Category Archives: Physical Therapists

APTA Says Proposed Evaluation and Management Payment Plan a Danger to Sicker Patients

The American Physical Therapy Association is one of 150+ organizations that has formally asked the US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to reconsider its proposed “Patients Over Paperwork” efforts. While there is almost universal praise for the idea of putting patients’ well-being above bureaucracy, a lot of folks are aghast at the short-sighted idea that […]

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Big Payment changes for PTs in SNFs

The American Board of Physical Therapy is reporting changes in the 2019 rules for how physical therapists in skilled nursing facilities and inpatient rehabilitation facilities will be paid. “The new rules, set to go into effect in October of this year, include increases in payment of 2.4% for SNFs and 0.9% for IRFs…For PTs in […]

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Physical Therapy Students Start Learning Integrated Care Early

DPT and PTA students at Oakland University in Michigan are getting a leg up together on learning how to care for patients with neurological deficits. According to the article on the university’s web site, close to a third of all Americans suffer from neurological conditions. The OU event brought together the people who need help, […]

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Specialized Physical Therapy Can Ease Pregnancy Damage

It’s a sad commentary that in the U.S., post-partum women are told that their wrecked and ravaged bodies are the price they have to pay for bearing children and that they need to learn to live with their new normal. This is not the case in France and other European countries where “perineal reeducation” is […]

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Dry Needling the Pain Away

The opioid crisis has left healthcare providers searching for pain relief options that don’t include addictive drugs. One of these alternatives, dry needling, is gaining in popularity at some physical therapy clinics in the U.S. According to a recent article on Bluebag Media, more and more physicians are requesting these services from PTs for their […]

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Sharing the Love of Physical Therapy Expertise

Physical therapy is a healing art that appeals to practitioners called to work with patients one-on-one as they go through treatment. After working for years for factory-type physical therapy chains, David Bertone decided to strike out on his own so he could offer “more personal, hands-on service.” The Asbury Park Press recently profiled Bertone, a New Jersey […]

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New In-Person CE Opportunities in Western Mass.

Public health professionals in the Berkshire County, MA area now have a new option for their in-person continuing education needs. According to an article in the Berkshire (MA) Eagle, the Berkshire Area Health Education Center has moved to new offices on the Berkshire Community College campus. The story reported that the BAHEC “members work to provide continuing […]

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New PT/OT School to Open in Central Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania’s demand for occupational therapists and physical therapists will ease a bit in 2020 when the Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science and Technology in Pleasant Gap, PA completes their new $16 million health sciences building. According to a recent article in the Philadelphia Tribune, the new structure “will serve the school’s expanding Health Science program to […]

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Physical Therapy Business is Booming

A recent story on LVB.com (Lehigh Valley Business) focused on the burgeoning physical therapy field in Pennsylvania (and elsewhere). Between the needs of active baby boomers getting new joints, chemotherapy recipients needing to stay in good condition, and young athletes giving themselves concussions, the need for qualified, quality PT is outstripping availability in some areas. This […]

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Heading off the Complexities of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

Physical therapists see some of medicine’s biggest challenges walk or wheel through their doors. One of these can be Complex Regional Pain Syndrome. If a patient is facing a new insult to their body (surgery, blood draw, dental procedure), old pain can spread and flare up out of proportion to the original injury. The National […]

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