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Temple researchers reverse muscle fibrosis associated with overuse injury in animals

Overuse injuries – think muscle strains, tennis elbow, and rotator cuff tears – are a considerable problem in the United States, especially among young athletes. But while commonly associated with sports, overuse injuries – particularly those involving muscle strains – also affect significant numbers of workers whose jobs involve manual labor.

High-force, high-repetition movements, such as those involved in heavy lifting, create microinjuries in muscle fibers. Muscle tissue responds by making small repairs to the damaged fibers. But over time, with repetition of injury, healing capacity becomes overwhelmed, and microinjuries progress to fibrosis – the replacement of muscle tissue with connective tissue. Fibrosis ultimately weakens muscles and can put pressure on nerves, causing pain.

Full article at News Medical

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COVID-19 and WFOT Minimum Education Standards statement

Statement regarding the WFOT Minimum Standards for the Education of Occupational Therapists (revised 2016) related to COVID-19 pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic is having a profound impact on the lives, health and wellbeing of individuals, families and communities worldwide1. Populations are needing to understand, adjust and compensate their daily routines in order to participate in their usual occupations or discover new ones. As a result, the delivery of occupational therapy practice, education and research are needing to adapt to accommodate the required changes to enable engagement, safety and wellbeing.

The COVID-19 pandemic has generated circumstances where the opportunity for direct contact with people has been restricted. Occupational therapy resources have been prioritised and deployed in accordance with local/national needs and service requirements. Education providers are delivering academic content through online learning, researchers adapting methodologies, recruitment and interventions to continue their investigations.

Full article at WFOT

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What are the differences between paraplegia and quadriplegia?

Paraplegia and quadriplegia are two types of paralysis that often result from spinal cord injuries.

According to 2013 estimates, nearly 5.4 million people in the United States live with paralysis.

Paraplegia refers to the loss of movement and sensation in both legs and, sometimes, part of the lower abdomen. Quadriplegia affects all four limbs and, in some people, parts of the chest, abdomen, and back.

In this article, we describe both types of paralysis, including their causes and treatment options.

Full article at Medical News Today

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HHS to States: Ease State Laws and Regs Now

The Department of Health and Human Services says that federal waivers can only go so far, and calls on states to quickly act to relax licensure, telehealth, and other requirements that may impede an effective response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is calling on states to take “immediate actions” to relax laws and regulations that HHS thinks could get in the way of effective health care responses to the COVID-19 pandemic. The recommended actions include licensure exemptions and disciplinary moratoriums, waiver of telemedicine practice prohibitions, relaxation of scope-of-practice requirements, and easing of malpractice liability.

In a March 24 letter to U.S. state governors, HHS Secretary Alexander Azar wrote that the requests are being made “to carry outa whole-America response to the COVID-19 pandemic,” adding that “your help is needed to ensure health professionals maximize their scopes of practice and are able to travel across state lines or provide telemedicine to their communities or where they are needed most.”

Full article at APTA

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APTA Joins Push for PPE, More Consistent Use Recommendations

A letter endorsed by 19 health care professional organizations not only urges Congress to step up efforts to supply providers with PPE, but to get CDC and other agencies on the same science-based page, and to take steps to ensure that shortages won’t happen again.

The federal government needs to not only do more to ensure that personal protection equipment is available to all health care workers, it needs to do a better job of providing consistent science-based advice on the use of PPE: That’s the message APTA and 18 other health care professional organizations sent to Capitol Hill as the COVID-19 pandemic triggers shortages of crucial protective supplies.

In a March 20 letter to the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate, APTA and other organizations including the American Nurses Association, the American Academy of Physician Assistants, the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, and the American Occupational Therapy Association urged legislators to take steps to “ensure that personal protection equipment … is available to all health care systems, facilities, and providers to ensure safe working environments during the current COVID-19 pandemic and any future crisis.”

Full article at APTA

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Asking the Right Questions About Telehealth

As the coronavirus pandemic worsens, PTs and PTAs are looking for answers around what they can and can’t do in terms of telehealth. APTA’s advice: Get the right answers by asking the right questions.

According to Alice Bell, PT, DPT, APTA senior payment specialist, in addition to federal-level changes around digital communications with patients, the telehealth environment is also evolving rapidly at both the private payer and state regulatory levels.

“Right now, there’s a great deal of confusion around the coverage of telehealth when provided by physical therapists,” Bell said. “Some broad policies and federal and state legislation may be interpreted as including physical therapists even though this is not explicitly stated.”

Daniel Markels, APTA state affairs manager, says that miscommunication can make matters worse.

Full article at APTA

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Coronavirus threatens the lives of rural hospitals already stretched to breaking point

Rural hospitals may not be able to keep their doors open as the coronavirus pandemic saps their cash, their CEOs warn, just as communities most need them.

As the coronavirus sweeps across the United States, all hospitals are facing cancellations of doctor visits and procedures by a terrified populace — profitable services that usually help fund hospitals. Meanwhile, the institutions also find themselves needing to pay higher prices for personal protective equipment such as face masks and other gear that’s in short supply. Vice President Mike Pence called on hospitals nationwide Wednesday to delay elective surgeries to free up capacity and resources for future coronavirus patients.

The American Hospital Association responded Thursday by asking Congress for $100 billion for all hospitals to offset coronavirus costs, citing rural hospitals’ inability to withstand huge losses for long.

“If we’re not able to address the short-term cash needs of rural hospitals, we’re going to see hundreds of rural hospitals close before this crisis ends,” warned Alan Morgan, the head of the National Rural Health Association, which represents 21,000 health care providers and hospitals. “This is not hyperbole.”

Full article at News Medical

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Back anatomy: Bones, nerves, and conditions

The back supports the weight of the body, allowing for flexible movement while protecting vital organs and nerve structures.

This article looks at the anatomy of the back, including bones, muscles, and nerves. It also covers some common conditions and injuries that can affect the back.

Interactive model

Click on the interactive model below to explore the anatomy of the back.

Anatomy

The back comprises the spine and spinal nerves, as well as several different muscle groups. The sections below will cover these elements in more detail.

Full article at Medical News Today

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Furnishing and Billing E-Visits: Addressing Your Questions

APTA is receiving many questions about the recent regulatory waivers announced by CMS related to digital communication between providers and patients, particularly regarding e-visits and the use of HCPCS codes G2061-G2063. We’ve compiled this list of the 25 most common questions we’ve received so far.

Please note that e-visits are NOT the same as telehealth or telerehab services. Congress and CMS have not modified Medicare to allow physical therapists to the roster of providers who can be reimbursed for telehealth services. With that said, APTA regulatory and payment staff are working directly with CMS and private payers to seek expansion of coverage of telehealth services to include physical therapy services.

Also important to keep in mind: If you don’t find the answer to your question here, continue to consult trusted sources such as APTA (advocacy@apta.org). Avoid acting on conjecture or recommendations that you don’t know to be reliable.

Full list of Q&A at APTA

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National Health Emergency Triggers CMS Waivers for Medicare, Medicaid, CHIP

The “blanket waiver” system now in effect eases a wide range of requirements, but CMS still won’t reimburse for telehealth by PTs.

President Donald Trump’s declaration of a national emergency in response to the coronavirus pandemic has resulted in enactment by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services of special waiver provisions that affect a broad range of activities and settings in Medicare, Medicaid, and the Children’s Health Insurance Program, or CHIP. The so-called “1135 waivers” — a reference to section 1135 of the Social Security Act — are being offered temporarily to clinicians and facilities.

Here are some important elements of the 1135 waiver process you need to understand.

These are “blanket waivers” that automatically authorize providers to take advantage of the changes — but CMS wants you to notify your survey agency and CMS regional office before you do.
The waivers are available immediately and cover everything from general payment policies to admission requirements for facilities. CMS offers a fact sheet on the waivers available; if you believe a specific waiver would be helpful, contact your state survey agency as well as your CMS Regional Office.

Full article at APTA

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