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This Week in Physical Therapy

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This Week in Physical Therapy

September 16, 2016







We're pleased to present the latest edition of This Week in Physical Therapy.

ICD-10-CM: One Year Later – KPTA Webinar, 1.5 Category 1 Contact Hours

Rick Gawenda, PT

“ICD-10-CM: One Year Later,” will be held on Thursday, September 29th from 12:00 pm-1:30 pm (EST). With the transition to ICD-10 now complete and providers submitting claims to the Medicare program and other insurance carriers, questions and confusion remain regarding “when does an ICD-10 code require a 7th character and if one is required, how do I know which one to use?” In addition, providers are still uncertain when an external cause code is required and if the patient had surgery “do we or do we not have to use the aftercare ICD-10 codes?” There also remains confusion regarding the order of diagnosis codes on the claim form (i.e. medical diagnosis vs. treatment diagnosis) and how many codes should be placed on the claim form. Join us as payment expert, Rick Gawenda, PT, answers these and other tough questions regarding ICD-10. For more information or to register, click here.

Vote Now for KPTA Officers and Nominees to the Kentucky Board of Physical Therapy

Online voting is now open for KPTA’s President-elect, Vice President, Treasurer and Delegates; as well as nominees to the Kentucky Board of Physical Therapy. Click here to vote. Only PT and PTA members may vote and website login is required. If you have any problems logging in or need to know your username and password, please contact the KPTA office. Please cast your vote by Friday, October 30th.

Upcoming District Meetings

Combined Eastern/Northern District Meeting
Join the Eastern & Northern Districts on September 22, 2016 from 6:00 pm-8:00 pm (EST) for a first-ever combined district meeting. Cathy Bookser-Feister, PT, DPT, PCS will present " Physical Therapy for Patients in Poverty." Two category 1 CEUs provided free to members who attend. Non-members may attend for free and will have the option of purchasing a certificate of completion for $20.00. For more information or to RSVP, visit our website. The Northern District location will be at St. Elizabeth Education and Training Center, 3861 Olympic Blvd in Erlanger. Satellite locations will be held throughout the Eastern District, more details coming soon. For more information, contact Eric Mooney or Emily Sacca. 


Central District Meeting
The Central District will meet on September 28 at 6:30 pm (EST) at Results Physiotherapy Blankenbaker (805 Blankenbaker Pkwy #107, Louisville). Chuck Clark, PT, DPT, MHS, CSCS, OCS will present “Integrating Pain Medicine Priniciples into Outpatient Orthopedic PT Practice.” Two category 1 CEUs provided free to members who attend. Non-members may attend for free and will have the option of purchasing a certificate of completion for $20.00. Elections will be held for Central District chair, treasurer, and education coordinator. For more information, contact Patrick Allen, PT, DPT

September is National Pain Awareness Month


September is National Pain Awareness Month. KPTA encourages our members to take the "awareness" part to heart and share with your patients and referral sources how physical therapists and physical therapist assistants help manage pain. APTA has developed resources that will help you share this valuable information, plus do your part in preventing the over-use and abuse of opioids. For more information, visit the #ChoosePT Campaign Toolkit. 

KPTA Member Publishes Article On Fall Prevention in Lexington Herald Leader

KPTA board member, Charlie Workman, PT, MBA, recently published an article in the Lexington Herald-Leader titled "Fall prevention starts with recognizing risk factors." In the article, Charlie challenges readers to "see a physical therapist to evaluate your risk for falling and begin specific exercises to improve your core and leg strength for better balance." Kudos to Charlie for his exceptional public relations efforts on behalf of the profession! 

Certificate of Need (CON) Guidelines Available for Review

Kentucky's Office of Health Policy recently released Certificate of Need (CON) Guidelines. The document, available on our website, includes information on: Private Office/Clinic CON and Licensure Exemption CON Exemption/Licensure of Mobile Health Services & Special Health Clinics CON/Licensure Exemption for Contract Therapy Services to Licensed Facilities CON Exemption for Speech and Hearing Clinics CON Approval/Licensure and Medicare Certification of Rehabilitation Agencies Special Health Clinic Licensure Mobile Health Service Licensure KPTA encourages members to review the guidelines and send comments/concerns to

Support Somerset Community College’s T-Shirt Fundraiser

Somerset Community College’s PTA Program is selling t-shirts to raise money for The Marquette Challenge and for the 2016 National Student Conclave. 100% of the profits from the shirts will be used for the two events. All checks should be made payable to SCC PTSO (Somerset Community College Physical Therapy Student Organization). Orders accepted until Friday, September 16th. Shirts will be delivered 1-2 weeks after the deadline. In the memo of the check please indicate which size and style of shirt you are purchasing (long sleeve $16; short sleeve $12). Checks or money order can be sent to the following address: SCC PTSO, 808 Monticello Street, Somerset, KY 42501.If you have any questions, please email Lindsay at

Complete a 5-Minute Survey to Help DPT Students 

Physical therapy students at the University of Kentucky need your help with their Doctoral Project. Their survey will examine the current perception of the physical therapy team concerning the education level of physical therapist assistants. The survey will take less than five minutes to complete and will help them achieve their goal of 500 responses. Click here to complete the survey.

PT3: Physical Therapy Night Out

Held on the 3rd Thursday of the month, PT3 brings PTs, PTAs and students together to discuss and debate the issues affecting the profession. Members and non-members are welcome to join one of these upcoming events:

The Western District will meet at Mr. B’s Pizza & Wings on Thursday, September 15th from 6:00-8:00 pm (CST) in Bowling Green. For more information, contact Tom Pennington.

Self-Reported Vital Sign Assessment in Physical Therapy

Your participation is requested in a research project to assess the use of vital signs in Physical Therapy Practice. The survey is a brief 24 item questionnaire that takes approximately 10 minutes to complete, and includes questions regarding practice behaviors, beliefs, and demographic information related to measuring vital signs. This information could serve as a framework of understanding for improving clinical practice related to the prevention of cardiovascular and pulmonary disorders in Physical Therapy Practice. If you are a licensed and practicing physical therapist, and are possibly interested in participating in this study, please click here to access the letter of consent and survey. For more information, contact Clint Harrison.

Occupational Health: Building a Successful Practice the Right Way!

The Occupational Health Special Interest Group (OHSIG), Orthopaedic Section, APTA is offering “Occupational Health: Building a Successful Practice the Right Way” on Friday, October 14, 2016 in Chicago. The seminar will provide the clinician with tools to enhance services and outcomes in worker rehabilitation. The learning objective is for each participant to leave with an individualized plan to develop the occupational health aspect of their business based on their specific practice environment. For additional details or to register, visit the registration website.


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