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How to rate your current physical therapy billing system
By Charlotte Bohnett
If claims go out the door and money comes back in, you assume your accounts receivable — your billing — and all of its associated systems, processes and software are totally fine. But how do you genuinely know whether you're doing a good job? Here are some tips for scoring your current billing system.
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Some S.C. patients in 'Obamacare' coverage gap qualify for free primary care
The Post and Courier
An estimated 194,000 South Carolinians fall into the Affordable Care Act coverage gap — they're too poor to qualify for a tax credit to lower the cost of private insurance and don't fit the criteria for Medicaid. The law meant to cover everyone below the poverty level with Medicaid, eliminating the need to provide them private insurance subsidies, but the Supreme Court ruled in 2012 that states don't have to expand Medicaid if they don't want to. While some states expanded their programs even though it's not mandatory, many, including South Carolina, did not.
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S.C. ranks 34th in long-term care of seniors
Greenville News
A new report card ranks South Carolina 34th among the states in meeting the long-term care needs of its older citizens. Though that's an improvement from the last report card in 2011, which ranked the state 38th, South Carolina still has a way to go, according to the report released today by AARP, The Commonwealth Fund and the SCAN Foundation
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How a smartphone could prevent falls
Medical News Today
Every year, 1 in 3 adults aged 65 and over in the U.S. experiences a fall. In 2010 alone, 2.3 million nonfatal fall injuries among older adults resulted in emergency department visits, and 662,000 of these patients were hospitalized. But a study by researchers from Purdue University details how a smartphone could prevent falls from occurring.

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FDA to improve device review procedures
In an effort to expedite the availability of new medical devices, the FDA's Center for Devices and Radiological Health has undertaken an independent evaluation of its review process, the agency said in a press release.

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ICD-10: Everything you need to know
By Maria Frisch
The compliance deadline for ICD-10 is Oct. 1, 2015 — a change expected to impact all HIPAA-covered entities. While this rollout will entail both time and cost burdens throughout healthcare, the move from ICD-9 to ICD-10 reflects significant advances in medicine that have occurred during the last three decades. Implementation of ICD-10 is not optional, and rollouts will be complex. This article highlights some important facts and resources regarding the transition to ICD-10.

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A systematic review: Effects of physical therapist-guided quadriceps-strengthening exercises for the treatment of patellofemoral pain syndrome
Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy
Although quadriceps strengthening is often included in the plan of care for patellofemoral pain syndrome, a systematic review published in 2003 found only limited evidence that exercise was more effective than no exercise for this common condition.
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BioMed Journal focuses on physical therapy
PT in Motion
A recent issue of BioMed Research International is entirely devoted to role of physical therapy in the treatment of chronic wounds, cancer-related lymphedema, and urinary incontinence, with an accompanying editorial stating that "well-documented, promising and inexpensive methods for physical therapy are necessary" in order to respond to these "common and costly" problems.
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NIH Task Force proposes recommendations for low back pain research
Physical Therapy Products
A Research Task Force convened by the National Institutes of Health Pain Consortium have introduced a set of proposed research standards to help in comparing the results of chronic low back pain. The task force states that standardized research methods are needed to make greater progress toward reducing the burden and high costs of cLBP. According to a Newswise news report, a number of different treatments for cLBP have been developed and tests; however, few have shown substantial, long-term reduction in pain with improvement in functioning.
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Engaging the patient's experience
HealthLeaders Media
The term patient-centered care has had an unfortunate misinterpretation for many in healthcare. Some providers end up building teams and processes around the patient at the expense of those who work with the patient. The team at Carolinas Medical Center-Mercy understood the relationship between doctor and patient historically has been paternalistic, with the physician as expert directing care based on his or her view of what is best for the patient. Providers have generally moved past that model, but few have embraced a true collaborative model in which the physician and patient each bring their knowledge, says Hazel Tapp, PhD, associate director of research for the Department of Family Medicine at Carolinas Medical Center-Mercy.
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5-star quality ratings coming soon to compare sites on
The CMS Blog
When buying a product or service, looking at ratings can often help narrow down the choices. Some websites offer "star" ratings that give information about the quality of the products and services they offer. Wouldn't it be helpful to have the same kind of ratings when choosing a healthcare provider? It can be overwhelming when consumers are faced with having to choose a healthcare provider, such as a hospital, nursing home or physician. Providers differ in the safety and quality of care they give, and having quality ratings available to compare providers can help consumers make more informed healthcare decisions. That's why the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is committed to making it easier to use the information on our Compare sites.
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Study: 6,000 steps a day keeps knee OA limitations away
Today in PT
Walking 6,000 steps or more each day might protect adults at risk of knee osteoarthritis from developing mobility issues, such as difficulty getting up from a chair and climbing stairs, according to a new study. The study, which was funded in part by the National Institutes of Health, examined whether walking could reduce the risk of functional limitations for people with knee OA. The findings were published June 12 on the website of the American College of Rheumatology journal, Arthritis Care & Research.
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Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    ICD-10: Everything you need to know (By Maria Frisch)
The anatomy and movement patterns of shoulder impingement syndrome (By Heidi Dawson)
Competition heats up on health care exchanges for 2015 (USA Today)
PT helps make the world 'a different place' with role in brain-controlled exoskeleton (PT in Motion)
Once again, US has most expensive, least effective health care system in survey (The Washington Post)

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