SCAPTA News
Aug. 1, 2013

Call for proposals for SCAPTA Annual Conference
SCAPTA
SCAPTA is accepting proposals for its Annual Conference to be held March 27-30, 2014, at MUSC in Charleston. We welcome PTs, PTAs and all others with expertise in the topic of their presentation to present a proposal for this conference. Proposals will be accepted through Aug. 1.More

Registration now open for 2013 APTA State Policy & Payment Forum
PT in Motion
Registration is now open for the 2013 APTA State Policy & Payment Forum to be held Sept. 15-17 at the Hilton in Omaha, Neb. This event is designed to increase your involvement in and knowledge of state legislative issues that have an impact on the practice and payment of physical therapy, and to improve your advocacy efforts at the state level.More

Revision: Home health face-to-face encounter requirements article
National Government Services
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released an updated Question & Answer document PDF External which notes the changes to the face-to-face encounter requirements approved in the 2013 Final Rule.More

World Physical Therapy Day
World Confederation for Physicial Therapy
World Physical Therapy Day, launched by the WCPT in 1996, is on Sept. 8 every year. The day is an opportunity for physical therapists from all over the world to raise awareness about the crucial contribution the profession makes to keeping people well, mobile and independent. The day marks the unity and solidarity of the global physical therapy community.More

Call for proposals for SCAPTA Annual Conference
SCAPTA
SCAPTA is accepting proposals for its Annual Conference to be held March 27-30, 2014, at MUSC in Charleston. We welcome PTs, PTAs and all others with expertise in the topic of their presentation to present a proposal for this conference. Proposals will be accepted through Aug. 1.More

Legislative update
SCAPTA
Last year, the South Carolina Board of Physical Therapy and the South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation were named in a lawsuit regarding the referral for profit language in the South Carolina Physical Therapy Practice Act; Joseph et al. v. South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation. SCAPTA has retained counsel and entered a motion to intervene in the case. The motion was granted. This means SCAPTA and SCAPTA's counsel can participate in the court proceedings.More

APTA adopts new vision and motion results
SCAPTA
We had a very successful House of Delegates this year. We debated and voted on 30 motions and adopted a new vision for the PT profession. SCAPTA's Delegates present were Jason Hazel (chief delegate), Mollie Barrow, Tim Stone and Gretchen Seif. Adam Smith was unable to attend and Jason Hazel carried his vote. Here is APTA's new vision: Transforming society by optimizing movement to improve the human experience. More

4 considerations for hiring a Medicare compliance consultant: Strategy
By Charlotte Bohnett and Erica Cohen
Drafting a compliance plan and conducting self-audits are definite must-dos; however, you may eventually find your clinic in a situation that requires absolute expertise. Yes, an in-house compliance officer is ideal, but many small- to mid-sized clinics simply cannot afford to staff someone full-time. Thus, you may want to consider a consultant. If your prospective consultant has the credentials, background, referrals and price point to satisfy your clinic's needs, then your next item to consider is strategy.More

New iPhone app helps clinicians manage fall risk in patients
Evidence in Motion
A new Apple iOS application, developed through a partnership between Evidence In Motion and Shubert Consulting, will help physical therapists in identifying and managing patients who are at high risk of falling and educating older adults on preventative actions. It uses the most current evidence-based tools to mitigate and manage each patient's risk and is designed to guide a physical therapist through a simple but effective fall risk screen.More

Sports physical therapy: 5 things to look for in runners
PutMeBackTogether.com
Erson Religioso writes, "Running is one sport that arguable needs more symmetry than most. I tell my runners it's because you're doing the same thing over and over for 1,000s of steps until you stop. Here are five things I learned to look in sports athletes for physical therapy like runners during the past few years practice."More

Marathon runner overcomes injury through physical therapy
PT Solutions
VideoBriefAfter sustaining an injury, marathon runner and mother Jean Ann Murphy was told by doctors that running wouldn't be in her future. As an avid runner, this was devastating news. Murphy was determined to push through her injury, so she began physical therapy. Now, Jean Ann is back to running marathons, competed in her first triathlon this summer. Watch to see Jean Ann's path to recovery through therapy.More

Getting physical therapy patients moving
Michigan Tech News
How do you get physical therapy patients to actually do their exercises when nobody is watching? A Michigan Technological University researcher and his graduate students might have found a way to get more rehabbing people up and moving. Using 58 undergraduates in their study, they looked at five different delivery methods of current instruction materials: video only, video and text, text only, pictures and text and pictures only. One of their findings is no surprise.More