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Manual physical therapy for the geriatric patient is coming to Missouri
AGPT
May 31 - June 1, 15 Contact Hours
Truman Medical Center, Kansas City, Mo. - Presented by Carleen Lindsey, PT, MScAH, GCS, CEEAA
Description: This course is designed to give experienced PTs a practical approach to manual therapy interventions for the geriatric patient. Lab sessions and demonstrations will feature flexible curve kypholordosis measurement, muscle energy techniques for spinal, rib and SIJ dysfunctions, joint mobilization for shoulder, hip, foot and ankle, myofascial and tender point releases, PNF with deep tissue mobilization, manual therapy with contract-relax and passive physiological intervertebral mobilization. This clinically comprehensive, hands-on workshop is designed for the PT to immediately apply the information in the clinical setting to geriatric patients. Who should attend?: PTs, PTAs and Students in their last year of school.

Full details can be found here.

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Nominating committee call for candidates
AGPT
Calling all members... Are you interested in serving the Academy and your fellow members in a leadership position? If so, please consider running for office. We are seeking those interested in running for president, vice president, director or nomination committee to contact the Nomination Committee and complete a volunteer form on the academy website. kenmpt@aol.com.
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Academy seeks home study course editor
AGPT
Responsibilities:
    A. Home study courses usually consist of six monographs. Work to recruit authors and appropriate topics for the home study course.
    B. In conjunction with the author, establish the monograph topic, scope and a deadline for submission.
    C. Review the outline and learning objectives submitted by the author and offer suggestions and guidance regarding refinement of the scope and content of the proposed monograph.
    D. Edit the monograph for clarity, accuracy, content, currency and overall quality.
    E. The editor may enlist the aid of a co-editor or guest editor and delegate tasks as appropriate.
    F. Report to the Academy Board when asked (usually twice a year prior to CSM and Annual Conference). If attending CSM, attend the Academy Member’s Meeting and at least one Board Meeting. Qualifications:
    Must be a member of the AGPT and maintain a working email address in APTA’s database. The HSC Editor will be compensated for editorial services. Please contact the Academy Office at geriatrics@geriatricspt.org for more information.

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    May is National Arthritis Month
    AGPT
    In the near future, the Balance and Falls SIG will be posting information about how the U.S. is impacted by the many forms of arthritis. At this time, the Arthritis Foundation is broadly disseminating the Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program and Walk with Ease classes. The Water Aerobics leader trainings are now being scheduled. Many of these programs are available in your communities as well. Please consider how you can reach out to your patients, clients and families and help us to promote safe physical activity to everyone impacted by and/or at risk of developing arthritis. If you would like to know where you can find these classes in your area, please visit the Arthritis Foundation on the web at www.arthritis.org.
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    HPA section presents Understanding & Utilization of ICD-10 Coding System in Outpatient and Home Care Settings
    AGPT
    April 29, 1-3 p.m. EDT

    HPA Member Price: $99
    HPA Registered Users: $129
    Non Member Price: $139
    Early registration before April 11 will save you $20

    Register and get more info here.

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    INDUSTRY NEWS


    The importance of collections: Avoid writing off copays
    By Heidi Jannenga
    Today, copays are the norm, and they're only becoming more costly. To top it off, many insurance plans have large deductibles that patients must meet before insurance will pay for anything. While it's obvious that these increased copays and deductibles put a burden on patients, they also burden physical therapy practices. How? Many practices don't have the procedures in place for effective fee collection from patients — especially not in person. Instead, they're willing to simply write off cash collections when the patient doesn't pay.
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    Solving the information exchange problem in healthcare industry
    Small Business Trends
    Founders of H2S, who were from the healthcare industry, were aware of an acute pain point in the healthcare industry — information exchange between physicians and home health agencies. More than 50 percent of home health Medicare claims are denied and most claims are denied due to missing signatures, insufficient documentation and inaccurate descriptions. In fact, the average accounts receivable back log associated with non-compliant paperwork and lack of signatures is between $100,000 and $200,000.
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    Educational sessions as effective as physiotherapy for chronic whiplash pain
    2 Minute Medicine
    The pain and debilitation caused by a whiplash injury may persist over a period of months to years, long after the initial treatment. The current recommended approach consists of multiple intense physiotherapy sessions. Previous studies of acute whiplash injuries have demonstrated that intensive physiotherapy sessions may be no more beneficial than a single educational session. In the current study, the investigators were able to replicate this finding across a group of chronic whiplash patients. The study found that the intensive rounds of physical therapy offered little additional benefit when compared with the advice alone.
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    Obama signs Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014
    National Government Services
    On April 1, President Barack Obama signed into law the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014. This new law prevents a scheduled payment reduction for physicians and other practitioners who treat Medicare patients from taking effect April 1. The new law extends several expiring provisions of law. We have included Medicare billing and claims processing information associated with the new legislation. Please note that these provisions do not reflect all of the Medicare provisions in the new law and more information about other provisions will be forthcoming.
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    6 power foods for therapy professionals
    PutMeBackTogether.com
    One of the most important parts of our everyday living is eating. The selection of food we eat is very important since this is the single source of energy and nutrition. And as therapy professionals, if you don't take care of yourself, you won't be able to take care of others. You are your first patient. So what are the right kinds of food to eat? These six healthy food selections will give your brain and body energy throughout the day.
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