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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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Pinpointing POPTS
by Brian Ferrie
On Aug. 1, Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) introduced the "Promoting Integrity in Medicare Act," according to a press release from the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), Alexandria, VA. This measure seeks to remove physical therapy and other healthcare 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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That Makes 50!
by Brian Ferrie
The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), Alexandria, VA, announced in an April 30 press release that Indiana Gov. Mike Pence has signed HB 1034, granting Hoosiers direct access to evaluation and treatment by a physical therapist without a physician Read More...
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The Volunteer Spirit
by Lisa Lombardo
Are you looking for an opportune time to volunteer overseas? Judging from the number of reports I receive from ADVANCE readers, and from organizations who are continually looking for therapists to join their travel groups, the demand-and desire-for lending Read More...
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Care Amid Chaos
by Brian Ferrie
The American Physical Therapy Association, Alexandria, VA, put out a press release yesterday detailing the role that therapy professionals and students played in helping victims of the tragic bombing at the Boston Marathon. The release stated: "A team 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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Clearer Communication
by Brian Ferrie
Pate Rehabilitation, Dallas, TX, issued a press release Nov. 28 announcing the launch of a new Spanish program as part of its evidence-based treatment and support for individuals recovering from acquired brain injuries. According to the release, "this Read More...
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Next Up: 2014 and the Affordable Care Act
by Lisa Lombardo
As President Obama has won a second term in office, the Affordable Care Act will now be going into effect in January of 2014. Several states have filed appeals or injunctions for waivers to opt out of all or some parts of the health care plan, but the Read More...
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PT Legislative Battle Rages in California
by Brian Ferrie
Physical therapists who haven't been paying attention to the legislative battle raging in California might want to start. As the APTA detailed in its Aug. 30 press release, " In California, a Rough Ride for Senate Bill 924 ," the latest salvo was just 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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