News at NEXT: Sparking an 'Industrial Revolution' in Primary Care
Sure, physical therapists (PTs) can explain the important role they could play in primary care. But is anyone listening? And what will it take to get physicians, facilities, and payers to take notice and act? From there,
News at NEXT: Foundation Service Awardees Recognized at NEXT
June 23, 2017: Friends and donors of the Foundation for Physical Therapy (Foundation) recognized the achievements of several people and groups at the Foundation's inaugural awards luncheon on June 22. The event honored annual service award recipients and celebrated the efforts of students in the 2016-2017 VCU-Marquette Challenge.
News From NEXT: Physical Therapy and Movement Are Key to Slowing the Aging Process, Contends McMillan Lecturer
June 23, 2017: Physical therapy may not be a souped up DeLorean, a table top machine, or a twistable pendant that takes its users backward in time, but unlike the fictional Doc Brown, Time Traveler, or Hermione Granger, physical therapists can use real...
Senate Health Care Reform Bill Contains Provisions Opposed by APTA
June 22, 2017: Despite some changes designed to appeal to a wider range of US senators, the newly released Senate version of health care reform still contains provisions that concern APTA: namely, a loosening of required "essential health benefits" (EHBs) that include rehabilitation services, and changes to Medicaid that could reduce the range of available benefits. Changes are still possible, however, and APTA has plans to reemphasize its positions as the Senate considers the bill.
#ChoosePT Named 1 of the Country's Top Public Awareness Campaigns
June 22, 2017: As APTA's #ChoosePT national opioid awareness campaign continues to gain momentum, it's also gaining recognition, most recently by earning a highly prestigious "Power of A" gold award from the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE).
CMS Proposes 2018 Quality Payment Program Rule: Here's What PTs Need to Know
June 22, 2017: The US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) may have slowed down the pace at which it is implementing the move toward quality-based payment, but that doesn't mean physical therapists (PTs) should be taking a business-as-usual attitude.
Bill in House Aims to Hold Feds to Special Education Funding Obligations
June 20, 2017: Think that the US government should live up to its promises when it comes to funding educational needs of students with disabilities? So does a bipartisan group of legislators who have introduced a bill that would obligate the government to pay what it promised to pay according to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). APTA is among the many organizations supporting the legislation.
'Bold Moves' Toward APTA Centennial Will Include New APTA Headquarters
June 19, 2017: As APTA approaches its centennial in 2021, the association is charting a course for a series of bold moves, and at least 1 of those moves will be about as literal as it gets: actual relocation to a newly constructed headquarters designed to "support the profession's future."
Study: Delaying ACL Surgery in Favor of Exercise Therapy May Produce Better Outcomes in Patients With 'Prognostic Factors'
June 19, 2017: Researchers analyzing a study of patients with anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears have begun to connect the dots between early indicators of long-term outcomes and the kinds of treatments patients receive. They reached the conclusion that, for at least some, putting off ACL reconstruction surgery in favor of exercise therapy could be the way to go.
KY Senate Recognizes #ChoosePT and 'Phenomenal' APTA Members
June 12, 2017: APTA's #ChoosePT antiopioid campaign is reaching millions of Americans thanks to the work of both the national association and its individual chapters. Apparently, these efforts haven't escaped the notice of the Kentucky state senate, which issued a proclamation commending the campaign and thanking APTA's "phenomenal" members for their work.