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The American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists announced in November that it will invest $210,000 in orthotic and prosthetic (O&P) research initiatives.

The Academy hopes to develop new protocols to enhance patient care standards and increase insurance reimbursement, according to a press release. Last month, the Academy held a State-of-the-Science Conference in Florida on "Body Powered vs. Myoelectric ...


 
November 14, 2016 8:14 AM by Viktoriya Friedman of Shifting Rehab Paradigms

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) and the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has been focusing on practice of skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) more closely for over a decade; however, since the 2009 report summarized heavy resource utilization groups (RUGs) overbilling, ...


 

As the most common cause of long-term disability, chronic pain has become one of the most widespread conditions in America. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, pain affects more Americans than diabetes, heart disease and cancer combined.


 
October 12, 2016 8:35 AM by Viktoriya Friedman of Shifting Rehab Paradigms

PEPPER reports have been around in the acute world since 2003, and now they are trickling over to the other worlds of healthcare. "Program for evaluating payment patterns electronic report," or PEPPER programs, have been recently introduced to skilled nursing facilities.

This ...


 
September 26, 2016 9:59 AM by Viktoriya Friedman of Shifting Rehab Paradigms

With use of the Internet increasing exponentially, the amount of data being processed has exploded. Nowadays, even the healthcare business, a world of its own, untouched by the IT phenomena one decade ago, is forced to embrace the Internet. Currently, customer behaviors and preferences, their medical information and  shopping patterns ...


 

With temperatures outside our windows soaring well into record-breaking ranges -- 95 degrees and sticky here in the Northeast -- it's difficult to envision the frosty days of December. But we'd like to look ahead to our end-of-year cover story and wonder what private practice will be featured as our 2016 Practice of the Year.

Throughout the 15 years this esteemed contest has been in existence, we've taken you to ...


 
September 12, 2016 9:09 AM by Viktoriya Friedman of Shifting Rehab Paradigms

In 2004, telemedicine was listed as a key aspect of New York State's initiative to improve access and quality in health care through advances in technology. Electronic records and electronic drug prescriptions were the other two criteria.

According to Gregory Young, MD,F.A.C.E.P, Medical Director, Western ...


 
August 26, 2016 9:19 AM by Viktoriya Friedman of Shifting Rehab Paradigms

 

When comparing "non-claims" physicians with physicians who had suits filed against them, the average length of patient encounter time difference was only 3 minutes. The difference in length of visits had an independent effect in predicting the physicians' claim status (1). This documented finding proves that it is not the length of visit, but the quality of the ...


 
August 19, 2016 12:33 PM by Viktoriya Friedman of Shifting Rehab Paradigms

The healthcare management world is filled with clinicians. Unlike the corporate environment where most are trained and obtain a management degree in business, the healthcare hierarchy is built on direct care providers. Though direct knowledge of healthcare is a huge asset, most managers, once they transition into this role, do not feel the necessity to grow as leaders. ...


 

When athletics become not only your profession but also a defining characteristic in your life, it's hard to say when "enough is enough." The Olympic Games have a history of showing fortitude and determination in its competitors, but there have been many examples of athletes with severe injuries pushing ...


 
July 22, 2016 1:16 PM by Viktoriya Friedman of Shifting Rehab Paradigms

Not all managers are leaders, and not all leaders are created equal. Though healthcare may be lagging in style of leadership, few managers stand out of the crowd.

Here are few tools for your management toolbox to help you develop your leadership skills:

1. Prioritize. You must assign high to low priority to your tasks. Note: Most people will procrastinate on the more difficult tasks. Doing this will ...


 

The APTA NEXT 2016 conference kicked off on June 8 with an inspiring story of how physical therapy can truly transform lives.

Nick Balenger was vacationing in Hawaii when he dove into the ocean. Instead of plummeting into deep water, he hit the sandbar and suffered a severe spinal cord injury, dislocating the C4 and C5 vertebrae. Just prior to the injury, Balenger helped lead the Lake Braddock Secondary School baseball ...


 

There are many reasons a person might be experiencing chronic pain - improper posture, poor work ergonomics and repetitive stress, and recurring injuries to ...


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Some would say it was a matter of inevitability. Others will hail its arrival as a much-needed shift away from pay-per-procedure and toward pay-for-quality.

On April 1, 2016, CMS began the testing phase of its Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CJR) model, a new payment structure for episodes of care related to total knee and total hip replacements under Medicare.

According to CMS, Medicare beneficiaries ...


 

Chronic pain is becoming a worsening problem in America, with 14.6% of the population living with symptoms daily. Currently, the first line of defense against the condition is through the prescription of opioids such as transdermal fentanyl, and extended-release versions of opioids such as oxycodone, oxymorphone, hydrocodone and morphine. While they do alleviate symptoms of the condition, they also have an increased ...

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ANAHEIM, CA -- Today at CSM, in a lecture titled "Transforming the Role of the PTA to Meet the Vision of the Physical Therapy Profession," speakers Jennifer Jewell, PT, DPT, Beverly Labosky, PTA, BA, Pamela Pologruto, PT, DPT, and Gina Tarud, PT, DPT, took a look at how the role of the PTA should meet the APTA's new vision: transforming society by optimizing movement to improve the human experience.

The speakers ...


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ANAHEIM, CA -- Diane Jette, PT, DPT, DSc, FAPTA presented the thought-provoking lecture, "Unflattening," tonight for the Pauline Cerasoli Lecture. The title was named after the book Unflattening by Nick Souzanis, a novel that presents a serious inquiry into the ways humans construct knowledge. This was directly related to Jette's thoughts and ideas on higher education. She showed a video from ...


 

ANAHEIM, CA -- Language, both verbal and non-verbal, are important tools in the therapist-client relationship. In a lecture called "Words Mean Things: How Communication Impacts Clinical Results" given by Kevin Lulofs-MacPherson, PT, DPT, OCS, Larry Benz, PT, DPT, OCS, MBA, and Tim Flynn, PT, PhD, we learned the value of language and how it can affect the outcomes of a therapist's client.

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ANAHEIM, CA -- As most of you know, the APTA Combined Sections Meeting (CSM) is underway, and ADVANCE is excited to be here to cover the happenings of the nation's largest conference for physical therapy. According to the CSM website, this year's conference has brought over 10,000 professionals from all around the country to join in learning and celebrating the physical therapy profession, and to hear from ...


 

Every year, professionals, students and prospective students across the country eagerly await "The 100 Best Jobs" ranking published by U.S. News & World Report. The just-released 2016 list offers great reason for physical and occupational therapy professionals to feel proud, and for students to feel optimistic ...


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The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Neurology released a study on Tuesday which suggested that the current standard of care for early-stage Parkinson's patients may be a waste of time and money. The study said that both PT and OT offer "no improvement of quality of life" and that there were no "short or medium-term ...

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The National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA), Dallas, issued an interesting press release Dec. 18 related to the hot-button issue of head impacts in football. The release stated:

"Head impacts in football players are directly associated with brain and spine injury and have been suggested to be associated with chronic injuries, making this a ...


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December 16, 2015 6:04 PM by Toni Patt of Toni Talks about PT Today

Last week I heard a statistic about obesity in the United States. Currently 36% of all Americans are obese, with the number higher in the older population, according to a recent survey. I don't know if the number is accurate but it's probably close. That is a scary number for PTs since the majority of our patient population falls into the older category.

Obesity has become more and more common in our patients. ...


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This guest blog was written by Cary Edgar, JD, president of PT Management Support Systems.

In 2011, I published an editorial in ADVANCE explaining why the APTA's decades-long campaign against physician-owned physical therapy services (POPTS) is unfounded, misguided, and ultimately self-destructive.1 The APTA has continued its campaign against POPTS and continued to cite outdated studies as ...


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ABOUT OUR BLOGS

The ADVANCE for Physical Therapy and Rehab Medicine editorial staff will discuss issues in the PT profession, current events in health care and offer their opinions and insights.

Toni will be talking about the PT world as she sees it with 20+ years of experience as well as a student new to the world of post-professional education. She welcomes comments and responses. Anything is fair game!

Lisa Mueller is a physical therapist in Milwaukee, WI. She currently works in an acute-care setting with experience in general medical and critical care patients. With her BA in Spanish, Lisa treats a variety of patients each day.

Join Dean Metz as he ventures out of direct patient care and attempts to have a more widespread impact through public health.

PTA, mommy, runner, all-around chicken wrangler, kindergarten/4th grade art docent and professional juggler (no not really, but it sure feels like it sometimes).

Follow Lauren as she navigates her way through the DPT program at the University of Pittsburgh.

Jocelyn is a student at Nova Southeastern University's DPT Program in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Join in her three-year journey to becoming a DPT.

Viktoriya Friedman is a board certified clinical exercise expert on exercise for aging adults (CEEAA). Her primary clinical interest has been working with adult and geriatric patients living with diagnoses of idiopathic PD, atypical PD, ataxia and MS. Currently working at Office of Mental Health (OMH), Viktoriya is treating patients with medication/drug-induced gait and balance disorders.