August Announcements: State Approvals and Lots of New Courses!

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August Announcements: State Approvals and Lots of New Courses!

Good Afternoon PTs and PTAs,

We have some very big and exciting news to share with you all. We are pleased to announce new state approvals and many new course releases.

PTWebucation.com is now an approved accredited provider in California, Texas, and we were recently re-approved in New York! That means all of our courses count for continuing education credits in those states (in addition to the many other states in which we’ve been previously been approved).

We are also delighted to announce many new courses and course writers are joining our very long list of excellent CEUs and Presenters. Here is the current list of courses we offer:

-Advanced Ethics for the Healthcare Professional
-An Evidence-Based Overview of Parkinson’s Disease
-Bed Rest
-Cervical Spine
“It’s A Pain In The Neck”
-Clinical Implications of the Physiological Changes of Aging: A Systems Review
-Concussion and Post-Concussion Syndrome: The Role of the Physical Therapist
-Demystifying the Pelvic Floor
-Diabetes
-Ergonomics: Value Added
-Ethics for the Healthcare Professional
-Evaluation, Treatment, and Return to Sport Strategies for the Long Distance Running Athlete
-Evidence Based Strategies for Managing Chronic LBP
-Facilitation of Normal Gait: Using Manual Cues to Improve Stand and Swing Mechanics
-Facilitating Normal Movement in Hemiplegia: An Introduction to Neurodevelopmental Technique (NDT)
-Fibromyalgia Syndrome (FMS): A Comprehensive Overview for Physical Therapists
-Functional Reporting: G Codes
-Getting a Handle on the Heel: A Clinical Approach to Treating Chronic Foot and Achilles Tendon Pain
-Hamstring Strains: Current Practice Standards of Diagnosis and Treatment
-Hand Surgeries and Rehab
-HIPAA
-Hypertension
-Introduction to Oncology Rehab; Safely and effectively working with the cancer patient
-Introduction to Yoga:
Incorporating Yoga into your
Physical Therapy Practice
-Medicare 101
-Motor Control: Principles and Correctives

-Neurofacilitation of Transfers: Exploring pivot transfers and sit to/from stand using manual facilitation techniques
-Patellofemoral Pain: From Evidence Based Research to Clinical Relevance
-Physical Therapy Management of the TMJ: An Updated Evidence-Based Approach
-Scapular Dyskinesis
-Sports Injuries of the Hand
-Strength Training Principles For Geriatrics
-The ACL: Why the Therapist Makes All the Difference
-The ever evolving joint: An updated guide to the rehabilitation of total hip and knee arthroplasty
-Understanding Balance: Strategies to Improve Evaluation Skills and Functional Treatment Technique
-Vestibular Rehabilitation I
-Vestibular Rehabilitation II
-Wound Care Essentials For The Physical Therapist
-FREE with UNLIMITED PACKAGE: The New Physical Therapy Evaluation & Re-Evaluation Codes

We recently told you about the release of our Yoga course which has been very well received by our Physical Therapists and Physical Therapy Assistants. We also told you about two upcoming courses on Gait and Motor Control. We are pleased to announce that these courses have been released as well as two others, including a brand new four-hour course (.4 CEUs) on Arthroplasty titled, “The ever-evolving joint: An updated guide to the rehabilitation of total hip and knee arthroplasty.”

This course is designed for physical therapists of all experience levels who are interested in the latest evidence, trends, and surgical approaches for total hip and knee arthroplasties. Over the past 10 years, much progress has been made in the field, however the knowledge being disseminated to many PTs is several years behind the latest trends in the surgical world. We will review non-op and operative management, surgical decision making and techniques,  treatment options and pearls. We will also delve into the controversial world of return to sport post-operatively and of hip precautions, among other things.

Course link: http://www.ptwebucation.com/courses/arthroplasty/

 

Another course we are pleased to announce the recent release of is our Parkinson’s Disease course.

An Evidence-Based Overview of Parkinson’s Disease; 3 Hours (.3 CEUs)

This course will review the pathology, etiology and characteristics of Parkinson’s Disease. In addition, a thorough review of medication and surgical interventions will precede a comprehensive review of current evidence-based treatment techniques used in physical therapy.

Course link: http://www.ptwebucation.com/courses/parkinsons-disease/

 

The two courses previously listed as upcoming have been released and well-received so far!

Facilitation of Normal Gait: Using Manual Cues to Improve Stand and Swing Mechanics; 3 Hours (.3 CEUs)

This course will review common principles of gait including general characteristics, critical events for each phase, and weight shift considerations. In addition, the course will discuss the training of stance and swing mechanics with an emphasis on manual facilitation. Lastly, the course will review bracing considerations and selection of a least restrictive assistive device for the patient with neurological compromise

Course link: http://www.ptwebucation.com/courses/gait/

 

Motor Control: Principles and Correctives; 3 Hours (.3 CEUs)

This course will review common principles of motor control including theories, physiology, and training considerations. In addition, the course will discuss the causes of motor control dysfunction as well as ways to correct abnormal movement patterns. Lastly, an analysis of the squat and plank will help the learner identify common motor control dysfunctions and the correctives for each pattern.

Course link: http://www.ptwebucation.com/courses/motor-control/

 

And lastly, we are excited to share that we have two new Hand Rehabilitation courses coming up. The courses will both be part of the unlimited bundle, can be taken individually, or can be taken as part of the two-course hand bundle which will be released at the same time:

Sports Injuries of the Hand; 2 Hours (.2 CEUs)

This course will review mechanism of injury, characteristics and associated populations of common hand and wrist sports injuries. In addition, a comprehensive review of current evidence-based treatment techniques used in physical therapy will be discussed.

 

Hand Surgeries and Rehab; 2 Hours (.2 CEUs)

This course will review the pathology, etiology and characteristics of Parkinson’s Disease. In addition, a thorough review of medication and surgical interventions will precede a comprehensive review of current evidence-based treatment techniques used in physical therapy.

 

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Direct Access Physical Therapy Evidence Based Benefits

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Current evidence based research has supported the use of physical therapy direct access services in both reducing health care costs and providing quality care. Avoiding unnecessary physician and emergency room visits reduces costs for the patient and health care system. Also, physical therapy direct access services has been shown to be effective and less costly than first access physician care for musculoskeletal injuries.

As direct access in physical therapy continues there is more data to support its implementation on reducing health care costs. A study published in 2014, “Direct access compared with referred physical therapy episodes of care: a systematic review,” found fewer visits needed and less medication used in direct access cases (Ojha et al., 2014). Direct access is another way to reduce medication dependency among patients which continues to be a growing problem in this country with associated rising costs. In addition, Ojha et al. found increase patient compliance and satisfaction with treatment during direct access physical therapy versus physician referral (Ojha et al., 2014). If patients are satisfied with treatment, increase compliance will occur and better outcomes follow.

Another benefit to direct access physical therapy care is patient outcomes and quality of care. Some opposing the transition of these services argue that physical therapists do not have the background to safely treat without a physician’s referral; however, the data supports there is safe and effective treatment. A study published in 2015, “Physical therapists as primary practitioners in the emergency department: six-month prospective practice analysis,” found physical therapists utilized in the emergency department as first point medical providers were efficient in identifying red flags and low number of adverse incidents (de Gruchy et al., 2015). These results could easily translate to an outpatient physical therapy direct access patient evaluation setting.

Lastly, another recent study published in 2015, “DIAGNOSTIC IMAGING IN A DIRECT-ACCESS SPORTS PHYSICAL THERAPY CLINIC: A 2-YEAR RETROSPECTIVE PRACTICE ANALYSIS,” supports physical therapist skills as direct access providers (Crowell et al.., 2015). Physical therapists ordering musculoskeletal diagnostic imaging in a 2 year period appropriately ordered test over 80% of the time (Crowell et al., 2015). Over 55% of the cases in the study were acute cases (Crowell et al., 2015). Diagnosis by physical therapists were confirmed 64% of the time by diagnostic findings as well as 90% of the time with surgical findings (Crowell et al., 2015). This recent study makes a strong case for direct access physical therapy care allowing diagnostic imaging ordering.

References:
Crowell, M. S., Dedekam, E. A., Johnson, M. R., Dembowski, S. C., Westrick, R. B., & Goss, D. L. (2016). DIAGNOSTIC IMAGING IN A DIRECT-ACCESS SPORTS PHYSICAL THERAPY CLINIC: A 2-YEAR RETROSPECTIVE PRACTICE ANALYSIS. International journal of sports physical therapy, 11(5), 708.
de Gruchy, A., Granger, C., & Gorelik, A. (2015). Physical therapists as primary practitioners in the emergency department: six-month prospective practice analysis. Physical therapy, 95(9), 1207-1216.
Ojha, H. A., Snyder, R. S., & Davenport, T. E. (2014). Direct access compared with referred physical therapy episodes of care: a systematic review. Physical therapy, 94(1), 14-30.
Ojha, Heidi A.; Brandi, Jason A.; Finn, Kathryn M.; Wright, W. Geoffrey (2015). Cost Efficiency of Direct Access Physical Therapy for Temple University Employees with Musculoskeletal Injuries. Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Practice, 2015; 27(4): 228-233. (6p)

Bryan Rodner, PT
He attended Michigan State University and received a bachelor degree in Science with a major in Physiology. During his college experience at MSU, he found passion for physical therapy, which led him to complete his Masters degree in Physical Therapy at University of the Science in Philadelphia. Bryan has practiced outpatient physical therapy in center city, Philadelphia for over 14 years. PTWEBUCATION.com was founded in 2013 to create high quality evidence-based continuing education online for physical therapists in a convenient and affordable platform. In 2014 PTWEBUCATION.com expanded its resources to therapists online by adding a job posting platform. Providing an affordable option for companies to find the perfect hire and convenient continuing education.

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Physical Therapist Salaries are Highest in 5 States

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Employment of physical therapists is projected to grow 34 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. The median annual wage for physical therapists was $85,400 in May 2016.  Check out these top states for physical therapist salaries:

California 19,910 PTs

$45.84 Hourly Mean

$95,350 Salary

New York 16,390 PTs

$41.22 Hourly Mean

$85,730 Salary

Texas 14,910 PTs

$45.79 Hourly Mean

$95,240 Salary

Florida 12,480 PTs

$41.60 Hourly Mean

$86,520 Salary

Illinois 11,030 PTs

$43.45 Hourly Mean

$90,370 Salary

Reference:
https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes291123.htm

 

New Presenter Spotlight: Cynthia Watkins PT, DPT, CHT

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New Presenter Spotlight:

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We have two new upcoming courses on the Hand! Both will be presented by Cynthia Watkins PT, DPT, CHT.
Cynthia is the Manager of Hand Therapy at the Rothman Institute in Philadelphia, PA. She completed her Masters in Physical Therapy at Thomas Jefferson University and received her DPT from Temple University. She has lectured at Temple University in the physical therapy and athletic training departments and also coordinates and lectures at the annual meeting of the Rothman Hand Conference. She has several peer reviewed journal and book publications. Cynthia has been working in hand therapy for over eighteen years.

Please stay tuned to PTWebucation.com for the release of the following courses:
“Common Hand Surgeries and Rehabilitation,”
and
“Hand Injuries in Sports.”

New Course on Hip and Knee Replacements Coming Soon!

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PTWebucation.com is delighted to share a little bit of information about our upcoming course on Knee and Hip Replacements:

Course description:
This course is designed for physical therapists of all experience levels who are interested in the latest evidence, trends, and surgical approaches for total hip and knee arthroplasties. Over the past 10 years, much progress has been made in the field, however the knowledge being disseminated to many PTs is several years behind the latest trends in the surgical world. We will review non-op and operative management, surgical decision making and techniques, treatment options and pearls. We will also delve into the controversial world of return to sport post-operatively and of hip precautions, among other things.

Course Objectives:
•Review the evolution of the total knee and hip arthroplasty procedure and what this means for the world of rehab
•Review demographic information of lower extremity joint arthroplasties
•Discuss how rehabilitation care has evolved to meet the demands of our patients and health care payers
•Review the newest advances in research for treatment of total joint arthroplasties
•Review post operative precautions and discuss if they are necessary

Stay tuned for the release of this new course!

New Course on Parkinson’s Disease

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PTWebucation.com is pleased to announce the release of our newest course, “An Evidence-Based Overview of Parkinson’s Disease.”

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This course will review the pathology, etiology and characteristics of Parkinson’s Disease. In addition, a thorough review of medication and surgical interventions will precede a comprehensive review of current evidence-based treatment techniques used in physical therapy.

For more information or to take the course please visit: http://www.ptwebucation.com/courses/parkinsons-disease/

To watch a video clip please visit: https://player.vimeo.com/video/215460186

Approved Provider in California

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PTWebucation.com is pleased to announce that we are now officially an Approved Provider for PT and PTA CEUs in the state of California! This means that all of our courses count for continuing education credit in this state! Sign up for your one year unlimited bundle today: http://www.ptwebucation.com/unlimited-courses/
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New Course Announced! New Courses Coming! Save Big on Bundles!

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New Course Announced! New Courses Coming! Save Big on Bundles!

All courses and Bundles are on sale 20% off this week when you enter code SPRING20 at check out.

Check out our recently released course titled, “The New Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy Evaluation & Re-Evaluation Codes.” This is a Non-CEU Course that is free with your purchase of the Unlimited Bundle, PA CEU Bundle, or LA CEU Bundle!

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The 2017 CMS Medicare Physician Fee Schedule and AMA’s 2017 Current Procedural Terminology  (CPT®) manual contain 3 new codes evaluation codes for both Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy.  In addition, there is a new re-evaluation code for Physical Therapists and Occupational Therapists in 2017.  The current PT and OT evaluation and re-evaluation codes will be replaced.  Commercial payers who are required by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Acct (HIPAA) to use a standardized codes set (CPT) on their claims must use the most current version of CPT, which will include these new codes, though as we know from previous updates, not all will adopt the new codes immediately.   HIPAA does not apply to workers’ compensation or auto liability payers, but many of these payers also tend to use updated codes, as well.  To assure compliance with Medicare and other third party payers, the coding and documentation requirements for these new codes will be provided.  In addition, information regarding how the codes will be paid and audited by payers is provided in this session.
http://www.ptwebucation.com/courses/free-cpt-evaluation-re-evaluation-codes/

Upcoming Course #1

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Course Title:
Motor Control: Principles and Correctives
Presenter:
Kristen Wilson PT, DPT, GCS, NDT Trained
Description:
This course will review common principles of motor control including theories, physiology, and training considerations. In addition, the course will discuss the causes of motor control dysfunction as well as ways to correct abnormal movement patterns. Lastly, an analysis of the squat and plank will help the learner identify common motor control dysfunctions and the correctives for each pattern.

Upcoming Course #2

Gait Handouts

Course Title:
Facilitation of Normal Gait: Using Manual Cues to Improve Stand and Swing Mechanics
Presenter:
Kristen Wilson PT, DPT, GCS, NDT Trained
Description:
This course will review common principles of gait including general characteristics, critical events for each phase, and weight shift considerations. In addition, the course will discuss the training of stance and swing mechanics with an emphasis on manual facilitation. Lastly, the course will review bracing considerations and selection of a least restrictive assistive device for the patient with neurological compromise.

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Brand New Courses!

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We promised in our 2016 End of Year Message that 2017 would be full of exciting announcements, so without further ado PTWebucation.com is pleased to announce yet another brand new course! This is the second one we have released so far this year and we aren’t even 10 days into the year yet! In addition to the “New Physical Therapy Evaluation & Re-Evaluation CPT Codes” course we released last week, we have just released the highly anticipated “Introduction to Yoga: Incorporating Yoga into your Physical Therapy Practice” course as well.

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Yoga has become a popular term in Western Medicine, but often there are misconceptions about what yoga really is. In this course, learn the definitions of yoga and mindfulness and how they relate to physical therapy, and learn about the research backing up the use of yoga and mindfulness in clinical practice. As physical therapists, it is important to be aware of alignment in yoga poses and basic poses commonly seen in a yoga practice, as yoga related injuries are often seen in an outpatient orthopedics setting. Aspects of yoga and yoga breathing can also be an effective tool that can be used in the treatment of patients, especially those with chronic illnesses.

To read more about the course, objectives, and the presenter or to take the course, please use this link: http://www.ptwebucation.com/courses/yoga/.

2016 Year End Message

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As 2016 comes to a close PTWebucation.com would like to thank you all for your continued support and patronage throughout the year. We have a lot to look forward to in 2017, including new courses, new presenters, and multiple expansions! We have had a great 2016 and would love to share some highlights with you.

This year we have expanded our course offerings by these amazing courses:
NDT 2: Neurofacilitation of Transfers: Exploring Pivot Transfers and Sit to/from Stand Using Manual Facilitation Techniques
Oncology Rehabilitation: Introduction to Oncology Rehab; Safely and Effectively Working With the Cancer Patient

We are proud of our esteemed and diverse PTWebucation.com course presenters. This year, we introduced new Presenter Angela Wicker-Ramos PT, DPT, CLT- LANA to our already impressive list.

On top of adding the above mentioned exciting new courses and presenters, PTwebucation.com has expanded our course approvals in multiple states as well. Course reviews still continue to be excellent as satisfied Physical Therapists and Physical Therapy Assistants enjoy the affordable, convenient, and accredited format we provide. Our sales this year have been strong as we continue to grow our company and expand our offerings.

We are currently working hard to bring you new, exciting courses in 2017 including a third NDT course, and a brand new course on Yoga and the Physical Therapist, so stay tuned!

This year, our very own Co-Founder, William Lois PT, DPT, was featured on a segment The Morning Blend to talk a little PT! Milwaukee’s local, live morning talk show starring hosts Molly Fay and Tiffany Ogle. The Morning Blend showcases local businesses, non-profits, events and celebrities.

PTWebucation.com proudly shared this exciting press release with our clients and colleagues in 2016: http://www.prweb.com/releases/2016/10/prweb13743951.htm.
Our social media continues to boom with information and discounts! This year we posted a New Graduate Spotlight that garnered much attention. We even participated in the Mannequin Challenge! Please consider following us on our social media sites for updates and giveaways, if you are not already:
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This year, our PT Jobs Board has grown as well. You can search for jobs and apply for free. You can also post your PT and PTA jobs for only $99 for 90 days! PTWebucation.com’s free search is a great resource for physical therapists and physical therapy assistants seeking new jobs and employment opportunities.

We thank you all for being such an important part of our wonderful 2016! We promise the upcoming year will be full of new courses and presenters, new approvals and expansions, and exciting announcements! We are looking forward to sharing a wonderful 2017 with you all!
We wish you and your family a joyous Holiday season, and a prosperous new year!

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