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PT Evaluation and Reevaluation Code Values Survey: Your Input Is Critical
Near the end of May, a random sampling of APTA members will receive a survey that focuses on CPT codes related to physical therapist evaluations and reevaluations. The survey is designed to determine the "professional work" value and time involved in the physical therapist's provision of the services identified by each of these codes. "Professional work value" includes the mental effort and judgment, technical skill, and psychological stress involved in providing the service.

APTA will submit the survey data to the American Medical Association's Relative Value Scale Update Committee (RUC) Health Care Professions Advisory Committee (HCPAC), a multispecialty committee whose purpose is to develop values for CPT codes based in part on survey data such as this. The RUC HCPAC will make a recommendation to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for the professional work value of these evaluation and reevaluation codes.

If you receive an email requesting your participation in the survey: it is critically important to take the time to complete it. The online survey will take approximately 30-40 minutes. Your responses will be anonymous.

To learn more about the survey process, check out related FAQs and videos (scroll to the bottom of the page for videos). Contact our Advocacy Department with any questions.
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Save the Date for SCAPTA's Inaugural Moving Forward 5K Race
Held by the South Carolina chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association (SCAPTA) to celebrate October National Physical Therapy Month and benefitting SCAPTA and partial proceeds towards Charleston's Achieving Wheelchair Equality (AWE).

Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015
9:00 a.m.
James Island County Park in Charleston, S.C.

Achieving Wheelchair Equality is a Charleston, S.C., organization that serves the wheelchair using community and mobility impaired population in order to become involved, productive members. They educate and increase awareness to others about accessible resources in our environment for those with mobility impairments whether it be with daily activities with peer support and direct services including building ramps or in participation in recreational activities such as the Lowcountry Wheelchair Sports including and not limited to basketball, tennis, racing with hand cycling, swimming, triathletes, and more!

Watch this page for more information regarding sponsorship opportunities and registration.

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Taking charge: The proposed PT payment remodel
Value-based. Quality-driven. Pay-for-performance. These are some of the buzzwords you've probably heard being bandied about in the healthcare payment world. And all that buzz is only going to get louder with time, because no matter how you choose to describe it, the movement toward better care at a lower cost is picking up major steam. that movement has manifested in the formation of several different alternative payment models, including shared savings, bundled payment, and capitation. But the push for payment reform doesn't stop there. Another major development in the hopper: a complete overhaul of the mechanism through which healthcare providers actually record and submit their charges.
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Age, sport-specialized training, excessive play may be linked to injury risk
Young athletes were found to be at an elevated risk for injury as they aged, engaged in sport-specialized training and when they spent a disproportionate amount of time in organized sports vs. free play time, according to study data.
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Pilates used effectively in physical therapy
We've all heard of pilates. Some of us even use the techniques to stay in shape. Now, some physical therapists are bringing pilates into rehab. Physical Therapists say they're finding pilates helps with everything from arthritis to back pain to brain injuries.
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Gait changes with balance-based torso-weighting in people with multiple sclerosis
People with multiple sclerosis (PwMS) frequently have mobility impairments that may lead to falls and limitations in activities. Physiotherapy interventions that might improve mobility typically take several weeks. Balance-based torso-weighting, a system of strategically placing light weights to improve response to balance perturbations, has yielded immediate small improvements in clinical measures in PwMS, but changes in spatiotemporal gait parameters are unknown.
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Detecting meniscal problems early could lead to better treatments
Today in PT
Even small changes in the menisci can hinder their ability to perform critical knee functions, according to recent research that could provide new approaches to preventing and treating meniscal injuries. The menisci help disperse pressure, reduce friction and nourish the knee. Because meniscal problems are a major cause of joint pain and degeneration, the research also could offer clues to understanding osteoarthritis.
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Getting back in the game after sports hernias
Lansing State Journal
A sports hernia is a strain or tear of any soft tissue — such as a muscle, tendon or ligament — located in the lower abdomen or groin area. Sometimes called athletic pubalgia, sports hernias are usually painful and result from sports that require sudden change of direction or vigorous twisting movements, such as soccer, ice hockey, football, tennis and wrestling — to name a few.
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Treatment for a common ailment — plantar fasciitis
New York Daily News
The plantar fascia is an elastic connective tissue covering the sole of the foot that holds up the arch. It actually runs the entire length of the foot from just behind the toe bones to the heel bone (calcaneus). When this shock absorbing pad becomes inflamed, it is called plantar fasciitis. We see this condition commonly among middle-aged runners who had been sedentary and then suddenly increased the level of physical activity.
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Location of meniscal injury determines shift in weightbearing line
Location of the meniscus injury prior to meniscectomy determined shift in weightbearing line, according to results presented at the International Cartilage Repair Society Annual Meeting. Researchers included 452 patients who underwent medial or lateral meniscectomy, completed a preoperative questionnaire and had long-leg standing radiographs. Researchers drew a line from the center of the femoral head to the center of the ankle joint, calculating the shift in weightbearing line as the ratio of distance between the center of knee joint at the point where the line intersected the knee and width of the compartment through which the line crossed.
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Proper recovery prevents future injury
Philadelphia Inquirer
One of the questions most people have is, "I have run my race, now what do I do? When do I run again? Should I just take a few days off and do nothing?" The answer is that while taking rest after a long race is advisable, doing nothing is not the answer. You still need to flush out the garbage that your muscles built up during the race. You still need to make sure that your muscles recover properly from the race before you start training for the next race, otherwise you risk injury.
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How to surround yourself with the right talent
By Betty Boyd
Maintaining the level of talent in an organization is a continuous battle. How do you keep and attract the right kind of talent? Surrounding yourself with talented employees takes commitment, understanding and time. No organization can grow without stepping up and being aware of what potential is available. You can start by looking around and seeing what is already right in front of you. Here are some tips that will help.
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    Legal compliance: One more reason to collect patient deductibles and copays (WebPT)
Additional day-per-week of physical, occupational rehab therapy results in cost-savings (PT in Motion)
Study shows dopamine may play role in chronic pain (Medical News Today)
Survey: Many providers want ICD-10 to just go away (By Scott E. Rupp)
Use of mobility devices up by 50 percent among adults 65 and older (PT in Motion)

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