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Pictures from the Spring Conference Casino Night

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ALAPTA Leaders on Capitol Hill during the Federal Advocacy Forum in Washington, DC - April 2016

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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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RECENT POSTS FROM APTA

  • Extended PT Workforce Projections Include Scenarios Ranging From Shortage to Oversupply

    May 27, 2016: While there are plenty of variables that could lead to different outcomes over the coming years, the latest APTA models of future supply and demand for physical therapists (PTs) include a first: the possibility of an oversupply of PTs by 2025.

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  • From PTJ: Group-Based Physical Therapy No More Effective Than 1-on-1 Care for Knee OA

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  • Help Guide the Combined Sections Meeting: Volunteers Needed

    May 25, 2016: Want to help shape the direction of APTA's Combined Sections Meeting (CSM)? Now's your chance.

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  • New Targeted Manual Medical Review System: 6 Things You Should Know

    May 24, 2016: The much-anticipated changes to the way the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) conducts its manual medical reviews (MMRs) are under way, with the first round of requests for additional documentation (ADRs) now being sent to providers (here's a sample ADR).

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  • CMS Offers Training on Coming IRF Changes

    May 23, 2016: Changes to reporting requirements for inpatient rehabilitation facilities (IRFs) are coming this fall, and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is helping providers prepare.

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  • CoHSTAR Offers Online Viewing for First-Ever Conference on PT Health Services Research

    May 20, 2016: A first-of-its-kind gathering to explore physical therapy health services research with some of the profession's top researchers is nearly at capacity, but you still have a chance to tune in remotely.

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  • County-by-County Analysis Finds Pockets of High Arthritis Prevalence

    May 19, 2016: As if the prevalence of arthritis in more than 1 and 5 Americans isn't challenging enough, now comes information that breaks down statistics at the county level to find that prevalence is very uneven across the US, with rates as low as 15.8% in some counties and more than 33% in others.

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  • New Study Links Leisure-Time Physical Activity to Reduced Risk for 13 Types of Cancer

    May 18, 2016: According to a new large-scale study, physically active individuals drop their risk of developing 13 different types of cancer by as much as 20%, including risk reduction for 3 of the 4 most-commonly diagnosed cancers worldwide.

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

    May 18, 2016: The May, 2016 edition of "Good Stuff," an occasional series that highlights 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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  • Innovation 2.0 Series of Learning Labs Kicks Off With Pay for Performance

    May 17, 2016: Insights on developing and implementing a pay-for-performance program that focuses on delivering care for patients with low back pain are yours to glean from the first Innovation 2.0 Learning Lab, now available in the APTA Learning Center.

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  • NYT Editorial Includes Wider Use of Physical Therapy Among Strategies to Battle Opioid Epidemic

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  • National Academies of Practice Inducts 7 PTs

    May 16, 2016: Seven physical therapists (PTs) have been inducted into the ranks of the National Academies of Practice (NAP), a prominent health care advisory group focused on interdisciplinary collaboration.

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  • From PTJ: Could Genomic Awareness Transform the Profession?

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  • WSJ: Running's Popularity Drops as Millennials Opt Out

    May 12, 2016: Some might say it's too early to tell, but The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) believes that running's popularity may be on the decline, mostly because of decreasing participation among millennials.

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  • Study: Could Reducing Smoking, Drinking, Physical Inactivity Affect Prevalence of LBP?

    May 11, 2016: Authors of a new study say that public health efforts to reduce smoking, alcohol use, obesity, physical inactivity, and irregular sleep may also pay off in reducing the prevalence of low back pain (LBP).

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  • New Online Rehab Reference Center Provides Point-of-Care Information

    May 11, 2016: A new offering at PTNow gives physical therapists (PTs) and physical therapist assistants (PTAs) quick access to point-of-care resources.

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  • First-Ever AHA/ASA Stroke Rehab Guidelines Support IRFs, Interprofessional Approaches

    May 10, 2016: First-ever guidelines on stroke rehabilitation contain 2 big-picture ideas: namely, that effective rehabilitation requires a sustained, coordinated, multidisciplinary effort; and that rehabilitation should not be eyed as an area for belt-tightening, but as an investment in reducing downstream morbidity and associated costs.

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  • Foundation Accepting 2016 Grant and Scholarship Applications, Letters of Intent

    May 9, 2016: The Foundation for Physical Therapy (Foundation) now is accepting applications for the 2016 Florence P. Kendall Doctoral Scholarships and the 2016 Research Grants.

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  • New MACRA Systems Could Affect PTs by 2019: Here Are 5 Things You Need to Know Now

    May 6, 2016: PTs may not be immediately affected, but make no mistake: the future of payment has arrived. And it's time to start preparing. Last week, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released proposed new rules for the Medicare and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA).

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  • Court Dismisses Lawsuit Filed by NC Acupuncture Licensing Board

    May 5, 2016: Advocates for North Carolina physical therapists (PTs) have scored a victory by way of a superior court, which dismissed a lawsuit challenging dry needling.

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  • Study: High School Football Players Experience More Concussion Symptoms, Longer Return-to-Play Times Than Youth League or College Counterparts

    May 4, 2016: Researchers have found that high school and college football players report more concussion symptoms than youth league players, and that youth league players tend to return to play within 24 hours of injury at a higher rate than their older counterparts.

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  • Zika in the News: Damage 'Worse Than Predicted,' Common US Mosquito Capable of Transmission

    May 2, 2016: Another week, another round of media coverage of the Zika virus. And so far, there's not much good news in sight.

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