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'The Power of the Human Spirit'
by Brian Ferrie
CHARLOTTE, NC -- Jimmy Fallon isn't down here for the APTA's 2014 NEXT Conference and Exposition, but he was about the only thing missing from the "Tonight Show"-style opening event last night. APTA CFO Rob Batarla served as master of ceremonies, with Read More...
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What's NEXT? The 2014 APTA Annual Conference
by Brian Ferrie
The American Physical Therapy Association's yearly summertime showcase is celebrating significant changes in 2014. Traditionally known as the "APTA Annual Conference & Exposition," it has been rebranded as "NEXT." In addition, this year's event will Read More...
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'The Next Evolution'
by Brian Ferrie
Last week's PT 2013 conference in Salt Lake City offered what has become an annual institution -- the 44th Mary McMillan Lecture. Promoting the theme "The Next Evolution," this presentation featured honorary speaker Roger Nelson, PT, PhD, FAPTA. Currently Read More...
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CSM 2013: PT Autonomy: What the Future Holds Under Health Care Reform
by Lisa Lombardo
SAN DIEGO--There's a popular saying that goes in this vein: There really is no such thing as luck; it is what you do with the situations you are confronted with that determines your own fate. PTs who are in private practice or who are contemplating such Read More...
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Third-Party Payers and You
by Brian Ferrie
The following post was written by ADVANCE guest blogger Brian Knutsen, OTR/L, CHT, president of Buzzards Bay Hand Therapy LLC, located in Marion and Lexington, MA. SAN DIEGO -- In the CSM session, "Practice, Coding, Documentation and Reimbursement," Nancy Read More...
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CSM 2013: APTA Steps Up Advocacy on Federal Affairs
by Lisa Lombardo
SAN DIEGO--In a two-part session to accommodate a wide range of topics on Medicare and federal health care law changes, APTA presented "Emerging Issues in Medicare and Federal Affairs: What Every PT Needs to Know" to a packed audience on Wednesday at Read More...
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CSM 2013: A ‘Fine’ Time for Networking, Fun
by Lisa Lombardo
King of Prussia---I'm looking forward to attending this year's Combined Sections Meeting nexk week in (what we hope is) sunny San Diego! It will be a nice change of pace from last year's meeting, which was a lot of fun, but also quite chilly in the Windy Read More...
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Presidential Perspective
by Brian Ferrie
ST. LOUIS, MO -- The 63rd National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA) Annual Meeting & Clinical Symposia is underway in the Gateway City amid a scorching heat wave. With the temperature outside climbing to 106 degrees (seriously, 106!), one of Read More...
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PT 2012: Politics of PT
by Lisa Lombardo
Tampa-June 7, 2012--The City of Tampa is becoming one of the most vital cities to decide what happens in nationwide politics in the upcoming election. Not only will the city be the site of the Republican National Convention in August, but here's a bit Read More...
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PT 2012 Preview: The Profession’s New Role
by Lisa Lombardo
If you ever get a chance to talk to actors, you'll find that one of their biggest fears is being "typecast": always up for parts playing the same character-the good guy, the bad guy, the "sidekick," the token girlfriend, the criminal, the rough-at-the-edges Read More...
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CSM 2012: Issues in the Statehouse
by Lisa Lombardo
Defending the PT profession can take not much more than becoming more active in your own state, as drivers of the Public Policy Practice and Professional Affairs group (PPPPA) are calling PTs and PTAs to action. On Feb. 9 at the Combined Sections Meeting, Read More...
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CSM 2012: Health Policy: Proving Our Value
by Lisa Lombardo
Bringing good research to realization is the key to lobby the PT profession to health care policymakers-and therapists can get involved in bringing the profession to the forefront. Marc S. Goldstein, EdD, senior director of research for APTA, wants the Read More...
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CSM 2012 Preview: Sharp-Dressed Therapists
by Lisa Lombardo
Several months ago, the powers that be at ADVANCE (aka, our bosses) decided to allow a more casual dress code for our offices. The decision was met with cheers, as we all envisioned being more comfortable in looser sweaters, well-worn jeans and "practical" Read More...
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CSM 2012 Preview: Get Your (Audit) House in Order
by Lisa Lombardo
ADVANCE consistently covers issues on proper documentation and how physical therapists can improve their record-keeping strategies, through adopting electronic record systems, using the latest technology and software and streamlining their staffing duties Read More...
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CSM 2012 Preview: Making an Impact
by Lisa Lombardo
With the official kick-in of the Health Care and Education Affordability Reconciliation Act of 2010 looming in 2014, now more than ever physical therapists have to find their place at the table for health policy decisions on a national level. The APTA Read More...
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