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  • articleJan 31, 2011 | 1 min. read

    APTA spokesperson quote on U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' recovery from a bullet wound

    "There's still so much we don't know about her brain injuries," says McCulloch, director of physical therapy education at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. She is not involved in Giffords' care but says she is watching every step of the congresswoman's progress from afar. "The fact that she is a motivated, driven, bright, active person could be assets. If she has really good endurance, that can be helpful." APTA spokesperson Karen McCulloch, PT, PhD, NCS, was …

  • articleJan 31, 2011 | 4 min. read

    iPad Alternatives - Mobile Tablet Technologies for Physical Therapists

    The iPad has so far dominated the conversation in the healthcare world when it comes to mobile technology, but there are a few shortcomings being pointed out by medical professionals. Most of these shortcomings can be circumvented through planning and consideration, but these things may be opening the door for other technology providers to make their way into the medical world. For instance, if you are still using a desktop application in your clinic process, it simply …

  • articleJan 31, 2011 | 1 min. read

    Handout highlighting how the health care reform law will affect physical therapists

    Visit APTA's Issue in Focus to get handouts highlighting how health care reform will affect PT's. APTA's "Spotlight on Physical Therapy Private Practice and Small Business" handout highlights how the health care reform law will affect physical therapists who own or work in small businesses. This resource details the various payment, practice, coverage, and tax provisions in the law that are currently in effect or will go into effect in the future. Handouts on skilled nursing facilities …

  • articleJan 31, 2011 | 3 min. read

    APTA Provides Snapshot of Regulations under Affordable Care Act

    The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has released the final rule with comment period that will implement new provider screening and enforcement measures aimed at reducing fraudulent providers and suppliers from enrolling in Medicare, Medicaid, and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP). The final rule also grants these federal programs authority to suspend payments when a credible allegation of fraud is being investigated. As the federal government continues the process of implementing the Patient …

  • articleJan 26, 2011 | 1 min. read

    APTA 2011-2012 Public Policy Priorities

    Representing the critical policy issues, APTA's public policy priorities,  anticipates to advance physical therapy practice, education, and research in 2011 and 2012. APTA's public policy priorities represent the critical policy issues the association anticipates to advance physical therapy practice, education, and research in 2011 and 2012. Developed with input from APTA members, the 7 objectives and 15 policy strategies will be monitored by the Government Affairs Committee in conjunction with APTA's Board of Directors and, as appropriate, …

  • articleJan 26, 2011 | 2 min. read

    Repeal of Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act passes in House of Representatives

    House of Representatives passed legislation that would repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). The legislation now will move to the Senate. It is likely that the bill will not even be brought to the floor for consideration. Wednesday evening, the House of Representatives passed legislation that would repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). The vote serves mainly as a symbolic statement of the new Republican majority in the House, as the …

  • articleJan 26, 2011 | 2 min. read

    IOM listen to stakeholders regarding rehabilitaiton standards

    As a part of essential health benefits to be established under the Health Care Exchanges it is important that the IOM consider benefits' coverage decisions based on effectiveness over cost. and determine essential health benefits based on a national standard of evidence-based medicine divorced from politics and policymakers' influence. Last week at a meeting held by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) and attended by APTA, rehabilitation stakeholders presented on mandatory rehabilitation and habilitation services as a part …

  • articleJan 26, 2011 | 2 min. read

    "Improvement Standard" reason for denying treatment is brought to a lawsuit

    Center for Medicare Advocacy want to require Medicare to cover certain rehabilitative care, such as physical therapy, even when it is likely that there will be no "improvement" in the patient's condition. In recent months, the Department of Health and Human Services has faced a series of judicial challenges regarding its statutory and regulatory authority to deny coverage to Medicare beneficiaries for therapy services based on the conclusion that the patient is medically stable and the services …

  • articleJan 25, 2011 | 3 min. read

    iPad Buying Guide for PTs: 3G or not 3G?

    Thinking about getting an Apple iPad to do your documentation in the clinic? There are a few important things to consider before investing your hard earned money in an iPad,  especially with clinical use in mind. We all know that the iPad does not come cheap, so to prevent any buyer's remorse we have created this buying guide to make sure you get the iPad that is right for you in the clinic.  Following this guide will …

  • articleJan 14, 2011 | 1 min. read

    An account of 8 physical therapists who helped in Haiti relief efforts

    In an effort to highlight thehard work and giving nature of PTs, APTA is showing its apprecation by telling the stories of 8 PT aide workers that gave their time and expertise to Haiti victims. APTA is showing its appreciation A year after the devastating earthquake in Haiti that left thousands of people severely injured, APTA is showing its appreciation for member physical therapists (PTs) who donated their time, resources, and services to the relief effort. MoveForwardPT.com …

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