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Nominate your AGPT peers for an "Academy" award!
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Please go here for info on nominating a worthy PT, PTA or PT/PTA Student for an AGPT Award. The deadline is Nov. 15 and awards will be presented at the Members Meeting at CSM 2015 where we have some great surprises planned as we celebrate and our new name and unveil our new logo!

Awards include: Clinical Educator Award, Clinical Excellence in Geriatrics Award, Distinguished Educator Award, Joan Mills Award, Lynn Phillippi Advocacy for Older Adults Award, Outstanding Physical Therapist Assistant Award and the Volunteers in Action Community Service Award.

Research awards include: Adopt-A-Doc Award, Excellence in Geriatric Research Award, Fellowship for Geriatric Research and the Student Research Award.


CSM registration is open here.
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RACs, MACs and ADRs: What is New and What You Can Do (webinar)
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2 to 3 p.m. Eastern Nov. 13

Presenter: Ellen R. Strunk, PT, MS, GCS
Does the term "Recovery Audit Contractor" (RAC) give you nightmares? Are you just now recovering from the tsunami of Additional Development Requests (ADRs) and Denials that swamped us all in early 2014? If so, you are not alone. The Recovery Audit (RA) Program was first implemented in 2009 with a mission to detect and correct past improper payments so that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) can implement actions that will prevent improper payments. Since 2009, the program has undergone some modifications and its role in reviewing claims has touched almost every provider setting. Concurrent with this program, CMS began using the RACs to review all therapy claims over $3,700. Learn what is new with both programs and how to set up systems to improve your response rate and efficiency.

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Academy of Geriatrics Physical Therapy 2014 election is open!
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Online voting will be available from Oct. 1-31. Cast your vote at http://www.geriatricspt.org/elections/. We need your vote to have a valid election!
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AGPT members: Sign up and receive updates for our newest SIGs!
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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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PRODUCT SHOWCASE
  RehabCare Chair/Adult Rehabilitation Studies

The Lansing School of Nursing and Health Sciences at Bellarmine University seeks applications from visionary and innovative individuals in the role of the RehabCare Chair of Adult Rehabilitation Studies in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program. Click on the link for additional information or to apply for this position:
https://www.interviewexchange.com/jobofferdetails.jsp?JOBID=52092
 


INDUSTRY NEWS


Study: Cartilage plays active role in arthritis-related joint destruction
Physical Therapy Products
A study published in the journal Arthritis and Rheumatology reveals that cartilage plays an active role in the remodeling and destruction of joints observed in rheumatoid arthritis, which is contrary to what was previously thought. Researchers made the discovery while exploring the role of the protein SOCS3 in controlling inflammation during RA.
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Show, don't tell: The PT's guide to visuals on social media
By Charlotte Bohnett
In college, I took my fair share of creative-writing courses, and every instructor's favorite prescription for effective writing was, "Show, don't tell." Now, as I examine the evolution of social media, those words ring even truer than they did when I was scribbling my way through sonnet stanzas. Looking at the success of Pinterest, YouTube and Instagram, it's clear the age of visual social media is upon us. Because your rehab therapy practice has social media, you're ready to jump in and start attaching images to everything you share. But there's an art to showing instead of telling.
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When stroke occurs in hospital, patient outcomes may be worse
Physical Therapy Products
A new study presented at the Canadian Stroke Congress indicates that when a stroke occurs in a hospital, outcomes for the patient may be worse. Investigators examined data from acute care facilities in Ontario for over nine years. The researchers looked at stroke care delivery and outcomes for groups who had had a stroke in the community as well as those who had a stroke while already hospitalized for another reason.
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For patients with meniscus tear, exercise therapy outperforms surgery
PT in Motion
Exercise therapy can improve certain functions to a degree not possible through arthroscopic surgery for middle-aged patients with degenerative meniscus tears, according to a new study from Denmark. Researchers believe the improvement in function through exercise — more than 16 percent greater than improvement experienced by the surgery group — may lead to better long-term outcomes.
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Underdiagnosed hypertension more likely in rheumatoid arthritis
HealthDay News via HCP Live
Researchers have conducted a cohort study to examine whether rheumatoid arthritis is a risk factor for not receiving a diagnosis of hypertension. Data were obtained from adult patients with and without RA/inflammatory arthritis from an academic multispecialty practice. All participants were seen regularly in primary care and met the clinical guideline criteria for hypertension, but had not been diagnosed with or received treatment for hypertension.
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The true 'quick fix' patients really need
Advance for Physical Therapy & Rehab Medicine
I've been asked hundreds of times in my career by patients and clients for a "quick fix" to their health challenges, Samuel A. Mielcarski writes. Since I used to believe that quick fixes were just quackery, I would get frustrated when asked for one, often replying, "There is no such thing!" This was frequently met by a look of disappointment. However, one day I started thinking to myself: What if there really was a way to give people a quick fix?
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