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The Medicare Part B Provider Outreach and Education Department Events

The Medicare Part B Provider Outreach and Education department has scheduled the following educational events

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Update on Medicare Part B Payment Policies Webinar Recording

For Sale $75 Members / $100 Non-Members. 
Please contact alabama@apta.org to order yours today!

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THE ALABAMA CHAPTER, APTA IS A PROUD SPONSOR OF CoHSTAR

The Foundation for Physical Therapy's Center on Health Services Training and Research

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RECENT POSTS FROM APTA

  • Botox Approved for Lower Limb Spasticity

    February 5, 2016: Six years after gaining FDA approval for the treatment of upper limb spasticity, Botox has now been OK'ed for the same use in lower limbs.

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  • Zika Outbreak a 'Public Health Emergency,' Could be Linked to Guillain-BarrĂ©, Other Disorders

    February 4, 2016: The Zika outbreak has been elevated to a "public health emergency of international concern" by the World Health Organization (WHO) while health officials scramble to understand the disease.

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  • White House Proposes $1.1 Billion to Reduce Opioid Abuse

    February 3, 2016: In a proposal aimed in part at building on an initiative that includes APTA, President Barack Obama has designated $1.1 billion in new funding over 2 years to intensify the fight against the country's opioid use and heroin abuse epidemic.

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  • APTA Adds Physical Therapy Perspective to Senate Work Group Report on Chronic Health Conditions

    February 2, 2016: The challenges of providing care to individuals with chronic health conditions are now the focus of a bipartisan working group in the US Senate, and APTA is helping to shape the group's policy proposals.

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  • CMS Looks at Cultural Components of Hospital Readmission Rates

    February 1, 2016: CMS has published a guide that aims to lower the risk of hospital readmission faced by minorities and other vulnerable populations.

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  • CMS Announces Addition of Patient Opinions to Home Health Compare Website

    January 29, 2016: The US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has added patient perspectives to yet another of its star rating systemsâthis time, for home health agencies.

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  • NYT Says Don't Stop Believin' (in Exercise for LBP)

    January 29, 2016: Recently, The New York Times (NYT) addressed the positive effects of physical therapy on LBP in their Well blog article, "To Prevent Back Pain, Orthotics Are Out, Exercise Is In."

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  • Systematic Review: Physical Therapy in Hospice and Palliative Settings Supported by Limited Research

    January 28, 2016: A review of recent research on the role of physical therapy in hospice and palliative care supports the idea that physical therapy can improve patients' physical, social, and emotional well-being. The supporting research, however, is limited.

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  • Survey: 1 in 20 Children Have Problems with Balance or Dizziness

    January 28, 2016: A new survey finds that 3.3 million childrenâabout 1 in 20âsuffer from some kind of dizziness or balance problem, with 600,000 experiencing symptoms that result in "moderate" or "very big" problems.

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  • Advocacy Forum, Upgraded App: Get This Year's Efforts Off to a Strong Start

    January 27, 2016: Ready for some physical therapy advocacy? Because advocacy's ready for you.

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  • Physical Therapy 'Ineffective' for PD? Headlines Overstate Study's Conclusions

    January 27, 2016: Dramatic headlines are popping up about physical therapy's supposed "ineffectiveness" for individuals with PD. But as is often the case with dramatic headlines, there's more to the story.

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  • APTA Opens 2016 Call for Committee Members

    January 26, 2016: Ready to step up to APTA committee service? Nowâs your chance.

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  • 'Pathways' Program Takes Center Stage as Premier Advanced Proficiency Program for PTAs

    January 21, 2016: Physical Therapist Assistants (PTAs) now have a single program to help them demonstrate advanced proficiency in several different areas of care.

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  • NIH-Funded Project Looks at Using a Robot to Help Children Improve Mobility

    January 20, 2016: Could a 22-inch robot help children with disabilities improve mobilityâand, in turn, overall development?

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  • Could 'Bioresorbable' Sensors Help Individuals Recover From Brain Injury, Surgery?

    January 19, 2016: Scientists have created a sensor that wirelessly transmit data on pressure and temperature within the skull for a time, and then simply resorb into the body.

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  • CDC Says Nondrug Approaches 'Preferred' to Treat Chronic Pain; APTA Adds its Support

    January 15, 2016: The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC's) draft clinical guidelines on the use of opioids for chronic pain make it clear: nondrug approaches such as physical therapy are the "preferred" treatment path for chronic pain. APTA couldn't agree more.

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  • Quick Quiz: When Medicare Says You've Been Overpaid

    January 14, 2016: Think you know your way around the Medicare overpayment process? Take this quick quiz.

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  • Supervised Exercise (Still) Beneficial for Knee OA

    January 14, 2016: Most clinical practice guidelines recommend exercise as a first-line treatment for stiffness and pain in knee osteoarthritis (OA), and an updated Cochrane systematic review published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine indicates there's even more reason to do so.

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  • Top SNF Therapy Provider Settles DOJ Lawsuit for $125 Million

    January 13, 2016: The US Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that the nation's largest nursing home therapy provider has agreed to pay $125 million to settle a DOJ lawsuit.

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  • The Good Stuff: Members and the Profession in Local News, January 2016

    January 13, 2016: The Good Stuff: Members and the Profession in Local News, January 2016

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  • Separate Studies Support Exercise to Treat, Prevent LBP

    January 12, 2016: Research continues to support the effectiveness of exercise when it comes to low back pain (LBP)ânot only as a way to treat existing LBP, but as a way to prevent it.

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  • Survey: Most Older Americans Have 2 or More Chronic Health Conditions

    January 11, 2016: If you're an American adult 65 or older, it's more likely than not that you're being treated for at least 1 chronic health condition, and there's a good chance you have 4 or more.

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