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February 2018

Agility Health to sell US assets

Agility Health Inc., Grand Rapids, MI, has agreed to sell 100% of its US-based assets to Alliance Physical Therapy Management, a wholly owned subsidiary of Alliance Physical Therapy Partners, Tampa, FL, a portfolio company of New York-based asset management firm GPB Capital Holdings. Continue reading

February 2018

Legislation: O&P clinician notes

The clinical notes of orthotists and prosthetists will again be recognized as part of a patient’s medical record to determine reasonable and medical necessity of O&P devices—a change that was included in the bipartisan Continuing Resolution passed by Congress February 9. Continue reading

February 2018

DJO to pay $7.62 million for subsidiary’s “assumptive selling”

DJO Global (DJO), Vista, CA, has agreed to pay $7.62 million to resolve allegations that its now-defunct subsidiary, Empi, Shoreview, MN, submitted false claims to TRICARE for excessive, unnecessary transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) electrodes that TRICARE beneficiaries did not need or use. Continue reading

February 2018

APTA courses included in aPTitude CE resource

The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT) have partnered to bring APTA’s Learning Center continuing education offerings to FSBPT’s online system, aPTitude. The site allows physical therapists (PT) and PT assistants to… Continue reading

February 2018

PT licensure compact to begin mid-2018

The Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT) has set mid-2018 as the go-live date for the Physical Therapy Licensure Compact, an agreement among member states to improve access to physical therapy (PT) services by increasing the ability of eligible providers to work in… Continue reading

February 2018

AAOS welcomes chief education strategist

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) has appointed Anna Salt Troise as its new chief education strategist. In this role, Troise will direct all AAOS education and peer-reviewed publishing activities, as well as its newly implemented strategy.

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February 2018

Podiatric coding expert Harry Goldsmith dies

Harry Goldsmith, DPM, a noted coding expert and consultant to the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) Health Policy and Practice department, died February 7. Goldsmith was instrumental in the development of the APMA Coding Resource Center, among other efforts that supported the APMA.

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February 2018

PTAG honors legislator

The Physical Therapy Association of Georgia (PTAG) honored Senator Fran Millar (R-GA) with its Legislator of the Year Award on February 13 for his work to ensure all Georgians have access to physical therapy, reported Dunwoody, GA-based The Crier.

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February 2018

Fashion and inspiration for women

Trend-able.com, a fashion and lifestyle website that seeks to help women who have physical disabilities that require leg braces, orthotic or prosthetic devices or other devices such as for balance and walking to look and feel their best, is a free resource for patients, orthotists and prosthetists… Continue reading

January 2018

Robb Appointed Ortho­pedic Director, CMO of Illinois Bone & Joint Institute

Illinois Bone & Joint Institute (IBJI), which has 20 locations across Chicago and Northern Illinois, has appointed William J. Robb, III, MD, as Orthopedic Director, Chief Medical Officer. Robb joined IBJI in 1995 and has 40 years of surgical experience, specializing in adult knee disorders Continue reading

January 2018

Select Physical Therapy Opens New Maine Location

Select Physical Therapy, a division of Select Medical, announced the grand opening of a new outpatient physical therapy center, located at 176 Livermore Falls Road, Unit 1, Farmington, ME. Sean Shields, PT, DPT, OCS, has been appointed center manager. Continue reading

January 2018

AOTA Seeking Executive Director

The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) is accepting nominations and applications for its executive director position, located in Bethesda, MD. Korn Ferry, an executive search and recruiting firm headquartered in Los Angeles, CA, is assisting with the search.

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January 2018

Recipients of DJO products notified of potential data breach

San Diego-based DJO Global recently announced that the company discovered an incident involving the potential disclosure of certain personal information of patients who received a DJO Global product while being treated in the emergency room, same-day… Continue reading

January 2018

Costello Named GW’s PT Program Director

Ellen Costello, PT, PhD, has been named Director of the Physical Therapy (PT) Program in the Department of Health, Human Function, and Rehabilitation Sciences at the George Washington University (GW) School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS) Continue reading

January 2018

Online Tool Guides Joint Replacement Decisions in OA Sufferers

A web-based tool developed at the University of Massachusetts (UMass) Medical School helps patients with osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee or hip decide whether and when to proceed with total joint replacement surgery by comparing the individual’s pain and… Continue reading

January 2018

AAOS Approves Diagnostic, Treatment Criteria for Hip OA

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) recently approved new Appropriate Use Criteria (AUC) for the Management of Osteoarthritis of the Hip. AUCs provide clinicians with algorithms on how to optimally treat an orthopedic injury or condition, including… Continue reading

January 2018

ProEx PT Acquires Competitive Edge PT

ProEx Physical Therapy, headquartered in Portsmouth, NH, has acquired Competitive Edge Physical Therapy, Norwell, MA. Paul Amorosino, PT, MSPT, OMT, owner of Competitive Edge, has joined the ProEx team as clinical director of the Norwell location Continue reading

January 2018

FDA Approves Marketing of Device to Treat DFUs

In December 2017, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the marketing of Sanuwave’s dermaPACE System, the first shock-wave device to treat diabetic foot ulcers (DFUs). The system uses externally applied energy pulses, similar to sound waves, to… Continue reading

January 2018

New BPCI Program Includes Lower-Extremity Episodes

The US Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced a new voluntary bundled payments opportunity, known as the Bundled Payments for Care Improvement Advanced (BPCI Advanced), which will be launched in October 2018 and run… Continue reading

January 2018

Tennessee Orthopaedic Clinics appoints medical director

Tennessee Orthopaedic Clinics, headquartered in Knoxville, announced that P. Merrill White, III, MD, was appointed medical director, effective January 1, 2018. He will be responsible for leading the overall clinical vision, strategy, and medical oversight for the group. Continue reading

January 2018

Mary Free Bed, GVSU expand partnership to share motion lab

Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital, Grand Rapids, MI, and Grand Valley State University, Allendale, MI, are expanding their partnership to now share a Motion Analysis Lab, located in the Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences, Grand Rapids. Continue reading

January 2018

CEL-SCI awarded patent for RA vaccine

CEL-SCI Corporation, Vienna, VA, has received a patent from the European Patent Office for its LEAPS platform technology, which is being developed as a potential therapeutic vaccine for rheumatoid arthritis (RA). The patent, EP 2254588B1, is… Continue reading

January 2018

Sensoria, Optima to create smart diabetic footwear

Seattle-based Sensoria Health and Optima Molliter, Civitanova Marche, Italy, announced a partnership to create what they claim is the first smart diabetic footwear product that will monitor a patient’s compliance to the clinician’s prescribed mechanical off-loading protocol. Continue reading

November 2017

AAOS, AJRR create orthopedic database

The Rosemont, IL-based American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) in mid-October announced plans to create a national family of clinical data registries for a broad range of orthopedic conditions and procedures. Continue reading

November 2017

CMS amends custom diabetic insert coding

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have amended a recent coding clarification regarding custom-fabricated diabetic shoe inserts, which two specialty organizations had criticized as being unnecessarily strict and a detriment to advanced technology. Continue reading