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ICD-10 JOB AIDE AVAILABLE

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New Policy for Foot Orthotics and Orthopedic Shoes

BCBS of Alabama has recently updated their medical coverage policy for Foot Orthotics and Orthopedic Shoes.

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Alabama Board of Physical Therapy Continuing Education update!!

At the March 19, 2015 meeting, the Alabama Board of Physical Therapy voted to accept the following continuing education language to amend

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  • What Do You Know About Foreign-Educated PTs? Take the PT in Motion News Quiz

    August 28, 2015: Researchers have completed what they describe as "the first comprehensive description" of foreign-educated physical therapists (FEPTs), and produced a snapshot that covers everything from regions-of-origin to why FEPTs decide to make the move, and which states and practice settings they arrive at once they do.

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  • Painkiller Abuse to Heroin Addiction: Can Physical Therapy Help Stop It Before It Starts?

    August 27, 2015: An alarming rise in opioid abuse is sparking an important related conversation about the effectiveness of physical therapy and other nondrug approaches to treat pain.

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  • APTA Letter on Productivity Pressures Published in WSJ

    August 26, 2015: A recent Wall Street Journal (WSJ) article on the potential overuse of ultrahigh therapy hours among nursing homes prompted a response from APTA that delivers the physical therapy profession's perspective.

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  • APTA Launches 'A Profession in Transformation' Series

    August 26, 2015: APTA is launching a major new online project. Titled "Physical Therapy: A Profession in Transformation," it's a series that looks at what it means to be a professional, enterprising, knowledgeable, and inspirational physical therapist.

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  • Washington Post/Consumer Reports Article Encourages Physical Therapy for Meniscus Tears, Spinal Stenosis

    August 25, 2015: Consumer Reports and The Washington Post are helping to spread the word: physical therapy, not surgery, can be the best first-option treatment when it comes to meniscus tears and spinal stenosis.

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  • Study: Rehab Intensity Affects Readmission Rates for Patients Poststroke

    August 24, 2015: A new study reinforces the idea that the higher the intensity of the therapy poststroke, the less likely it is that a patient will be readmitted to the hospital 30 or 90 days after discharge.

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  • Soccer Mom: Move Forward Radio Interviews US Women's Team Member About Postpartum RTP

    August 21, 2015: US Women''s National Soccer Team member Amy Rodriguez shares her postpartum return-to-play story with Move Forward Radio.

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  • New PT in Motion News Feature - The Good Stuff: Members and the Profession in Local News

    August 20, 2015: "The Good Stuff," is an occasional series that highlights (mostly) recent (mostly) local media coverage of physical therapy and APTA members, with an emphasis on good news and stories of how individual PTs and PTAs are transforming health care and society every day.

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  • APTA 'Emerging Leaders' Announced

    August 20, 2015: APTA has 27 reasons to feel good about the future of physical therapy.

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  • Study: Physical Therapy Should be Considered 'Front Line' Treatment for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

    August 19, 2015: New research from Spain concludes that in terms of pain and function, physical therapy is equal to surgery at 6 and 12 months after baseline, and actually produces greater improvements earlier on.

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  • WSJ Article on Nursing Homes Alleges Productivity Pressures to Bill for Ultrahigh Therapy Hours

    August 18, 2015: The volume vs value debate, long-familiar to physical therapists (PTs) and physical therapist assistants (PTAs), is now getting wider exposure by way of a recent Wall Street Journal (WSJ), article on the "copious" use of ultrahigh therapy hours billed to Medicare by skilled nursing facilities (SNFs).

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  • Survey of ICU PTs Finds 'Pervasive' Barriers

    August 17, 2015: The overall picture may be getting better in some ways for physical therapists (PTs) working in hospital intensive care units (ICUs), but results of a recent survey of PTs in this setting still point to "pervasive" barriers to early ICU rehabilitation, according to the researchers who analyzed the results.

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  • Pelvic Pain Among Women 18-44 Prevalent, Often Untreated

    August 14, 2015: Nearly 1 in 3 reproductive-aged women may be experiencing chronic or cyclic pelvic pain, with many cases going unreported and untreated, according to a new report from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

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  • 2015 House of Delegates Minutes Now Posted

    August 14, 2015: Minutes of the 2015 House of Delegates (House) have been posted within the 2015 archives folder of the House area on the Hub, APTA's center for online communities.

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  • Daily Pain a Fact of Life for More Than 1 in 10 Americans

    August 13, 2015: An estimated 11.2% of American adults have experienced daily pain for the past 3 months, and more than half of the country's adults have experienced some type of pain during the same time period, according to a new report from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

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  • Study of Hospital Uncovers 'Alarming' Omission of PT Recommendations From Discharge Orders

    August 12, 2015: Researchers analyzing data from "a large academic hospital with a chronic stroke center" have found that physical therapist (PT) recommendations for patients transitioning to subacute care facilities are being omitted from discharge orders at rates of 54%-100%, depending on the type of PT recommendation.

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  • Physician Self-Referral to Physical Therapy for LBP Does Less, Costs More

    August 11, 2015: According to newly published research, LBP patients who are self-referred receive fewer physical therapy visits and more ineffective passive modalities than patients who aren't self-referredâand all at a higher overall cost.

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  • State Legislators, Staff From Across the Country Get the #PTTransforms Message

    August 11, 2015: Patient access to physical therapy, legal protection for the term "physical therapy," and the detrimental effects of high patient copays were all part of the discussions taking place at the APTA exhibit booth at the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) Annual Conference held last week in Seattle.

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  • Researchers Say Cardiac Rehab Not Reaching Enough People

    August 10, 2015: Even though cardiac rehabilitation (CR) is strongly supported as an intervention for patients who have suffered a heart attack, too few people are getting referrals for CR programs, and an even smaller number is actually following through once they get a referral, according to a research letter recently published in JAMA.

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  • Study: Physical Activity Has Big Effect on Insulin Resistance in AdolescentsāFor a Limited Time

    August 7, 2015: Researchers have known for a while that insulin resistance (IR) tends to peak in mid-adolescence.Now, they have a better understanding of just how significantly IR levels can be knocked back by physical activityâand how those effects are limited to a certain age-related window.

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  • CoHSTAR Research Center Now Accepting Postdoctoral and Faculty Fellowship Applications

    August 7, 2015: Physical therapists (PTs) who are interested in playing a transformative role in physical therapy health services research now have a big chance to do just that.

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  • Males and Females Differ in Fetal Vertebrae Development, Possibly Due to Evolutionary Mobility Adaptation

    August 6, 2015: A new study says that differences in male and female vertebrae diameters occur in the fetal stage and are present at birth.

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