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Attending the APTA NEXT Conference in Charlotte, North Carolina?
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Please sign up for a volunteer shift at the AGPT Booth at the Exhibit Hall. It's a great way to meet other members and a chance to win free Academy membership for a year! Please click here to sign up: http://www.geriatricspt.org/events/next/.

The APTA NEXT Conference & Exposition takes place June 11-14 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Watch for trendsetting programming, innovative content, new virtual features and exclusive access to the profession's leaders and experts. Register at apta.org/NEXT.
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CSM Updates from AGPT Government Affairs Chair
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SNF PPS Proposed Rule for FY15
The pre-publication copy of the Medicare Program; Prospective Payment System and Consolidated Billing for Skilled Nursing Facilities for FY 2015 (FY15 SNF PPS) proposed rule went on display at the Office of the Federal Register's Public Inspection Desk on May 1. The proposed rule is expected to be published in the Federal Register on May 6.

IRF PPS Proposed Rule for FY15
The pre-publication copy of the Medicare Program: Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility Prospective Payment System for Federal Fiscal Year 2015 (FY15 IRF PPS) proposed rule went on display at the Office of the Federal Register's Public Inspection Desk on May 1. The proposed rule was expected to be published in the Federal Register on May 7.
Access it at: https://s3.amazonaws.com/public-inspection.federalregister.gov/2014-10319.pdf

Hospital (IPPS) Proposed Rule for FY15
On April 30, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued the Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment Systems (IPPS) proposed rule for FY2015. The proposed rule outlines Medicare payment rates and policies inpatient stays at general acute care and long term care hospitals (LTCHs). A pre-publication copy of the proposed rule is available from the Federal Register. Comments are due June 30.
Access it at: https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2014/05/15/2014-10067/hospital-inpatient-prospective-payment-systems-quality-reporting-requirements-reasonable

New DOTPA Reports Available
This week, CMS posted reports based on its Developing Outpatient Therapy Payment Alternatives (DOTPA) project available electronically. The DOTPA Measurement Report, which can be requested via email, looks at the performance of assessment items as measures of patient functional impairment. The DOTPA Payment Alternatives Report considers payment alternatives for Medicare outpatient therapy services. The DOTPA Final Report describes overall results, lessons learned from the DOTPA project and future research. CMS also posted the DOTPA CARE-C and CARE-F Assessment Forms used to collect items of information on the DOTPA patient sample on CMS.gov.
Access it at: http://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Billing/TherapyServices/Downloads/DOTPA-Payment-Alternatives-Report.pdf

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Practicing wound management? Please take the Specialist Survey for ABPTS
ABPTS
The Section on Clinical Electrophysiology & Wound Management is in the process of submitting a petition to the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS) for a physical therapist specific certification in wound management. In order to complete this process we need your help. This brief survey of 14 questions should only take about 10 minutes of your time and we NEED your input as a physical therapist practicing in wound management. This analysis of physical therapy practice in wound management is REQUIRED as part of the petition which cannot be completed without the survey results. Please respond by May 19, as we would like to proceed with this process as quickly as possible. Thank you very much for your help! Click here to take the survey.

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May is Older Americans Month
NCOA
The Administration for Community Living has named injury prevention as the theme of this year's Older Americans Month in May. As you mark the occasion in your community, please use and share these wonderful resources on falls prevention! Read more at Older Americans Month 2014.
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INDUSTRY NEWS


Aquatics therapy can provide renewed independence and sense of pride
Advance for Physical Therapy & Rehab Medicine
Many geriatric patients may have heard about aquatic therapies, but most have never experienced rehabilitation in a specialized therapy pool. Therefore, it becomes incumbent upon the physical therapist to guide the patient through each session, carefully explaining processes and setting the stage for expectations.
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Technology and data helping to improve stroke treatment
By Rosemary Sparacio
Evidence and research indicate that the mortality rate in the event of a stroke has improved. At one time, stroke was the third-leading cause of death in the U.S., but it has fallen to fourth place. Stroke risk can be attributed to several factors. High blood pressure, high lipid levels, smoking and previous brain injury can all individually and together play a part in increased risk. But the control of all of these factors has improved thanks to recent research and technology.
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Is a cash-based physical therapy clinic right for you?
PutMeBackTogether.com
Dwindling reimbursement rates and increased business costs have impacted the profitability of many insurance-based physical therapy practices. Looking at the hassle and paperwork associated with insurance and Medicare reimbursements, it's no wonder that the idea of running a cash-based physical therapy clinic sounds very appealing. However, the challenge of changing from a traditional insurance-based business model to one that accepts only cash for payment keeps most physical therapists from taking this approach.
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TRENDING ARTICLES
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The Rx for healthcare payments
PYMNTS
The healthcare payments market in the U.S. is exploding and was expected to reach $2.7 trillion in both payer and consumer payments in 2013. With the increase in changes in the industry due to reform and the shift of payment to consumers, administrative costs are expected to reach a staggering 25-40 cents of every dollar spent in the industry. Not surprisingly, much of the growth in the industry is expected to come from the increase in patient responsibility due to the number of patients enrolled in high-deductible health plans.
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An aging population will provide plenty of business for physical therapists
Reynolds Center Business Journalism
Amid ongoing coverage of a tepid jobs market, it's difficult to ignore on that offers double digit growth in the coming years: The federal Bureau of Labor Statistics is forecasting that demand for physical therapists will grow a whopping 36 percent between 2012 and 2022.
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Study: Equine therapy helps ease symptoms of dementia
University Herald
Horses help reduce the symptoms of Alzheimer's dementia, according to a Ohio State University study. Researchers said that equine therapy that is commonly used for children and teens with emotional and developmental disorders is found to be beneficial for adults too.
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New training program can improve stereoscopic vision in stroke survivors
Physical Therapy Products
Psychologists at Saarland University in Germany have developed a new therapy to help people who are experiencing impaired spatial vision, which may possibly be a result of stroke. The research team developed a therapeutic approach that aimed to train binocular fusion and improve three-dimensional vision.
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