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As 2013 comes to a close, SOG would like to wish its members, partners and other industry professionals a safe and happy holiday season. As we reflect on the past year for the industry, we would like to provide the readers of the SOG Newsbrief a look at the most accessed articles from the year. Our regular publication will resume Jan. 16.
Medicare's 'improvement standard' for physical therapy has changed
The Washington Post
From June 28: For years, seniors in Medicare have been told that if they don't improve when getting physical therapy or other skilled care, that care won't be paid for. No progress, no Medicare coverage — unless the problem got worse, in which case the treatment could resume.
5 truths about the doctor of physical therapy
From Sept. 16: Paul Killoran writes, "Ultimately, I don't anticipate everyone to hold hands and agree on all talking points, but there certainly seems to be a distinct 'Jets vs Sharks' rift in our physical therapy profession. That seems to be focused primarily on the DPT, at least the majority of the feedback focused on my assertions regarding my DPT." Here, he offers five truths about the physical therapy profession in the DPT debate.
6 ways to convince patients to do a home exercise program
From Nov. 18: Son Trinh writes, "I once had a patient tell me he didn't want to do the home exercise program because it sounded like homework and he hated school, so he didn't want to do it. So there's a lesson for you. Don't remind your patients of school. Instead, try these ideas."
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4 things to learn as a physical therapist
From Oct. 1: The learning never stops. No matter how much you learn, there will always be something new. Here are four things they every PT can learn and take advantage of.
4 crucial therapist resume questions hiring managers want to know
From Nov. 18: As a point of fact, hiring managers in healthcare only spend around 15 seconds perusing over a new resume of a therapist for the first time and they're really only looking for a couple of things when they do. They're on autopilot, for the most part. Here's what they want to know.
Wheelchair seating tipsheet
Advance for Physical Therapy & Rehab Medicine
From Nov. 18: This interactive guide offers physical therapy professionals information about different aspects of wheelchair seating to ensure patient safety, comfort and mobility.
The great debate: Static vs. dynamic stretching
Advance for Physical Therapy & Rehab Medicine
From Sept. 3: Stretching has long been used in the world of athletics and rehabilitation to promote flexibility, improve motion and ease discomfort associated with muscles. While stretching still has many benefits and is a multifaceted technique, various types of stretching are now being used to achieve more precise outcomes. Essentially, the desired outcome may vary depending on the type of stretching chosen.
Adopting a multidimensional individualized approach to plantar fasciitis treatment
By Heidi Dawson
From Sept. 16: Plantar fasciitis is thought to affect around 10 percent of people at some point in their lifetime. For such a prevalent condition, we really should have its treatment down to a fine art by now, shouldn't we? But this really isn't the case. There are many forms of treatment out there that have all been used in attempts to cure the condition, but so far there is no one treatment that has demonstrated consistently good results. And therein lies the problem.
Treating progressive supranuclear palsy
ADVANCE Physical Therapy & Rehab Medicine
From June 28: Often initially diagnosed as Parkinson's disease, progressive supranuclear palsy (most commonly referred to as PSP) is an atypical form of Parkinson's. In fact, approximately 4 percent of those patients initially diagnosed with Parkinson's are later found to have PSP. Often, by the time PSP is diagnosed it has already progressed 50 percent of the disease course. Mean onset is 60 to 65 years. Though relatively rare, it is a rapidly progressing disease over a 7- to 9-year period. Usual causes of death are aspiration pneumonia, head trauma due to falls, or complications from a hip fracture.
8 things you need to know now about ICD-10
By Charlotte Bohnett
From Oct. 1: The United States is the last country in the world with modern healthcare to adopt ICD-10 diagnosis codes, but it will join the crowd on Oct. 1, 2014. This massive ICD-10 change is quickly approaching, and it affects all of us in the healthcare field. Thus, there is no time like the present to start your ICD-10 education. Here are the eight things you need to know now about ICD-10.
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