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Attending APTA's NEXT Conference and Exposition in June?
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Make sure to visit the AGPT booth in the Exhibit Hall and pick up your AGPT member ribbon. We are looking for members to volunteer at the AGPT booth at the NEXT exhibit hall. Please go here to sign up for a one-hour shift and be eligible to win a free one year AGPT membership!

NEXT info can be found here.
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You may need to update your Internet browser to sign into APTA website
APTA
As a result of recent upgrades to their website security system, APTA members using older Web browser software may be unable to log in to apta.org and its related sites. Here's a list of the browser versions that should work with the new APTA standards: Internet Explorer 10 and higher, Chrome v22 and higher, Firefox v27 and higher, Opera v14-16 and higher, Safari v5 and higher on iOS devices, v7 and higher on OSX. If you experience problems signing in, please update your Web browser to the most recent version before looking for other possible causes. While most members should not be affected by the change, if you do, try updating your Web browser software.
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Ideas for new AGPT merchandise?
AGPT
Do you have ideas for what you would like to see for sale in the Academy's online store? Is there something that would look great with our new name and logo? Let us know at karen.curran@geriatricspt.org and we will take all ideas into consideration. Thanks!
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Sustainable growth reform repeal, therapy cap extension
AGPT
On April 16, President Obama signed the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act, legislation that repeals the sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula preventing a 21 percent reduction in Medicare provider payments, and moves toward payment systems based on quality. Under the bill, the therapy cap exceptions process is extended for two years until Dec. 31, 2017. This legislation will also provide .5 percent payment updates beginning July 1, 2015, through Dec. 31, 2019, with further incentive payments based on quality and movement toward alternative payment models in the future.

Additionally, as a result of the bill, the manual medical review process at $3,700 is replaced with a new medical review process. Under this new process, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will determine which therapy services to review by considering three factors. These factors include reviewing: (1) providers with patterns of aberrant billing practices compared with their peers; (2) providers with a high-claims denial percentage, or who are less compliant with applicable Medicare program requirements; and (3) newly enrolled providers. APTA will provide further information and resources on the provisions passed in the SGR bill over the coming weeks, and will continue to influence its implementation with CMS.

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Falls cause most accidental deaths in elderly Americans
Medscape
Unintentional injuries account for the vast majority (85 percent) of all injury-related deaths among older Americans, according to a new data brief from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics. During 2012-2013, 90,640 adults aged 65 years or older died from unintentional injuries and 55 percent of these injury deaths were due to falls.
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Use of mobility devices up by 50 percent among adults 65 and older
PT in Motion
Americans 65 and over are using mobility devices such as canes and walkers more than ever — and increasingly, using more than one device, depending on the setting. And while that use doesn't necessarily mean that these adults are experiencing more falls than their counterparts who don't use mobility devices, the usage rates could challenge professionals who provide training to rethink their approaches, according to a new study.
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True patient-centered care needs a personal touch
FierceHealthcare
Most discussions about improving patient engagement focus on technology — specifically, on the patient portal — but healthcare organizations cannot forget the human element of the relationship they have with their patients, according to executives from two leading healthcare systems who spoke recently at the Medical Informatics World Conference in Boston.
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RA patients may face heightened risk of surprise heart attack
Physical Therapy Products
Patients who have rheumatoid arthritis (RA) may face an increased risk of a surprise heart attack, according to the European Society of Cardiology. The research was recently presented by Dr. Adriana Puente, a cardiologist in the National Medical Centre "20 de Noviembre" ISSSTE in Mexico City.
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For an aging brain, looking for ways to keep memory sharp
The New York Times
With people worldwide living longer, marketers are seizing on every opportunity to sell remedies and devices that they claim can enhance memory and other cognitive functions and perhaps stave off dementia as people age. Unfortunately, few such potions and gizmos have been proven to have a meaningful, sustainable benefit beyond lining the pockets of their sellers. Before you invest in them, you'd be wise to look for well-designed, placebo-controlled studies that attest to their ability to promote a youthful memory and other cognitive functions.
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TRENDING ARTICLES
Missed our previous issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Annual PT Exam for Older Community-Dwelling Adults: Recorded webinar now available for sale (AGPT)
Most women don't know female-specific stroke signs (Medical Xpress)
This cuddly Japanese robot bear could be the future of elderly care (The Verge)
Study shows promise for treatment that may reduce dementia after TBI (The Medical News)

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