Author Archives: akaptao

16 Apr
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CMS: Some Claims Will be Reprocessed in Light of SGR Repeal Legislation

April 16, 2015: The relatively small number of Medicare claims that were processed during the brief time between the implementation of the sustainable growth rate (SGR) payment reduction and its repeal—including claims subject to the Medicare outpatient therapy cap—will be ...

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16 Apr
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PTs in the ED: Australian Study Supports Role of PTs as Primary Patient Contact in Certain Cases

April 16, 2015: A new study from Australia has found that when physical therapists (PTs) serve as a primary patient contact in emergency departments (EDs), use of imaging and patient length of stay drop—all without an increase in adverse events. ...

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15 Apr
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Senate Approves SGR Repeal, Keeps Therapy Cap and Exceptions Process

April 15, 2015: The US Senate voted Tuesday to approve a bill that repeals the flawed sustainable growth rate (SGR) and moves toward payment systems based on quality, but, despite a concerted, historic grassroots advocacy effort, does not end the ...

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15 Apr
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Study: Exercise, Education Reduce Episodes of LBP in Children

April 15, 2015: Could a back awareness education program and a few simple daily exercises reduce the risk of low back pain (LBP) in children? Researchers in New Zealand think so. Source: APTA Feed Study: Exercise, Education Reduce Episodes of ...

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15 Apr
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CMS Clears the Way for PTs Working in Patients' Rooms That Are 'Off Premises' From the Rehab Agency

April 15, 2015: Outpatient physical therapists (PTs) who provide services in patient rooms at assisted living facilities, independent living facilities, skilled nursing facilities, or nursing facilities don’t have to meet the requirements of an “extension location.” Source: APTA Feed CMS ...

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14 Apr
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Which PT in Motion Cover Sits Well With You?

April 14, 2015: Editorial staff members at PT in Motion are hoping you’re no slouch at picking covers. Source: APTA Feed Which PT in Motion Cover Sits Well With You?

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13 Apr
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Survey Points to Slow Progress on Health IT Interoperability—But Some Optimism About 'Roadmap' Goals

April 13, 2015: An article in Modern Healthcare reports that despite federal emphasis on interoperability of health records, a new survey of health care executives has found that only 11% of respondents were able to actually achieve record exchanges with ...

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10 Apr
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Study: Most of Physical Activity's Longevity Benefits Are Achieved By Simply Meeting Guidelines – But Doing a Lot More Isn't Risky

April 10, 2015: A new study says that when it comes to leisure time physical activity, the more the better—but that doesn’t mean that cranking out 10 times the minimum activity recommendations makes you 10 times more likely to live ...

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10 Apr
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Higher Proportion of Vigorous Physical Activity Lowers Mortality Risk

April 10, 2015: A new study from Australia concludes that while achieving at least the minimum amount of recommended weekly physical activity is key to a lower mortality risk, upping the amount of vigorous physical activity in an individual’s exercise ...

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09 Apr
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Early Guideline-Based Physical Therapy Results in Health Care Savings for Patients With LBP

April 9, 2015: For patients with a first episode of low back pain (LBP), getting to physical therapy early—and receiving evidence-based interventions—are the keys to significantly reduced health care costs compared with delaying physical therapy or receiving “non-adherent” physical therapy ...

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