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HPW SIG Sept. 24 webinar: Annual PT exam for older community-dwelling — special member pricing
This webinar will focus on key aspects of utilizing an Annual PT Exam for older community-dwelling adults and developing an evidence-based exercise plan designed to change disease trajectory. Case studies will illustrate data application and program development principles.

Date: Wednesday, Sept. 24
Time: 8 to 9 p.m. ET (1 CEU)

Webinar limited to 100 participants!

Presenter: Jennifer M. Gamboa, DPT, OCS, MTC is the president/director of Clinical Services at Body Dynamics Inc., Physical Therapy and Wellness Center. For more information and to download the registration form, please go here.
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Academy seeks Regional Course Chair

A. Oversee course planning, assisting regional leaders as needed. Review the overall content of all course proposals, to ensure a balanced range of marketable topics is being offered nationwide.

B. Help regional leaders track course budgets, and determine the number of registrants needed to break even. If registration is low three weeks before the course, help the regional leaders decide whether to cancel.

Click here for more information on the position and how to apply.

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Exercise Prescription, Physical Activity and Aging Conference: Research in Practice — May 2015, Toronto
If you work with fit or frail adults, whether they are young or the oldest of old, or if you work with people with conditions such osteoporosis, arthritis, cancer, Alzheimer's, diabetes, those on dialysis or who have had a stroke — this conference is for you. Our international and national speakers will provide you with the latest research on exercise and aging as well as musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, neuromuscular, pharmaceutical and nutritional issues to take into consideration when you are prescribing exercises. Our goal is to provide you with the current research on Exercise Prescription, Physical Activity and Aging that you can blend into your practice. Together, we can create "A Future of Possibilities."
We look forward to seeing you at EPPAAC 2015!

For information and registration:
Early bird registration deadline is Nov. 30

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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 and HPA Section, APTA partner to offer webinar
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.

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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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The 'humerus' side of being a physical therapist
By Heidi Dawson
See what I did there? Oh, nevermind. Having been practicing in the field of sports injury rehabilitation for the last nine years, I've spoken to, assessed and treated hundreds of people for varying injuries and pain conditions. While it is a serious thing to be dealing with someone's health, I also think every job should have its lighter moments and sometimes we all need to have a little giggle. It's healthy!
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PT researcher lets seniors take a trip
PT in Motion
A new method being tested in Chicago aims to "vaccinate" individuals who are elderly against falls — by tripping them. Actually it's not as weird as it sounds. A University of Illinois-Chicago researcher is using a specially-built moving walkway that can suddenly shift under a user's feet, tripping them up and — she hopes — triggering subconscious learning that will help prevent future falls. Users are outfitted with a special harness that prevents them from actually falling during the training.
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Medicare payment data: What PTs need to know
PT in Motion
Healthcare utilization and cost data released in the name of "transparency" continue to make headlines, and physical therapists need to have a solid grasp of what's already out there — and what's to come — in order to help patients, clients and other stakeholders understand what all the information means in context.
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Study: Hip fracture surgery reduces lifetime health costs
Physical Therapy Products
A new study in the journal Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research determined that the average lifetime societal benefits in the United States reduced the direct medical costs of hip fracture surgery by $65,000 to $68,0000 per patient. In addition, the study found that the total lifetime societal savings exceeded $16 billion for older patients.
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Cognitive impairment associated with higher stroke risk, study shows
Medical News Today
Researchers from the U.S., Taiwan and South Korea find that the risk of future stroke is 39 percent higher among patients with cognitive impairment than those with normal cognitive function, according to a new study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.
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Are your practice's medical records vulnerable to theft?
Kaiser Health News
A decade ago almost all doctors kept paper charts on every patient. That is changing quickly as laptops become as common as stethoscopes in exam rooms. Recent hacking attacks have raised questions about how safe that data may be. Here are some frequently asked questions about this evolution underway in American medicine and the government programs sparking the change.
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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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