Dec. 24, 2014

7 myths about physical therapy
Move Forward
From Oct. 9: People everywhere are experiencing the transformative effect physical therapy can have on their daily lives. In fact, as experts in the way the body moves, physical therapists help people of all ages and abilities reduce pain, improve or restore mobility, and stay active and fit throughout life. But there are some common misconceptions that often discourage people from visiting a physical therapist. It's time to debunk seven common myths about physical therapy.More

Nurses' 'Choosing Wisely' list should resonate with PTs, PTAs
PT in Motion
From Nov. 26: 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

Study: Common knee surgery may boost arthritis risk
HealthDay News via U.S. News & World Report
From Dec. 4: A common type of knee surgery may increase the chances of arthritis, a new study suggests. The procedure repairs tears in the meniscus, a piece of cartilage that acts as a shock absorber. There are two in each knee, and they stabilize the knee joint. Meniscal tears are one of the most common knee injuries, and surgery is often performed to reduce pain and improve joint function, the researchers said.More

South Carolina man paralyzed in plane crash, walks with new device
From Jan. 9 A South Carolina man who was paralyzed in a plane crash is learning to walk again. Special technology is allowing Brett Hannaford to walk again. Hannaford is one of the first to test an exo-skeleton device known as re-walk. Carolinas Rehabilitation Center is one of a few hospitals across the county testing the technology. More

The worst physical therapy marketing advice I've ever heard
From May 29: Mike Manheimer writes, "As a professional marketer, I've heard my share of bad marketing advice. In fact, I've probably inadvertently doled some of it out. The truth is that the world of marketing changes so quickly that a few bad tactics here and there are inevitable. But sometimes, I hear a piece of advice so egregiously awful that I feel compelled to refute it. It's my duty as a marketer."More

Navigating Medicare policy on physical therapy and other services
The New York Times
From June 12: For years, some people on Medicare had difficulty getting insurance coverage approved for physical therapy, occupational therapy and other treatments. The prevailing approach was that if the therapy was not helping to improve a patient's condition, then it was not eligible for coverage. That is changing.More

Summaries now available for 2015 CMS Rules; Webinar, podcast on PQRS changes
PT in Motion
From Nov. 20: New resources from APTA are aimed at helping physical therapists (PTs) understand Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services 2015 changes to the physician fee schedule, outpatient prospective payment system (OPPS), home health prospective payment system (HHPPS), and provisions around durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics, and supplies (DMEPOS). In addition, the association will offer a webinar next week focusing on the new requirements for PTs under the Physician Quality Reporting System.More

Court rules in favor of South Carolina Board of Physical Therapy Examiners
From May 8: On April 21, Judge Thomas Cooper signed the Summary Judgment granting the defendants' motions and denying the plaintiff's motions. This means the court found in favor of the SCBPTE on all counts. In summary, the court agreed that the plaintiff claims were mistaken and as proposed, would harm the practice pf physical therapy in South Carolina. SCAPTA applauds the common sense decision.More

Health insurance rebates coming to consumers in Carolinas
The Associated Press via Asheville Citizen-Times
From Aug. 7: 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. That's an average refund of $92 per family.More

Is a cash-based physical therapy clinic right for you?
From May 1: Dwindling reimbursement rates and increased business costs have impacted the profitability of many insurance-based physical therapy practices. Looking at the hassle and paperwork associated with insurance and Medicare reimbursements, it's no wonder that the idea of running a cash-based physical therapy clinic sounds very appealing. However, the challenge of changing from a traditional insurance-based business model to one that accepts only cash for payment keeps most physical therapists from taking this approach.More