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New vision statement approved at the 2013 House of Delegates
The 2013 APTA House of Delegates adopted a new vision of the profession of physical therapy:

"Transforming society by optimizing movement to improve the human experience."

To see the collaborative process of your House of Delegates in adopting this bold new vision — and of the other important motions debated and resolved — view live streamed video from the 3 days of the 2013 House.
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Section on Geriatrics members can purchase Topics in Geriatrics: Volume 3 for only $100
Volume 3 topics include:
  • "Physical Therapy Applications for Assessing and Counseling Older Drivers"
    Cheryl LaFollette Anderson, PT, PhD, MBA, GCS
  • "Bariatric Geriatrics: Physical Therapy Management of Older Adults who are Obese"
    Michael L. Puthoff, PT, PhD
  • "Fall Prevention"
    Celinda P. Evitt, PT, PhD, GCS
  • "Health Promotions in Geriatric Care: The Collaboration Between Physical Therapy and Public Health"
    Kathryn K. Brewer, PT, GCS, MEd
  • "Exercise Prescription for Older Adults"
    Dale Avers, PT, DPT, PhD and Patrick VanBeveren, PT, DPT, MA, OCS, CSCS
  • "Successful Aging: Biopsychosocial and Environmental Implications for Physical Therapist Practice"
    Mary Thompson, PT, PhD, GCS
CEUs are no longer available for Topics in Geriatrics: Volume 3. To order please visit the Section on Geriatrics online store here.

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Section on Geriatrics members active at Annual Conference
Thank you to all Section Members that participated at Annual Conference as a presenter, at the poster sessions, in the House of Delegates and on various Annual Conference committees. The Section recognizes the following members and apologizes in advance if your name was missed.

•April Barthuly, PT, DPT
•Kathryn Brewer, PT, Med, GCS, CEEAA
•Adam Brooks, PT
•Christine Childers, PT, MS, GCS
•Cathy Ciolek, PT, DPT, GCS
•Daniel Ciolek, PT, MS
•Greg Hartley, PT, DPT, GCS
•Tamara Gravano, PT, DPT, GCS
•Sue Griffin, PT, DPT, MS, GCS
•Susan Herdman, PT, PhD, FAPTA
•Roger Herr, PT, MPA, COS-C
•Sarah Jameson, PT, MS, GCS
•Reenie Kavalar, PT
•Karen Kemmis, PT, DPT, MS, GCS, CEEAA
•Sara Knox, PT, DOT
•Hao Liu, PT, PhD, MD
•Craig Miller, PT
•Margaret O’Neil, PT, PhD
•Susan Ryerson, PT, DSc
•Cecelia Sartor-Glittenberg, PT, MS, NCS
•Pamela Scarborough, PT, DPT, MS, CDE, CWS, CEEAA
•J Megan Sions, PT, DPT, PhD, OCS, CEEAA
•Susan Whitney, PT, DPT, PhD, NCS, ATC, FAPTA

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SOG/HPA webinar, Sept. 17:
'Documenting Therapy Services for Medicare Medical Review'

As therapy services continue to be on the audit radar for various Medicare medical review entities and as Medicare regulations change with Functional Limitation Reporting and the need to support treatment frequency decisions, concise and convincing documentation is now more important than ever. Learn best practices from an experienced Medicare medical reviewer for supporting medical necessity and skilled services.


The intended audience for this session includes therapists (PTs, OTs, SLPs), physical therapist assistants, physical therapy students, physical therapy practice or rehabilitation department managers and administrators.
  • Receive an update on the current Medicare regulatory environment and its impact on documentation, including Functional Limitation Reporting.
  • Understand why concise and convincing document is now more important than ever.
  • Learn Best practices from a Medicare medical reviewer's perspective for creating documentation that demonstrates medical necessity and skilled services.
  • Understand what to look for in a therapy EMR documentation system to assure that it guides you in supporting medical necessity/skilled services.
About the Presenter

Jaclyn Warshauer, PT is Chair of HPA the Catalyst's Government Affairs and Practice Committee. Jaclyn is currently employed as the Senior Clinical Claims Review Specialist for Aegis Therapies. At Aegis Therapies she is responsible for conducting documentation reviews and training, monitoring regulatory affairs, and is a resource regarding Medicare coverage, coding and documentation requirements. Prior to employment with Aegis therapies, Jaclyn was a Medicare medical reviewer for 9 years with National Government Services, a Medicare FI/MAC, where she was the Lead of the NGS Therapy Unit. She authored the NGS LCD on outpatient PT and OT services and was co-author of multiple NGS rehab-related LCDs. Jaclyn has served as a resource to CMS in Baltimore on subjects related to coverage of therapy services. While at NGS, Jaclyn conducted many national teleconferences and seminars on Medicare coverage, coding and documentation guidelines for rehabilitation services. Prior to her Medicare work, she worked for 13 years in a variety of patient-care settings.

Full details can be found here.

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Attention students — Changes coming to your JGPT subscription
Effective with the October-December 2013 issue of the Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy, students will receive their journals in an electronic format only. Students will be able to access the latest research in geriatric physical therapy both online and via our iPad app. Please watch for more details soon.
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It's time to start thinking about Section awards!
Student Research Award
Clinical Educator Award
Fellowship for Geriatric Research
Excellence in Geriatric Research Award
Adopt-A-Doc Award
Clinical Excellence In Geriatrics Award
Distinguished Educator Award
Outstanding Physical Therapist Assistant Award
Lynn Phillippi Advocacy for Older Adults Award
Volunteers in Action Community Service Award
Joan Mills Award

Nominations are due Nov. 1 and all awards will be presented at the Section Membership Meeting at CSM in January 2014. For additional information on the criteria and selection process for section awards, please visit the Section on Geriatrics website at or email

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CMS posts FAQ on Functional Limitation Reporting
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
Reporting functional status via claims for Medicare patients — the Medicare Functional Limitation Reporting program — became mandatory on July 1. CMS has posted an FLR FAQ document on their website.
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Tool up: Technology designed to help physical therapy patients
Technological tools designed to help physical therapy patients after they leave the clinic are coming online quickly and may dramatically change the patient therapy experience at home. While some physical therapists worry their work may be replaced by a customized exercise therapy video or range-of-motion mobile phone app, early reports suggest the tools help patients comply better with their home therapy plan and such software can create a stronger patient-therapist bond.
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4 considerations for hiring a Medicare compliance consultant: Credentials
By Charlotte Bohnett and Erica Cohen
Drafting a compliance plan and conducting self-audits are definite must-dos; however, you may eventually find your clinic in a situation that requires absolute expertise. Yes, an in-house compliance officer is ideal, but many small- to mid-sized clinics simply cannot afford to staff someone full-time. Thus, you may want to consider a consultant. Of course, it's crucial you're selective. As is the case with hiring for any position, experience is key.
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University of Pittsburgh researchers propose mathematical model that examines multiple walking patterns in older adults
Older adults diagnosed with brain disorders such as Parkinson's disease often feel a loss of independence because of their lack of mobility and difficulty walking. To better understand and improve these mobility issues — and detect them sooner — a University of Pittsburgh multidisciplinary research team is working toward building a more advanced motion test that addresses a wider range of walking patterns and movements.
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