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APTA, AOTA and ASHA: New Medicare Legislation Should Address Therapy Cap
Together, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, the American Physical Therapy Association and the American Occupational Therapy Association are asking Congress to include a permanent repeal of the therapy cap in legislation introduced last week to fix the flawed sustainable growth rate.
If the legislation advances as is, more than 1 million Medicare beneficiaries are at risk for being denied necessary outpatient therapy services, according to the March 24, 2015 news release. Read More
Concussion, Brain Injuries Continue to Grab Attention After 49er Retires
In a widely covered announcement, 24-year-old Chris Borland, a successful rookie linebacker for the San Francisco 49ers professional football team, announced that he is retiring from the sport after one season because of concerns about potential health risks associated with head trauma. “From what I’ve researched and what I experienced, I don’t think it’s worth the risk,” Borland said in an interview for ESPN’s “Outside the Lines.” In response, the APTA advocate and staff were sent to Washington, DC to participate in congressional briefings. Read More
Speech Therapy “Out of the Box”
Speech therapy at school needs updating based on the latest evidence based guidelines. Young children need to be taught language and social skills “outside the box”. What does this mean?
Dry Needling, Ischemic Compression for Neck Pain Supported by Moderate-to-Strong Evidence
Authors of a new systematic review of neck pain interventions say that while it’s clear more research is needed, there is already moderate-to-strong evidence that both dry needling (DN) and ischemic compression (IC) can lessen pain intensity and increase range of motion.
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Therapeutic Massage Takes on Cancer Fatigue
In a continuation of clinical trials related to the biological benefits of massage therapy, Emory researchers are currently studying how massage may help reduce fatigue in breast cancer patients. Read More
Draft Criteria for Community Behavioral Health Clinics Includes OTs
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration released early 2015 the draft criteria for a demonstration program to expand access to mental and behavioral health services by establishing new Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics, according to a news release. Licensed OTs are listed by SAMHSA as one of the disciplines that could be used to meet the staffing criteria for the CCBHCs.
Interventional Radiology Offers New Treatment for Plantar Fasciitis
Chronic plantar fasciitis affects approximately 10% of the population and accounts for more than 1 million office visits annually. It is a difficult condition to live with, and yet patients have been limited in their treatment options… until now. Rahul Razdan, MD, of Advanced Medical Imaging in Lincoln, Nebraska, presented results of a new study interventional radiology treatment. Two weeks after treatment, 90% of patients showed an improvement in symptoms, and these improvements were maintained at six months.
NFL Rule Change Momentous for Athletic Trainers
On March 24, 2015, during the NFL’s annual owners meetings several rules changes were announced by the Competition Committee. One of these was especially significant because it will affect the athletic trainers who act as independent injury spotters during games. The new rule gives them the ability to stop a game if a player appears disoriented. Read More
Can iPad Therapy Mend Speech After Stroke?
New research from Boston University suggests that personalized therapy via an iPad app can benefit people with aphasia.
Study: Costs Reduced When Low Back Pain Treatment Begins with Physical Therapy
A new study shows that initial referrals for physical therapy for patients with new episodes of low back pain (LBP) resulted in less than half the cost of imaging and generated lower costs associated with use of health care resources over time.
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