Physicians who often refer patients to therapists may be wondering how to charge for Medicare services, now that the sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula's 21% rate cut ostensibly is in effect. The cut could become null by April 14, however, if the Senate approves a bill to repeal the SGR when it reconvenes April 13.
Amputees are being encouraged to wear their prostheses in public and post images of their outings on a special Facebook page set up by the Amputee Coalition of America (ACA). The page, and the request for images, are part of awareness efforts being made during April, which is Limb Loss Awareness Month.
Port Washington, NY-based durable medical equipment manufacturer Drive Medical has acquired complex rehabilitation product manufacturer Columbia Medical, Santa Fe Springs, Calif. The acquisition is expected to expand Drive Medical's presence in the pediatric market through its Wenzelite division.
Physical therapists who are exploring options for creating revenue can learn about how to integrate cash-based services into practice and earn continuing education units as part of a Webinar presented by the APTA April 16 titled "Eliminate Uncertainty: Integrating Cash-Based Services into Your Practice."
A brain-controlled wheelchair designed to be operated reliably and safely over long periods of time via "shared control" technology. Device designer José del R. Millán says the wheelchair illustrates the future of intelligent neuroprostheses. (Image courtesy of José del R. Millán)
Technology is emerging that decodes intention directly from a user's brain. One of these devices is a brain-controlled wheelchair, currently under evaluation to determine whether it can operate under the rigors of daily use by individuals who are affected by varying types of disability.
As the number of joint replacement procedures explode there is a concurrent need for treatment that minimizes hospitalization costs and improves postoperative pain symptoms. As part of a treatment strategy that helps achieve these aims, a group of Minnesota-based researchers recently debuted the Rapid Recovery Protocol.
Project Walk Recovery Center in San Diego, Calif. (Image courtesy of Project Walk Recovery Centers)
Project Walk Paralysis Recovery Centers, Carlsbad, Calif., recently formed a multi-discipline Medical Advisory Board with the aim of helping Project Walk sustain its advances in paralysis recovery and overall patient care.
A learning opportunity for PTs, OTs, PTAs, OTAs, and leaders of fitness and wellness programs will help explain biomechanical differences between locomotion on land, in shallow water, and underwater at a free webinar April 22 from 1 pm to 2 pm EDT.
Imaging of burns indicates that those treated with the FL2 inhibitor nanotechnology experienced collagen deposition and hair follicle formation. (2-photo confocal microscopy) Credit: Vera DesMarais/Albert Einstein College of Medicine
The next leap forward in treatment of chronic wounds may spring from a genetic tweak that appears capable of shrinking healing time by half. This accelerated healing, under a study led by David J. Sharp, PhD, at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York, is triggered by a nanoparticle that allows skin cells to more quickly reach damaged areas of the dermis.
At least four key quality measures reveal that men are more greatly affected by complications associated with total joint replacement than women. The findings reverse common thinking that women undergo the procedure less frequently than men because women experienced worse outcomes.
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A new generation of nursing care beds was recently unveiled by Nuremberg-based Hermann Bock GmbH at the Altenpflege geriatric care trade fair. The new Bock “ultra low” beds are designed to be set to single-centimeter heights to allow for comfortable sleeping positions, according to a media release from Hermann Bock GmbH.
A group of New York-area prosthetists are taking on the "one prosthesis per lifetime" policy of many insurers. The group established an online petition at, and is gathering names to present to New York legislators as part of an effort to change the policy.
The University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences has scheduled a 3-day continuing education seminar titled, “Women’s Health: Physical Therapy in Pregnancy and Postpartum.” The event features evidence-based content, hands-on training in examination and treatment techniques, and more.
Individuals who are affected by limb loss have renewed assurance that clinics devoted to running and mobility will continue to be supported under a recent agreement between prosthetics manufacturer, Össur, and the Challenged Athletes Foundation.
Rehab Management editorial director Frank Long caught up with the Permobil “Power Trip” Revolution Tour as it stopped at Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center in Downey, California, during the tour’s swing through the nation’s Western states.
Permobil has expanded its position as a provider in the long-term rehabilitation marketplace with its recent acquisition of The ROHO Group, Belleville, Ill, a manufacturer of skin-protection and positioning solutions for wheelchair users.
Recently passed in Virginia, the federal Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act will allow many individuals in California whose disabilities occurred before age 26 to open one tax-exempt ABLE savings account to spend on qualified disability expenses.
The APTA, AOTA, and ASHA are all asking Congress to include a permanent repeal of the therapy cap in new legislation introduced last week that aims to fix the flawed sustainable growth rate (SGR).
Bedford, Mass-based ConforMIS Inc, has unveiled a new generation of the company’s iTotal CR (cruciate-retaining) total knee replacement, designed to improve procedural efficiency by reducing the number of intraoperative steps required during a knee replacement surgery.
Butler Mobility Product's redesigned IPL platform. (Image courtesy of Butler Mobility Products.)
Butler Mobility Products, Lewisberry, Pa, a manufacturer of inclined platform wheelchair lifts, announces the new design of its IPL platform. This redesigned platform has an updated new look, in comparison to the more “industrial” look of the previous platform design.