Jul. 31, 2014

Health insurance rebates coming to consumers in Carolinas
The Associated Press via Asheville Citizen-Times
More than $21 million in health insurance rebates will be coming to consumers in the Carolinas from companies the federal government says spent too many premium dollars on profits and red tape last year. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released data showing that more than 205,000 consumers in South Carolina will receive more than $13 million in rebates. That's an average refund of $92 per family.More

South Carolina Medicaid backlog leaves thousands in insurance limbo
Insurance News Net
Thousands of South Carolina residents who filed for Medicaid between October and mid-July are still waiting to find out if they qualify for the government's low-income health insurance program. While most Medicaid applications are typically approved or denied within six days, the state agency responsible for processing the paperwork hasn't been able to keep pace with an influx from

$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

Study puts spotlight on preventing fall-related injuries
HealthLeaders Media
A five-year study funded by the National Institutes of Health and the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute aims to identify "the most effective combination of falls-prevention strategies to fit the needs of different individuals and different healthcare systems."More

Physical therapy mHealth app logs compliance
Digital Journal
A smartphone mHealth app drives patient engagement at home for physical therapy rehab patients, teaches exercises and logs compliance between visits.More

SC healthcare subsidies could be deeply affected by new court battle
A pair of dueling court rulings released hours of one another plainly show the long, protracted battle over the nations still-infant healthcare law is long from over. A three-judge panel recently ruled that the 36 states that opted to not create state-run health insurance exchanges under the federal healthcare act will not be able to give subsidies to lower and middle-class citizens who signed up for health insurance.More

PT recruitment video a great reminder
PT in Motion
The life of a physical therapist can be frustrating and exhausting to be sure — that's why every now and then it's good to take a couple of minutes to slow down and think about why you joined the profession in the first place. And if you need some reminders, APTA has you covered.More

Hospice patients should have access to physical therapy to improve function
By Alex Smith: I'm going to acknowledge up front that this is a rant. One of the skilled nursing facilities I work with has a hospice unit. We occasionally have patients on the hospice unit who might benefit from physical therapy. The physical therapists that see patients in the skilled nursing facility say they will talk with the patient about their goals, and if their goals are to maintain their current level of functioning, they will work with the patient.More

Study: Physical therapy may not benefit children with specific fracture
Physical Therapy Products
According to a recent study, a short course of physical therapy did not help return function or elbow motion in children undergoing treatment for a supracondylar humeral fracture. A news report from indicates that the study included 61 patients with supracondylar humeral fracture treated with either casting or closed reduction and pinning followed by casting.More

As Medicare Advantage cuts loom, disagreement over program's stability
HealthLeaders Media
A decade-long, $300 billion hit to Medicare to help fund the PPACA is coming home to roost. The question that recently loomed large over a hearing before the House Ways and Means health subcommittee centered on gauging the impact of deep cuts to payments for Medicare Advantage — privately operated health insurance policies for seniors that feature value-based healthcare delivery. More

Feds cap maximum fine this year for not buying health insurance at $2,448 per person
The Associated Press via StarTribune
Federal officials have capped the amount of money scofflaws will be forced to pay if they don't buy insurance this year under the new healthcare law. The caps are $2,448 per person and $12,240 for a family of five. The amount is equal to the national average annual premium for a bronze-level health plan. More