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|February 13, 2020 ||
By Justin Elliott, APTA vice president of government affairs
With the start of 2020 we begin the second and final year of the 116th U.S. Congress. Last year was filled with challenges and opportunities on Capitol Hill and with federal agencies, and they're sure to continue into this year. APTA's taking the advocacy lead on a number of bills impacting the physical therapy profession and the patients we serve that may be addressed in the 116th Congress.
Candidates have created individual introductory videos so we can get to know who they are prior to voting. Check out their submissions along with their full bio's in the attached Google Drive.
Call for Nominations Dec. 23 through Jan. 24.
The slate released and published Feb. 10.
Online voting goes live February 24, with paper ballots mailed Feb. 19.
Mail ballots must be postmarked by March 7 for inclusion in this year's election.
Voting will continue until the beginning of the business meeting on March 21 at the SCAPTA Annual Conference in Charleston.
Register now to attend the 2020 SCAPTA Annual Conference on March 20 – 21, 2020 at The Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC. Attendees can chose from one or two day conference options. Early Bird registration expires March 6. Register today!
For your hotel stay:
Special discounted rates are available!
Please use the following link to make reservations online:
Book the group rate for SCAPTA March 2020
Start Date: Tuesday, March 17, 2020
End Date: Tuesday, March 24, 2020
Last Day to Book: Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020
SpringHill Suites Charleston Downtown/Riverview for 169 USD per night
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PLEASE NOTE THE TIME IS EARLIER DUE TO A 3 HR CEU
|Please plan to join us for our next Upstate District SCAPTA meeting
Date: Tuesday, February 25, 2020
Time: Dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m. and the meeting will begin at 6:00 p.m.
Pelham Medical Center (Village @ Pelham)
Speaker: Vivian Dunlop, PT, MS, MHA
Community Room, Medical Office Building
2755 S Hwy 14, Greer
Topic: Ethics and Professionalism in Physical Therapy. Do you measure up in the ever changing medical climate.
Sponsor: Spartanburg Rehabilitation Instititute
Contact: Vivian Dunlop (281) 382-5628
SCAPTA members only RSVP to Jeremiah Blankenship by Friday January 31. Please include your membership number with your RSVP.
NOTE: as of February 1 non-members can sign up. The class is limited to 80 attendees.
Free for SCAPTA members and $10.00 for non-members. No students for this meeting please due to limited seating.
Hope to see you there!
Vivian Dunlop, PT, MS, MHA
Jeremiah Blankenship, PT, DPT, MS, OCS, CSCS, OMT-C
Upstate District SCAPTA Co-Chairs
PT in Motion
It's official: Medicare Administrative Contractors for CMS have been notified of the agency's decision to reverse coding methodology decisions that prevented PTs from billing an evaluation and therapeutic activities or group therapy activity delivered on the same day, and to apply that decision to claims made back to the beginning of the year.
By Jarod Carter
In this episode, Phil Plisky explains exactly how an insurance-based clinic can generate lots of cash-based revenue by offering wellness-focused screenings and injury-prevention services. He precisely describes how his clinic has successfully leveraged injury-prevention screenings to develop a wellness-service niche that patients are happy to pay for out of pocket, even though they are accustomed to using their insurance at that PT practice. This low-risk approach to developing out-of-network business might be an ideal way for practices that are highly reliant on insurance-based business to get started with the cash-based model.
PT in Motion
What's in a number? By itself, maybe not much. But collect a whole bunch of the right numbers and analyze them in the right ways, and you may be on the road to improving PT practice.
In this month's issue of PT in Motion magazine: a look at how predictive analytics, sometimes referred to as probabilistic thinking, is shaping physical therapy in terms of both future practice and the here-and-now.
What's the greatest number of patients you've treated in one day? My record is 43. I treated 43 patients one day, as a student. That's more than four people per hour during a 10-hour workday.
In that environment (and business model) I wasn't able to spend any quality time with my patients or treat them the way I thought was most effective. I wasn't able to work out, go to yoga, or even spend time with my wife. It was insane.
Marketing your clinic online can be a challenging and expensive endeavor. Search engine optimization (SEO) is extremely effective, and local SEO is free to implement—but without proper planning or staffing resources, it can easily become a full-time job that is tough to manage while running a business. Luckily, Google provides a suite of powerful tools to help. And because many business owners don’t use those tools to their full potential, they present a great opportunity to get a leg up on your competition and be seen immediately when potential patients search for physical therapy in their area.
Approximately 30.3 million Americans, or 9.4% of the population have diabetes mellitus. Twenty five percent of all Americans age 65 and older have diabetes. Even young people are affected by diabetes, with 193,000 Americans under the age of 20 having the disease. The cost to manage and treat diabetes is a staggering $327 billion annually. (CDC National Diabetes Stat Report 2017)
Physical therapists hope to get CMS to reconsider a planned 8% cut to their Medicare reimbursements in 2021.
And they’ve got a group of bipartisan lawmakers asking CMS to justify cuts in the physician fee schedule that include those to physical therapists.
Physical Therapy Journal
The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), in conjunction with the Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Section of APTA, have commissioned the development of this clinical practice guideline to assist physical therapists in their clinical decision making when managing patients with heart failure. This document will guide physical therapist practice in the examination and treatment of patients with a known diagnosis of heart failure.
One of the most common challenges that private physical therapy practice owners face is something that’s seen across all businesses:
How do you set yourself apart from everyone else?
Unless your clinic is in an extreme rural part of the country, you probably have to compete with a number of other practices in the area, many of which have claims about why the patient should choose them.
Opioid painkiller abuse has been at epidemic levels for nearly a decade, and even conservative estimates suggest it has resulted in more than 700,000 deaths since 1999. Perhaps the key consideration when addressing this crisis is what to offer patients with chronic or acute pain, in lieu of opioids.
According to many professionals, physical therapy may be one of the most effective options.
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