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Name change is official!
Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy
The name change bylaw passed unanimously at the Member’s Meeting at CSM on Feb. 4. We are officially the Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy and members will be gradually seeing the change over from the Section on Geriatrics name on correspondence and the website, etc.
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New website redesign rolled out
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Please visit www.geriatricspt.org and see the improvements we have made to the website. The new format is tablet and cellphone friendly and features easier navigation and a fresh new look. Let us know what you think at geriatrics@geriatricspt.org.
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New section board members installed at CSM
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Please welcome Ann Medley, our new secretary; Delegate Steven Chesbro, Director Danille Parker (second term) and Nominating Committee Member Veronica Southard. They were installed during the Member's Meeting/Award Ceremony at CSM in Las Vegas on Feb. 4. A huge thank you to our outgoing board members: Secretary Greg Hartley and Delegate Cathy Ciolek.
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Section schedules 'Manual Physical Therapy for the Geriatric Patient' in 2014
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May 31-June 1, 2014
Kansas City, Mo.

This two day course is designed to give experienced therapists a practical approach to manual therapy interventions for the geriatric patient. The introductory lecture reviews the aging process highlighting musculoskeletal and soft tissue mechanics.

Full details can be found here.

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Sitting for the GCS?
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Sitting for the GCS? The Section on Geriatrics has recommended resources to help you through the process. Click here for the GCS Resource list.
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INDUSTRY NEWS


Coping with therapy caps: What physical therapists need to know and do
Advance for Physical Therapy & Rehab Medicine
It was like déjà vu all over again for physical therapists this past December when Congress once again extended the Sustainable Growth Rate "fix." The three-month fix — good until the end of March — does prevent implementation of the 20 percent Medicare payment cut many feared and also extends the current Medicare therapy cap exceptions process. But there are important facts for all physical therapists to know and key steps to take. Here is an overview of what physical therapists should know and do over the next few months — until it is decided what will be done for the remainder of the year.
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Muscle activation vs. muscle strengthening
PutMeBackTogether.com
Physical therapists are not personal trainers, they are neuromuscular experts. It's time for PTs to separate themselves from the other fitness professionals by utilizing their entire education when treating patients.
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Spreading the word about your private practice is a marathon not a sprint
Advance for Physical Therapy & Rehab Medicine
Healthcare providers often have mixed feelings about promoting their services but the reality is that the general public has little notion of what physical therapists do. Marketing is the process of communicating the value of your services to your referral base and prospective patients. Here are a number of communication methods — including direct, internal, electronic, and passive processes — that you can use to connect your physical therapy services with need-driven clients and the general public.
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MPPR calculator helps PTs navigate payment system
PT in Motion
Congress has until March 31 to take action on payment formulas including the sustainable growth rate. Until then, physical therapists need to know how to determine current payment for services. At APTA, there's a calculator for that.
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