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.
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.