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  • Section Nominations Being Accepted for Invitational CPG Workshop

    APTA sections have until May 2 to nominate individuals for an association program that will help them develop clinical practice guidelines (CPGs). Successful nominees will be invited to participate in a free July workshop that will address both the big picture and nuts-and-bolts of CPG creation.

    The July 23-25 workshop will be held at APTA headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia, and will include a pre-workshop assignment, presentation of a CPG development methodology, and interactive discussion on how to apply the methodology to successfully develop CPGs for the physical therapist profession. This is the third year the association has offered the program.

    Sections interested in participating must submit nominations for a guideline development team leader and 2 to 3 team members who have defined a key clinical question or topic that the section has identified as important to its membership. APTA may fund as many as 3 individuals from each guideline development team, and sections can nominate more than 1 team to attend the workshop. More details, including consideration criteria and the nomination forms, are available at APTA's CPG workshop webpage.

    For more information, contact Matt Elrod.

    NPR Story Describes New Leg Brace, Interviews PT

    A new leg brace that is reducing amputations and allowing wounded soldiers to run again was the focus of a recent National Public Radio feature story that included an interview with the physical therapist (PT) involved in the project.

    The story, which aired during the March 31 broadcast of "All Things Considered," describes the success of the IDEO brace, a "deceptively simple" device that is being used on wounded veterans at the Center for the Intrepid facility in the Brooke Army Medical Center near San Antonio, Texas. According to reporter Melissa Block, when used correctly the device allows some wearers to run again, "virtually pain free."

    Johnny Gray Owens, PT, was recorded for the story as he helped 2 brace wearers familiarize themselves with the device and monitored their exercises—including running. Owens described the feeling of helping soldiers use their limbs when they might have otherwise requested amputation after seeing other veterans achieve greater mobility through prosthetics.

    "Two guys that haven't run, that didn't think they were ever going to run since their injuries—first day, and they're running?" Owens said. "Pretty cool."

    This Issue of PT in Motion: Skilled Maintenance Care and CMS

    Whether you call it a "change" or a "clarification," the fact is this: the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is providing more details on skilled maintenance care in the wake of the landmark Jimmo v Sebelius settlement. An article in the April edition of PT in Motion, APTA's monthly member magazine, helps to explain the explanations.

    In this month's "Compliance Matters" column, APTA Director of Regulatory Affairs Roshunda Drummond-Dye, JD, writes that the CMS manual updates "shatter the longstanding myth that skilled therapy services can be provided to Medicare beneficiaries only if material improvement in the patient's condition can be proven." The column outlines the history of the settlement and the ways in which CMS has revised Medicare manuals to shed light on exactly how maintenance care will be evaluated.

    The PT in Motion article touches on CMS distinctions between restorative care and maintenance therapy, and addresses requirements for documentation in home health settings. The CMS clarifications also were the subject of a recent article in the New York Times that characterized the new language as "a quiet sea change" in coverage.

    Hardcopy versions of PT in Motion are mailed to all members who have not opted out; digital versions are available online to members.

    Learn more about the impacts of the Jimmo v Sebelius settlement agreement—download a recent APTA podcast that explores what it means for physical therapists.