Study Examines Effect of Fitness Training on Stroke Patients

Researchers at the University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom, performed a study to determine whether fitness training after stroke reduces death, dependence, and disability. The findings were published in the November 2011 issue of the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews.

AthletiCo Renews Partnership with NHL Team

AthletiCo Physical and Occupational Therapy, Chicago, recently renewed its partnership with the Chicago Blackhawks. AthletiCo will continue to be the official provider of physical therapy and occupational therapy for the National Hockey League team.

Deadline to Adopt CMSs New Standards for Electronic Health Care Fast Approaching

Although the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Office of E-Health Standards and Services (OESS) recently announced that it would not initiate enforcement action with respect to any HIPAA-covered entity noncompliant with the ASC X12 Version 5010 until March 31, 2012, the deadline to adopt Version 5010 transaction standards used for electronic health care claims is January 1, 2012.

Private Practice Consultant Releases New Email Marketing Technology

Nitin Chhoda, a private practice consultant, has advice for physical therapists who want to succeed in 2012. Chhoda has released new technology, found at www.therapynewsletter.com, which is designed to automate referrals and increase physical therapy marketing in the coming year.

Walking Exercises Benefit Total Hip Anthroplasty Patients, Study Finds

A team of Norwegian researchers determined in a study that patients undergoing rehabilitation after total hip anthroplasty significantly increased physical performance with a walking skills training program. Their findings were published online ahead of print in Arthritis Care & Research.

Legislation Passed to Prevent End-of-Year Cuts and Caps

The House of Representatives has passed legislation to extend several end-of-the-year provisions, the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) reports. The Senate has also passed the measure, and President Obama signed it on December 23.

AthletiCo Opens Winnetka Clinic

AthletiCo Physical and Occupational Therapy, Oak Brook, Ill, opened its newest physical therapy location in Winnetka, Ill.

Armac Unveils New Web Site

Hudson Horizons, Saddle Brook, NJ, recently launched a Web site for Athletic Rehabilitation Medicine and Consulting (Armac), Florham Park, NJ.

No Benefit in New Joint Replacement Prostheses, Study Finds

According to a new study, published in the December 2011 issue of the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, the introduction of new hip and knee prosthesis into the national market over the last 5 years has shown little benefit compared to older models.