kathleen “Jake” Jakubiak Kovacek, PT, has been selected by the American Physical Therapy Association's Board of Directors to receive the Recognition of Legislative Commitment from APTA's 2013 Honors and Awards Program. The award will be presented on Sunday, Sept. 15 at the State Policy and Payment Forum in Omaha, Neb. Congratulations Jake!More

Section on Geriatrics product spotlight: Stand Tall DVD
The SOG offers members many educational/instructional information and tools. Each month we would like to place a spotlight on one that is available and that members might not know about. We would like to introduce you to the evidence-based Stand Tall Exercise Program DVD. This program was developed by Dr. Wendy Katzman, PT, DPTSc, OCS, based on her research at UCSF-SFSU to reverse the postural changes that often occur in the older adult. Physical therapists can improve patient compliance with exercise. We know how hard it is for our patient/clients to be compliant with their exercise programs. Here is a great way for them to exercise at home with the physical therapist designed Stand Tall exercise video. This program was developed for the older adult and reinforces good postural alignment and proper body mechanics while strengthening core and back muscles, improving posture and bone health with targeted strength training and weight bearing exercise. Visit the Section on Geriatrics Store and view a trailer of the DVD and read more about Katzman's specialized exercises and postural training. These exercises are based on clinical trials by Katzman. References and more information are located at:

The DVD is priced at $15. More

SOG/HPA webinar:
Documenting Therapy Services for Medicare Medical Review — Sept. 17

As therapy services continue to be on the audit radar for various Medicare medical review entities and as Medicare regulations change with Functional Limitation Reporting and the need to support treatment frequency decisions, concise and convincing documentation is now more important than ever. Learn best practices from an experienced Medicare Medical Reviewer for supporting medical necessity and skilled services.

The intended audience for this session includes therapists (PTs, OTs, SLPs), physical therapist assistants, physical therapy students, physical therapy practice or rehabilitation department managers and administrators.


About the presenter
Jaclyn Warshauer, PT is chair of HPA the Catalyst's Government Affairs and Practice Committee. Warshauer is currently employed as the Senior Clinical Claims Review Specialist for Aegis Therapies. At Aegis Therapies she is responsible for conducting documentation reviews and training, monitoring regulatory affairs, and is a resource regarding Medicare coverage, coding and documentation requirements. Prior to employment with Aegis therapies, Warshauer was a Medicare Medical Reviewer for nine years with National Government Services, a Medicare FI/MAC, where she was the lead of the NGS Therapy Unit. She authored the NGS LCD on Outpatient PT and OT Services and was co-author of multiple NGS rehab-related LCDs. Warshauer has served as a resource to CMS in Baltimore on subjects related to coverage of therapy services. While at NGS, Warshauer conducted many national teleconferences and seminars on Medicare coverage, coding and documentation guidelines for rehabilitation services. Prior to her Medicare work, she worked for 13 years in a variety of patient-care settings.

Full details can be found at this link: More

Attention students — Changes coming to your JGPT subscription
Effective with the October-December 2013 issue of the Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy, students will receive their journals in an electronic format only. Students will be able to access the latest research in geriatric physical therapy both online and via our iPad app. Please watch for more details soon. More

It's time to start thinking about Section awards!
Student Research Award
Clinical Educator Award
Fellowship for Geriatric Research
Excellence in Geriatric Research Award
Adopt-A-Doc Award
Clinical Excellence In Geriatrics Award
Distinguished Educator Award
Outstanding Physical Therapist Assistant Award
Lynn Phillippi Advocacy for Older Adults Award
Volunteers in Action Community Service Award
Joan Mills Award

Nominations are due Nov. 1 and all awards will be presented at the Section Membership Meeting at CSM in January 2014. For additional information on the criteria and selection process for section awards, please visit the Section on Geriatrics website at or email


Section on Geriatrics members can purchase Topics in Geriatrics: Volume 3 for only $100
Volume 3 topics include:

CEUs are no longer available for Topics in Geriatrics: Volume 3. To order please visit the Section on Geriatrics online store here. More

Therapy garden lets patients walk, work, re-learn how to live
The Daily Journal
When people say they are receiving physical or occupational therapy, the typical thought is that they are inside using exercise balls, bikes, parallel bars and other equipment. Can you imagine it a different way? Experiencing therapy is another option.More

4 considerations for hiring a Medicare compliance consultant: Cost
By Charlotte Bohnett and Erica Cohen
Drafting a compliance plan and conducting self-audits are definite must-dos; however, you may eventually find your clinic in a situation that requires absolute expertise. Yes, an in-house compliance officer is ideal, but many small- to mid-sized clinics simply cannot afford to staff someone full-time. Thus, you may want to consider a consultant. While compliance is an expense, noncompliance — think audits, penalties and loss of business — is far more costly. And compliance creates sustainability.More

Alzheimer's disease alters the relationship of cardiorespiratory fitness with brain activity during the stroop task
Journal of the American Physical Therapy Association
Despite mounting evidence that physical activity has positive benefits for brain and cognitive health, there has been little characterization of the relationship between cardiorespiratory fitness and cognition-associated brain activity as measured by functional magnetic resonance imaging. The lack of evidence is particularly glaring for diseases such as Alzheimer disease that degrade cognitive and functional performance. The aim of this study was to describe the relationship between regional brain activity during cognitive tasks and CR fitness level in people with and without AD. More

Increasing number of physical therapists utilizing Facebook, Twitter to promote practice
Advance for Physical Therapy & Rehab Medicine
Physical therapists typically had limited to no exposure to marketing strategies in school. "We're so clinically oriented and tend to just think about treating patients," says Sam Awosulu, Web marketing strategist and physical therapist. "Curricula don't focus much on marketing because physical therapists tend to go into hospital settings. But many of us go into private practice and don't have the business course to help. Chiropractors have a lot of marketing courses but physical therapy just isn't there yet." Because of this old-fashioned thinking, PTs are losing potential clients to athletic trainers and DOs. Now, more than ever, PTs are engaging social media to help bring in new clients.More