AGPT NewsBrief
Oct. 30, 2014

Push Pin Changers now available from AGPT!
Made from sturdy, yet flexible plastic, the Push Pin Changer slides over the index finger and features a nub that presses down on push pins for easy, pain-free adjustment of healthcare accessories.

Comfortable to use for either hand, it relieves pressure on fingers and hands when adjusting the push pin settings of canes, crutches walkers and more. Recommended for PTs, PTAs, OTs, rehab specialists nurses and other healthcare professionals.

Measures approximately 1" x 1" — One size fits most

FREE shipping! The Push Pin Changer can be ordered through the AGPT store.More

Join the world's most driven PT professionals. Don't delay. Early bird savings ends Nov. 5!
CSM sets the standard for physical therapy professional development and networking.

With just two weeks left until early bird registration closes, now is the time to lock in the year's top content at the best possible rates.

Plus, you can move between the convention center, hotels, restaurants, shopping, attractions and more via the Indianapolis Skywalk.

Explore the programming. Search by section, speaker, event type, day or keyword.

Register online now. Early bird rate ends Nov. 5.

Then take advantage of special attendee rates on housing and travel. More

AGPT member achieves geriatric residency accreditation
Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center Geriatric Residency program in Cleveland, Ohio, recently successfully achieved accreditation as a geriatric residency program. The program is credentialed through Oct. 31, 2019. Please join us in congratulating AGPT member Linda Dundon, PT, DPT for this excellent achievement. More

Nominate your AGPT peers for an "Academy" award!
Please go here for info on nominating a worthy PT, PTA or PT/PTA Student for an AGPT Award. The deadline is Nov. 15 and awards will be presented at the Members Meeting at CSM 2015 where we have some great surprises planned as we celebrate and our new name and unveil our new logo!

Awards include: Clinical Educator Award, Clinical Excellence in Geriatrics Award, Distinguished Educator Award, Joan Mills Award, Lynn Phillippi Advocacy for Older Adults Award, Outstanding Physical Therapist Assistant Award and the Volunteers in Action Community Service Award.

Research awards include: Adopt-A-Doc Award, Excellence in Geriatric Research Award, Fellowship for Geriatric Research and the Student Research Award.

CSM registration is open here. More

RACs, MACs and ADRs: What is New and What You Can Do (webinar)
2 to 3 p.m. Eastern Nov. 13

Presenter: Ellen R. Strunk, PT, MS, GCS
Does the term "Recovery Audit Contractor" (RAC) give you nightmares? Are you just now recovering from the tsunami of Additional Development Requests (ADRs) and Denials that swamped us all in early 2014? If so, you are not alone. The Recovery Audit (RA) Program was first implemented in 2009 with a mission to detect and correct past improper payments so that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) can implement actions that will prevent improper payments. Since 2009, the program has undergone some modifications and its role in reviewing claims has touched almost every provider setting. Concurrent with this program, CMS began using the RACs to review all therapy claims over $3,700. Learn what is new with both programs and how to set up systems to improve your response rate and efficiency.More

What is direct access, and why should PTs care?
By Charlotte Bohnett
In popular culture, the word "access" implies exclusivity — like a backstage pass to a rock concert or high-level clearance to government files. When it comes to direct access to physical therapy, however, the opposite is true. Instead of physician referral this and MD's approval that, it's simply, "You need physical therapy? Come on in!" That's right, direct access essentially cuts out the middleman — no backstage passes, security authorizations or physician prescriptions necessary. But with autonomy like this comes new responsibilities.More

Study indicates benefits of exercise may decrease with advancing age
Physical Therapy Products
Physical exercise in older adults can improve brain perfusion as well as certain memory skills, according to the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases and the University of Magdeburg. The findings stem from research conducted by Magdeburg researchers who studied men and women aged 60 and 77 years old. Among younger individuals, regular training on a treadmill tended to help improve cerebral blood flow and visual memory.More

Smart walkers lead the way for Japanese elder-care robots
If you're growing old in Japan, chances are you'll have some form of robotic help in the future. The Japanese government is continuing to push robots and robotic services as a solution for the country's shrinking and aging population, 40 percent of which could be 65 or older by 2060. Care for seniors is taking a prominent spot at the Japan Robot Week trade show in Tokyo, where Osaka startup RT Works has been showing off a prototype connected walker. More

Study finds best way to treat neck pain
Drug Discovery & Development
A multicenter study of 169 men and women with a common form of neck pain suggests that both spinal steroid injections and conservative treatment with physical therapy and painkillers work equally well to relieve pain in the short term. But over time, a combination of the two appears to offer the most relief. Results of the study, led by pain specialists at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, are described online on in the journal Anesthesiology. More

Hemorrhagic stroke treatment costs increase 10 years later, study says
Physical Therapy Products
A study appearing in the American Heart Association journal Stroke reports that costs to treat strokes resulting from bleeding in the brain may rise significantly 10 years later. The Australian study includes 10 years of follow-up data regarding stroke cost estimates, which also apply to the U.S. More

Practical motor learning strategies improve gait outcomes in stroke patients
Advance for Physical Therapy & Rehab Medicine
It is an exciting time in neurorehabilitation for physical therapists. Currently, scientists and clinicians are gaining knowledge on ways motor learning can impact patient care and their outcomes. In this article, the definition of motor learning is the reacquisition of skills that are difficult to perform or cannot be performed because of injury or disease. More

Child's genes affect mom's risk for rheumatoid arthritis
Children's genes might increase their mothers' risk for rheumatoid arthritis, a new study shows. The finding could change the way physicians look at family history when advising women who are planning to conceive. "Normally, the spouse would not be considered family," said Giovanna Cruz, a graduate student at the University of California, Berkeley. However, fetal microchimerism, in which a small number of fetal cells circulate in the mother's body, can persist for several decades in some women.More