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Bangalore, Karnataka, India
Physiotherapist and Research Scholar, ESIC Model Hospital & PG Research Institute- ESICPGIMSR (Under Govt of India),Rajaji Nagar, Bangalore and General Secretary of Bangalore Physiotherapist Network (BPN) 2017-2020

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28 Jun 2016

James Bond's Passion towards Physiotherapy

25 Jun 2016

Diploma in Physiotherapy - Steps to stop the course

Few points for abolishing Diploma in Physiotherapy course run by some unauthorized Institutes and Universities in many states of India.

24 Jun 2016

Physiotherapy Can Reduce Workers’ Comp Payer Costs, Improve Outcomes

    Physical Therapy Can Reduce Workers’ Comp Payer Costs, Improve Outcomes

USA: With the nation spending billions on medical and indemnity expenses for employees injured on the job, as well as patients facing illnesses or surgeries, workers’ compensation carriers, group health insurers and Third Party Administrators (TPAs) are looking for innovative solutions to providing better and less costly health services.

Two Thought Leadership papers – one for workers’ compensation payers and one for group health organizations – from PTPN, a national network for independent rehabilitation specialists, examine the role and benefits of physical therapy in both group health and workers’ compensation cases in the face of major changes in the American healthcare system.

“As they adapt to new value-based care models, health plans and workers’ comp carriers require new solutions to meet their needs and those of injured workers,” says Michael Weinper, PT, DPT, M.P.H., president of PTPN.

 “These papers show how a different approach to the changes in the nation’s workers’ comp and group healthcare can not only improve the delivery of health services, but also deliver better outcomes for a wide range of patients at a lower cost.”

According to The New Paradigm for Better Quality, Lower Costs papers – Leveraging the Power of PT for Workers’ Comp and Leveraging the Power of Ancillary Services, workers’ comp carriers and health plans and may be missing an important ally in their efforts to meet the goals of healthcare delivery today: providers of physical therapy services.

 Studies show that bringing physical therapy into an injured patient’s treatment early can have major benefits, including better patient outcomes, reduced use of pain medicine, improved patient satisfaction, reduced re-admissions and lower medical and indemnity costs.

Key points to consider from the PTPN papers include:

While imaging often is used to diagnose patients with chronic and or acute back pain, it may not be the best first step. A 2015 study in Health Services Research Journal found that for patients who were first treated with physical therapy, costs were an average of $4,793 less than patients first sent to imaging.

A landmark 2012 study in Spine reported that prompt referral of patients from primary care physicians to physical therapy resulted in decreased use of advanced imaging, surgery, injections and prescription pain medications. Savings were an average $2,736.23 less for patients receiving early physical therapy.

The Workers’ Comp Research Institute reports that 65 to 85 percent of injured workers getting a pain medication are prescribed an opioid. Industry analysis of best practice data indicates that close to 90% of those injuries are more appropriately treated with over-the-counter pain medications and PT. Avoiding opioids can reduce the possibility of reliance or even addiction to the powerful drugs, a concern in the United States today.

According to the American Hospital Association, organizations should seek to develop “preferred relationships with post-acute providers that have demonstrated good outcomes and are willing to collaborate on performance improvement.” The PTPN papers offer steps to finding PT providers who meet these criteria as well as what to expect from a quality independent PT network. These benchmarks include innovation in care pathways and readmission risk reduction; the highest credentialing and quality standards; and outcomes measurement.

“By collaborating with independent physical therapists who hold themselves to the highest standards of care,” says Weinper, “health plans and workers’ comp carriers can achieve the vision and promise of today’s value-based healthcare programs.

23 Jun 2016

WCPT announces new Chief Executive Officer

WCPT announces new Chief Executive Officer

The World Confederation for Physical Therapy has appointed Jonathon Kruger as its new Chief Executive Officer. He takes up the position in London on 1st August, 2016

An Australian physiotherapist with almost two decades of experience in senior management, lobbying and advocacy, Jonathon joins WCPT following Brenda Myers’ retirement earlier this year.
“It's a great honour to lead an organisation like WCPT,” he says. “Now more than ever it’s important to have a strong global body to unite the physical therapy community across the world. I look forward to working in this exciting position in the coming years.”

Before his appointment as CEO of WCPT, Jonathon was employed as the General Manager (Policy) at the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists. He has also held senior roles with the Victorian Government, Australian Medical Association and Australian Physiotherapy Association.
Jonathon has substantial expertise in analysing and influencing public health policy in areas as diverse as workforce modelling, primary health care and chronic diseases.

In welcoming Jonathon to WCPT, the President, Dr Emma Stokes highlighted Jonathon’s diverse experience.

“On behalf of the Board of WCPT, I welcome Jonathon’s appointment to the position of CEO at a very exciting time for WCPT. From his time at the Australian Physiotherapy Association, Jonathon is very familiar with the vision of WCPT and international physical therapy.

“In addition, he brings a wealth of experience from his work in other organisations specifically in the areas of governance, policy and advocacy and will enable WCPT to strengthen its reach and impact in line with our ambitious strategic plan.”

Jonathon recognises that the global physical therapy community is growing and advancing, and that organisations like WCPT must also evolve to ensure they are fit for purpose.

“I'm excited to build upon the foundations established by the previous Secretaries General, ensuring that physical therapy has a voice in global forums such as the World Health Organisation.”

“With the incredible growth of physical therapy worldwide, I look forward to taking on this role and to creating connections with member organisations and other WCPT stakeholders as well as physical therapists around the globe.”

20 Jun 2016

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18 Jun 2016

Adding life to years: The World Confederation for Physical Therapy (WCPT) Theme for 2016

Adding life to years: WCPT launches World Physical Therapy Day resources and downloads
WCPT has launched the toolkit for this year's World Physical Therapy Day, with posters, leaflets and an infographic now available.

World Physical Therapy Day takes place on 8th September 2016, and this year WCPT is suggesting that physical therapists around the world publicise their important role in healthy ageing, and “adding life to years”.

This choice of message follows the WHO World Report on Ageing And Health which says that “maintenance of functional ability has the highest importance” for older people. WCPT has played a significant role in the consultations which resulted in the new WHO ageing and health strategy.

By 2050 the global population will include two billion people aged 60 or over, and 400 million aged 80 or over.

Each year, World Physical Therapy Day allows therapists to highlight their role as experts in movement and functional mobility. Participants are encouraged to organise events to publicise physical therapy's contribution and cost effectiveness. WCPT is suggesting that individual physical therapists wishing to organise events should contact their National physical therapy organisation so that activities can be linked up.

This year's toolkit includes a guidance booklet, stickers, posters and a t-shirt design, as well as a list of resources to support activities including research demonstrating the role of physical therapy in promoting independence.

For the first time WCPT has produced an infographic, illustrating physical therapy's importance in helping older people reach their full potential following stroke, dementia and falls.

World Physical Therapy Day allows individual therapists and their organisations across the world to celebrate their contribution to global health. This year's event hopes to build on the success of the event in 2015, when the theme was “Fulfilling potential”.

Last year hundreds of events took place, ranging from Nordic walking to international lectures and workshops. The World Physical Therapy Day web pages were accessed more than 17,000 times, with 2,435 people using the hashtag #worldptday on Twitter.
Individual therapists, hospital departments and organisations are encouraged to use the toolkit and hashtag #addlifetoyears to show that physical therapy all over the world helps keep people well, mobile and independent.

World Physical Therapy Day resources can be downloaded from: http://www.wcpt.org/wptday-posters

17 Jun 2016

#ChoosePT Opioid Awareness Campaign by APTA : USA

June 2016:  In response to a national public health epidemic of opioid misuse and abuse, the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) is launching a public education campaign, #ChoosePT, to raise awareness among patients and prescribers about physical therapy as a safe alternative for pain management.

With a new #ChoosePT opioid awareness campaign, the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) has joined a chorus of associations and government groups that are speaking out about the opioid epidemic in America.

Physical therapy is one of the nonopioid alternatives recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in recently released guidelines that urge prescribers to reduce the use of opioids for most long-term pain management. The guidelines indicate that while prescription opioids are appropriate in certain cases (such as cancer treatment, palliative care, and end-of-life care), nonopioid approaches are preferred given the damaging potential side effects of opioids, which include depression, overdose, and addiction, plus withdrawal symptoms when stopping use.

Physical therapy can help patients avoid surgery or improve their mobility or balance. PT can also help people recover from sports injuries or manage conditions like heart disease or diabetes. The American Physical Therapy Association, which last week launched a new #ChoosePT opioid awareness campaign, is urging more Americans to consider PT as an alternative to opioids for the reduction or elimination of pain.

“We know people are generally aware of the benefits of physical therapy,” said Erin Wendel, senior media relations specialist for APTA. “But the high [rate of] opioid prescribing makes it clear people aren’t getting physical therapy often enough or soon enough for pain management.”

Wendel’s insight is especially poignant after the Anoka County, Minnesota, medical examiner revealed that an accidental overdose of the opioid fentanyl caused the death of the musician Prince in April. Although much about his death remains shrouded in mystery, many sources have theorized that Prince was taking opioids to manage chronic pain.

But the famous musician isn’t alone. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which also recommends physical therapy as an alternative to opioids, sales of prescription opioids have quadrupled since 1999. In 2012, prescribers wrote 259 million prescriptions for pain medication, which would be enough for every American adult to have a bottle of pills. And more than 165,000 people in the United States have died from opioid overdoses since 1999.

“Our goal is to remind patients that they have a right to choose safe alternatives and manage their pain without the risks of opioids,” Wendel said. “Our goal is also to encourage patients and providers to discuss and choose safe, non-drug alternatives for pain.”

APTA is splashing the #ChoosePT message across billboards, airwaves, and screens around the U.S. It’s also relying on its state chapters to spread the word, especially in states the CDC has identified as having high rates of opioid overdose deaths or high rates of prescriptions, including Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and West Virginia.

In March, the CDC issued new guidelines stating that opioid drugs should be a last-resort treatment for chronic pain. Some medical organizations, including the American Medical Association, while acknowledging the seriousness of the epidemic, warned that tight restrictions could limit physicians’ discretion in caring for patients.

By joining the national conversation, APTA intends to remind patients and prescribers that they have choices in managing chronic pain. Patients and prescribers “don’t have to lead with the most dangerous option,” Wendel said.

Instead, APTA hopes they will #ChoosePT.

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9 Jun 2016

Physical therapist direct access bill now law

USA: Louisiana: Physical therapist access bill now law: Consumers will have direct access to physical therapists under a bill signed into law by Gov. John Bel Edwards.

The measure, Senate Bill 291, won final legislative approval on May 31, 2016. Edwards signed the legislation on Monday (June 06).Patients previously had to get a referral from a licensed doctor to see a physical therapist.Under the new law, they can do so without any such recommendation. Physical therapists will be required to have a Doctorate in physical therapy from an accredited institution or five years of licensed clinical practice to qualify for the new rules.

The legislative battle pitted Physical therapists on one side and orthopedic surgeons, who usually make the referrals, on the other.Backers said the change will save consumers time and money and put Louisiana in line with many other state

News Link: http://theadvocate.com/news/16043684-123/under-new-law-patients-gain-direct-access-to-physical-therapists

7 Jun 2016

Documents about Referral by Doctors to Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation

Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment’s letter No. 9-3/CCD/2007 dated 15/05/2008
Subject: Handling of Children with disabilities and referral: “Most of the doctors are not trained for rehabilitation of Persons with disabilities, they often try to treat their disabilities even when medical or surgical interventions are not required.

In the process, most critical period of six years of life is lost which is most important period to train & rehabilitate the child with disability to utilize the residual capacity of the impaired organs. Consequently , it is too late for such children to respond to the rehabilitation therapies even by most qualified & skilled rehabilitation professionals like Physiotherapists etc.

Chief Commissioner has taken notice of the complaints from parents, Rehabilitation professionals , NGO’s etc . and has directed that appropriate instructions may be issued by Medical Council of India and Indian Medical Association through print and electronic media to the effect that the doctors not trained on rehabilitation should restrict their treatment of children with disabilities to their medical illness/disease or else action be initiated against such practices under relevant section of MCI. They should refer such children to the qualified rehabilitation Professionals to ensure that they get appropriate rehabilitation/therapeutic assistance well in time.

The court of the Chief Commissioner for persons with disabilities shall be constrained to initiate action under Section 59 of the Persons with Disabilities Act, 1995 against the Doctors who may persist with such practices”.

Physiotherapist Vacancies in Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Delhi NCR, Mumbai, Pune and Gulf. – Updated on June 06, 2016

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2 Jun 2016

Yoga in Physiotherapy Syllabus - Draft

Yoga in Physiotherapy Syllabus : Suggestions to PMO / HRD Ministry/ MOHFW / UGC / AYUSH. Opinions will be appreciated. Take part in this Professional act. 

The positive outcome due the collective efforts of Individual Physios, Associations and organizations is that, UGC has considered the representations and issued a notice yesterday (June 2nd) stating " The universities may adopt modules from the syllabus keeping in view the requirement of the course".