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AGPT Practice Committee seeks feedback
As explained in the July issue of GeriNotes, the Practice Committee's Subcommittee on Evidence-based Documents has spent the last two years preparing a clinical guidance statement (sometimes called a clinical practice appraisal) on the topic of falls in community-dwelling older adults. A clinical guidance statement synthesizes evidence from already existing clinical practice guidelines (CPGs) and adapts the CPGs’ recommendations for a particular physical therapy-specific purpose. The resulting document, "Management of Falls in Community-dwelling Older Adults: A Clinical Guidance Statement from the Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy of the American Physical Therapy Association," is now available at for a 2-week period of public review and comment. We welcome your comments, which will be considered by the Subcommittee on Evidence-based Documents prior to submission for publication in Physical Therapy.

Comments will be accepted until Aug. 11 – please send your feedback to - if you have any questions about this project, please contact Greg Hartley, PT, DPT, GCS, CEEAA, Practice Committee Chair or Jason Hardage, PT, DPT, DScPT, GCS, NCS, CEEAA, Clinical Guidance Statement Coordinator.
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Congrats to AGPT Emerging Leader recipient
The APTA Emerging Leader Award identifies and honors a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant "emerging leader" who has demonstrated extraordinary service early in his or her physical therapy career. The Academy’s 2014 recipient of the Emerging Leader Award is Jeff Paddock, PT, MPT, MBA, CSCS of Louisiana. Jeff is a member of the Finance Committee and also serves as a State Liaison. He is dedicated to the profession and has shown strong leadership in his job and with our Section. Please join us in congratulating Jeff on his Award. He will be recognized in the October issue of PT in Motion.
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AGPT and HPA Section, APTA partner to offer 2 upcoming webinars
Sept. 4, 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm Eastern - Documentation Focus: Medical Necessity and Skilled Services (Webinar): This webinar will discuss how to improve documentation for the ultimate objective of providing better care to our patients and reducing denials. The therapy medical record that combines targeted patient feedback and frequent objective measurements will not only guide effective and efficient treatment planning but may also reduce your risk of denial. Many therapists are challenged in writing effective medical records, balancing recording the necessary information and doing so in an efficient manner. Learn from a former Medicare Medical Reviewer how to prioritize key documentation elements in order to guide your treatment planning, support medical necessity and skilled services, and reduce your denial risk.

Oct. 2, 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm Eastern - Self-Audits of Medicare Part B Therapy Services: Are you Looking for the Right Things? (Webinar): As Medicare audit efforts increase therapists are under increasing pressure to ensure compliance with coverage, coding and documentation requirements. Self-audits that look at both quality and technical compliance are a critical step in ensuring that Medicare Part B claims receive appropriate payment. This webinar will guide you through ensuring that your self-auditing program is looking at the right things to reduce your chance of undergoing a Medicare probe review and to reduce your risk of denial if audited.

Register for both webinars at

Please Note: AGPT members will need to register as non-HPA members, but use code AGPT102014 in order to receive a $40 discount.

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Two new SIGs Coming to Academy members
Watch your email and the website for info on joining our two newest SIGs: The Cognitive and Mental Health SIG and the Residency/Fellowship SIG. As always, SIGs are free for members to join.
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It's not too early to think about nominating your AGPT peers for an award!
Please visit for info on nominating a worthy PT, PTA or PT/PTA Student for an AGPT Award. The deadline is Nov. 1, and awards will be presented at the Member's Meeting at CSM 2015.
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Physical therapy as effective as injections, researchers say
HealthDay News
For relief of shoulder pain, physical therapy and steroid shots provide similar results, a new study finds. Researchers compared the two nonsurgical approaches in a group of 100-plus adults suffering from shoulder pain caused by rotator cuff problems, tendinitis or bursitis.
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Home-based primary care lowers medicare costs for high-risk elders, data shows
Geriatricians found that when medical care for frail elders with advanced illness shifts to the home, total Medicare costs were reduced by 17 percent during a two-year period. A new study underscores the value of home-based primary care for America’s aging seniors. The study also revealed there were nine percent fewer hospitalizations, 20 percent fewer emergency department visits, 27 percent fewer skilled nursing facility stays and 23 percent fewer specialist visits. The data revealed high death rates that were similar in both groups.
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Study: Decrease in stroke risk, death rates over last 20 years
Physical Therapy Products
A study led by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health reveals that fewer Americans are having strokes, and that those who do have a lower risk of dying. For their analysis, researchers used results from the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) study, which is a prospective study of 15,792 residents of four US communities who were between the ages 45 and 64 years when the study began in the 1980s.
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Physical therapists help returning veterans adjust to their new limbs
ADVANCE Healthcare
"It's normal physical therapy in a unique environment." That's how Christopher A. Rábago, PT, PhD, Center for the Intrepid, Broke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, described virtual reality-based physical therapy at a presentation at the APTA's Combined Sections Meeting titled "Virtual Reality-Based Rehabilitation for Injured Service Members," earlier this year in Las Vegas.
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Computer games better than medication in treating elderly depression
Computer games could help in treating older people with depression who haven't been helped by antidepressant drugs or other treatments for the disorder, researchers say.
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Connecticut ranks high on long-term elder care, but caregivers' needs not met
West Hartford News
Connecticut outperforms most states in addressing long-term care for the elderly, but needs to improve support for family caregivers, transitions between hospitals and other settings and affordability of nursing homes, according to a national report card. The state ranks 12th among all 50 states and the District of Columbia in meeting 26 indicators across five key dimensions of care. It scored high in offering choice of setting and provider, quality of life and quality of care.
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Missed our previous issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

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