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Physical therapy is vital to joint injury treatment
The Huffington Post
Remember those song lyrics "The knee bone's connected to the thigh bone, the thigh bone's connected to the hip bone"? It's actually a good anatomical reminder about the importance of seeing an injured or arthritic joint as part of your whole body and not something to be treated in isolation. If you are limping or favoring a joint, more than likely other parts of your body are off as well. The whole body is connected in one way or another. The joined-up skeleton is the reason why physical therapy is so important to the recovery process. A physical therapist can improve a patient's core strength and manually manipulate the joint itself, working on the soft tissue around it as well as working with the rest of the body, mobilizing the hip and the back and helping the patient to regain full range of motion and improve their gait.
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$10 a month can help to defend physical therapy in South Carolina
While we have been busy defending the PT practice, SCAPTA has also been actively working on co-pay legislation to begin to limit the amount of co-pays some of our patients have to pay each and every time they come they see a PT. This legislation can have a direct effect on not only the patients we serve, but all practice areas. We need funding to support legislative activities to protect our profession in South Carolina. Make a recurring gift of just $10 and make a difference.
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SCAPTA Lowcountry District CEU Event
When: 5:30 p.m. June 18

Where: Trident Community Health Center — 2nd floor classroom
9228 Medical Plaza Dr., Charleston

Speaker: Dr. Mark Bowden
Associate professor of Neurology, lead investigator — Center for Rehabilitative Research in Neurological Conditions, Medical University of South Carolina

Title: Strength Training After Stroke: Make Muscles Not Excuses

Free for SCAPTA members; $10 for nonmembers

Please RSVP to Dave at

Generously sponsored by ERMI. Food and refreshments provided.

Deadline approaching: July 1, 2014
The deadline for submissions to be a presenter at SCAPTA's Annual Conference in Greenville, S.C, occurring next May is July 1, 2014. Click here to submit your educational session, platform or poster proposal.
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Learn Myofascial Release from the Experts!

Three exciting John F. Barnes' Myofascial Release Seminars coming to The Carolinas!
  • Myofascial Release I- Myrtle Beach, S.C. — July 10-13, 2014

  • Myofascial Unwinding- Myrtle Beach, S.C. — July 14-16, 2014

  • Myofascial Release II- Myrtle Beach, S.C. — July 17-20, 2014

  • Fascial-Pelvis- Charlotte, N.C. — October 31- Nov. 2, 2014

  • Myofascial Mobilization- Winston-Salem, N.C. — August 23 & 24, 2014
Join the over 100,000 therapists trained in this unique and effective Approach.

To register or for more information- Contact: MFR Seminars at 1-800-FASCIAL (327-2425),

Obama administration overhauls
Fox News
The Obama administration is in the process of revamping the troubled website, and scrapping large parts of the federal health-insurance marketplace in order to dodge the problems that troubled the launch of ObamaCare last year.

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5 simple steps for better management
The U.S. Small Business Administration
Good news: Here's a simple process, five easy steps, to improve your business. It's easy to do. And, if you're not doing something like this already, then this simple addition to your process offers you substantial business improvement.

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Navigating Medicare policy on physical therapy and other services
The New York Times
For years, some people on Medicare had difficulty getting insurance coverage approved for physical therapy, occupational therapy and other treatments. The prevailing approach was that if the therapy was not helping to improve a patient's condition, then it was not eligible for coverage. That is changing.

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10 ways physical therapists can maximize billing
By Brooke Andrus
In a perfect world, physical therapists wouldn't have to deal with billing. They'd simply treat, heal and magically receive payment for their services. But we don't live in that fantasy world, and unfortunately, the billing process is anything but magical. If you're a PT, submitting claims comes with the territory. Luckily, there are a few things you can do to optimize your billing process to give yourself more revenue — and fewer headaches.
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When employees get sick: Legal lessons for your medical practice
There are times when employers become suspicious that an employee is exaggerating an illness or injury or that the course of treatment is inaccurate. That temptation can be even greater if the employer is a medical practitioner. It is wise to avoid this temptation, as there are a myriad of laws which, depending on the size of your practice, require very specific types of interaction and punish employers for missteps. In order to safeguard your practice from potential liability, the best course of action is to proceed in the same manner as a non-medical employer.
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How can physical therapists avoid back injury at work
It's not just patients who are suffering from back pain. Healthcare providers such as physical therapists and nurses are also at high risk for serious back injuries. These are the cause of a lot of lost work days. An estimated 186 million work days are lost each year to back pain alone, according to a 2009 article published by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. How can you minimize the risk of getting this injury? Follow these basic tips.
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The healthcare industry is pushing patients to help themselves
The Wall Street Journal
It's the last mile in the race to fix healthcare — getting patients more involved. Hospitals, doctors and public-health officials are pushing patients to keep track of their medical data, seek preventive care and stay on top of chronic conditions. They're measuring how motivated patients are to manage their own health and adopting a wide range of strategies to help them do better, a concept known as patient engagement.
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$30 million fall prevention study launched
Physical Therapy Products
A $30 million, 5-year project will use large-scale clinical trials to prevent falls in older adults and create a "cohesive intervention" for falls reduction. The project, which was announced by the National Institutes of Health and the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, will study more than 6,000 adults aged 75 years and older at 10 trial sites across the country.
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Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Navigating Medicare policy on physical therapy and other services (The New York Times)
Aging population presses need for physical therapists (Democrat and Chronicle)
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South Carolina ranks in bottom half of states for senior health (The Florence Morning News)
Fibromyalgia symptoms may be reduced with whole-body vibration exercise (Medical Daily)

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