News from APTA

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According to a news release issued by the APTA, a study from Europe indicates that in general, the self-reported quality of life (QoL) among adolescents with cerebral palsy (CP) is not much different than their peers without disability; however QoL could be further enhanced by greater attention paid to pain early on.
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National Physical Therapy Month (NPTM) is hosted each October by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) to highlight how physical therapists and physical therapist assistants help restore and improve motion in people’s lives.
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October 3 is the indicated deadline for healthcare providers to sign up for the ICD-10 testing program from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), according to a news release from the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).
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A bill introduced in the Senate is designed to expand “locum tenens” arrangements to include PTs, allowing for those in private practice to provide continuity of care to Medicare patients in the event of the therapist’s absence.
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The upcoming testing dates for the International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision (ICD-10) system were recently announced by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).
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September 8 marks World Physical Therapy Day, an event which is intended to highlight the unity and solidarity of the global physical therapy community and serve as an opportunity to recognize the work physical therapists do for patients and the community.
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The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) reports that according to a recent article in co.Exist, running blades (such as those worn by Oscar Pistorious) are undergoing redesign efforts that could help more athletes participate in the Olympics. The article reports that the new design meets Olympic regulations and could be seen in the 2016 games.
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An APTA news release reports that recent rules proposed by the Centers for Medicare and Services (CMS) include a 2.1% increase in payment rates for 2015 under the outpatient prospective payment system (OPPS) and changes to hospital admissions requirements.
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The APTA reports that CMS has implemented a variety of fixes intended to decrease the number of rejects in the processing of functional limitation reporting (FLR) claims.
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According to CMS, use of ICD-10 is scheduled to begin October 1, 2015—the soonest possible date allowed by a law passed by Congress earlier this year.
A news release from the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) announces that patient-centered medical home (PCMH) initiatives nationwide have exhibited decreases in cost of care, visits to emergency departments, and inpatient admissions.
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According to a news release from the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), a paralyzed teenager is slated to use a brain-controlled robotic exoskeleton to stand, walk, and kick the first ball of the World Cup this June.
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An online course offers participants insight from researchers who contributed to the Special Series on Gait appearing in the APTA's journal, highlighting their work and demonstrating cutting-edge and future directions in gait assessment and rehab.
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The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) reports that CMS has changed its functional limitation reporting instructions for claims submitted for each patient's first visit on or after July 1.
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A new law offers Indiana residents direct access to evaluation and treatment by a physical therapist without a referral from a physician.
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The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) will conduct a 3-day workshop at the APTA Headquarters in Alexandria, Va. from July 24 to 26.
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The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) has announced that its CEO John Barnes will be leaving the organization July 31.