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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    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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    APTA Opposes UnitedHealthcare's Plan to Require Functional Reporting On Monday, July 21, the APTA announced that they have sent a letter to UnitedHealthcare urging the carrier to halt plans to implement functional reporting on August 1, 2014. The APTA argues this move is ill-advised due to the burden it will create for therapists and lack of data regarding the effectiveness of functional limitation reporting. Read more on the APTA’s stance on UnitedHealthcare’s decision here Little League Shoulder …

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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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    Doctors say Portuguese Soccer Star, Cristiano Ronaldo, at Serious Risk for ACL Tear Cristiano Ronaldo has been advised not to continue playing in the World Cup by his orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Noronha, who says he is at risk for tearing his ACL. Fans have also noticed a difference in Ronaldo as he has been shown limping and continually icing his knee since the start of the World Cup. If you were Ronaldo’s physical therapist, what advice would …

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    New Research Shows Exercise Could Have a Protective Effect A new study published in a Northern Arizona University news release claims that even one exercise session may help the body overcome stressors by boosting the antioxidant system. Researchers hope this study—paired with ongoing research—will help them identify the point in cellular processes at which age-related change happens. To find out more about this study, click here . Despite Slip in Sales, Outlook for Rehab Providers Remains Positive …

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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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    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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