House Passes SGR Fix, Extends Therapy Cap

On March 26, the US House of Representatives passed a bill that would end the sustainable growth rate used to calculate doctors’ payments from Medicare. Unfortunately, this bill only includes a two-year extension of the therapy cap exceptions process rather than a full repeal of the cap. The bill is is expected to pass the Senate—and quickly—before Congress recesses early next week. Read more about this bill and how it affects physical therapists here.

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Distraction Identified as Biggest Risk Factor for Back Pain

A new case-crossover study published in Arthritis Care & Research found that distraction is the most influential risk factor for low back pain. According to Dr. Ferreira, who helped with the study, "While many of the triggers included in the study had been previously seen as hazardous activities, especially in the workplace, we were surprised that being distracted and fatigued during manual tasks will drastically increase our chances of developing back pain." Researchers hope this extensive study will provide more insight on low back pain and how to avoid common risk factors.


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    Texas Bill Could Move PTs Closer to Total Direct Access A new bill in Texas could eliminate the need for a patient to obtain a doctor’s referral prior to receiving physical therapy services. House Bill 1263—which just passed the public health committee this week—gives physical therapists the green light to provide treatment for 45 days (or 20 visits) without a physician’s diagnosis. If enacted, this law would be great news for PTs in Texas. However, many professional …

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    Hip Replacements on the Rise as Baby Boomers Age According to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of Americans who opt to undergo hip replacement surgery is increasing. Doctors say this surge corresponds to the growing population of aging baby boomers as well as an uptick in the number of people interested in maintaining an active lifestyle as they age. What hasn’t changed: the importance of physical therapy in the …

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    ICD-10 Delayed On Monday, the Senate approved HR 4302, which extends the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) fix for another year and delays mandatory ICD-10 implementation until 2015. Learn more about this legislation and how it will affect your practice here . Muscle Mass Valuable in Older Adults A new study out of UCLA shows that the more muscle mass older adults have, the less likely they are to die prematurely. This article explains why muscle mass might …

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    This Week in PT News, February 27

    PTs Receive Millions in Funding for Outcomes Research Five APTA members recently received $64.1 million in funding thanks to the new Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Pragmatic Clinical Funding Initiative . Researchers will use these funds to conduct comparative effectiveness research studies that will help fill critical evidence gaps as well as produce results PTs can use in clinical practice. Find out more about this groundbreaking initiative and what it means for physical therapists here . Reintroduced …

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    This Week in PT News, August 15

    Many Adolescents Suffer from Knee Pain for Several Years It’s very common for adolescents to experience “growing pains” in their knees; however, for some adolescents this pain can last for several years, according to a new study . If the knee pain is left untreated, it eventually could develop into knee osteoarthritis, says physical therapist Michael Skovdal Rathleff, PhD, of Aarhus University. The most effective treatment to combat knee pain and prevent knee osteoarthritis is to #GetPT. …

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    This Week in PT News, December 12

    Common Knee Surgery May Increase Arthritis Risk A new study suggests a link between a common knee surgery and arthritis. Researchers found that all of the participants who had surgery to repair meniscal tears developed arthritis within one year. The study’s author—Dr. Frank Roemer—suggests meniscal surgery can cause more harm than good when it comes to the long-term health of the joint. As an alternative to surgery, patients should #GetPT to strengthen the knee and improve joint …

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    Low Birth Weight Tied to Hip Replacement in Adulthood According to a new study, infants born prematurely or with low birth weight may have a higher risk of needing hip replacements due to osteoarthritis in adulthood. After accounting for other factors––like height and age––researchers found that low birth weight increased the risk by 250%. Doctors believe this is because low birth weight may result in abnormal hip development. Find out more about this study here . Falls …

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    This Week in PT News, January 9

    Study: Young Concussion Patients Should Limit Rest A randomized trial published in Pediatrics shows that extended periods of rest for young adults with concussions may not be as beneficial as previously thought. The study found that participants aged 11 to 22 who suffered a concussion experienced more symptoms after five days of bed rest than those who only rested for one or two days. Researchers are still trying to pinpoint the optimal amount of rest for young …

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    Fight for Your Right to PT: 10 To-Dos from the 10th Annual Graham Sessions

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