Physical Therapist and Orthopedic Surgeon Create Pitching App

Dr. James Andrews, an orthopedic surgeon, and Dr. Kevin Wilk, his longtime physical therapist colleague, recently created an app called Throw Like a Pro, which they specifically designed to prevent overuse injury in baseball players. This app not only offers tips and exercises for pitchers, but also calculates the amount of rest time they should have based on their age. Read more about this new app and how it will hopefully reduce the number of overuse injuries and resulting surgeries here.

UnitedHealthcare Announces FLR Requirements

Starting August 1, UnitedHealthcare Medicare Advantage plans will require functional limitation reporting. That’s right; get your G-codes and modifiers ready because you will now be required to use them whenever you treat a UnitedHealthcare patient. For more details, read the full announcement here.

GAO Report on Self-Referral in Physical Therapy Released

The US General Accountability Office (GAO) recently released its report on self-referral in physical therapy. While the report states that further studies must take place before any recommendations can be made, the APTA has issued a formal statement asking for more research and reasserting its support for eliminating self-referrals. You can read the report here and the APTA’s response here.


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    This Week in PT News, August 8

    UnitedHealthcare Delays Requirement for Functional Limitation Reporting UnitedHealthcare announced on Monday that it is delaying its plan to implement functional limitation reporting (FLR) for physical therapy. In May, UnitedHealthcare announced that it would require FLR starting in August 2014. Since announcing the delay, the carrier has not released a new implementation date. Read more about the delay here . Physical Therapy and Corticosteroid Injections Offer Equal Relief from Shoulder Pain According to an article published in the …

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    CMS Releases Proposed 2015 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Earlier this week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the proposed Medicare physician fee schedule for 2015. You can read highlights of the proposed rule and access a link to view the full version here . CMS will accept public comments on the rule until September 2, 2014, and the organization is expected to release the final fee schedule on or before November 1, 2014. ACL …

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    What does it take to future-proof your practice? In this guide, we’ll talk about how you can incorporate health and wellness services to diversify your practice’s revenue streams and boost your bottom line. Ready to prepare your practice for the age of payment reform? Enter your email address below to download Future-Proofing Your Practice, Volume 3.

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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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    Exercise Therapy Outperforms Surgery for Patients with Meniscal Tears A new research study out of Denmark says that for patients with meniscal tears, exercise therapy can restore key functionality that arthroscopic surgery can’t. Study participants who treated their meniscal tears with an exercise therapy program experienced 16% more improvement than participants who underwent arthroscopic surgery. This represents the latest study reinforcing that you should #GetPT before considering surgery. Check it out here . Physical Therapy Key to …

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    The Ultimate ICD-10 FAQ: Part Deux

    Just when we thought we’d gotten every ICD-10 question under the sun, we got, well, more questions. Like, a lot more. But, we take that as a good sign, because like a scrappy reporter trying to get to the bottom of a big story, our audience of blog readers and webinar attendees aren’t afraid to ask the tough questions—which means they’re serious about preparing themselves for the changes ahead. And we’re equally serious about providing them with …

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    Study: Exercise Helps PTSD Recovery A new study published in Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica reveals that structured exercise reduces depressive symptoms and has a positive effect on those who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Researchers hope this new information will change the course of treatment for people with PTSD to include an exercise program. Find out more about the study here . Football Linked to Brain Changes, Even Without Concussion New research suggests that even non-concussive hits …

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    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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    Oral Steroids May Not Effectively Treat Sciatica Back Pain Researchers have discovered that prednisone, a drug commonly used to treat acute sciatica, is almost completely ineffective in reducing symptoms associated with sciatica back pain. In a randomized trial , 267 patients with herniated disks underwent a 15-day course of either Prednisone or a placebo pill. After three weeks, both groups reported experiencing less pain associated with their condition, with no difference between the participants who received the …

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