Feb. 27, 2014

SCAPTA elections open Friday — Feb. 28
Elections will open electronically and via mailed ballot on Feb. 28, and close on March 14. The opportunity to vote will also be made available to members at the SCAPTA Annual Conference, but members may not vote again onsite if their vote has already been provided electronically or via a mailed ballot. Click here to learn about the candidates for office.

Voting will be made available for candidates who have consented to run for the following positions:

Electronic voting: An email will be sent to all members on Feb. 28, allowing you to vote using the electronic option. Please make sure you look for an email from on Feb. 28, and set your inbox to allow this email to come through. To vote, members will be required to include their APTA member ID before casting their votes. Otherwise, they will not be accepted.

Mailed ballots: If you wish to receive a mailed ballot, download follow these links to download either the PT ballot or the PTA ballot. Mailed ballots must be received in the SCAPTA office with a postmark of no later than March 14, to be accepted.More

Course notice — clinical instructor education and credentialing at SCAPTA Conference
Registration for this course only will close on March 5, and onsite registration will not be possible in order to satisfy credentialing requirements. Please do not wait to register for this course. Follow the link here to learn more about the course, or use this link to learn about the conference and to register. More

Update: Physical medicine and therapy policy bulletin
Many of you are aware that South Carolina Medicaid sent a Bulletin on Feb. 6, 2014 entitled Physical Medicine and Therapy Policy Update (Bulletin #14-001). It was not clear in the Bulletin if the expansion of the Medicaid benefit for outpatient therapy for beneficiaries over 21 applied to therapy providers classified as Private Rehabilitative and Audiological Services Providers. This is the Medicaid manual that therapists in private practice must utilize. We have reached out to Medicaid and have received clarification that this expansion does include Private Rehabilitative and Audiological Services Providers. Medicaid communicated to us that they intend to update the manual for private providers “in the next few days”.

Some important points to remember if you plan to offer services to adults with Medicaid:

What is not clear is how this will affect Medicaid Managed Care Programs. Checking with specific managed care programs to see if they have also expanded their coverage to persons over 21 is highly recommended. Managed Care Programs may have separate and unique authorization processes.

Please visit for more information.More

SCAPTA 2014 Annual Conference
The SCAPTA 2014 Annual Conference is coming March 28-30 to Charleston. Registration is now open.


Effects of exercise on diastasis of the rectus abdominis muscle in the antenatal and postnatal periods
Physiotherapy Journal
Diastasis of the rectus abdominis muscle (DRAM) is common during and after pregnancy, and has been related to lumbopelvic instability and pelvic floor weakness. Women with DRAM are commonly referred to physiotherapists for conservative management, but little is known about the effectiveness of such strategies. The purpose of this study is to determine if non-surgical interventions (such as exercise) prevent or reduce DRAM.More

Should your practice hire an ICD-10 coder?
By Brooke Andrus
The switch to ICD-10 will trigger a monumental shift in the way medical practitioners code patient diagnoses. The result is increased specificity in coding, but all that slick, souped-up data comes at a cost — time. And as a rehab therapist, you don't have a lot of that to spare. So rather than trying to manage the transition — and master a code set with five times more codes than the library you're used to — all by yourself, you might want to consider calling in some backup in the form of an ICD-10 coder.More

Better breathing
Advance Healthcare Network
Neuromuscular disorders can be a damaging bunch indeed. The category includes multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, Duchenne muscular dystrophy, Huntington disease and other neurodegenerative disorders of the central nervous system. While the etiology of each disease may be different, all share the common symptom of respiratory dysfunction.More

Posture and exercise: Key points for reducing neck and back pain in the sedentary worker
Advance for Physical Therapy & Rehab Medicine
Many people who sit for long periods of time have complaints of neck and back pain. Since gravity is constantly pulling down on our bodies, causing muscle imbalances throughout the neck and back, it's not hard to understand why people complain of discomfort. More

Could a robot physical therapist upend stroke-recovery research?
Popular Mechanics
Drug companies are fleeing the field of stroke research. Over the past decade, hundreds of potential stroke medications have raised hopes and gobbled up funds, only to fail spectacularly in clinical trials. Stroke is on the rise, but scientists struggle to lure pharmaceutical giants back into the risky market for cerebrovascular drugs.More

Re-imagining physical rehabilitation for seniors
Chicago Tribune
Seeking to enhance physical rehabilitation for patients, ManorCare in Highland Park, Ill., has recently installed a “virtual” rehabilitation system for aging adults in their therapy department. Called the OmniVRTM, this technology is making the rehabilitation process more fun and exciting for patients. The OmniVR uses a 3D camera to capture the patient's image and converts it into an "avatar" which is introduced into a game-like environment displayed on a large color monitor.More

Obama: Health insurance enrollment at 4 million
The Associated Press via WISTV
Pressing for a final rush of healthcare enrollees, President Barack Obama said that about 4 million people have signed up for health insurance through federal or state marketplaces set up under his healthcare law. But with a key deadline approaching fast, he urged some of his most steadfast backers to help sign up millions more by then. "We've only got a few weeks left. March 31, that's the last call," Obama said, explaining that anyone not signed up by that date will have to wait until open enrollment begins anew in the fall.More

Sports medicine experts say Female Athlete Triad syndrome a growing concern
Medical Xpress
When an adolescent female patient comes to Nationwide Children's Hospital's Sports Medicine clinic, not only are these young women treated for their sports-related injury, but their sports medicine physician will also ask if they've missed any periods, because of a growing concern among female athletes. Anastasia Fischer, M.D., a physician in Sports Medicine at Nationwide Children's, says that is because female athlete triad syndrome is more prevalent than previously realized. More

Managing the injured runner
By Heidi Dawson
Runners are a notoriously difficult "breed" to handle for the physical therapist. In fact, a colleague of mine has an orthopedic surgeon friend who says he would "rather treat heroin addicts than runners." Ouch! The reason behind this response is that when an injury that requires a rest from pavement pounding rears its ugly head, runners tend not to respond that well to the advice that they should put their feet up for a while. So how do physical therapists get runners to listen to their advice so the injury can be treated as quickly and effectively as possible?More

Study: Does ethnicity, gender or age of physiotherapy students affect performance in the final clinical placements?
Physiotherapy Journal
The purpose of this study is to explore demographic differences in awarded marks of the final clinical placement in a physiotherapy undergraduate program. 333 physiotherapy students entering physiotherapy training between 2005 to 2009 were used in this study. More