The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid
Services (CMS) yesterday further clarified the regulations on the new
functional limitation reporting requirements to include reporting on patients
who have Medicare part B as a primary insurance and those who have Medicare
part B as a secondary insurance.
CMS was mandated to collect information on
claim forms regarding beneficiaries' function and condition, therapy services
furnished, and outcomes achieved on patient function by the Middle Class Tax
Relief Act of 2012. As of January 1, all practice settings that provide
outpatient therapy services must include the functional limitation data on the
claim form. To ensure a smooth transition, CMS sets forth a testing period
January 1-July 1. After July 1, claims submitted without the appropriate
G-codes and modifiers will be returned unpaid. For additional details and
resources on these new requirements, see the FAQ under General Information on APTA's
Functional Limitation Reporting Under Medicare webpage.
an article published
online in Medicine and Science in Sports
and Exercise say their finding of greater hip adduction in female runners
who develop patellofemoral pain (PFP) is in agreement with previous cross
sectional studies. These results suggest that runners who develop PFP use a
different proximal neuromuscular control strategy than those who remain healthy.
Injury prevention and treatment strategies should consider addressing these
altered hip mechanics, they add.
For this investigation, the authors conducted an instrumented
gait analysis on 400 healthy women runners and tracked them for any injuries that
they may have developed over a 2-year period. Fifteen cases of PFP developed,
which were confirmed by a medical professional. The participants' initial
running mechanics were compared with an equal number of runners who remained
According to the results, the runners who developed
PFP exhibited significantly greater hip adduction. No statistically significant
differences were found for the hip internal rotation angle or rearfoot eversion.
member Brian Noehren, PT, is the
article's lead author. APTA member Irene
Davis, PT, PhD, FAPTA, is coauthor.
Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) invites
comments from the physical therapy community regarding the physical therapist
and physical therapist assistant education programs scheduled for review at
CAPTE's April 2013 meeting. Comments will be accepted until March 1.
of programs scheduled for review is available in this document. Information about how to
provide comments is available on CAPTE's website.