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  • PTJ Ranks #2 Among All Rehab Journals

    Saying that Physical Therapy (PTJ) is an important rehabilitation research journal isn't just an opinion—it's fact. According to Journal Citation Reports (JCR), the frequency with which PTJ is cited in other journals—indicated by something called an "impact factor"—makes PTJ #2 among rehabilitation journals, and #5 among orthopedic journals. Impact factor ratings are used by many researchers to decide where to publish their work.

    PTJ’s impact factor jumped from 2.778 in 2012 to 3.245 in 2013. PTJ’s 5-year impact factor is 3.896 (#3 out of all rehab journals).

    PTJ also was the second most frequently cited journal in 2012 in the rehabilitation category, and the 11th most frequently cited in the orthopedic category.

    The JCR rating isn't the only indicator that PTJ 's prominence is growing. Another rating, called the Eigenfactor score, ranks PTJ third among rehabilitation journals even after excluding self-citation (references from one article in a journal to another article in the same journal). The Eigenfactor score also places PTJ third among rehabilitation journals when it comes to "article influence," a measure of the average influence of a journal's articles over the first 5 years after publication.

    Impact factor rankings can be meaningful to the clinician, according to PTJ’s Editor in Chief Rebecca Craik, PT, PhD, FAPTA. Sometimes articles can be cited for negative reasons, but generally "the higher the impact factor, the more useful the information is," she said in an APTA video dispatch. "It means that scientists are citing that work, or other clinicians who are publishing are citing that work, so it speaks to the value of the material that is presented in these papers."

    CMS Issues Final 2015 Rules for Inpatient Prospective Payment Systems

    The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued final rules for prospective payment systems for acute care and long term care hospitals whose net effect will be to decrease payments to acute care hospitals paid under the inpatient prospective payment system (IPPS) by $756 million and increase payment to long term care hospitals (LTCHs) by 1.1% under the LTCH prospective payment system.

    Despite a call for comments from stakeholders, the rule avoids making any final changes to the "2-midnight" policy or regarding policies for short stays. The rule also finalizes the use of 5 readmissions measures for assessing readmission penalties, incorporating methodology changes supported by APTA related to hip and knee arthroplasty.

    Among other changes set for 2015:

    • Hospitals in the top quartile for the rate of hospital acquired conditions (HACs)—those with the poorest performance—will have their Medicare IPPS payments reduced by 1%.
    • CMS will distribute $7.65 billion in uncompensated care payments, a decrease from the $8.56 billion estimate in the proposed rule.
    • CMS will assess hospitals’ readmission penalties using 5 readmissions measures endorsed by the National Qualify Forum (NQF): heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and hip/knee arthroplasty. CMS has finalized an updated methodology to take into account planned readmissions for these 5 existing readmissions measures, as well as refinement in the hip/knee arthroplasty readmission measure methodology.
    • CMS provides guidelines for implementing the Affordable Care Act's provision requiring transparency in hospital charges. Under these guidelines, hospitals should either publish a list of their standard charges or their policies for allowing the public to view a list of those charges in response to an inquiry.

    In addition to the changes for 2015, CMS finalized the addition of 2 quality measures related to function for the 2018 long term care hospital (LTCH) Quality Reporting Program. The measures, titled "Functional Outcome Measure: Change in Mobility among LTCH Patients Requiring Ventilator Support;" and "Percent of LTCH Patients with an Admission and Discharge Functional Assessment and a Care Plan That Addresses Function," were supported by APTA.

    APTA participated in the comment period for the 2015 rules when they were proposed by CMS earlier this year, and will be publishing a summary of the changes online in the coming weeks.

    Licensing Exam Committee Deadline August 11

    APTA members have an opportunity to participate in the ongoing development of the profession's licensing examinations, but the application deadline is fast approaching. Members have until August 11 to apply for positions on the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT) examination-related committees.

    APTA provides nominees for the Examination Development Committee-PT (EDC-PT), the Examination Development Committee-PTA (EDC-PTA), the Item Bank Review Committee-PT (IBRC-PT), and the Item Bank Review Committee-PTA (IBRC-PTA). Job descriptions can be found on APTA's examination committee call webpage.

    Nominees for the positions must be physical therapists and active APTA members. To be considered, candidates must complete and e-mail a volunteer application(application form is a .doc file at the bottom of the webpage) and resume or curriculum vitae to Kelli Thomas.

    Contact Lisa Culver with any additional questions about this opportunity.