SCAPTA News
Apr. 24, 2014

Call for Proposals for 2015 SCAPTA Conference
SCAPTA
The South Carolina Physical Therapy Association is accepting proposals for the 2015 Annual Conference in Greenville. We will be accepting proposals through July 1. Speaking at the SCAPTA Annual Conference is a great opportunity to share your knowledge and enthusiasm. More

Foundation for Physical Therapy is now accepting applications
SCAPTA
The Foundation for Physical Therapy is now accepting applications for the post-professional2014 Florence P. Kendall Doctoral Scholarship and the 2014 Research Grants. The deadline to apply for any of these opportunities is 12 p.m. EST Aug. 6.More

2014 Trident Sports Medicine Symposium
SCAPTA
2014 Trident Sports Medicine Symposium Sports Medicine for the Primary Care Provider will take place May 3 at the Francis Marion Hotel, 387 King St. in Charleston. The cost to attend is $125; $100 for students $100. Attendees will receive 7.5 CEUs (SCAPTA-approved). For more information contact Guy Walker at 848-847-3242.More

Webinar: Defining Skilled Maintenance Therapy and Minimizing Denials
APTA
Join Lynn Steffes and James Dunleavy from 2-3 p.m. EDT April 24 for "Defining Skilled Maintenance Therapy and Minimizing Denials," a webinar. Anita Bemis-Dougherty and Roshunda Drummond-Dye will discuss the Medicare manual provisions, as well as provide clinical and regulatory insight on how to properly treat patients under the Medicare skilled maintenance benefit, while minimizing risk of denials from Medicare administrative contractors.More

Call for Proposals for 2015 SCAPTA Conference
SCAPTA
The South Carolina Physical Therapy Association is accepting proposals for the 2015 Annual Conference in Greenville. We will be accepting proposals through July 1. Speaking at the SCAPTA Annual Conference is a great opportunity to share your knowledge and enthusiasm.More

In surprise move, CMS announces Medicare Advantage pay increase
By Pamela Lewis Dolan
After proposing in February a 1.9 percent cut in reimbursement to insurers in the Medicare Advantage program, Medicare made a surprise announcement and said there would, instead, be a 0.4 percent increase. This is the second year Medicare has reversed proposed cuts despite a provision in the Affordable Care Act to bring pay parity between traditional Medicare and Medicare Advantage. The decision came as a surprise, especially to insurance industry leaders who were pushing for rates to remain unchanged.More

10 things physical therapists need to know about CrossFit, Part 1
PutMeBackTogether.com
Daniel Pope writes, "I field emails every day with questions about CrossFit injuries. The biggest complaint I hear from these individuals about other physical therapists is that they don't understand CrossFit. Obviously, understanding what you're trying to send your patients back to and what they'll have to be capable of performing is going to be critically important in the rehab process. As such, here is part one of the 10 things that physical therapists should know about CrossFit."More

Robotic exoskeleton helps get veterans back on their feet
Jefferson Public Radio
VideoBrief Several biotech companies are developing exoskeletons that give people superhuman abilities. These robotic suits are also doing something simpler: They're helping people who are paralyzed, including many veterans, stand up and walk. As Erin Toner of WUWM reports, the technology helps improve patients' mental and physical health but it's far from changing their lives entirely.More

How to implement a patient fees collection plan in your practice
By Heidi Jannenga
Last week, I discussed the importance of not waiving patient fees. So what to do instead? Develop a system or procedure to collect all patient fees (including copays, deductibles, coinsurance and payment for noncovered services and supplies) at the time of service. This may seem like a lot to take in, but it's business-critical. Implement these steps and eliminate risking your practice or ruining your business. Most importantly, implement these steps to further prove your worth.More

10 things physical therapists need to know about CrossFit, part 2
PutMeBackTogether.com
Crossfit athletes go to physical therapists because they want to return to Crossfit. One of the fastest ways to drive away and destroy rapport with CrossFitters is to tell them what they’re doing is inherently dangerous. We just spoke before how this isn’t really true. Physical therapists already don’t have the best rapport with CrossFitters because of the above stated stigmas.More

Study investigates massage for hamstring DOMS
Advance for Physical Therapy & Rehab Medicine
A recently published study in The International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy investigated the effectiveness of a massage tool on reducing hamstring muscle soreness after high-intensity exercise. The study, conducted at the National Research Centre for the Working Environment in Copenhagen, Denmark, investigated the acute effect of massage with the TheraBand Roller Massager+ on delayed onset muscle soreness. The study involved 22 healthy untrained men performing high-volume stiff-legged deadlifts to induce DOMS of both hamstrings.More

Once-conjoined twins leave Texas hospital
The Associated Press via News 92-FM
The 9-month-old boys born joined at the abdomen were separated at Medical City Children’s Hospital last August, about a month after their birth. Owen and Emmett Ezell, who shared a liver and intestines when born, are expected to spend the next three to four weeks in a local inpatient rehabilitation center before being able to go home. The boys are no longer being fed intravenously but continue to be fed through tubes in their abdomens. At the rehabilitation facility, the boys’ parents will learn how to manage those tubes until the twins can eat on their own.More

Reactions mixed to CMS decision to release payment data
By Pamela Lewis Dolan
For the first time since Jimmy Carter was president, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has posted physician fee-for-service payment data to its website for public review and analysis. While researchers and number crunchers applaud the move, some in organized medicine are issuing warnings that the data should be used with caution as it can be misleading when taken out of context. CMS made the file available with a caveat that there are limitations to the data — a point with which the American Medical Association agrees, which is why it has successfully advocated for more than three decades to keep it private.More

P4 pain scale found suitable for use in knee osteoarthritis
News-Medical.net
The P4 pain scale compares favorably with other commonly used measures for patients with severe knee osteoarthritis (OA), a Canadian study has found. When compared against the Western Ontario and McMaster Universities Arthritis Index pain subscale (WOMAC-pain) and the Intermittent and Constant Osteoarthritis Pain (ICOAP) scale, P4 "had comparable reliability, internal consistency, and responsiveness to OA disease specific pain measures", the researchers report.More