SCAPTA News
Feb. 5, 2015

Are you REEDY for SCAPTA Annual Conference this year?
SCAPTA
Before you know it, May will be here with flowers blooming and beautiful weather to take in. What better place to enjoy our SCAPTA annual conference than beside the Reedy River in Greenville, S.C. on May 1-2, 2015! So while it is still chilly out, take the time now to sign up for early bird registration and save some cash! Excellent and diverse CEU opportunities are offered this year with plenty of time to enjoy the scenery of downtown Greenville with the conference being hosted at the Kroc Center. Go to http://scapta.org/annual-conference for registration and course information.More

Now accepting nominations for SCAPTA Awards
SCAPTA
It is a New Year! A time for good deeds and warm wishes. There are few better feelings than recognition of a job well done. With that in mind: It is time for nominations for all the 2015 SCAPTA Awards! We all know someone worthy of recognition. What better time than now to express our thanks and admiration for jobs well done? Nominations for the 2015 SCAPTA Awards must be in by March 1, 2015. More

SCAPTA secretary position is currently open
SCAPTA
Tauna Eaddy, the SCAPTA Secretary, has resigned her position in order to take a Neuro Research position at the University of Florida in Gainesville. We wish her success and our loss is Florida's gain. Due to her resignation, the SCAPTA secretary position is currently open. This position will be filled by an appointment from the SCAPTA BOD and will be for the remainder of her term until May 2015. Please contact Gretchen if you are interested in this position by no later than 12:00 noon on 2/9/15. More

SCAPTA Lowcountry District CEU event

Date: Wednesday, March 4
Time: 5:30 – 7:00
Topic: "Current Topics in Shoulder Pathology"
Speaker: Katherine Smith MPT, PCS
Location: Summerville Medical Center. Summerville, South Carolina
Refreshments provided
Free to members ($10 non-members)

Please RSVP to dave.rav@gmail.com by Feb. 27.More

9 strategies to prepare your practice for ICD-10
Medical Economics
Not sure how to start preparing for ICD-10 in your own medical practice? These strategies can help physicians prepare for the transition set for Oct. 1, 2015.More

'Prevent Interruptions in Physical Therapy' Act introduced in House and Senate
PT in Motion
The ability of physical therapists in private practice to improve continuity of care for their patients is a step closer to becoming a reality: this week, companion bills were introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate that would extend so-called "locum tenens" provisions to PTs. Known as the Prevent Interruptions in Physical Therapy Act (H.R. 556/S.313), the identical bills would allow a PT to bring in another licensed provider to treat Medicare patients and bill Medicare through the practice provider number during temporary absences for illness, pregnancy, vacation or continuing medical education.More

Blogging can boost customer base for your PT clinic
The Global Dispatch
Search engines love engaging content that is updated regularly and relevant to readers. A typical clinic's blog contains all the information needed by clients to make an appointment, establish contact and find out about products and services. However, most clinic websites don't take the extra step needed to ensure success by adding a blog. More

How kinesiotape may bring more customers to your door
PPS Impact
The use of a brightly colored tape by athletes and weekend warriors is on the rise. Whether in the CrossFit box, on the tennis court, or as a desk jockey, kinesiology tape (kinesiotape) has been rapidly gaining popularity with athletes, patients and physical therapists. Some PTs also use the tape as an outreach tool and advertisement for the services their clinic offers. More

Physical therapy can help reduce arthritis pain
The Grayson County News Gazette
Treatment of osteoarthritis includes, medication, surgery, joint protection, and physical therapy. Physical therapists can help the arthritic patient in numerous ways including the use of heat and modalities, the fitting of braces or insoles, weight reduction, joint protection education, home and lifestyle modifications, and with the use of exercise to improve strength, joint mobility, and flexibility. Exercise is often perceived as painful by the arthritic patient, but an appropriate exercise program can help improve physical function and improve the person's ability to perform daily activities. More

7 ways to prepare for a meaningful use audit
Medical Economics
The best way to get ready for a meaningful use audit of your practice is to assume you will be audited and prepare accordingly. Here are seven strategies your practice can use to make sure you meet all the requirements of the MU program should the auditors come calling, and ensure you can keep the incentive money you earned.More

2015 key dates for practice managers
Health Data Management
The coming year includes seven deadlines related to federal government initiatives — including three deadlines on Feb. 28 alone — that physician practice administrators should circle on their calendars. These deadlines are subject to change based on the actions of Congress and the Obama Administration. More