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Are you REEDY for SCAPTA Annual Conference this year?
Before you know it, May will be here with flowers blooming and beautiful weather to take in. What better place to enjoy our SCAPTA annual conference than beside the Reedy River in Greenville, S.C. on May 1-2, 2015! So while it is still chilly out, take the time now to sign up for early bird registration and save some cash! Excellent and diverse CEU opportunities are offered this year with plenty of time to enjoy the scenery of downtown Greenville with the conference being hosted at the Kroc Center. Go to for registration and course information.
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Now accepting nominations for SCAPTA Awards
It is a New Year! A time for good deeds and warm wishes. There are few better feelings than recognition of a job well done. With that in mind: It is time for nominations for all the 2015 SCAPTA Awards! We all know someone worthy of recognition. What better time than now to express our thanks and admiration for jobs well done? Nominations for the 2015 SCAPTA Awards must be in by March 1, 2015.
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HAVE YOU HEARD? MUSC has a new Master of Science in Health Informatics (MSHI) program designed to ensure graduates are prepared (a) to select, implement, use, and evaluate healthcare information systems such as electronic health records (EHRs) and data management and analytic systems; (b) to lead organizational efforts in health informatics and IT; and (c) to apply data analytical skills to transform patient care and the care delivery process. Graduates of the program will be prepared to assume positions as data analytics officers, clinical system analysts, health IT project managers, and chief medical/nursing information officers in hospitals, physician practices, and other health care settings.

SCAPTA secretary position is currently open
Tauna Eaddy, the SCAPTA Secretary, has resigned her position in order to take a Neuro Research position at the University of Florida in Gainesville. We wish her success and our loss is Florida's gain. Due to her resignation, the SCAPTA secretary position is currently open. This position will be filled by an appointment from the SCAPTA BOD and will be for the remainder of her term until May 2015. Please contact Gretchen if you are interested in this position by no later than 12:00 noon on 2/9/15.
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SCAPTA Lowcountry District CEU event
Date: Wednesday, March 4
Time: 5:30 – 7:00
Topic: "Current Topics in Shoulder Pathology"
Speaker: Katherine Smith MPT, PCS
Location: Summerville Medical Center. Summerville, South Carolina
Refreshments provided
Free to members ($10 non-members)

Please RSVP to by Feb. 27.

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Don't miss the Carolina Clinical Education Consortium Spring Conference
The Carolina Clinical Education Consortium Spring conference is at Elon University March 20-21.

Course 1 (1.6 CEUs) is the Basic CI credentialing course.
Course 1's intended audience: Physical Therapists who have been APTA Basic Credentialed CIs for a year or more.
  • APTA Members = $175.00 PT/PTA
  • Non-APTA members = $265.00
  • Other Healthcare Providers = $315.00

  • Course 2 (1.8 CEUs for course and 0.2 CEUs for pre-course assignments.)
    The program's unique philosophy and design will enable physical therapists, who are APTA basic credentialed CIs, to achieve the best outcomes for student learning by concurrently advancing concepts of clinical teaching and clinical practice.
  • APTA Members = $235.00
  • Non-APTA members = $360.00

  • Registration and further information is found at Carolina Clinical Education Consortium. Register and pay through PayPal on the CCEC site. For further information, contact Linda Eargle at



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    Medical Economics
    Not sure how to start preparing for ICD-10 in your own medical practice? These strategies can help physicians prepare for the transition set for Oct. 1, 2015.
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    'Prevent Interruptions in Physical Therapy' Act introduced in House and Senate
    PT in Motion
    The ability of physical therapists in private practice to improve continuity of care for their patients is a step closer to becoming a reality: this week, companion bills were introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate that would extend so-called "locum tenens" provisions to PTs. Known as the Prevent Interruptions in Physical Therapy Act (H.R. 556/S.313), the identical bills would allow a PT to bring in another licensed provider to treat Medicare patients and bill Medicare through the practice provider number during temporary absences for illness, pregnancy, vacation or continuing medical education.
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    Blogging can boost customer base for your PT clinic
    The Global Dispatch
    Search engines love engaging content that is updated regularly and relevant to readers. A typical clinic's blog contains all the information needed by clients to make an appointment, establish contact and find out about products and services. However, most clinic websites don't take the extra step needed to ensure success by adding a blog.
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    How kinesiotape may bring more customers to your door
    PPS Impact
    The use of a brightly colored tape by athletes and weekend warriors is on the rise. Whether in the CrossFit box, on the tennis court, or as a desk jockey, kinesiology tape (kinesiotape) has been rapidly gaining popularity with athletes, patients and physical therapists. Some PTs also use the tape as an outreach tool and advertisement for the services their clinic offers.
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    Physical therapy can help reduce arthritis pain
    The Grayson County News Gazette
    Treatment of osteoarthritis includes, medication, surgery, joint protection, and physical therapy. Physical therapists can help the arthritic patient in numerous ways including the use of heat and modalities, the fitting of braces or insoles, weight reduction, joint protection education, home and lifestyle modifications, and with the use of exercise to improve strength, joint mobility, and flexibility. Exercise is often perceived as painful by the arthritic patient, but an appropriate exercise program can help improve physical function and improve the person's ability to perform daily activities.
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    7 ways to prepare for a meaningful use audit
    Medical Economics
    The best way to get ready for a meaningful use audit of your practice is to assume you will be audited and prepare accordingly. Here are seven strategies your practice can use to make sure you meet all the requirements of the MU program should the auditors come calling, and ensure you can keep the incentive money you earned.
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    2015 key dates for practice managers
    Health Data Management
    The coming year includes seven deadlines related to federal government initiatives — including three deadlines on Feb. 28 alone — that physician practice administrators should circle on their calendars. These deadlines are subject to change based on the actions of Congress and the Obama Administration.
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