physical therapists still may not be aware of the payment cuts that go into
effect April 1. In a recent blog post, APTA President
Paul A. Rockar Jr, PT, DPT, MS, urges physical therapists to review information
at APTA.org and share it with colleagues to prepare for these reductions.
APTA's 2013 Medicare Changes webpage
provides the information that physical therapists need to know about the
increase in the multiple procedure payment reduction (MPPR), and independent of
the MPPR, the Medicare sequestration cuts.
is conducting a workshop to support
sections in the development of evidence-based documents such as clinical
practice guidelines (CPGs) and clinical practice appraisals (CPAs). Sections are asked to nominate members who are
interested in working to develop CPGs/CPAs in their area of clinical practice.
Individual members who are interested in attending the workshop should ask
their section leadership to nominate them. The workshop will be held July
24-26, 2013, at APTA headquarters. Nominations must be received by noon,
Friday, April 26, 2013. Contact Sarah Miller at email@example.com if you have
The 2013 County Health Rankings
allow counties to see what medical and social conditions and behaviors are
making its residents sick or healthy, and how they compare to other counties in
the same state. This is the fourth year of the Rankings, published online by the Robert Wood Johnson
Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute. The
rankings data help to lay the groundwork for health improvement efforts of
governors, mayors, business leaders, and citizens across the country.
The County Health Rankings examines 25 factors that influence health,
including rates of childhood poverty, rates of smoking, obesity levels, teen
birth rates, access to physicians and dentists, rates of high school graduation
and college attendance, access to healthy foods, levels of physical inactivity,
and percentages of children living in single parent households.
Although the rankings only allow for county-to-county comparisons within
a state, this year’s rankings show significant new national trends:
the National Council on Aging's (NCOA) free webinar on April 11 to
learn how you can have an impact on falls prevention by changing policy in your
state or community. Discover policy goals, discuss strategies for making them a
reality, get resources, and listen as select states share their successes.
access NCOA's State Policy Toolkit for Advancing Fall Prevention, and other
patient care resources, go to APTA's Balance and Falls webpage.
reported last week in News Now, 2 APTA members recently participated
in the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute's (PCORI) Preventing
Injuries From Falls in the Elderly work group meeting held in Washington, DC.
More information and presentation slides from the meeting can be found on PCORI's website.
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