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  • Highlights of 2013 Proposed Physician Fee Schedule Available Online

    A new APTA document provides highlights of the provisions in the 2013 proposed physician fee schedule rule that will affect physical therapy. Available to members on the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule webpage, the document covers changes that will affect payments, data collection on function, new codes and updates to codes, changes to the Physician Quality Reporting System, claims and registry reporting, and more.   

    Move Forward Radio Program: Preparing for the London Games

    To offer a glimpse into how athletes prepare to compete in the Olympic and Paralympic Games, APTA will host a 1-hour program on Move Forward Radio called "Reaching the Top of Your Game" on July 17, 7 pm-8 pm, ET.

    Amber Donaldson, PT, DPT, M Physio (Manip), SCS, CSCS, manager of the United States Olympic Committee Sports Medicine Clinic in Colorado Springs, Colorado, will join other APTA members, including Scott Weiss, PT, DPT, ATC, CSCS, physical therapist for the US Sailing Team and owner of Bodhizone for Human Performance and Sports Physical Therapy based in New York City, and Denise Hutchins, PT, International Paralympic Committee Athletics Classifier and vice chair of Wheelchair and Ambulatory Sports, USA. People across the country can listen online and call in to the show to ask questions or submit them in advance via Twitter by tweeting @MoveForwardPT and using the hashtag #MoveForward.

    Read APTA's press release for more information about the physical therapists who work with these elite athletes. 

    New in the Literature: Hand Grip Strength Test (Am J Phys Med Rehabil. 2012 Jun 29. [Epub ahead of print])

    The handgrip strength (HGS) test might be an important correlate of health in breast cancer survivors, and could be recommended as an adjuvant method of evaluation, which may help with efficiency of clinical practice, say authors of an article published online ahead of print in American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 

    In this cross-sectional study of 95 breast cancer survivors, researchers assessed outcomes for HGS; heart rate variability; pressure pain threshold of the neck, shoulder, hand, and tibia of the affected side; and fitness level (6-minute walk test, neck-shoulder mobility, vertical jump, sit-to-stand test, and trunk curl test). Participants completed the Fatigue Piper Scale and Profile of Mood States questionnaires and the neck-shoulder visual analog scale. Correlation was conducted to examine the relationship of HGS with pain, fitness, fatigue, and mood.

    The authors observed a fair relationship of HGS with shoulder pain and a moderate to fair relationship with fitness (rho range, 0.24-0.56). The relationship between HGS and heart rate variability (high-frequency domain) was weak (rho=0.23). Likewise, the relationship between HGS and Profile of Mood States subscales ranged from weak to fair (rho range, -0.22 to -0.36). HGS showed a weak relationship with Fatigue Piper Scale (rho range, -0.28 to -0.35). Passive shoulder flexion, fatigue, and vertical jump were independent and significant predictors of HGS (R2 = 0.466).

    Call for Comments: Upcoming CAPTE Program Reviews

    The Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) invites comments from the physical therapy community regarding the physical therapist and physical therapist assistant programs scheduled for review at CAPTE's November 2012 meeting. Comments will be accepted until September 1. 

    A list of programs scheduled for review is available in this document. Information about how to provide comments is available on CAPTE's website.