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  • New in the Literature: Optimal Intensity of Rehab (Arch Gerontol Geriatr. 2011 Dec 28. [Epub ahead of print])

    Intensive rehabilitative therapy significantly promotes physical and psychological function with pain reduction in older patients, say authors of an article published online in Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics

    Researchers enrolled all patients with functional decline after an acute illness admitted to the post-acute care (PAC) unit of a community hospital in Taiwan between July 2007 and December 2010. Patients enrolled before April 2009 received usual rehabilitation (40 minutes per day 5 days per week). Patients enrolled after April 2009 received increased rehabilitation (80 minutes per day 5 days per week). Researchers measured functional improvement by comprehensive geriatric assessment (CGA) at admission and 4 weeks after admission to the PAC unit.

    Overall, 458 patients (mean age: 83.4±5.5 years, all males) completed PAC services. Compared with all dimensions in CGA, increased dosage of rehabilitative therapy showed significantly better improvement in daily living activities (Barthel index 28.8±18.4 vs 20.0±14.6), depressive mood (geriatric depression score short form -0.5±1.0 vs -0.1±0.5), and pain reduction (numerical rating scale -2.0±2.2 vs -0.9±2.1), but not in cognitive function (mini-mental status examination 2.9±3.3 vs 3.3.±5.2) and nutritional status (body mass index 0.3±0.9 vs 0.3±2.5).  

    Troubleshooting Version 5010: New Resources From APTA

    A new APTA Web page contains resources to help physical therapists transition to HIPAA Version 5010. In addition to implementation information, the association has designed an online complaint form for members who are having issues transitioning to the new standards. After the form is completed and submitted online, APTA will forward the issue to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

    The official deadline to adopt Version 5010 was January 1. CMS will begin enforcement of the standards April 1.

    APTA Continues to Build ACO Resources

    As part of its ongoing efforts to educate members about Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) and the opportunities to become a part of this new model of care, APTA is creating a list of ACOs throughout the country. This listing may not be all inclusive as ACOs develop and change their status through the expiration of contracts, or because APTA has not been notified of their existence. Updates will be added as new information is made available to the association.

    If you have information regarding ACOs in your area, or have questions regarding how to participate in an ACO, e-mail advocacy@apta.org.

    Last Call for Federal Government Affairs Leadership Award, Public Service Award Applications

    February 27 is the deadline to submit nominations for 2 advocacy awards that will be presented in April at the Federal Government Affairs Forum.      

    The Federal Government Affairs Leadership Award is presented annually to an active APTA member who has made significant individual contributions to APTA's Federal Government Affairs efforts and has shown exemplary leadership in furthering the association's objectives in the federal arena. The Public Service Award is presented annually to 1 or more individuals who have demonstrated unique support for the physical therapy profession at a national level. Individuals from the following categories are eligible for nomination: members of Congress/congressional staff members; members of a state legislature; federal agency officials; health/legislative association staff; and celebrities or other public figures. APTA's Board of Directors will choose award recipients in March. Award presentations will be held at the Federal Government Affairs Forum in Washington, DC. This year's Federal Advocacy Forum will be held in conjunction with a larger event, APTA's Leadership Forum, which integrates APTA's Board of Directors meeting, the Leadership Symposium for New Component President and Executive Teams, and the Federal Advocacy Forum. Participation at other events is not required to attend the Federal Advocacy Forum. Submit nominations by February 27 to Angela Boyd or fax to 703/706-8519. If you need a nomination form or have questions, call Angela Boyd at 800/999-2782, ext 3256.

    PT 2012 Early-bird Registration Open Until March 19

    Register before March 19 and get the best rates for PT 2012, APTA's Annual Conference & Exposition, June 6-9 in Tampa, Florida. PT 2012 offers more than 90 educational programs in 14 tracks, and includes the popular McMillan and Maley lectures and the Oxford Debate. Attendees can earn up to 21 contact hours.

    Register today and connect! Join your peers, recognized experts, and leaders for 3 days of valuable, relevant, invigorating professional development and networking.