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APTA And The Foundation For Physical Therapy Announce New Foundation Bylaws

The Foundation for Physical Therapy (the Foundation) and the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) are pleased to announce a change in the governance structure for the Foundation. The new Foundation bylaws, taking effect January 1, 2010, clarify the relationship with APTA. With government regulators placing greater scrutiny on nonprofit organizations and others, this change will insure compliance with new laws, with a heightened focus on governance issues and transparency. All of this will enable the Foundation to continue its mission of funding the most promising researchers dedicated to the development of evidence-based practice and enhancing the quality of physical therapy services.

Those Blinded By Brain Injury May Still 'See' New Study Shows

Except in clumsy moments, we rarely knock over the box of cereal or glass of orange juice as we reach for our morning cup of coffee. New research at The University of Western Ontario has helped unlock the mystery of how our brain allows us to avoid these undesired objects. The study, led by Canada Research Chair in Visual Neuroscience Mel Goodale, lead author Chris Striemer and colleagues in Western's Department of Psychology, has been published in the current issue of the prestigious Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. "We automatically choose a path for our hand that avoids hitting any obstacles that may be in the way, " says Goodale.

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Payment Reduction Policy For 'Efficiencies' Could Limit Patient Access To Care, Says APTA

The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) is urging against the adoption of payment policies outlined in a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report1 released Monday that recommends the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) reduce Medicare payments for physical therapists and other health care providers who perform multiple procedures on the same patient on the same day. Under this proposal, providers would likely be reimbursed for these services at a rate that is below the cost of providing the services to their patients. Such payment rates would severely hinder the ability for some providers to keep their practices open.

Testing New Exercise Technique

A year ago, Michael Bemben, professor of health and exercise science in the University of Oklahoma College of Arts and Sciences, was invited to the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., to formally announce the partnership between the American College of Sports Medicine and Sato Sports Plaza of Japan. The partnership is an effort to facilitate independent research projects around the country to examine the efficacy of a new type of training technique. Bemben's lab at the university is currently only one of four labs outside of Japan that has been working with the KAATSU-Master training system, testing the effectiveness of reducing blood flow to exercising muscle.

APTA Supports President Obama's Call For Elimination Of Arbitrary Limits On Health Care Services

In his speech before Congress on Wednesday, President Obama called for the elimination of arbitrary limits on health care services that Americans can receive in a given year or in a lifetime -- a policy that the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) supports as the nation's leaders work to guarantee access to affordable health care for all individuals through health care reform. "We're pleased that President Obama has taken a stance against arbitrary financial limits on health care services, " said APTA President R. Scott Ward, PT, PhD. "For more than 10 years, APTA has worked with Congress to repeal the Medicare cap on outpatient physical therapy services that restricts access to rehabilitative services for America's seniors.

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Improving Safety Of Prosthetic Legs By Tripping Amputees On Treadmill

Again and again, 71-year-old Marjorie Brasier walked on the treadmill using an instrumented prosthetic leg, and again and again she tripped or slipped. Sometimes she recovered on her own and kept walking, while at other times the harness she wore was all that kept her from tumbling to the floor. Brasier's trips and slips occurred by design as part of a University of Rhode Island research study that seeks to improve the safety of prosthetic legs by developing a reliable and responsive stumble detection system. One of six clients of Nunnery Orthotic & Prosthetic Technologies to participate in the study, Brasier was hooked up to dozens of electrodes, wore shoes containing 99 pressure sensors, and 40 light-reflective markers on her body were tracked by eight cameras surrounding the room to collect the data necessary for the research.

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