SCAPTA News
May. 23, 2013

Risk Management Forum
SCAPTA
SCAPTA and the North Carolina Chapter of APTA have partnered to provide you with this one-day event that will include presentations covering topics including payment integrity from the perspective of the commercial payer, trends in fraud, waste and abuse initiatives, and minimizing the risk of negative audit outcomes. This forum will be held Oct. 11 at the Mountain Area Health Education Center in Ashville. This forum will provide material relevant to physical therapists, as well as occupational and speech therapists.More

House of Delegates update
SCAPTA
In this newsletter we have listed six "hot topic" RCs from the 2013 Packet 1 to initiate discussion amongst clinicians in South Carolina. The South Carolina delegation would love to hear your feedback in regards to these or any other RCs from the 2013 House of Delegates. For review of RCs not listed here please visit our website. Should you wish to ask questions or give feedback, please feel free to email Jason Hazel, South Carolina Chief Delegate.More

Webinar: Communicate Medical Necessity of PT to Utilization Managers
APTA
Join Karen Jost, PT, MS, Beth Rohrer, PT, DPT, OCS, and Victoria Rupakus, PT, on June 13 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. EDT for "Communicate Medical Necessity of PT to Utilization Managers," a webinar. This session will provide participants with the tools to employ effective communication strategies with peer reviewers and referring providers, document medical necessity of services to advocate for appropriate physical therapy benefits and more. Registration for the live event is limited.More

McKenzie Method founder dies at 82
Advance for Physical Therapy & Rehab Medicine
The McKenzie Institute announced May 13 the passing of founder Robin Anthony McKenzie. He was 82. He developed the McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy in the 1950s and in 1982 created The McKenzie Institute International, an educational organization with 28 branches worldwide. The McKenzie Method is a philosophy of active patient involvement and education for back, neck and extremity problems.More

Risk Management Forum
SCAPTA
SCAPTA and the North Carolina Chapter of APTA have partnered to provide you with this one-day event that will include presentations covering topics including payment integrity from the perspective of the commercial payer, trends in fraud, waste and abuse initiatives, and minimizing the risk of negative audit outcomes.More

Top 5 reasons to give thanks in your therapy career
PutMeBackTogether.com
Appreciating what you have and acknowledging everything that you have received is a key to a happier life. A dose of gratitude can also improve health since it lowers your stress level. When things don't go your way in your therapy career, ask yourself how you can benefit from what you already have. Dr. Erson Religioso III shares the five things he is grateful for as a physical therapist.More

Is South Carolina nullifying Obamacare?
The Weekly Standard (Blog)
The claim, from The Huffington Post and others, is that South Carolina is attempting to "nullify" Obamacare. But what the Republican-dominated South Carolina state house passed on May 1 doesn't really nullify anything — not yet, at least. The legislation is more like a resolution, asserting that the state of South Carolina opposes the unconstitutional parts of Obamacare.More

Back to basics: Functional limitation reporting G-codes
By Charlotte Bohnett and Erica Cohen
By now, you’ve probably heard plenty on the ins and outs of functional limitation reporting — everything from why an integrated functional limitation reporting solution is the best solution to how to incorporate G-codes and severity modifiers into your documentation workflow. Today, let’s talk G-code basics. Effective July 1, CMS will require therapists to complete functional limitation reporting through the use of new G-codes and corresponding severity modifiers for all eligible Medicare patients at the initial examination, at minimum every 10 visits and at discharge in order to receive reimbursement.More

Building the research capacity of clinical physical therapists using a participatory action research approach
Journal of the American Physical Therapy Association
This two-year study explored the experiences of clinical physical therapists who used a participatory action research approach to learn about the practice of clinical research. The aim of this study was to explore the experiences of physical therapists who were conducting clinical research, facilitated by a PAR approach.More

Using avatars to improve physical therapy adherence
MedCity News
A lot of companies have championed the benefits of devices like Fitbit to help engage patients in their healthcare and track their progress in a trend that's referred to as the quantified self. Instead of apps, Respondesign wants to improve adherence for physical therapy through an interactive remote-monitoring platform using Microsoft's Kinect motion-sensor technology and avatars that serve as personal fitness coaches.More

PTNow adds functional limitation reporting tests and measures
PT in Motion
To help clinicians meet the July 1 functional limitation reporting requirements, PTNow is providing appropriate tests and measures for member use. The tests and measures were identified by APTA section teams and EDGE task forces for the highest volume conditions in their content areas.More

Why website analytics are vital for your business
Small Business Trends
Ten years ago, it was enough for a business to create a website, cast it out into the wild and merely sit back while the traffic rolled in. But in today's increasingly technical world with big data seamlessly flowing, it has become essential for small businesses to study their website analytics in order to personalize the experience for visitors, compete with industry behemoths and improve overall business. For those of you that aren't studying your website analytics to enhance business, the investment it took to build that website is destined to be a lost cause.More