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Section on Geriatrics congratulates Christy Ross, PT, DPT, GCS
Section Member Christy Ross was recently named as a 2013 APTA Emerging Leader. The Emerging Leader Award was established to annually honor individuals who have demonstrated extraordinary service to the profession and APTA early in their careers. Christy will be recognized in the October issue of PT in Motion. Congratulations from the Section!
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Section election scheduled for Oct. 1-31
As in previous years, the Section on Geriatrics election will be online and take place Oct. 1-31. Please watch your email and www.geriatricspt.org for more details. Please contact email@example.com if you would like a paper ballot. Those elected will take office at CSM in January of 2014.
Section on Geriatrics product spotlight — Consumer PowerPoint presentation: 'From Frail to Fun'
The SOG offers members many educational/instructional information and tools. Each month we would like to spotlight one that is available and that members might not know about. In September, we highlight a free member resource, the consumer powerpoint presentation "From Frail to Fun." The presentation was developed by the Section's Exercise Task Force and can be found here: http://www.geriatricspt.org/members/library.cfm. You may want to also use the Section's consumer brochures, or the APTA's consumer brochures, to hand out when you make your presentation.
National Falls Day is Sept. 22
Check out resources on the Section's Balance and Falls Special Interest Group webpage at
SOG IPTOP liaison announces new resource
Lisa Dehner, PT, PhD, SOG liaison to the International Physical Therapists working with
Older People, the WCPT subgroup on geriatrics, is making members aware of a new publication.
Part of IPTOP's mission statement involves furthering its members' ability to provide best practice physical therapy when examining/assessing and providing interventions/treatment to older
people and to advocate for optimal aging. To that end, a standards of clinical practice document has arisen from a need to help members achieve the IPTOP aim of: encouraging high standards of
physical therapy practice with older people.
The Section on Geriatrics pays dues to IPTOP as a member country and as such, the Standards of Clinical Practice are free to SOG members. It can be found at the newly updated IPTOP webpage on the SOG website at:
(You may need to cut and paste in your browser.)
SOG/HPA Sept. 17 webinar:
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
Full details can be found at http://www.aptahpa.org/cde.cfm?event=413558.
It's time to start thinking about Section awards!
Student Research Award
Clinical Educator Award
Fellowship for Geriatric Research
Excellence in Geriatric Research 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 www.geriatricspt.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
10 tips to nail that physical therapy job interview
So you've got an interview scheduled for a physical therapy job or are you still searching but you're coming close? Congratulations! The chances are you won't be the only candidate. You will need something to set you apart. Just follow these tips and you'll have a great advantage over your competitors.
Gaming the system and other FLR no-nos
By Erica Cohen
We all know functional limitation reporting, or FLR, means more work for basically the same reward. And that can be a hard pill to swallow for many therapists who are already stretched thin as a result of increasing caseloads and increasingly stringent documentation requirements. Even so, taking the low road and gaming the system — and thus, this profession — is not the answer.
Report: Huge shortage of caregivers looms for baby boomers
The Washington Post
Americans should expect an enormous shortage in caregivers for older people in the coming decades, with a dearth of friends and family members available to care for the baby-boom generation as it ages, according to a report recently released by AARP.
ACOs, bundles and PCMHs: A trio of innovative payment models
By Brooke Andrus
Healthcare innovation isn't just about new techniques and technologies. As the U.S. healthcare landscape continues to evolve — and hopefully improve — one of the most important areas of focus is payment models. Let's face it: medical costs aren't getting any lower, and the system for reimbursement could definitely use some TLC. Here are three innovative payment models that have garnered substantial support among various leaders in the healthcare industry.
The great debate: Static vs. dynamic stretching
Advance for Physical Therapy & Rehab Medicine
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.
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