Mar. 13, 2014

Upstate District SCAPTA Social Night
You are cordially invited to the Upstate District SCAPTA Social Night, 6:30-9 p.m. May 9. $5 for those who RSVP by May 1; $10 at the door.More

SCAPTA electronic elections close March 14 — cast your vote today
Elections opened electronically and via mailed ballot Feb. 28 and will close 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. Don't miss the opportunity to cast your ballot. More

2014 PT Legislative Day
PT Day at the Statehouse will be March 18. Come join your colleagues at the South Carolina Statehouse to support the PT profession.More

Bylaws update
The Bylaws Committee under direction of the board of directors, moves that we amend Article XII: Finance to reflect an increase in dues for Physical therapist members and Physical Therapy Assistant members as reflected in the following.More

Upstate District SCAPTA Social Night
You are cordially invited to the Upstate District SCAPTA Social Night, 6:30-9 p.m. May 9. $5 for those who RSVP by May 1; $10 at the door. More

Student develops intervention to reduce work-related shoulder injuries
Physical Therapy Products
Julie Collins, a Boston University College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College doctoral student, has developed a new intervention with mentorship from BU faculty and practitioners to help minimize workplace injury and decrease work-related injury costs. According to a Boston University College of Arts and Sciences news release, Collins worked with BU Sargent faculty physical therapists Lee Marinko and Kelly Pesanelli to implement a program of education and equipment modification specifically designed to address shoulder injuries.More

Navigating a career in physical therapy
Los Angeles Times
Business is set to boom for physical therapists. Employment in the sector is projected to grow 36 percent over the decade spanning 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. This means an increase of around 73,500 jobs that currently pay a median of $79,860 per year.More

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


Health Care Reform: 2014 Progress Report
Join Roshinda Drummond-Dye, Gillian Leene and Deborah Cradall from 2-3:30 p.m. EDT March 20 for Health Care Reform: 2014 Progress Report, a webinar. This session will focus on policy provisions such as accountable care organizations, bundled payment methodologies, the healthcare insurance Marketplaces, Medicaid expansion and fraud and abuse initiatives.More

5 ways the Affordable Care Act is impacting PTs
By Brooke Andrus
Ever since the federal government got the ball rolling on healthcare reform legislation — aka the Affordable Care Act — it has been a hot topic of conversation among providers and consumers alike. For the last few years, discussions about the effects of the new healthcare law were purely speculative. But now that the ACA go-live date has come and gone, a clearer picture of its impact — particularly in the realm of outpatient physical therapy — is starting to emerge. Here's a breakdown of how the new healthcare law is affecting therapists.More

The lymphedema life impact scale
Advance for Physical Therapy & Rehab Medicine
Most literature reporting the effects of lymphedema on quality of life have utilized either generic quality of life instruments such as the SF-36 and Nottingham Health Profile — or cancer-related outcome measures including the Functional Assessment of Cancer Therapy — Functional Living Index-Cancer and the European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer-Quality of Life Questionnaire. The difficulty in using those measures is the lack of sensitivity to issues relating to lymphedema. Due to the specific impact of lymphedema, it is important to use a condition-specific measure to assess the effects of all kinds of lymphedema upon patients and on which to plan and base appropriate treatment.More

Claims for outpatient therapy functional G-codes denying incorrectly
National Government Services
National Government Services has identified a situation in which outpatient therapy claims containing the functional G-codes and modifier information are receiving incorrect errors from the Common Working File, causing the claims to deny. CMS is aware of the issue and the issues have been referred to CWF system maintainer for research and resolution. CWF has acknowledged the issue and they are working on a resolution. Further instructions will be provided once CWF has completed their research and any required system corrections.More

4 ways to grow your private therapy practice
Jena Casbon writes, "One of the biggest complaints that I hear from private therapists is, 'I hate marketing.' What if I told you that it was time to rethink your perspective on marketing? Marketing your private therapy practice is not the same as marketing a regular business. What will work for you? Making connections with real people who you can help and can in turn help you. Phew. Here are some ideas to get you started."More