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SCAPTA announce change in our Executive Director: Welcome Brandi McIntyre
We would like to formally announce a change in our Executive Director. We are still happily with APTA Component Services, but the person filling the roll of our Executive Director has changed from Sandy Rossi to Brandi McIntyre. Many of you had a chance to meet Brandi at the SCAPTA Annual conference a few weeks back. She has worked closely with Sandy behind the scenes to get to know our chapter for the last two years and we are confident that the transition in personnel will be as seamless as possible. The change is a happy one for Sandy as she takes on a new role and we have greatly appreciated and enjoyed her service to our growing and developing chapter. We also welcome Brandi with open arms and look forward to working closely with her as we continue to grow and change.

Gretchen Seif, SCAPTA President
Aaron Embry, SCAPTA President Elect
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PT Evaluation and Reevaluation Code Values Survey: Your input is critical
Near the end of May, members received a survey focusing on CPT codes related to physical therapist evaluations and reevaluations. The survey is designed to determine the "professional work" value and time involved in the physical therapist's provision of the services identified by each of these codes. "Professional work value" includes the mental effort and judgment, technical skill, and psychological stress involved in providing the service.

APTA will submit the survey data to the American Medical Association's Relative Value Scale Update Committee (RUC) Health Care Professions Advisory Committee (HCPAC), a multispecialty committee whose purpose is to develop values for CPT codes based in part on survey data such as this. The RUC HCPAC will make a recommendation to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for the professional work value of these evaluation and reevaluation codes.

If you receive an email requesting your participation in the survey: it is critically important to take the time to complete it. The online survey will take approximately 30-40 minutes. Your responses will be anonymous.

To learn more about the survey process, check out related FAQs (.pdf) and videos (scroll to the bottom of the page for videos)." Contact our Advocacy Department with any questions.

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Concerns about the ability to perform dry needling in South Carolina
The South Carolina Physical Therapy Association (SCAPTA) has been made aware of a number of complaints that have been filed with the South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing, & Regulation against physical therapists related to the performance of dry needling. While dry needling is within the professional and legal scope of physical therapist practice in South Carolina, there is significant concern by SCAPTA about these complaints. Complaints have been filed against both members and non-members across the state. If you or someone you know have received a complaint regarding the practice of dry needling, we need to hear from you as soon as possible.

Please contact the SCAPTA Executive Director's office at (703) 706-3136 or We need to hear from all clinicians across the state that have been contacted whether or not they are a member of the association. As your professional association SCAPTA continues to be an advocate for all PT's and PTA's in the state of South Carolina and we will be working quickly to develop resources and coordinate a response for individuals involved in this issue. For any further questions or concerns please communicate with SCAPTA leadership by contacting the SCAPTA Executive Director's office at (703) 706-3136.

Thank you for your dedication to the PT profession, and for your membership in SCAPTA.

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Foundation opens Call for Scientific Review Committee Members
Foundation for Physical Therapy
The Foundation for Physical Therapy (Foundation) is accepting nominations from physical therapists interested in serving on the Foundation's Scientific Review Committee (SRC). This elite group of professionals is the peer review arm of the Foundation’s scholarship, fellowship, and grants programs. Members selected to serve on the SRC have significant practice in training pre- and postdoctoral students and mentoring emerging investigators, as well as strong track records of extramural funding and peer review experience at the federal level. Terms are for 3 years beginning January, 2016. Nominations must be submitted no later than August 1. For more information, including a full list of qualifications to serve on the SRC and instructions on submitting a CV, please visit the SRC webpage or contact Rachael Crockett.
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Medicaid re-enrollment process begins
At the Annual Meeting in Greenville a few weeks ago, we shared that South Carolina Medicaid is beginning a re-validation process. All therapists and group practices who are enrolled in the SC Medicaid program as providers will be asked to re-validate their credentials during this process. At this time, they are just beginning the process. Phase one has begun and includes Physical Therapy Group practices. Letters were mailed out on June 3 and practices on the list have until July 6 to respond.

Please go to this link: and click on the link in the bottom paragraph that states: "To find out if you are a Group 1 provider, please refer to the Provider Revalidation Group 1 List." Search for your group practice. If your practice is on the list and has not received a letter with the revalidation code, contact the Medicaid office. If you do not respond to the re-validation request by the deadline, the group practice will be inactivated in the Medicaid system.

Individual physical therapists will be included in a different phase. It appears that phase one is specifically for group practices and facilities. Please contact the SC Medicaid office if you have questions.

– Robbie B Leonard, PT
Chair, SCAPTA Payment & Policy Committee

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Save the Date for SCAPTA's Inaugural Moving Forward 5K Race
Held by the South Carolina chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association (SCAPTA) to celebrate October National Physical Therapy Month and benefitting SCAPTA and partial proceeds towards Charleston's Achieving Wheelchair Equality (AWE).

Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015
9:00 a.m.
James Island County Park in Charleston, S.C.

Achieving Wheelchair Equality is a Charleston, S.C., organization that serves the wheelchair using community and mobility impaired population in order to become involved, productive members. They educate and increase awareness to others about accessible resources in our environment for those with mobility impairments whether it be with daily activities with peer support and direct services including building ramps or in participation in recreational activities such as the Lowcountry Wheelchair Sports including and not limited to basketball, tennis, racing with hand cycling, swimming, triathletes, and more!

Watch this page for more information regarding sponsorship opportunities and registration.

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4 factors affecting your physical therapist salary
Physical therapists are empathetic by nature. As such, most didn't get into the PT profession to make bank. That being said, empathy doesn't pay the bills. Luckily, the impact you make on your patients' lives actually does. You get paid to treat patients. Now, how much you get paid — i.e., the salary you receive from your place of employment — to treat those patients depends on a lot of factors.
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20 bizarre new ICD-10 codes
Medical Economics
The ICD-10 code set, scheduled to go live on Oct. 1, 2015, brings with it thousands of new codes for medical practices nationwide. And while some will be familiar to their ICD-9 predecessors, others are a bit peculiar. Here's a list of some of the more unusual ICD-10 codes coming to medical practices, based on where they occur: land, sea or air.
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Intensive physical therapy assists severely impaired stroke patients in regaining arm function
Key to improved recovery for stroke patients is more time spent in an intensive physical therapy program, according to researchers at the University of Florida. Janis Daly, PhD, professor in the University of Florida College of Medicine's Department of Neurology and director of the National Veterans Affairs Brain Rehabilitation Research Center of Excellence in Gainesville, Fla., and colleagues focused their study on stroke survivors who experienced persistent disability after a year or more or standard care completion.
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NIH introduces physical activity research program
Physical Therapy Products
The National Institutes of Health reports in a news release that it is launching a program via its Common Fund to identify the molecules that are affected by the health benefits from physical activity. The program, Molecular Transducers of Physical Activity in Humans, also aims to identify some of the key molecules that underlie the systemic effects of physical activity, and characterize the key functions of those molecules, per the release.
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Physical therapy and the human movement system
Do you know that your body has a movement system? Left uncontrolled, it can be the source of injuries, aches and pains; however, by working with a human movement expert it can be the rock-solid foundation for fitness and long-term health. Let's be honest: physical therapy is widely associated with being injured, suffering pain and the inability to perform physical activities that you enjoy.
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Person-centered approach to physical therapy has positive effect on depression
The Medical News
Exercise has a positive effect on depression — so reveals a dissertation written at the Sahlgrenska Academy. In at study at the Sahlgrenska Academy, the researcher evaluated exercise as add-on therapy to medicating with antidepressants. The study divided 62 individuals with diagnosed clinical depression into three groups, in which two participated in two different types of exercise with a physiotherapist twice a week for 10 weeks while the third, the control group, did not participate in systematic exercise.
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Study: Poor sleep, negative attitude amplify pain in knee osteoarthritis
Today in PT
Patients with knee osteoarthritis who have poor sleep habits display greater central sensitization — an amplification of clinical pain, according to a new study. Findings published online June 4 in Arthritis Care & Research, a journal of the American College of Rheumatology, also show patients with OA who catastrophize — consumed by thoughts of pain — had increased central sensitization that was associated with greater clinical pain.
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