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    Nearing holiday crunch time and still feel like you haven't seen enough people wearing ridiculous things on their heads? We've got you covered.

    APTA staff are extending their warmest greetings to members in the form of a holiday video that celebrates the association's accomplishments, our ongoing work, and the importance of themed headwear. Members of the 180-person Alexandria, Virginia, office can be observed delivering cheer while dressed in attire best described as "North Pole casual."

    A special treat: stay tuned past the end of the "official" video for outtakes that provide a window into the raw and highly-charged merriment that was harnessed to create the greeting.

    No elves were harmed in the making of this video.

    Professional Regulation Will Be Focus of Global Conference

    The big—really, really big—picture of health professions regulation will be the topic of an international conference in May 2014, and physical therapy is one of the disciplines that will be joining the conversation.

    "Health Professional Regulation—Facing Challenges to Act in the Public Interest" will be held May 17–18 in Geneva, Switzerland, and will bring together health professionals and regulators from around the world to explore approaches to regulation including competency-based models. The meeting is being hosted by the World Health Professions Alliance (WHPA) and will take place immediately before the World Health Organization’s World Health Assembly in Geneva.

    More information and registration materials can be accessed through the conference website. WHPA is an alliance of global organizations representing more than 26 million of the world’s physical therapists, physicians, dentists, nurses, and pharmacists, in more than 130 countries. APTA is a member of the World Confederation for Physical Therapy, which is a part of WHPA.

    Medicaid Guide Now Available

    The federal Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC) has released an important resource on regulations. The resource is available for free online.

    The Reference Guide to Federal Medicaid Statute and Regulations (.pdf) helps health care providers understand the statutory framework of a Medicaid system that has seen expansion and other changes under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Medicaid supports about 73 million people in the United States.

    More information on Medicaid and its relationship to physical therapy can be accessed through the APTA Medicaid webpage.