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  • PTs Sought for Survey on Physical Therapy Role in Managing Schizophrenia

    Researchers from the International Organization of Physical Therapists in Mental Health are seeking input from US physical therapists on using exercise to help manage people with schizophrenia. The organization is a subgroup of the World Confederation for Physical Therapy.

    The 20-minute survey will collect such data as current position, any training in mental health, and referral mechanisms, in addition to physical activity for this population. Complete the survey.

    The survey deadline is April 28. Contact A. Soundy for more information.

    CMS to Host Session on Billing and Coding With Electronic Health Records

    CMS wants to help health care providers code their billing claims appropriately in this increasingly electronic environment. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) will host a presentation and "listening session" on May 3 in Woodlawn, Maryland, to discuss the impact of electronic health records (EHRs) on coding trends, the increase in code levels billed for some Medicare services, and developing standards for coding with EHRs.

    After a break from the presentations, invited speakers will discuss key issues such as the impact of EHRs on the quality of clinical care, provider efficiency, and coding challenges and opportunities facing various groups, including hospitals, clinicians, and other interested stakeholders.

    CMS provides a list of invited speakers and online registration at this link.

    APTA Members Assist Critically Injured at Boston Marathon

    A team of 70 members of APTA's Massachusetts Chapter, stationed at the Boston Marathon finish line on April 15 when tragedy struck, stepped in despite a chaotic scene to help injured people. These volunteers, led by Dave Nolan, PT, DPT, OSC, consisted of physical therapists and physical therapist students from Northeastern University, Simmons College, and Boston University. Nolan said, "All are physically OK but are certainly dealing with tremendous emotional challenges right now. I am proud of how each member reacted in the face of catastrophe to provide exceptional care for the critically injured."

    Massachusetts Chapter President George Coggeshall, PT, DPT, reported that no APTA members who were runners, spectators, or volunteers were hurt in the blast*; however, there are members whose family and loved ones were among the more than 170 injured people. Coggeshall expressed sincere thanks to those who aided the victims and everyone who reached out to the Massachusetts Chapter. "Thank you for your many emails and calls expressing your concerns, caring, compassion and love," Coggeshall said. "We will do our best to follow the footsteps of those chapters who have survived adversity and tragedy."

    If you are interested in helping people affected by this tragic event, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and Boston Mayor Tom Menino have announced the formation of The One Fund Boston. Learn more about The One Fund Boston.

    *Update - 4/19/13: New information on the Boston Marathon bombing indicates that an APTA member, Lee Ann Yanni, PT, and her husband, Nick, were injured there. According to a local news source and a Today show interview, Yanni suffered a broken leg, shrapnel wounds, and temporary hearing loss. The blast ruptured her husband's eardrums. The couple was cheering on a friend who had just finished the race. 

    Correction: This story was updated 4/18/13: Northeastern University was previously misidentified as Northern University. We apologize for the error.