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Value-based payment model introduced in proposed 2016 home health prospective system
PT in Motion
In addition to its annual payment update, the recently released Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed rule for the 2016 Medicare home health prospective payment system (HH PPS) includes policy changes for home health agencies and a new value-based home health model to encourage quality. Below are some key highlights of the rule that impacts physical therapists and physical therapist assistants. The Association will prepare a more-detailed summary in the coming days and post it to APTA's website.
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PT Pub Night Social
Date: Thursday, Aug. 6
5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Location: Revelry Brewing Company. 10 Conroy St. Charleston, SC
Presented By: MUSC Class of 2017 and SCAPTA, in association with PT Pub Night
RSVP: by August 1 to Kenneth

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Foundation opens Call for Scientific Review Committee Members
Foundation for Physical Therapy
The Foundation for Physical Therapy (Foundation) is accepting nominations from physical therapists interested in serving on the Foundation's Scientific Review Committee (SRC). This elite group of professionals is the peer review arm of the Foundation’s scholarship, fellowship, and grants programs. Members selected to serve on the SRC have significant practice in training pre- and postdoctoral students and mentoring emerging investigators, as well as strong track records of extramural funding and peer review experience at the federal level. Terms are for 3 years beginning January, 2016. Nominations must be submitted no later than August 1. For more information, including a full list of qualifications to serve on the SRC and instructions on submitting a CV, please visit the SRC webpage or contact Rachael Crockett.
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Concerns about the ability to perform dry needling in South Carolina
The South Carolina Physical Therapy Association (SCAPTA) has been made aware of a number of complaints that have been filed with the South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing, & Regulation against physical therapists related to the performance of dry needling. While dry needling is within the professional and legal scope of physical therapist practice in South Carolina, there is significant concern by SCAPTA about these complaints. Complaints have been filed against both members and non-members across the state. If you or someone you know have received a complaint regarding the practice of dry needling, we need to hear from you as soon as possible.

Please contact the SCAPTA Executive Director's office at (703) 706-3136 or We need to hear from all clinicians across the state that have been contacted whether or not they are a member of the association. As your professional association SCAPTA continues to be an advocate for all PT's and PTA's in the state of South Carolina and we will be working quickly to develop resources and coordinate a response for individuals involved in this issue. For any further questions or concerns please communicate with SCAPTA leadership by contacting the SCAPTA Executive Director's office at (703) 706-3136.

Thank you for your dedication to the PT profession, and for your membership in SCAPTA.

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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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SoPAC Annual Conference to be held Nov. 6-8 in Pittsburgh
Section on Pediatrics Annual Conference (SoPAC) will be held Nov. 6–8, 2015, at the Wyndham Grand Hotel in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Four pre-conference courses will be held November 4-5. The 2015 SoPAC theme is: "Convergence of Knowledge and Research into Practice." SoPAC includes 18 hours of all-pediatric programming with concurrent sessions from all pediatric practice areas. The SoPAC Schedule-At-A-Glance and registration information can be accessed at
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Medicare program announces adjustment to ICD-10 codes
Pioneer News
The Medicare program recently announced that ICD-10 diagnostic claim codes will get a one-year grace period. The new regulation says that they will not be rejected for payment for the simple reason that the ICD-10 code submitted is not specific enough. These codes are very long and numerous. However, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services says the they are important as a new code system will help to modernize patient care and research and, perhaps more importantly, prevent billing fraud.
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Do I need a new NPI? (And other NPI questions)
Are you a HIPAA-covered healthcare provider? If so, take a number — a National Provider Identifier (NPI) number, that is. Because as of May 23, 2007, NPI numbers replace all legacy identifiers — including Unique Physician Identification Numbers (UPIN), Medicaid Provider Numbers, and Medicare Provider Numbers — as the go-to provider identification mechanism in the U.S. healthcare system. But, as with any government-mandated requirement, NPIs have generated quite a few questions over the years. Here are some of the most common ones (along with answers).
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Knee pain among teen athletes often resolved through physical therapy
More than 90 percent of pediatric patients, who experience knee pain, will find relief in a good physical therapy program. Less than 10-percent require surgery.
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Hip and thigh pain physical therapy app review
The Clinical Pattern Recognition series of medical apps were designed to help clinicians correctly diagnose and treat various musculoskeletal complaints. Hip and thigh complaints are specifically targeted in this version of the app. Clinical scenario: 35-year-old male runner presents to your clinic complaining of pain in the back of his right thigh. A few weeks ago he was on a run when he felt something pop in his thigh and he has been having pain ever since. It is interfering with his running and he feels he can't exercise or stretch as that worsens the pain.
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Aquatic physical therapy helps patients heal
Traverse City Record-Eagle
Gravity is sometimes too much for patients recovering from injuries, operations or disease. That's when Sandra DeMarsh, a physical therapist at Munson Community Health Center, points them to the pool. "So often they're just too weak to be able to tolerate their own body weight, let alone any added weight," DeMarsh said. "If you reduce that body weight in the water, then they can move more freely."
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Stretchy, mesh technology targets therapeutic heat for joints
Physical Therapy Products
Korean scientists at the Center for Nanoparticle Research, Institute for Basic Science in Seoul and an international team have developed a new way to create therapeutic heat in a design made to be light and flexible. Bucking convention, the team at IBS veered away from components such as carbon nanotubes and gold, and instead investigated the use of thin slivers of silver nanowires, according to a news release from the Institute for Basic Science.
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Researchers find that rehabilitation with PT may reduce need for knee surgery
Digital Journal
Surgeries have become one of the best solutions among arthritis patients who no longer want to suffer from pain, and want to be free from physical limitations. However, it seems that there are other solutions that are better than procedures. Researchers find that rehabilitation with physical therapy may reduce the need for knee surgery. A knee surgery is often resorted to by amateur athletes who experience damage in their ACL or anterior cruciate ligaments in their knees.
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Smartphone app might prevent freezing of gait for patients with Parkinson's
Today in PT
CuPiD, a smartphone app designed by researchers, uses sensors to provide personalized rehab for patients with Parkinson's disease experiencing freezing of gait, according to a news release. After a pilot program recently was completed, the app is being updated for widespread use.
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Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    What's up at CMS? Here's a quick rundown of 5 rules that may affect you (PT in Motion)
Why you need to address complex regional pain syndrome (Cleveland Clinic)
Physical therapy may help treat dizziness (The Paris Post-Intelligencer)
Is your practice and billing software ICD-10 ready? (Physical Therapy Products)

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