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  • Fellows Sought for President's Council in Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition

    The President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition (PCFSN) has announced 2 full-time fellowship opportunities. The council is a federal advisory committee that advises the president of the United States through the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

    Under the guidance of a mentor, the selected participants may have the opportunity to monitor and evaluate evidence-based physical activity, sports, and nutrition data to determine significant research gaps, best practices, and effective strategies for increasing opportunities for Americans to be active and healthy. They will be part of a team that manages strategic partnerships and related projects to promote PCFSN’s priority programs and initiatives, and may also have the opportunity to support PCFSN’s outreach and education efforts.

    The initial appointment is for 1 year in the Rockville, Maryland, area but may be renewed. Participants will receive a monthly stipend commensurate with education level and experience but do not become employees of HHS or the program administrator, and there are no fringe benefits paid.

    The position requires a master’s degree in public health, exercise physiology, sport development, sport psychology, or a related discipline received within the last 5 years. Current graduate students in these areas of study are also encouraged to apply. Proof of health insurance is required for participation in this program.

    To be considered, please send a current CV/resume to the attention of HHSrpp@orau.org. Please reference DHHS-OASH-2014-0115 in all communications.

    PCFSN’s mission is to educate, engage, and empower all Americans to lead a healthy lifestyle that includes regular physical activity and good nutrition.

    CDC Releases Ebola Recommendations for US Hospitals

    Now that the first patients with Ebola are arriving in US hospitals, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released infection prevention and control recommendations for patients with Ebola hemorrhagic fever.

    Although the recommendations focus on the hospital setting, guidelines for personal protective equipment (PPE) and environmental infection control measures are applicable to any health care setting. The recommendations will be reevaluated and updated as additional information becomes available.

    For more CDC information on the ongoing outbreak of Ebola, visit http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/index.html.

    UnitedHealthcare Delays Requirement for Functional Limitation Reporting

    UnitedHealthcare (UHC) is delaying implementation of a plan to require functional limitation reporting (FLR) for physical therapy, and has not announced a new launch date. APTA remains opposed to UHC's intention to move to FLR.

    UHC announced its original decision to implement FLR in May. The company had planned to require G-codes and severity/complexity modifiers on contracted PT claims with dates of service on or after August 1, 2014. Those changes have been put on hold indefinitely.

    In a July letter, APTA urged UHC to stop its plan to implement the requirements, arguing that the difficulties experienced by physical therapists (PTs) during Medicare's changeover to the requirements, as well as limitations in data, made UHC's planned August 1 move ill-advised.

    APTA offers a functional limitation reporting webpage that provides resources to help members understand these requirements.