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Who said the road to EMR documentation compliance would be easy?
By Barbara Aubry
As I moved from nursing into the private sector, I began working with creators of data and healthcare information management systems. I learned quickly how IT architects and builders approach a project — these are numbers guys who think mathematically and logically. I recall working with a talented developer to create a tool that mirrored a claim form. When I explained the required claim fields, he told me repeatedly, "That's not logical." I tried to explain a major dilemma in healthcare — the clash between clinical documentation and reimbursement requirements.
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April 17 is the last day to register in advance and save money for the SCAPTA Conference in Greenville, SC, May 1-2
All registrations will close after April 17 and your only option will be to come to the conference to register. There will be no guarantee at onsite registration that the session hasn't sold out, and
Registration rates double onsite.
  • ADDED! Strength Training After Stroke
  • Build Your Pediatric Outcomes Toolbox
  • Therapeutic Neuroscience Education in Physical Therapy Practice
  • Sticky Coding & Billing: Staying Legal & Getting Paid
  • Effectiveness of Combined Decongestive Therapy in Lymphedema Patients
  • Basic Pediatric Kinesio-taping for Children with Disabilities
  • Physical Therapy in the Occupational Health Setting
  • A Novel Model of Pain Treatment: The Biopsychosocial Model
  • Integration of the Pelvic Floor Muscle Group and Diaphragm into Functional Core Stabilization
  • The Role of A Physical Therapist In Cancer Treatment
  • Aquatic Rehab for Athletes and Higher Level Patients
  • Concussion: The Physical Therapists' Role in Concussion Management
  • Introduction of the use of KTAPE. Current reaearch, history and application techniques
  • Student Course: Treat, Code, Get Paid, and Stay Legal in Outpatient Therapy
  • Algorithmic Diagnosis and Treatment of Non-arthritic, Intra-articular Hip Pain
  • Current Trends in Running Shoe Selection
  • Beyond Movement Dysfunction: The FMS and Treatment
  • Soft Tissue Mobilization Techniques for Musculoskeletal Dysfunction

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Providing health care with the Affordable Care Act
In 2015, we will be coming up on five years of passing the Affordable Care Act (ACA). After five years, we can step back to see a picture of how the law has affected the landscape of health care as providers, and the impact on our clients. There have been positive aspects of the bill, including expansion of Medicaid in most states, coverage of preventable care, and the end to pre-existing conditions. However, these changes have forced the insurers to make changes that negatively impact the consumer.

The insurer is now forced to take more risk that results in higher costs. In order to mitigate that risk, the insurers have responded unfavorably. Some insurers have limited provider participation, increased out-of-pocket costs (i.e. higher co-pays), and narrowed their networks.

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Stenosis findings point to need for patient-provider conversation about physical therapy as 1st treatment
PT in Motion
News of the latest research on physical therapy's effectiveness in easing spinal stenosis symptoms is spreading fast and, with it, the idea that health care providers and patients need to engage in well-informed conversations that include nonsurgical as well as surgical options for the condition.
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Aquatherapy: Restoring movement and alleviating pain for senior patients
For years, aqua-therapists have seen how rehabbing in the water is one of the best ways to achieve full function, regardless of the injury. Now, advanced aquatic therapy pools, once the exclusive domain of pro and college sports teams, are coming to senior centers. The weight of the world can feel heavy on Kay Schweinfurth, who has lived with Parkinson's for 23 years. But she is absolutely buoyant in a therapy pool and on an underwater treadmill.
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Benefits of exercise outweigh dieting in aging adults managing their weight
Medical Daily
As people get older, they tend to eat much healthier than they did as college students. Older people are more likely to turn to responsible food choices like salads and lean meats. But if our diets improve as we get older, then why do we still get fat as we age? According to a new study, it's because physical activity has a greater impact on our weight and health than diet does as we grow older.
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Could this ankle exoskeleton help stroke survivors with mobility problems?
Medical News Today
Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA, and North Carolina State University in Raleigh claim that an "ankle exoskeleton" they have developed reduces the metabolic cost of walking by 7 percent — roughly the equivalent of taking off a 10-pound backpack. What is more, the device is completely unpowered.
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Dizziness, balance and vertigo: Managing the symptoms
Often, individuals who suffer from vertigo are referred to vestibular rehabilitation to treat the condition. Vestibular rehabilitation is a treatment designed to minimize dizziness, improve balance, and prevent falls; it also teaches patients exercises to help their system adapt to and compensate for what is causing the vertigo. Vestibular rehabilitation often involves a set of exercises aimed at alleviating symptoms, and over time, diminishing the sensation of vertigo.
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WEDI survey: ICD-10 readiness still underwhelms
Healthcare IT News
WEDI's newest survey of ICD-10 readiness among vendors and providers is out. And the progress report is not as promising as officials had hoped. In fact, it appears as the ICD-10 delay has actually had a negative impact on progress. WEDI, or the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange, surveyed nearly 1,200 vendors, providers and health plans to gauge their readiness for the ICD-10 go-live date of Oct. 1, 2015. But, as the organization emphasized, the results were underwhelming. Vendor readiness remained relatively unchanged since August 2014, and providers? Well, they're actually falling behind.
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Researchers testing two physical therapy treatments for plantar fasciitis (Loyola University Medical Center via Medical Xpress)
Providing health care with the Affordable Care Act (SCAPTA)
MRI instead of physical therapy for low back pain leads to $4,793 higher price (The Washington Post)

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