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  • Section on Research Pledges $30,000 to Foundation

    APTA's Section on Research has pledged to donate $30,000 over the next 3 years to support research in physical therapy.

    "The Foundation [for Physical Therapy] put research on the map, and by helping to develop physical therapist investigators, the Foundation was instrumental in building a culture of research," said Section President Christopher Powers, PT, PhD. "Now that we have that culture, it is a matter of sustaining it and bringing it to the next level."

    In addition to the 3-year pledge, the section also donated $5,000 to the Jayne L. Snyder Endowment Fund, in memory of Snyder, who passed away in October.

    Read more in this press release.

    Heard on the Hill: Therapy Cap Update

    Due to the comprehensive nature of the payroll tax holiday and federal unemployment benefits legislation passed December 23, 2011, it was difficult for congressional members to agree on long-term solutions on Medicare provisions, such as the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) and the therapy cap exceptions process. The 2-month extension of the cap exceptions process and SGR allows Medicare patients to continue to receive care above the current therapy cap amount of $1,880 and ensures that PTs will not see a 27.4% reduction in payment under the physician fee schedule until February 29.

    Find out what APTA is doing this month to advocate for a long-term solution to the therapy cap exceptions process and a reformed payment system in this new Heard on the Hill prerecorded podcast and transcript

    New in the Literature: Hippotherapy (Phys Occup Ther Pediatr. 2011 Nov 29. [Epub ahead of print])

    Authors of a systematic review that examined the efficacy of hippotherapy or therapeutic horseback riding (THR) on motor outcomes in children with cerebral palsy (CP) report in Physical & Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics that it appears the interventions have positive effects on gross motor function. However, they add, the current literature on hippotherapy and THR is limited. Large randomized controlled trials using specified protocols are needed to more conclusively determine the effects on children with CP.

    The researchers searched databases for clinical trials of hippotherapy or THR for children with CP. Nine articles were included in the review. Although the current level of evidence is weak, the authors synthesis found that children with spastic CP, Gross Motor Function Classification System (GMFCS) levels I-III, aged 4 years and above are likely to have significant improvements on gross motor function as a result of hippotherapy and THR. Evidence indicates that 45-minute sessions, once weekly for 8-10 weeks, result in significant effects.