On October 1 significant changes will occur
regarding the Medicare therapy cap exceptions process that will impact physical
therapists (PTs) and their patients. In order to help make the transition as
smooth as possible, APTA has developed a Medicare Therapy Cap Resources webpage. This webpage compiles relevant
information available from APTA and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid
Services (CMS) in 1 place. The resource page includes:
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your colleagues and staff.
E-mail questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Questions regarding the therapy cap also can be e-mailed directly to CMS at email@example.com.
Barefoot and minimalist shoe wearers
reported a more anterior footstrike than traditionally shod runners, say
authors of an article
that will be published in the October-December issue of the US Army Medical Department Journal.
Traditionally shod runners were more likely to report injuries of the lower
extremities than runners who wear minimalist shoes.
For this retrospective descriptive epidemiology survey, the authors
recruited 2,509 runners (1,254 male, 1,255 female) aged 18 to 50 to complete an
anonymous online survey. The survey assessed running tendencies, footstrike
patterns, shoe preferences, and injury history. Reported footstrike patterns
were compared among 3 shoe groups: traditionally shod, minimalist shoes, and
barefoot runners. Overall and specific anatomical injury incidence was compared
between traditionally shod and minimalist shoe-wearing runners. They did not
include 1,605 runners in the analyses due to incomplete data or recent changes
in footstrike patterns and/or shoe selection.
Shoe selection was significantly associated with reported footstrike (χ²
(4df) =143.4). Barefoot and minimalist runners reported a more anterior
footstrike than traditionally shod runners. Traditionally shod runners were
3.41 times more likely to report injuries than experienced minimalist shoe
wearers (46.7% shod vs 13.7% minimalist, χ² (1df) =77.4, n=888). Minimalist
shoe wearers also reported fewer injuries at the hip, knee, lower leg, ankle,
and foot than traditionally shod runners.
Additional longitudinal prospective research is required to examine injury
incidence among various footstrike patterns and shoe preferences, the authors
The article was written by APTA members Donald
L. Goss, PT, DPT, PhD, OCS, ATC, and Michael
T. Gross, PT, PhD, FAPTA.
The President's Council on Fitness,
Sports, and Nutrition will phase out its Youth Fitness Test, which dates back to 1966, and
replace it with the Presidential Youth Fitness Program. The comprehensive school-based
program employs the latest science and promotes health and physical activity
for America's youth. This voluntary program represents a significant change in
how schools and parents approach kids' physical fitness. Instead of recognizing
athletic performance, the new program assesses students' health-related fitness
and helps them progress over time.
The Presidential Youth Fitness Program minimizes comparisons between
children and instead supports students as they pursue personal fitness goals
for lifelong health. By adopting the program, schools gain access to a robust
selection of resources
to promote lifelong physical activity: web-based access to test protocol,
standards for testing, calculators for aerobic capacity and body composition,
promotion of PALA+, online training, school recognition programs, and
Key to the
success of the Presidential Youth Fitness Program is the expertise and
resources provided by partnering organizations, which include:
Summit 2013: Collaborative Care Models will bring together innovators and
thought leaders from physical therapy, health policy, payment, and other health
professions to explore the role of physical therapists in new models of health
care delivery and payment. Participation in the summit will be available to all
members through live web streaming. Attendance onsite will be limited to
speakers, panelists, and invited attendees, including the member innovators
selected through this nomination process.
sections, chapters, and the Student Assembly are each invited to nominate a
member who is involved in an innovative model of care to attend and participate
in the Summit, to be held March 7-8, 2013, in the Washington, DC area. A panel
of member experts will select 20 member innovators to share their
practice models as a part of the Summit. Those selected will receive free
registration and a stipend for travel and lodging expenses. Chapters and
sections whose nominees are selected will receive special recognition during
deadline for nominations is Monday, October 22. More information about the
Summit is available at www.apta.org/innovationsummit. Components can direct questions
about the nomination process to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA)
insurance companies and employers now are required to provide consumers in the private health
insurance market with a brief summary of what a health insurance policy or
employer plan covers, called a Summary of Benefits and Coverage (SBC).
Additionally, consumers will have access to a uniform glossary that defines
insurance and medical terms in standard, consumer-friendly terms.
These tools also will help employers find the best coverage for their
business and employees.
SBC includes a new comparison tool that helps consumers compare coverage
options by showing a standardized sample of what each health plan will cover
for 2 common medical situations. The comparison tool is modeled on the
nutrition facts label required for packaged foods.
SBC will include information about the covered health benefits,
out-of-pocket costs, and the network of providers. The glossary defines terms
commonly used in the health insurance market, such as "deductible"
and "copay," using clear language.
Starting this fall, consumers will receive SBC free of charge and in writing
from their insurance companies or employers. This information can be requested
at any time, but it will also be made available when shopping for, enrolling
in, or renewing coverage. It also will be provided whenever information in SBC
SBC now is available for consumers in the individual health insurance
market. For enrollees in group health plans enrolling during an open enrollment
period, it will be available during the next open enrollment period that
started on or after September 23, 2012. For enrollees who enroll outside of an
open enrollment period, it will be available at the start of the next plan year
that began on or after September 23, 2012.
The Center for Consumer Information
and Insurance Oversight provides examples of SBC,
an SBC template, and the uniform glossary.
Additional information for consumers
is available at healthcare.gov.
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Visualizing Health Policy, a new monthly feature in JAMA, illustrates how health care costs in the United States have
surged over the past 50 years. The infographic, created by the Kaiser Family
Foundation (KFF), shows how health care spending is unevenly distributed within
the US population, with only half the population accounting for more than 97%
of health care costs; how health care costs are putting pressure on US
families; how the United States spends more per person for health care than
other countries; and how the cost of health insurance premiums has increased in
the past decade for both workers and employers.
infographics are available on KFF's website.
A free booklet available in English and Spanish from
the National Institutes of Health (NIH) aims to teach children and teens how to
avoid sports injuries. Suitable for active kids, parents, and coaches, the
story features teen soccer player Ana, who sprains her knee during a pick-up
game at a family picnic. Ana and her family learn the best way to treat a
sports injury promptly to avoid future complications. This new resource also
offers specific tips on how to keep sports safe for kids and prevent injuries,
such as warming up before exercise and staying hydrated.
Ana's Story is NIH's second fotonovela, a comic-book style publication
popular in the Hispanic/Latino culture that has been used effectively as an
educational tool. Isabel's Story, also available in English and Spanish, teaches about
osteoporosis and bone health.
Free copies of both Ana's Story and Isabel's Story are available to anyone
upon request. To order, contact NIH's National Institute of Arthritis and
Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases' information clearinghouse at 877/ 226-4267