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New Medicare Policy Restricts Physical Medicine and Therapy Services for Patients


DALLAS, Nov. 11, 2004 - Medicare patients will be severely restricted in their ability to obtain physical medicine and therapy services while visiting their physicians’ offices, according to a policy change announced Nov. 3 in the 2005 Physician Fee schedule. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) moved forward with a policy change that prohibits a long-standing practice regarding physicians who offer therapy services and then bill them under what is known as "Therapy-Incident To” services. The policy change will tentatively take effect March 1, 2005.

NATA Supports Allied Health Professions Week


DALLAS, November 5, 2004 – The National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA), a not-for-profit organization representing and supporting 30,000 members of the athletic training profession, supports Allied Health Professions Week, which will be celebrated November 7 to 13, 2004, to honor health care providers working in the more than 80 allied health professions.

National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA) Offeres Tips on How to Rake Safely This Fall Season


DALLAS, Oct. 20 – As millions of leaves descend upon our lawns, streets and gutters, it’s impossible to ignore the fact that the raking season has arrived once again. Before heading out to the yard, the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA), a not-for-profit organization that represents 30,000 members of the athletic training profession, offers the following tips to ensure your cleanup effort is as injury-free and successful as possible. NATA’S TOP 10 RAKING TIPS

NATA Supports Correcting Collegiate Drinking Norms


DALLAS, Oct. 18 – This month, students at more than 1,000 college and university campuses around the country will celebrate National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week (NCAAW), October 17-23, 2004. The week, supported by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA), promotes personal responsibility and respect for the law when it comes to the consumption of alcohol beverages. NCAAW has grown to become the largest single alcohol-education event in all of academia because students take ownership in designing and implementing this observance for their campus communities.

National Athletic Trainers' Association Supports US Bone and Joint Decade's National Awareness Week


Association Remains Committed to Health Care Initiative DALLAS (October 11, 2004) – The National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA), a not-for-profit organization representing and supporting 30,000 members of the athletic training profession, supports the United States Bone and Joint Decade and is helping celebrate the Decade’s National Awareness Week, October 12 to 20, 2004. During the week, states, local community groups and health care professionals, including certified athletic trainers, will promote the Decade to the public and patients.

How to Reduce Severity of sport-Related Concussion and Imporve Return to Play Decisions


In recent years, new scientific research and clinical-based literature have given the athletic training and medical professions a wealth of updated information on the treatment of sport-related concussion. To provide certified athletic trainers (ATCs), physicians, other medical professionals, parents and coaches, with recommendations based on these latest studies, the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) issued a new position statement – “Management of Sport-Related Concussion” – in the Fall 2004 issue of The Journal of Athletic Training.

National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA) Offeres Guidelines On How to Prevent Lightning-Related Injuries


DALLAS (September 24, 2004) -- Lightning has been one of the top three causes of weather-related deaths in the United States over the past century. The recent death of an 18-year- old Grapeland, TX high school football player from a lightning bolt, has drawn renewed national attention to the dangers of this severe-storm hazard. Every year, millions of lightning flashes strike the ground, causing nearly 100 deaths and 400 injuries in this country alone.

Medicare Considers Adopting New Policy that Would Restrict Who Physicians Can Hire to Provide Outpatient Therapy Services


Measure Could Increase Medical Costs and Restrict Access to Therapy for Many Patients.

National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA) Issues Position Statement on Seriouis Risks Associated with Head-Down Contact and Spearing in Tackle Football


Statement Offers Guidelines That Decrease Risk of Cervical Spine Fractures and Dislocations in High School and College Football Players

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