Jul. 17, 2014

EMRs shape up physical therapy
Physical therapists find that electronic medical records help improve patient care and save money. Physical therapists are not required to use electronic health records, but a growing number of PT professionals are using software and apps to improve patient care and enhance profit margins.More

Come out and support your state chapter of the APTA and your profession!

SCAPTA Lowcountry District
Fundraiser kickball game

When: Saturday July 26
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Where: Gahagan Park - Jerry Blackwell Sports Complex
515 W. Boundary St
Summerville, SC

Details: Seeking teams of 8 people
Minimum suggested donation is $10 (students $5).
Team reservations deadline July 19

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Shake things up! Start a new professional journey this fall with the LAMP Institute for Leadership in Physical Therapy Certificate Program
HPA The Catalyst will offer the first course in the LAMP leadership development certificate program series this fall on Oct. 4–5, 2014 at the Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation, Inc. in West Orange, New Jersey.

Participants will take an inward look at themselves; understanding their leadership styles and attributes will assist them to take the next steps in creating their personal leadership development journey. A journey that will make them successful in their relationships to influence others, achieve shared goals and resolve conflicts.

"The quality of the instruction, the superior experience of the instruction team, and the diversity of the class, was nothing short of inspirational and humbling."
— Bill Hunter, LAMP course attendee, 2013

Leadership 101: Personal Leadership Development: The Catalyst for Leading Within (formerly "Lead Wherever You Are") is a two-day course that emphasizes the development of leadership behaviors fostering autonomous practice, accountability, professional values, diversity, and ethics.

Find out more information about the LAMP Institute for Leadership in Physical Therapy certificate program here:

Get details or register for Leadership 101 on the HPA website calendar of events: More

$10 a month can help to defend physical therapy in South Carolina
While we have been busy defending the PT practice, SCAPTA has also been actively working on co-pay legislation to begin to limit the amount of co-pays some of our patients have to pay each and every time they come they see a PT. This legislation can have a direct effect on not only the patients we serve, but all practice areas. We need funding to support legislative activities to protect our profession in South Carolina. Make a recurring gift of just $10 and make a difference.More

Early returns on health care reform
The New York Times
It will take a while to understand fully how the Affordable Care Act affects the quality of health care and access to doctors in this country. But a new survey offers encouraging reviews from people who signed up for private plans or Medicaid during the first enrollment period from October 2013 through March 2014.More

11 habits that exude success
Business Insider
Consider this: You can polish your mind with knowledge until it is a blinding shine, but if you don't externalize it, no one will recognize it. Success is all about being noticed. You get noticed by showing the goods. By adopting the following habits, you'll televise your qualities to the world.More

Measuring matters: Key metrics for PT marketing and sales
By Charlotte Bohnett
You might be one heck of a salesperson, or you might be a master marketer. But how do you know that? A gut feeling, perhaps? Sales or marketing skills only matter to a business if that business understands the value those skills provide. More succinctly, sales or marketing only matter if they work, and the only way you'll know if they're working is if you measure them. With that, here are a few key metrics that will help you determine the worth of your practice's marketing and sales efforts, allowing you to make better decisions about future initiatives.More

Army physical therapy breaking new ground on treating soldiers
Fort Hood Sentinel
The Army uses a variety of treatments to help heal and restore injured soldiers. Physical therapy is one of these evolving medical practices. Lt. Col. Kevin Houck, the officer-in-charge of the physical therapy clinic at Fort Hood's Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center, said the majority of soldiers who come to the clinic are referrals from their primary care managers, but in some cases they are referred by other specialty clinics, such as the orthopedic surgery and pain management.More

Study reveals cardiac rehabilitation more successful in men than women
Physical Therapy Products
A new study suggests that men may benefit from cardiac rehabilitation more than women, which could indicate the need for modified exercise and counseling programs. The research, published in the Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and Prevention, compared metabolic equivalents achieved by 346 women and 758 men assigned to participate in the Health Care Cardiac Rehabilitation Program of the University of North Carolina.More

Skilled Maintenance resource dispels myths about coverage
PT in Motion
A new resource at helps to dispel some of the myths around skilled maintenance therapy, and provides physical therapists with information that can help them better understand documentation, billing and other issues brought to light in the recent Jimmo v Sebelius settlement.More

Fitness: How hamstrings should be trained
The Guardian Liberty Voice
Athletes who had previous hamstrings injury have a 12 to 31 percent likelihood that they could re-injure the muscle group, according to a systematic review published in 2008 issue of North American Journal of Sports Physical Therapy. Most hamstring strains are caused by jumping, sprinting and kicking, because they involve quick deceleration or acceleration movements that could increase the chances of damaging the muscle fiber and other structures of the muscle and surrounding connective tissues. Because of the way the three hamstring muscles are structured — biceps femoris, semimembranosus and semitendinosus — rapid changes in contraction has been suggested as the primary cause for hamstring strains. How the hamstrings, as well as other muscle groups that work with the hamstrings to move, should be trained would depend on each person's goals, physical fitness and health history.More

Can you really afford mediocre employees?
By Mel Kleiman
Hundreds of research studies have quantified the difference between an "A player" versus a "C player." Every one of them concludes that the difference in productivity and the impact on the bottom line is anywhere from 20 percent to over 1,000 percent greater return when you compare the best, most productive employees to those who are "average." While I've never met anyone who disagrees with this data, most managers and organizations continue to keep C players on the payroll.More