make it to the Combined Sections Meeting (CSM)? Get a sense of being there by
watching APTA's collection of short video dispatches
from San Diego.
in the series are reports on APTA's "Beyond Vision 2020" open forum,
PT-PAC's 40th anniversary celebration, the Foundation for Physical
Therapy's Log 'N Blog campaign, the "Going Beyond Borders" session on
international collaboration, the Student Caucus on physician-owned physical
therapy services, and more.
impossible to capture everything that occurs at CSM, with 4 days of educational
programming and countless networking events, but this series provides a glimpse
of the wide range of opportunities.
and back pain rank among the most common conditions for visits to health care
providers, according to a new Mayo Clinic Proceedings
The Mayo team used the Rochester Epidemiology Project, a unique,
comprehensive medical records linkage system, to track more than 140,000
Olmsted County, Minnesota, residents who visited Mayo Clinic, Olmsted Medical
Center, and other Olmsted County health care providers between January 1, 2005,
and December 31, 2009. Researchers then systematically categorized patient
diagnoses into disease groups. The top disease groups
the most prevalent nonacute conditions in our community were not chronic
conditions related to aging, such as diabetes and heart disease, but rather
conditions that affect both genders and all age groups," says Jennifer St
Sauver, PhD, primary author of the study.
authors say their finding of skin and back problems as major drivers of health
care utilization affirms the importance of moving beyond the commonly
recognized health care priorities such as diabetes, heart disease, or cancer.
"Our findings highlight opportunities to improve health care and decrease
costs related to common nonacute conditions as we move forward through the
changing health care landscape," they write.
Department of Health and Human Services recently launched 2 websites to educate
stakeholders and consumers about the health insurance exchanges, which now are referred
to as the Health Insurance Marketplace (Marketplace).
stakeholder website offers users a resources toolkit, talking points, an overview of
consumer research, and survey results about low-income
parents' experiences with their children's health insurance coverage and awareness
of and attitudes toward Medicaid and CHIP programs. The consumer website
offers basic information on the Marketplace, such as who is eligible, and links to websites
that describe each state’s Marketplace efforts thus far. The consumer page will
have more information about the states' health plans in October.
Pelvic floor muscle training (PFMT)
is effective for treating stress urinary incontinence (SUI), say authors of an article published in International Urogynecology Journal.
There is no apparent add-on effect of biofeedback (BF) training in short-term
follow-up, they add.
Women with SUI were randomized to
PFMT with BF (BF group, n = 23) or without BF (PFMT group, n = 23) for
12 weeks. As primary outcome measures, subjective symptoms and QOL were
assessed by the King's Health Questionnaire (KHQ) and International
Consultation on Incontinence Questionnaire-Short Form (ICIQ-SF). A voiding
diary, 1-h pad test, and measurement of PFM strength were secondary outcome
measures. Changes in the primary and secondary outcomes were assessed before
and after 12 weeks of exercise training.
Of the 9 domains of the KHQ, the
scores of 5 significantly decreased in the PFMT group; the scores of 7
significantly decreased in the BF group. All ICIQ-SF items and the total score
significantly decreased in both groups after therapy. The number of
incontinence episodes significantly decreased in the PFMT group, and tended to
decrease in the BF group, but this was not significant. The leakage volume in
the 1-h pad test tended to decrease in both groups, but was not significant.
Maximum vaginal squeeze pressure significantly increased in both groups. There
were no significant inter-group differences in the changes in any of the
a new APTA podcast lead
investigator Gail Jensen, PT, PhD, FAPTA,
and coinvestigators Jan Gwyer, PT, PhD,
FAPTA, and Terry Nordstrom, PT, EdD,
describe the history and background of the study Physical Therapist Education for the 21st Century (PTE-21).
The PTE-21 research team, which also includes Laurita M. Hack, PT, DPT,
MBA, PhD, FAPTA, and Elizabeth
Mostrom, PT, PhD, is in the process of conducting 4 site visits aimed
at uncovering and examining the crucial dimensions of excellence in physical
therapist education across academic and clinical settings.
The group will issue a final report on the first phase of the study in the
fall of 2013. Also in 2013, Jensen and colleagues will begin fundraising for
the second phase of the study that will include an additional 6 sites.
Phase I of the study is funded by a 2-year APTA award of $50,000. The
funding is the result of a request for proposal (RFP) for "Innovation and
Excellence in Academic and Clinical Education Funding" developed by APTA
and announced in November 2010. The RFP was targeted at stakeholder groups
throughout the profession.
Measuring patients' vital signs,
wellness coaching for cancer survivors, genetics and stroke, and lean health
care are just a few of the topics covered in today's CSM Daily News. Thursday's
issue also summarizes the 16th annual Pauline Cerasoli Lecture.
week the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) started referring to
state health insurance exchanges as "marketplaces" in an attempt to
rebrand the central component of the Affordable Care Act, says an article in The Hill.
A press release issued January
17 by HHS announced new grants to support states building health insurance "marketplaces."
The agency also revamped HealthCare.gov to reflect the name
of the health care law say the name change shows the administration is
"failing" at getting support for the state-run programs and won't
make any difference.
to The Hill, supporters of health
care reform say the name change wasn't meant to assuage political opposition to
the health care law. They say that "exchange" simply isn't a very
good description. States have come up with their own names for their exchanges.
Massachusetts', which predates the federal health care law, is called the "Connector."
California named its exchange "Cover California."