These are the top 10 best and worst jobs for the future

You may not be able to predict the future, but data experts can tell you what job you should pick for a successful future.

Using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Kiplinger and economic forecasting group EMSI analyzed 785 popular US jobs. Out of that list, Kiplinger measured which will have the strongest and weakest growth rates over the next 10 years (between 2016 and 2026), what those jobs will pay and how much education they will require.

Additionally, the list excludes jobs that “saddled people with too much debt,” Kiplinger online editor David Muhlbaum tells CNBC’s “Power Lunch” on Friday.

Full story at CNBC

Judge Lays Out What CMS Must Do to Correct Jimmo Education Failings

The 2013 settlement agreement reached in the Jimmo v Sibelius case was supposed to have debunked the “improvement standard” myth once and for all—provided, of course, that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) did the debunking and educated Medicare contractors and others on the importance of stopping inappropriate coverage denials. Last year, a federal judge ruled that CMS fell short on those efforts. Now that same judge has spelled out just what CMS must do to make things right—and by when.

In a ruling released February 2, US District Court Judge Christina Reiss told the Secretary of Health and Human Services that CMS has until September 4 to complete a series of steps that would make it clear to Medicare contractors, Medicare Advantage plan administrators, and others that the so-called “improvement standard”—the idea that Medicare coverage can only be extended if that care will actually improve the patient’s condition—is a fallacy.

Full story of CMS and Jimmo Education failings at APTA

New School Initiative Brings Physical Activity to the Classroom

The Washington Post reports that in what at least 1 administrator hopes will be the classroom of the near-future, kids can’t sit still—as in, they’re not supposed to sit still, because every desk and learning station incorporates equipment that keeps them moving.

And for 1 classroom in Charleston, South Carolina, that future is already here, according to the Post.

“Inside, 28 fifth-graders sit at the specially outfitted kinesthetic desks. Some pedal bikes, some march on climbers, some swivel, some stand at their desk and sway back and forth. But almost everyone in the class is moving all day long—even the teacher,” the Post reports.

The description is included in a story on how 63-year-old David Spurlock, a school administrator in the Charleston district, is challenging educational assumptions about the need for children to remain seated and inactive while learning. Those assumptions couldn’t be more incorrect, Spurlock argues, calling the current system “educational incarceration.”

Full story of school initiative to bring physical activity to the classroom at APTA

From the House of Delegates: PTAs, ‘Early Career’ Individuals Focus of Membership Efforts

APTA will have an opportunity to further enrich involvement from both physical therapist assistants (PTAs) and early-career physical therapists (PTs) and PTAs, now that the APTA House of Delegates (House) has approved efforts to increase the value of membership for both groups.

In separate motions approved at the 2014 session of the House June 9-11 in Charlotte, North Carolina, delegates voted to create plans for increasing the value of APTA membership for the PTA and to “explore new and innovative ways to increase membership recruitment and retention of early-career individuals,” defined as PTs and PTAs practicing within their first 5 years after graduation.

Full story of early career in PTA’s at APTA

From the House of Delegates: APTA Has a Role in Strengthening PT Education

If physical therapy wants to truly embrace its vision of transforming society, the profession will need to be equipped with a diverse, well-educated workforce comfortable with innovation and capable of working across disciplines. It’s an idea that’s as fundamental as it is complex, and one that the 2014 House of Delegates (House) supported through several education-related motions passed at its most recent session June 9–11 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

The motions approved by the House included “Promoting Excellence in Physical Therapist Professional Education” (RC 12-14), a position that spells out the association’s commitment to educational program quality, and its expectation that physical therapists (PTs) who teach in and oversee these programs share in this concern for quality.

Full story of strengthening PT education at APTA

Log ‘N Blog: Get Happy—and Help Physical Therapy

Want to feel good about yourself? Add up all those miles you ran, or biked, or swam, or hours you worked out since February. Whoa, kind of impressive, right?

Want to feel really good about yourself? Help physical therapy research by documenting those activities in the Foundation for Physical Therapy’s Log ‘N Blog campaign.

And yes, there’s still time. But not much.

July 31 is the deadline to join the Foundation for Physical Therapy’s “Log ‘N Blog” initiative, the physical therapy student-led fundraiser in which teams and individuals compete by tracking their fitness activities. Proceeds from Log ‘N Blog are used to support physical therapy research.

Full story of Log ‘N Blog for physical therapy at APTA

‘Rock Doc’ Gets 6 Years for Medicare Fraud Involving ‘Physical Therapy’

The so-called “Rock Doc” who pleaded guilty to defrauding Medicare of $2.6 million through bogus physical therapy services has been sentenced to 6 years in prison.

In addition to the billing fraud, Christopher Gregory Wayne, 54, of Miami Beach, Florida, also admitted to illegally prescribing controlled substances and has been ordered to repay Medicare about $1.65 million. The sentencing, which occurred on June 13, was reported in the Wall Street Journal and Miami Herald, among other outlets.

Full story of the Rock Doc at APTA

HHS Lays Out Vision for Health Care IT

By 2024, health care consumers will access, manage, and share their own health care data with multiple providers through a “seamless” set of technologies; primary care providers will access patient genetic information and research on medication efficacy to pinpoint the best treatments for individual patients; and all participants in the health care system—including patients—will contribute to a massive body of data that can be used to further research.

That’s the plan, at least, according to a recently released vision statement from the office of the National Coordinator of Health Information Technology (ONC), the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) agency charged with making those goals a reality. The ONC document shares, in broad strokes, the “consistent, incremental, yet comprehensive” approach it will take to make the use of health IT ubiquitous and easy-to-use.

Full story of health care IT at APTA

Watch for the New PT in Motion

APTA members are in for a surprise come June 1: a completely redesigned PT in Motion magazine that’s more lively, readable and valuable to physical therapists (PTs), physical therapists assistants (PTAs), and students.

The new look was shaped in large part by member comments and suggestions. Look for a more colorful and graphics-based publication, with additional emphasis on resources and tools to help you in your day-to-day activities.

Full story of PT in motion at APTA

Clinical Instructor Input Wanted on Clinical Reasoning Skills

The American Council of Academic Physical Therapy (ACAPT)  is taking a close look at clinical reasoning skills in physical therapist doctoral education programs and needs to hear from clinical instructors.

ACAPT’s Clinical Reasoning Curricula and Assessment Research Consortium has posted a survey for clinical instructors, the results of which will inform its study titled “Exploration of Clinical Reasoning in Doctor of Physical Therapy Education.” The consortium estimates that the survey takes about 5–10 minutes to complete.

Full story on clinical reasoning skills at APTA