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ADVANCE Perspective: Physical Therapy & Rehab Medicine

Stimulus Package
by Brian Ferrie
The APTA's PT Bulletin Online reported Feb. 20 that The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (HR 1) signed into law last week by President Obama includes many funding provisions that directly or indirectly affect physical therapy professionals. According Read More...
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Strategies on Combating POPTS
by Lisa Lombardo
CSM 2009 Wrap-up: The APTA keeps a watchful eye on the legislative strategies states can use to fight encroachment of physician-owned physical therapy practices (POPTS). But there are other ways to stop what many therapists see as a major cause thwarting Read More...
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Domestic Violence is Your Problem, Too
by Lauren Fritsky
LAS VEGAS — The media is a buzz this week with the story of young singers Chris Brown and Rihanna , who reportedly got into a domestic dispute the night of the Grammy’s. Because of the controversy surrounding the story, it seemed like perfect timing for Read More...
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Driving the Consumer Marketplace for PT
by Lisa Lombardo
LAS VEGAS-- As part of the session "Emerging Issues in Medicare, Medicaid and Private Insurance presented Tuesday at CSM 2009, Carmen Elliott, MS, outlined trends in private insurance reimbursement and what PT can do to help itself not lose out in an Read More...
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Assessing PT Market Demand
by Elizabeth Puliti
LAS VEGAS-- In PT - Who Needs It? Exposing & Forecasting Market Demand for Physical Therapy Services, Lynn Steffes, PT, and Bridget Morehouse, MPT, MBA, spoke with PTs on how to accurately assess the market. "We are facing tremendous economic uncertainty. Read More...
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Leading the Way
by Brian Ferrie
LAS VEGAS -- As this profession seeks to enhance its recognition in the health care field, it is important for PTs and PTAs nationwide to step to the forefront and spread the word about why physical therapy matters and is effective. So "Revving Your Leadership Read More...
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Solving the Patient Puzzle
by Lauren Fritsky
LAS VEGAS -- This year's Linda Crane Memorial Lecturer was Mary Massery, PT, DPT, of Massery Physical Therapy in Glenview, IL. Her challenge for attendees: Are therapists ready to take on the diagnostic role? She presented a little boy named Danny, now Read More...
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Medicare and Private Insurance: They’ve Got Issues
by Lisa Lombardo
LAS VEGAS-- It was a lot of ground to cover in just an hour and 45 minutes. Gayle Lee, JD, Roshunda Drummond-Dye, Esq., and Carmen Elliott, MS, presented "Emerging Issues in Medicare, Medicaid and Private Insurance on Tuesday at CSM 2009 in Las Vegas. Read More...
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Generational Diversity: Year 2020 Is Coming
by Lisa Lombardo
LAS VEGAS-- Do PTs comprehend the times as they are a'changin? Sooner or later the change hits every clinician with a job in PT: There is a big difference in how therapists of different generations see their values and goals on the job. Heidi Dunfee, Read More...
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A Presidential Interview
by Rob Senior
LAS VEGAS-- This morning I had the opportunity to interview Dr. Scott Ward, president of the American Physical Therapy Association, in his suite at the Combined Sections Meeting. Dr. Ward has accommodated us for numerous interviews in the past, and today Read More...
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A Brand New Image
by Lauren Fritsky
LAS VEGAS-- When you think of the term "brand," you probably imagine entities such as Starbucks or products like Nike. Well what if we told you that the PT profession could also become a brand? That's exactly what the APTA is hoping to accomplish with Read More...
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Cultural Competence--It's the Law
by Lauren Fritsky
LAS VEGAS-- Everyone is different, including your patients and coworkers. Why then do some therapists expect to be able to treat everyone the same? Different people require different approaches according to their personality and culture, CSM attendees Read More...
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APTA-CSM Kicks Off!
by Elizabeth Puliti
LAS VEGAS-- At 7:00 p.m. last night, physical therapists from all over the nation gathered in the world-famous Mandalay Bay for the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists (ABPTS) Ceremony for Recognition of Clinical Specialists. Everyone stood Read More...
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Eugene Michels Research Forum
by Rob Senior
Preview: CSM 2009 One of the greatest challenges any physical therapist can face is attempting to evaluate and interpret the degree and the impact of a patient's pain. Countless measures have been devised and dissected in an effort to make the process Read More...
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A ‘Wii’ Bit of Research
by Elizabeth Puliti
Preview: CSM 2009 It seems PTs across the country recognize the physical therapy benefits of the Nintendo Wii gaming system--and finally there is proof of these benefits. A case study from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey is believed Read More...
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Hope for Alzheimer's?
by Lauren Fritsky
Preview: CSM 2009 There was a time when individuals with dementia were excluded from rehabilitation research studies because of their cognitive deficits. But in recent years, researchers have begun including this population in studies which increasingly Read More...
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