SCAPTA News
May. 30, 2013

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

APTA Virtual Career Fair
APTA
APTA's Virtual Career Fair will be held on June 6 from 1 to 4 p.m. EDT. This live, online event is the most efficient and effective way to engage directly with employers about current and future career opportunities. Participants may join the Fair for as long as they wish, chatting 1-on-1 with employers actively seeking candidates from the physical therapy community. Members should come prepared to discuss their background and experience, share their resume and ask questions of the recruiters. Registration is open and space is limited.More

2013 APTA Conference & Exposition
APTA
Register today and reserve your spot for the 2013 APTA Conference and Exposition. Learn from colleagues in a relaxed environment. Come to Salt Lake City on June 26-29 and experience fresh, relevant sessions and energizing social events, or participate in selected sessions online with the virtual conference.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. 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

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.More

9 reasons to use a niche, Web-based EMR designed for physical therapists
PutMeBackTogether.com
Why niche? When you serve everything from omelets to Kung Pao chicken it's infinitely harder to do it all well and you can forget about excellent. The same principals apply to every industry, from food to physical therapy. If your current electronic medical record system — billing, documentation and practice management tool — operates off the 'diner method,' it may be time to look elsewhere.More

ACSM supports federal activity guidelines
Advance for Physical Therapy & Rehab Medicine
The American College of Sports Medicine announced that it supports new federal legislation to improve public health and deliver co-benefits including lower healthcare costs and reduced environmental impacts. H.R. 2179, "The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans Act," would require the secretary of Health and Human Services to publish physical activity guidelines every 10 years based on the latest scientific evidence. During the intervening five-year period, the secretary would be required to issue a midcourse report that outlines best practices and ongoing issues relating to physical activity. More

Proposed legislation seeks to advance rehabilitation research
PT in Motion
Proposed federal legislation would help advance rehabilitation research within the National Institutes of Health. Bill S. 1027, introduced by Sens. Mark Kirk and Tim Johnson, calls for a working group comprising various NIH institutes and centers to update and streamline NIH's rehabilitation research priorities.More

Lawmakers want DoD to study whether Tricare may cover horse therapy
Air Force Times
The family of Kaitlyn Samuels, 16, and many other family memnbers with special needs were hoping Congress would pass a law requiring Tricare to cover hippotherapy — physical therapy conducted on horseback. In April, two House legislators introduced a bill that would bolster Tricare's "therapeutic exercise" coverage to include physical therapy treatment on any platform deemed helpful by a therapist, including "a horse, balance board, bolster and bench," according to the bill.More

25 thoughts on 25 years of physical therapy
AllanBesselink.com
Allan Besselink writes, "As I was walking out the door of my office one day last week, it caught my attention - the date on my diploma. There it was, the date it all started: May 28, 1988. It hit me with resounding clarity. I laughed and shook my head as I closed the door. Time sure does go by fast. After some reflection on the past 25 years, here are 25 thoughts, in no particular order, of some things I have learned along the way."More