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AGPT member Carole Lewis to receive GSA's 2014 Excellence in Rehabilitation of Aging Persons Award
The Gerontological Society of America (GSA) — the nation's largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to the field of aging — has chosen Carole B. Lewis, PT, DPT, PhD, GTC, GCS, MSG, MPA, FAPTA, as the 2014 recipient of the Excellence in Rehabilitation of Aging Persons Award. This distinguished honor is given annually to acknowledge outstanding contributions in the field of rehabilitation. The awardee's work may be in the areas of teaching or patient care, or publications that may include scholarly works, books, monographs, administrative directives or public policy papers.

The award presentation will take place at GSA's 67th Annual Scientific Meeting, which will be Nov. 5-9 in Washington, D.C. Lewis is an adjunct professor in the Department of Geriatrics in the School of Health Care Science of The George Washington University. Lewis also has a private practice; owns an online and live continuing education seminar company, Geriatric Rehabilitation Education and Training (GREAT) Seminars; and edits the journal Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation, which she has done since its inception 31 years ago, while remaining dedicated to educating other physical therapists and healthcare providers in essential rehabilitation techniques to promote healthy aging.

The Gerontological Society of America (GSA) is the nation's oldest and largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to research, education and practice in the field of aging. The principal mission of the society — and its 5,500+ members — is to advance the study of aging and disseminate information among scientists, decision makers and the general public. GSA's structure also includes a policy institute, the National Academy on an Aging Society, and an educational branch, the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education.
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AGPT and HPA Section, APTA partner to offer 2 upcoming webinars
2 to 3:30 p.m. Eastern Sept. 4 — 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.

2 to 3:30 p.m. Eastern Oct. 2 — 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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  Get Your Patients Stronger, Faster

Eccentric exercise - requiring less energy and less oxygen than traditional concentric exercise - is ideal for the aging population. Help your clients get stronger sooner, improve balance, improve stair descent, and decrease fall risk - with high volume eccentrics. Clients love Eccentron's fun, game-like experience, and stay motivated to make continuing strengthening progress.

AGPT member input needed: Geriatric trained therapists and novel outdoor exercise equipment
Exercise is recommended for older people. Exercise has been shown to decrease the incidence of arthritis and helps to improve balance. The administration of exercise is quite varied. One method of exercising is with equipment and a community variance of that is exercising with outdoor equipment. In literature, little has been written about the use of such equipment and because of its potential future information must be gathered from benefits to risks to usage.

Objective: The aim of this study is to establish consensus regarding the perceived benefits, indications, precautions, risks, contraindications and ways rehabilitation professionals refer or use this equipment with older persons.

Methods: Geriatric trained physical therapists who are experienced in treating people older persons will be surveyed using the Delphi technique. Electronic questionnaires will be used to collect the respondents' opinions. Answers to open-ended questions will be analyzed thematically, combined with systematic literature review findings, and translated into statements about outdoor exercise equipment for older persons. Participants will then rate their level of agreement with these statements using a six-point Likert scale. Consensus will be achieved when 70 percent of the participants strongly agreed, agreed or somewhat agreed (or strongly disagreed, disagreed or somewhat disagreed) with an item.

If you are interested in participating in this study, please contact Carole Lewis at and put SURVEY in the subject line. Thank you!

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2 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 go here 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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Study: Orthopedic surgery generally safe for older patients
Physical Therapy Products
A new study in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery has determined that elective orthopedic surgery is generally safe for patients ages 80 years and older with decreasing mortality and complication rates. The results of the study show decreasing mortality rates for total hip and total knee replacement and spinal fusion surgeries, as well as decreasing complication rates for TKR and spinal fusion in patients with few or no comorbidities.
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Daughters more likely than sons to care for elderly parents
USA Today
A new study suggests parents may be more grateful to have daughters around than sons as they need care in their old age. The study conducted by Angelina Grigoryeva, a doctoral candidate in sociology at Princeton University, found that daughters provide an average of 12.3 hours of care to their elderly parents per month, compared to sons' 5.6 hours. Grigoryeva defined elderly caregiving as helping parents with daily living tasks such as dressing, traveling, eating, medication and grocery shopping.
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How to calculate your ideal patient load
By Brooke Andrus
As a rehab therapy provider, the strength of your clinic's revenue stream depends mainly on the number of patients you see each day — and the dollar amount you receive for each one of those visits. Naturally, if you want to increase your clinic's revenue, you mostly likely will need to increase the volume of patients you treat. But how do you figure out how many patients you should be seeing each day — in other words, your ideal patient load? When you break it all down, it's actually pretty simple to come up with a ballpark patient-volume target.
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Boomers boost physical therapy field
The Pueblo Chieftain
The aging baby boomer population is expected to keep physical therapists in a job at least through the next couple decades. With more boomers (those individuals born between 1946 and 1964) moving into the age of needing hip and knee replacements as well as the prime age for heart attacks and strokes, the demand for physical therapists is predicted to increase.
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Continuous passive motion called into question
PT in Motion
Although definitive evidence is still lacking, available research trials do not support the value of continuous passive motion as a way to reduce venous thromboembolism in patients with total knee arthroplasty, according to a recently published Cochrane Systematic Review. The entire review is available through PTNow.
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Physical therapist assistants: The fastest growing job in America
Business 2 Community
The healthcare field has always been an area recent college grads look to as a dependable source for jobs. If you haven't looked into becoming a physical therapist assistant yet, you may want to. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that between 2012 and 2022 the number of physical therapist assistants will rise 41 percent. As of 2012, the average pay for a physical therapist assistant was $52,160 per year.
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Study: PT as effective for shoulder pain as injections
PT Products
A recent study conducted by Acta Orthopaedica Belgica, the official journal of the Belgian Society of Orthopaedics and Traumatology, reveals that physical therapy as part of a "conservative treatment" plan can improve outcomes for patients with lumbar disc herniation. For the study, the patients were evaluated on the first, third and sixth month of conservative treatment, as well as on the first and second years of undergoing such treatment.
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Missed our previous issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    AGPT Practice Committee seeks feedback (AGPT)
Physical therapy as effective as injections, researchers say (HealthDay News)
Computer games better than medication in treating elderly depression (LiveScience)
AGPT and HPA Section, APTA partner to offer 2 upcoming webinars (AGPT)
Home-based primary care lowers medicare costs for high-risk elders, data shows (ScienceDaily)

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