Nov. 26, 2014

Nurses' 'Choosing Wisely' list should resonate with PTs, PTAs
PT in Motion
A recently released list of practices nurses and patients should question will likely get nods of agreement from physical therapists and physical therapist assistants for the ways the recommendations promote early mobility in hospital settings.More

Nominations open for 2015 APTA Honors and Awards Program
Each year, APTA honors outstanding member achievements in the areas of education, practice and service, publications, research, academic excellence, the Catherine Worthingham Fellows of APTA, the Mary McMillan Lecture and the John H.P. Maley Lecture. Award recipients are recognized in June during a ceremony and reception at the NEXT Conference and Exposition, and this recognition includes highlighting the recipients' component affiliations. Play a significant role in helping your colleagues receive acknowledgement for their achievements by nominating the person or persons you feel are most deserving of an APTA award as well as promoting the awards program in your member communications. The 2015 call for nominations is now open and will close Dec. 1. Visit the Honors and Awards webpage for details about each award, including submission requirements. Nominations must be submitted electronically.

In addition, for the first time, the video of the 2014 Honors and Awards Ceremony is available for viewing on the APTA website. Components' members are identified throughout the ceremony as each recipient's chapter and section memberships are announced.More

Call for nominations
Are you interested in becoming more involved in SCAPTA? Would you like to gain leadership experience in the physical therapy field? SCAPTA is in the process of accepting nominations for the 2015-2016 term. There are multiple positions available, and the deadline to accept nominations is April 10, 2015. If you are interested in learning more about which positions are available, or if you someone who would make a great candidate for a position, please contact a member of the SCAPTA Nominating Committee via the following emails:


APTA summary of VA interim final rule aims to provide insight into potential PT impact
Physical Therapy Products
The American Physical Therapy Association has posted a summary of the interim final rule amending regulations in the Veterans Choice Program issued by the U.S. Department of Veteran's Affairs. The rule allows for eligible veterans to receive care from non-VA entities and providers in certain circumstances. The APTA website notes that the organization aims to help members understand how the changes could impact physical therapists. More

IOM: Physical activity measures should be among standard 'social and behavioral' domains tracked on EHRs
PT in Motion
The Institute of Medicine is recommending that future electronic health records include patient "social and behavioral data" — including data on physical activity — acquired through a set of 12 measures. The 300-plus page report, "Capturing Social and Behavioral Domains and Measures in Electronic Health Records," makes the case for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to include the measures as part of the EHR certification and meaningful use regulations.More

Review: Effect of long-term physical activity and acute exercise on markers of systemic inflammation in persons with chronic spinal cord injury
Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Researchers evaluated the effect of long-term physical activity and acute exercise on markers of systemic inflammation in persons with chronic spinal cord injury. More

Patients with chronic kidney disease benefit from simple exercises
Medical News Today
Simple exercises can help improve the health of patients with kidney disease, according to studies presented at ASN Kidney Week 2014 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Researchers found that 12 months of exercise-based rehabilitation significantly slowed the rate of kidney function decline and improved cardio-respiratory fitness compared with standard care.More

Balance therapy helps Parkinson's patient
Aberdeen News
Two falls down stairs, one resulting in broken toes, led to Bob Uttermark's Parkinson's diagnoses two-and-a-half years ago. Because of Parkinson's disease, Uttermark was experiencing tremors, leading his doctor to refer him to a neurologist. He was put on medication to help slow the progression of the disease. Earlier this year, Uttermark's neurologist recommended balance therapy in addition to the medication he was taking.More

Keep your head up: 'Text neck' takes a toll on the spine
"Text neck," the posture formed by leaning over a cellphone while reading and texting, is a big problem, according to the author of a newly published study in the National Library of Medicine. Kenneth K. Hansraj, chief of spine surgery at New York Spine Surgery & Rehabilitation Medicine, says the bad posture can put up to 60 pounds of pressure on the upper spine — sometimes for several hours a day, depending on how often people look at their devices.More

How do leaders select the best talent?
By Betty Boyd
One of the fundamental issues a leader must face is hiring the right people for the organization. This sometimes can seem like an insurmountable task, but it is the leader's responsibility in doing the front-end work necessary in hiring the best person. So how do leaders select the best talent? Here are five key components to building an effective team.More