walking tests are valid measurements to predict community walking in patients
with Parkinson disease, say authors of an article published
online in Journal of Rehabilitation
Medicine. However, evaluation of community walking also should include an
assessment of fear of falling, they add.
this investigation, researchers used data from baseline assessments in a randomized
clinical trial. A total of 153 patients with Parkinson disease were included.
Community walking was evaluated using the mobility domain of the Nottingham
Extended Activities of Daily Living Index. Patients who scored 3 points on item
1 ("Did you walk around outside?") and item 5 ("Did you cross
roads?") were considered community walkers. Gait speed was measured with
the 6-meter or 10-meter timed walking test. Age, gender, marital status,
disease duration, disease severity, motor impairment, balance, freezing of
gait, fear of falling, previous falls, cognitive function, executive function,
fatigue, anxiety, and depression were investigated for their contribution to
the multivariate model.
patients (46%) were classified as community walkers. A gait speed of 0.88 meter
per second correctly predicted 70% of patients as community walkers. The
multivariate model, including gait speed and fear of falling, correctly
predicted 78% of patients as community walkers.
has created 4 additional case scenarios to help physical therapists comply with
functional limitation reporting requirements under Medicare. Each scenario includes a description of
the patient and data and documentation requirements that physical therapists
must meet at the initial evaluation, 10th visit, and discharge. Examples of
charge forms for the 3 visits and a summary of reporting also are available for
scenarios are: multiple sclerosis, establishing a maintenance plan/no function
change; diabetic foot ulcer, functional limitations; diabetic foot ulcer, no
limitation; and neck pain.
scenarios will be posted in the near future.
limitation reporting on claim forms began January 1. A testing period is in
effect until July 1. After July 1, claims submitted without the appropriate
G-codes and modifiers will be returned unpaid.
is featured in an article titled "Work Out the Kinks in Functional
Limitations Reporting Now" that appears in this month's Eli's Rehab Report. Heather Smith, PT,
MPH, APTA program director of quality, provides examples of 2 exceptions
outlined in transmittal 2622 that require physical therapists to submit
additional G-codes to comply with Medicare's functional limitation reporting requirements.
your practical knowledge and cutting-edge ideas at the 2014 APTA Conference and
Exposition, June 11-14, 2014, in Charlotte, North Carolina. APTA is seeking
submissions focused on effectiveness of care; patient- and client-centered care
across the lifespan; professional growth and development, including
interprofessional collaboration; and value and accountability.
submission site opens March 15. The deadline for proposal submissions is July
15. Submissions are encouraged for 90-minute educational sessions and 1-day
preconference courses. APTA is especially interested in topics related to:
further information, visit www.apta.org/Conference/Submissions. For questions or
to discuss specifics about programming, contact Mary Lynn Billitteri, APTA professional
Voting has begun for APTA’s "Fit After 50 Member Challenge" winner. The top 10
finalists featured on APTA's Move Forward consumer website were nominated for
their commitment to being fit, active, and mobile at age 50+. Read their
stories and vote for 1 physical
therapist who you feel best exemplifies the following characteristics:
your friends, family, community, and colleagues also to vote. Voting is open
until April 5. The top 3 winners will receive prizes from APTA and recognition
at the APTA Conference and Exposition this June.
live, online Virtual Career Fair, to be held April 9, 1:00 pm-4:00 pm ET, is a great way for you to engage
directly with employers about their current and future physical therapy
Physical therapists will find a variety of
employment models at this first-ever virtual career event. Looking for a local
employment site? Chat 1-on-1 with recruiters from Scott & White Healthcare in Central
Texas. If you're interested in multiple regional
sites, look for representatives from ATI Physical Therapy (Eastern region) and Providence Health & Services (Western region). National companies,
including Life Care Centers, Concentra, and HCR Manor Care, will be available to discuss your background and
experience, and their career opportunities.
is limited for this event, so register today.
The Foundation for Physical Therapy recently
presented its 2013 Service Awards to 5 individuals and 2 organizations that
have demonstrated a strong commitment to supporting the Foundation and
advancing its mission to fund physical therapy research.
This year's recipients are:
more about the awards and the recipients in the Foundation's press release.