Aug. 28, 2014

Continuing Education Opportunity for Clinical Instructors
Are you a clinical instructor or health care provider who works primarily in a clinical setting? Are you interested in developing your teaching abilities? If so, consider enrolling in APTA's Credentialed Clinical Instructor Program (CCIP). Participants explore various aspects of the clinical learning environment and learn skills and techniques needed to provide students with a structured and effective learning environment.

The CCIP is taught throughout the year in the United States and Canada. Successful course completion by physical therapists and physical therapist assistants results in the awarding of 1.5 CEUs and the Clinical Instructor credential.

The CCIP will be offered in South Carolina this fall. Visit APTA's website to learn more, browse the 2014 CCIP course schedule, and register. If you've already taken the CCIP and would like to further develop your teaching and mentorship skills, consider taking the Advanced CCIP. Direct any questions to APTA's clinical instructor credentialing staff.More

Upstate District Meeting
Please plan to join us for our next Upstate District SCAPTA meeting.

Date: Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014

Time: Dinner will be served at 6:45 p.m. and the meeting will begin at 7 p.m.

Location: Pelham Medical Center (Village at Pelham), Medical Office Building
2755 S. Hwy 14, Greer

Speaker: Nikki Hooks, CO and Brian Kaluf

Topic: Outcome Measures for Orthotics and Prosthetics

Sponsor: Ability Prosthetics and Orthotics

Dinner will be served. To help our sponsor prepare, please RSVP to or by Friday, Sept. 5 at 5 p.m.

SCAPTA members will receive a free CEU. We encourage non-members to attend, however, there will be a $10 charge to receive the CEU certificate.

Hope to see you there!

Holly Mader, PT, OCS
Upstate District SCAPTA Co-ChairMore

$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

CMS returns 1/3 of Open Payments data due to errors
In an effort to ensure accurate information is included in their Open Payments database, CMS announced it has returned approximately one-third of records submitted to manufacturers and group purchasing organizations due to intermingled and erroneous data. After detecting such errors as incorrect payment records caused by a mix-up of national provider identifiers, CMS closed the reporting system.More

Empathy motivates physical therapists to follow their call to care
The Huffington Post
At a time when health care providers face shrinking reimbursements and ever-greater demands on accountability and compliance, it's not difficult to understand why some professionals are driven away from careers in empathy.More

Ready for World Physical Therapy Day?
PT in Motion
Get ready to celebrate physical therapy as a worldwide profession, and spread the message that physical therapists and physical therapist assistants help people take part in society. World Physical Therapy Day will take place on Sept. 8, and APTA members still have time to join in the celebration.More

Players, leagues benefiting from USC sports injury study
The State
About 10 percent of players suffered injuries serious enough to seek treatment and about 3 percent were diagnosed with concussion-like symptoms, according to preliminary data from a two-year study of youth football programs in the Midlands. To parents and league organizers, the data is less important than the medical attention given to the players as part of the study. They appreciate that sprains and strains are being diagnosed and treated at practices rather than leaving them to debate whether to take a child to an urgent care center or emergency room. But in the long term, the more important result of the study could be improvements that reduce injuries. More

APTA and WebMD Partner to provide PT perspective
PT in Motion
WebMD and APTA are working together to make it easier than ever for the public to understand how physical therapists and physical therapist assistants can help address a wide range of health issues. Under a new content partnership, APTA members and APTA Media Corps experts will provide content to WebMD's "Answers" page, a popular area of the WebMD website that allows consumers to post questions and connect with relevant health information. More

Survey: 64 percent of physical therapy practices at risk for Medicare noncompliance
PR Newswire via Virtual-Strategy Magazine
Clinicient Inc., a leader in outpatient rehabilitation business solutions, today announced the results of their Medicare compliance risk survey of therapy practice owners and managers. 441 physical therapy practice owners and managers responded to a five question, brand neutral survey about their proficiency in Medicare reform and its impact on their day-to-day practice activities. According to the survey, 64 percent of respondents are at significant risk for Medicare regulatory noncompliance and consequential cash flow problems, denied claims, Medicare fines, and higher overhead costs for audit preparation and response.More

Are your practice's medical records vulnerable to theft?
Kaiser Health News
A decade ago almost all doctors kept paper charts on every patient. That is changing quickly as laptops become as common as stethoscopes in exam rooms. Recent hacking attacks have raised questions about how safe that data may be. Here are some frequently asked questions about this evolution underway in American medicine and the government programs sparking the change.More

SC hospitals: Financial data on new website distorted
The state of South Carolina recently began posting hospital financial data on its website. However, many of the state's acute care providers dispute the accuracy of the information, GSA Business reported.More

Research: New youth sports concussion bill aims to provide education
Physical Therapy Products
A new bill, called the Supporting Athletes, Families, and Educators to Protect the Lives of Athletic Youth Act (SAFE PLAY Act), will strive to provide education, research, training, action plains, and awareness for health-related issues in sports. The health issues includes concussions, cardiac conditions, and heat advisories, in which physical therapists play a role. The bill was introduced by Sen. Robert Menendez, D-New Jersey, and Reps Bill Pascrell, D-New Jersey, and Lois Capps, D-California. The bill could lead to management and awareness of some necessary aspects of sports safety.More

New exercise performed with FlexBar effective for golfer's elbow
Physical Therapy Products
A new exercise called the "Reverse Tyler Twist," which uses the FlexBar from Thera-Band, was found to be effective at reducing pain for patients suffering from golfer's elbow. Researchers from the Nicholas Institute of Sports Medicine and Athletic Trauma in New York City conducted a study of 20 patients with golfer's elbow. Of the 20 patients, 18 were competitive athletes and 70 percent were golfers, and all study participants had been unsuccessful in reducing their pain through conservative treatments such as medication, according to a Performance Health news release.More

Using multiple entities in your practice's asset protection planning
By David B. Mandell, JD, MBA, and Jason M. O'Dell, MS, CWM
In prior articles, we have described the potential tax benefits of using a multi-entity corporate structure — by using both an "S" and "C" corporation simultaneously. For many private practices, however, the strategy of using multiple entities goes beyond the tax and financial benefits of "S" and "C" corporations, as you will see here. In this article, we will explain additional multiple-entity asset protection concepts that can help you better shield practice assets from lawsuits and other liabilities.More