Tag: PT

Looking For Evidence? Open the Door to PTNow ArticleSearch

For physical therapists (PTs) looking to put evidence into practice, life just got a little better: APTA has retooled one of its most popular evidence-based practice (EBP) resources to make it easier to find and more intuitive to use.

Open Door, the search tool that puts PTs in touch with the latest in EBP, has been relocated to PTNow.org and renamed PTNow ArticleSearch. PTNow ArticleSearch maintains all the functionality of Open Door, and allows APTA members to track favorite research topics, access APTA section journals, and analyze interventions through ProQuest’s Medical Evidence Matters service. All old links to Open Door will redirect to the new site.

More information on the renamed article search at APTA

Feedback Needed on First Draft of Revised Accreditation Criteria

The first draft of revised criteria for physical therapist (PT) and physical therapist assistant (PTA) education programs is now available for review, and the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) is seeking input both online and at the upcoming 2014 Combined Sections Meeting (CSM) in Las Vegas.

The document is being made available at the CAPTE webpage related to the project. The draft, created by CAPTE’s Criteria Revision Group (CRG), is intended to be the basis for a set of revised criteria that will guide accreditation decisions. As part of its refinement process the CRG is hoping to receive feedback from interested parties including faculty, university and program administrators, practitioners, students, alumni, and employers.

More information on revised accreditation criteria at APTA

Innovative PT Center of Excellence Reaches $3 Million Mark

In what it describes as an effort aimed at “changing the face of physical therapy” the Foundation of Physical Therapy (Foundation) announced that it has raised $3 million to fund a program dedicated to training physical therapists in health services research. The Foundation’s Center of Excellence is set to launch in 2015 thanks to donations from APTA, many of its state chapters, APTA components, and a long list of corporate and private donors.

The Center of Excellence for Health Services/Health Policy Research (COE) will focus on significantly expanding the number of physical therapist (PT) investigators specializing in research around health services and policy. The project was created in response to a lack of sufficient data related to physical therapy in services/policy research, and a shortage of PTs with the skills to conduct this kind of research.

Full story of PT program funds at APTA

FLEX:NY Approval and New Course for January

New York Approval

Flex CEUs is now recognized as a Continuing Education Provider by the New York State Board for Physical Therapy!

New Courses for January

Chronic Pain – Extensive Medical Treatment Guidelines

CEU Course Description

Chronic pain medical treatment guidelines apply when a patient continues to have pain that persists beyond the anticipated time of healing and there are no plans for a curative treatment, such as surgery. This course provides an overview of the complex chronic pain phenomenon and presents multiple models to explain it. The course also provides a framework to manage all chronic pain conditions as well as parameters to establish reasonable outcomes and acceptable standards of care.

Chronic Pain – Extensive Medical Treatment Guidelines

CEU Course Description

Approximately 1.5 million Americans survive a traumatic brain injury each year. The leading causes are falls, motor vehicle accidents, struck by/against events and assaults. The incidence has significantly increased as a result of recent military and combat operations. Due to this increase, the Veterans Health Administration created a Clinical Practice Guideline to ensure that patients are screened and identified and receive appropriate treatment. This course provides clinicians that work with mild traumatic brain injury patients a structured framework to help improve patient outcomes.

For more information on these courses and many more, visit Flex CEUs


KHN Article: Private Insurers Could Dampen Access to Habilitative Services

While the Affordable Care Act (ACA) contains provisions that aim to increase patient access to habilitative services, rules around how states approach “essential health benefits” requirements could weaken the intended outcome, according to a recent article in Kaiser Health News (KHN).

KHN reporter Michelle Andrews explored the ways in which individual states are responding to the ACA requirements to identify “benchmark” insurance plans that define the essential health benefits that will be covered in the health insurance exchanges. These essential benefits must include rehabilitative and habilitative services, but states are allowed some leeway in how habilitative services are defined. Andrews wrote that some policy experts are concerned that this leeway will allow insurers to “find ways to sidestep the new requirement.”

Full story on private insurers and services at APTA

New Wound Treatment Code Available to PTs

A new code for the use of a modality to heal wounds using sound energy has been made available to physical therapists (PTs) in the 2014 version of the Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) document maintained by the American Medical Association (AMA).

The new active wound care management code—97610—replaces Category III code 0183T. The modality uses acoustic energy to atomize saline and deliver ultrasound energy by way of a continuous mist to the wound bed and surrounding tissue, and is identified as “low frequency, non-contact, non-thermal ultrasound, including topical application(s), when performed, wound assessment, and instruction(s) for ongoing care, per day.”

For more information on the new treatment code, visit APTA

Innovation 2.0 Deadline January 20

APTA members have a Monday, January 20, deadline to submit letters of intent to let staff know if they will be making a proposal to receive funding and mentoring through the association’s Innovation 2.0 program.

APTA’s Innovation 2.0 program will offer up to $150,000 to support innovation in service delivery and payment in a wide range of areas from the integration of physical therapy into collaborative care models to management of patients and clients that focuses on reducing hospital readmissions. The complete list of proposal areas can be found on APTA’s Innovation 2.0 webpage.

More information on the deadline at APTA

Physical therapists explain how you can get better, faster

110309-N-UB993-074Nearly 2 million people receive physical therapy every day, a number that’s likely to increase as the population ages. For many, it can be overwhelming and intimidating. We talked to three experts about what to expect, the keys to getting better, and how to avoid PT in the first place.

When is physical therapy necessary?

“Most little aches and pains work themselves out in a day or two,” said Dr. David Aiken, manager for Carolinas Rehabilitation’s Monroe and Ballantyne sites. “If within a week or so it hasn’t resolved on its own or begins to affect your functionality, you should seek treatment.”

Erin Ball, a physical therapist and manager of Rehab Services at Novant Health Huntersville Medical Center, said many people make the mistake of waiting to seek treatment, hoping the pain will go away. “The trouble is that certain injuries get worse with time. An easy fix now could be a very complicated fix down the road.”

What if I’m not getting better?

An important part of PT is continually reassessing a patient’s progress, Ball said. “At every appointment, we ask what’s working and what isn’t. This open dialogue provides an opportunity for therapist and patient to go back to the drawing board if necessary. By using a patient’s feedback, you can always adjust to make sure you’re on the right path.”

Full story of improvement by physical therapy at Dallas News

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