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Choosing wisely: APTA releases list of procedures that PTs and patients should question
APTA
Passive physical agents that aren't part of an active treatment plan, under-dosed strength training for older adults and the use of whirlpools for wound management are among the "5 Things That Physical Therapists and Patients Should Question," according to a list recently announced by APTA. The list, developed through member suggestions and refined by an expert panel, is now part of a national campaign that encourages patients and healthcare providers to talk about whether a given procedure is really necessary based on the patient's individual circumstances.

The list announced is part of APTA's partnership with the Choosing Wisely campaign from the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Foundation. The initiative aims to help consumers make informed healthcare choices by providing lists of procedures that tend to be done frequently, yet whose usefulness is called into question by evidence. APTA is the first nonphysician group to release a list, joining more than 50 medical specialty societies. Go here for more details.
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AGPT members: Sign up and receive updates for our newest SIGs!
AGPT
Please go here to join the Academy's newest Special Interest Groups: The Cognitive and Mental Health SIG and the Residency/Fellowship SIG. The purpose of the CMHSIG shall be to provide a forum and preferred channel for sharing information and resources, and promoting professional networking and advocacy efforts related to cognitive and mental health issues and behaviors in the area of geriatric physical therapy. The CMHSIG will foster the creation and collaboration of relationships among individuals with a common interest in physical therapy for older adults with cognitive and mental health issues and behaviors in order to advance the knowledge and skills of geriatric physical therapy practice. There are many opportunities for participation, so please consider getting involved!

In fostering the development and growth of geriatric residency and fellowship programs, the AGPT has approved a new SIG: the Residency and Fellowship SIG. This new SIG will allow greater participation among ALL parties interested in residency/fellowship education; including those engaged in existing programs (both faculty and participants) and those interested in developing new programs. Furthermore, students and others interested in becoming a resident should become members of the SIG for networking purposes. The Residency/Fellowship SIG will allow for increased member participation and potentially have a much greater impact on the development of new and larger programs. There are many opportunities for participation, so please consider getting involved! As always, SIGs are free for members to join.

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It's not too early to think about nominating your AGPT peers for an award!
AGPT
Please go here for info on nominating a worthy PT, PTA or PT/PTA student for an AGPT Award. The deadline is Nov. 1, and awards will be presented at the Member's Meeting at CSM 2015.
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HPW SIG Sept. 24 webinar: Annual PT exam for older community-dwelling adults
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This webinar will focus on key aspects of utilizing an Annual PT Exam for older community-dwelling adults and developing an evidence-based exercise plan designed to change disease trajectory. Case studies will illustrate data application and program development principles.

Date: Wednesday, Sept. 24
Time: 8 to 9 p.m. ET (1 CEU)

Webinar limited to 100 participants!

Presenter: Jennifer M. Gamboa, DPT, OCS, MTC is the president/director of Clinical Services at Body Dynamics Inc., Physical Therapy and Wellness Center. For more information and to download the registration form, please go here.

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AGPT and HPA Section, APTA partner to offer webinar
AGPT
2 to 3:30 p.m. Eastern Oct. 2 — Self-Audits of Medicare Part B Therapy Services: Are you Looking for the Right Things? (Webinar): As Medicare audit efforts increase therapists are under increasing pressure to ensure compliance with coverage, coding and documentation requirements. Self-audits that look at both quality and technical compliance are a critical step in ensuring that Medicare Part B claims receive appropriate payment. This webinar will guide you through ensuring that your self-auditing program is looking at the right things to reduce your chance of undergoing a Medicare probe review and to reduce your risk of denial if audited.

Register at http://www.aptahpa.org/events/event_list.asp

Please Note: AGPT members will need to register as non-HPA members, but use code AGPT102014 in order to receive a $40 discount.

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INDUSTRY NEWS


New guidelines address hip fractures in older adults
Medscape
The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons issued a new, evidence-based Clinical Practice Guideline on hip fracture diagnosis and treatment in patients aged 65 years and older. This CPG, published online Sept. 5, includes a strong recommendation for preoperative regional analgesia to achieve pain control without increasing the risk for delirium, which is not currently the standard of care in all hospital settings.
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Study links potassium to fewer strokes in older women
HealthDay News
Could eating foods rich in potassium, such as bananas and potatoes, help lower the risk of stroke and an earlier death for older women? Possibly, suggest the findings from a new study. But the research is too preliminary to confirm that potassium alone — and not a better overall diet — actually plays a major role in helping women avoid strokes and live longer.
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7 tips for building a strong community on social media
By Brooke Andrus
Before the dawn of the Internet, building a community — around a business, an institution or any other entity of mutual interest — required a heavy investment of face time. These days, starting a conversation around virtually any topic is as easy as hitting "enter." But as with face-to-face interactions, it's one thing to run your mouth — or in this case, your keyboard — and another to wrangle your listeners' interest enough to get them talking, too. With that in mind, here are some tips for creating and leveraging social media content that will foster a true sense of community among your clinic's online followers.
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Looking to share your expertise?
MultiBriefs
In an effort to enhance the overall content of the AGPT NewsBrief we'd like to include peer-written articles in future editions. As a member of AGPT, your knowledge of the industry lends itself to unprecedented expertise. And we're hoping you'll share this expertise with your peers through well-written commentary. Because of the digital format, there's no word or graphical limit. Our group of talented editors can help with final edits. If you're interested in participating, please contact Ronnie Richard to discuss logistics.
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Cell behavior at onset of osteoarthritis discovered by researchers
Physical Therapy Products
Researchers at the University of Liverpool have identified the way in which some cells alter their behavior at the onset of osteoarthritis, which may lead to a more comprehensive understanding of this condition. The researchers from the university's Institute of Ageing and Chronic Disease has now discovered that changes in the rate at which molecules in joint cartilage are created and destroyed are essential causing this change in behavior.
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Advanced cancer patients can benefit from rehab program with exercise
Physical Therapy Products
Patients with advanced cancer can benefit from a rehabilitation program that combines exercise, nutritional counseling and symptom control, according to an evidence review published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. Palliative care programs should be expanded to include these elements and should be available to patients from diagnosis, as indicated by the CMAJ.
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TRENDING ARTICLES
Missed our previous issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    HPW SIG Sept. 24 webinar: Annual PT exam for older community-dwelling — special member pricing (AGPT)
Exercise Prescription, Physical Activity and Aging Conference: Research in Practice — May 2015, Toronto (AGPT)
The 'humerus' side of being a physical therapist (By Heidi Dawson)
Medicare payment data: What PTs need to know (PT in Motion)
PT researcher lets seniors take a trip (PT in Motion)

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