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Therapists, therapist assistants and therapy students will gather June 4 as a unified agent of change for the physical therapy profession during PT Day on Capitol Hill. The group of PT activists plans to bring the concerns of the physical therapy profession to the front doors of federal lawmakers.
Under the new criteria of a federal mental health services program, the role of occupational therapists is being transformed to help provide integrated care to a group of behavioral health clinics.
iPTCA 2015 Conference attendees listen to Timothy Gendreau's address.
At a recent PT conference, revenue strategist Timothy Gendreau predicted payers will continue to shrink payment for therapy services because they perceive the PT industry as a “doormat.” That perception can be changed, however, under a new strategy Gendreau says makes the value of PT service provable. Get the details in this exclusive Rehab Management video report.
EXCLUSIVE VIDEO! Business thought leaders from both inside and outside the PT community discuss survival strategies in these video interviews captured at the recent Independent Physical Therapists of California conference. Speakers explain why "Hope is not a strategy," and share vital tips for the transition to ICD-10.
The United Spinal Association, along with the Everyday Abilities Foundation, are offering scholarships to 10 qualified individuals with spinal cord injuries or disorders (SCI/D) living in the San Francisco Bay Area to receive gait training treatment at SCI-FIT in Pleasanton, Calif, according to a recent news release.
Therapists from the APTA meet with national legislators in Washington DC. (Image courtesy of APTA.)
Physical therapists can train to be an advocate for the profession and meet with elected officials in Washington, DC, by participating in PT Day on Capitol Hill June 3-4. The event, presented by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), is free, but participants must register by May 14.
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).
A call for postdoctoral fellowship applications has been opened by the Center on Health Services Training and Research (CoHSTAR). Applications for instructions can be found on the Foundation for Physical Therapy's CoHSTAR webpage.
The American Physical Therapy Association reports that for the time being physical therapists will not be affected by additional requirements around an important Medicare coding modifier being instituted by the US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).
To help therapists maneuver the new regulations set in motion by lawmakers last year, the APTA is offering a webinar free to its members that will share legislative insights for 2015. The webinar is scheduled to begin at 2 pm EST on January 15.
The new group reportedly will be focused on education and issues for physical therapy professionals and students in the field of Assistive Technology/Seating & Wheeled Mobility (AT/SWM).
A November 20 webinar featuring the APTA director of quality will address important details about the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) that can help clinics avoid a potential 2.0% reduction in Medicare reimbursement.
Essential health benefits provided by qualified health plans under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) are meant to cover rehabilitative and habilitative services. A new report by the American Occupational Therapy Association, however, finds breakdowns are keeping services out of consumers' reach.
Longview, Texas-headquartered Good Shepherd Medical Center announces it recently received a 3-year accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) for its Inpatient Rehabilitation Hospital (Adults) program. It is reported as the seventh consecutive Three-Year Accreditation CARF has awarded to the facility.
The ALS Association reports that it has surpassed a total of $10 million in “Ice Bucket” donations.
The American Occupational Therapy Association’s (AOTA) annual “Hill Day” is slated for September 15; potential attendees are invited to join occupational therapists, occupational therapy assistants, and occupational therapy students from across the nation in Washington, DC, to advocate for the profession and communicate the value of occupational therapy.
According to a recent news release issued by the organization, the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) and UMB CardPartner have partnered to launch the AOTA affinity Visa Platinum Rewards credit card; AOTA will receive a portion of every dollar that each cardholder charges.
The ALS Association has announced in a recent news release that leaders from academic institutions, non-profit organizations, and pharmaceutical companies are scheduled to meet in Cambridge, Mass, May 19 to discuss biomarkers in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).
In a nod to May as Older Americans Month, the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) has spotlighted key strategies put into place by occupational therapy practitioners to reduce fall risk, increase community mobility, and help older adults engage in daily activities.
According to research presented at the 82nd Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS), in the absence of vision, proprioception “significantly” improved prosthetic control.