Aug. 14, 2014

Report: State health plan premiums are low in South Carolina
The Post and Courier
South Carolina state employee health insurance plans are among the least expensive in the country, a new report by the State Health Care Spending Project shows. Health insurance premiums for Palmetto State employees cost an average $619 per month — higher only than monthly premiums in Mississippi and South Dakota.More

Computer thefts expose over 45,000 patients' personal data
eSecurity Planet
Three recent burglaries at medical facilities exposed 47,686 patients' personal information, ranging from their names and years of service to their Social Security numbers, driver's license numbers and diagnosis information.More

House of Delegates Election Results
Treasurer, Elmer Platz, PT
Speaker, Susan R. Griffin, PT, DPT, MS, GCS
RP Director, Kathleen K. Mairella, PT, DPT, MA Director, Matthew R. Hyland, PT, PhD
MPA Director, Sheila K. Nicholson, PT, DPT, JD, MBA
MA Nominating Committee, Secili H. DeStefano, PT, DPT
OCS Nominating Committee, Linda K. Eargle, PT, DPT, CEEAA, MinEd 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

Controversial Medicare recovery audits make limited return
Modern Healthcare
The CMS is restarting audits of Medicare fee-for-service claims on a limited basis. The program has been dormant since June 1 when current audit contracts expired. Lauren Aronson, director of CMS' Office of Legislation, recently sent an e-mail to congressional staffers announcing the resumption of the recovery audit contractor program. More

Ask your PT: Exercise is important after therapy
The Sentinel
In the U.S., hundreds of thousands of individuals undergo joint replacement surgery annually (over 770,000 combined hip/knee). Subsequently, physical therapists routinely answer questions about exercise after joint replacements. As you may expect, physical therapists are in favor of exercise.More

New telehealth bill includes PTs, could mean big changes for Medicare
PT in Motion
A newly introduced bill aimed at expanding the use of telemedicine in the Medicare system would allow reimbursable telehealth services for physical therapy and permit use of the technology in more populated areas.More

Boomers boost physical therapy field
The Pueblo Chieftain
The aging baby boomer population is expected to keep physical therapists in a job at least through the next couple decades. With more boomers (those individuals born between 1946 and 1964) moving into the age of needing hip and knee replacements as well as the prime age for heart attacks and strokes, the demand for physical therapists is predicted to increase.More

APTA challenges AHA report on 'association' between CMT and stroke
PT in Motion
A recent American Heart Association statement that cervical manipulation may "play a role" in stroke fails to consider how physical therapist clinical judgment can reduce this risk, and overlooks the fact that manipulation is associated with far fewer complications than drug-based and surgical interventions, according to a news release from APTA. The AHA statement focused on an analysis of strokes caused by cervical arterial dissections.More

EHR adoption slow, information exchange lagging
HealthLeaders Media
While many providers have the essential EHR components required to obtain federal financial incentives and avoid penalties, about 90 percent of hospitals still can't allow patients to view online, download or transmit health information. Thousands of hospitals and physicians in small office practices will be left out of meaningful use incentive payments, and may eventually be financially penalized, unless they speed up adoption of electronic health records systems to satisfy meaningful use 2 requirements, analysis indicates.More

DC appeals court strikes down ACA insurance subsidies for federal exchanges
Modern Healthcare
A federal appeals court has ruled the Obama administration cannot subsidize insurance premiums for nearly 7 million Americans, dealing a serious blow to the Affordable Care Act. The administration plans to appeal the ruling to a full panel of the left-leaning D.C. Circuit Court.More

3-D printing replacement knees
The Herald-Dispatch
For some patients who have had knee replacement surgery and undergone the subsequent physical therapy, getting the second knee replaced is not an idea they relish. But with a new technology available, the prospect may not be as intimidating.More

Anterior knee pain: Specificity is the key
By Heidi Dawson
Pain at the front of the knee joint is a very common complaint, with estimates that 1 in 4 adults will suffer this problem at some point in their life. For such a common issue, the knowledge surrounding the varying causes of this pain and how to treat them effectively is extremely poor. This is not helped by the vague terminology used to describe such cases. Anterior knee pain and Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome are the most commonly used names, which when broken down, simply describe just one symptom and the location of that symptom.More