Archive: PT 2012: What's New with Health Care Reform Programming

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    Thursday, June 7

    2012 Elections: The Impact on Public Policy Affecting Physical Therapy

    Time: 8:00 am-10:00 am (See Program for Room)

    Speakers: Mandy Frohlich; Michael Hurlbut

    CEUs: 0.2 (2 contact hours/CCUs)

    This session will analyze the upcoming 2012 national elections and their impact on current and future public policy at the federal level. The presentation will specifically touch on issues related to physical therapy advocacy before Congress and the federal agencies.

    McMillan Lecture

    Time: 11:00 am-12:00 pm (See Program for Room)

    Speakers: Alan M. Jette; PT, PhD, FAPTA

    CEUs: 0.1 (1 contact hours/CCUs)

    America is about to experience a demographic shift of enormous magnitude: increasing longevity, declining fertility, and the aging of the baby boom which are triggering an enormous 'age wave.' We are facing changing health care needs of Americans, the challenge of limited access to all health care services by millions of our citizens, and unsustainable cost escalation. In response health care is changing fundamentally. In the 2012 McMillan Lecture, I will discuss three critical 'system skills' that physical therapists must develop to practice successfully in a changing health care environment. First, to practice effectively, therapists must become interested in data. Secondly, they must become skilled in the ability to devise solutions for the system problems that data and experience uncover. And finally, the third skill the physical therapy profession must develop is the ability to implement at scale - the ability to get therapists and other health professionals along the entire chain of care functioning in concert, in collaboration. I will discuss Vision 2020 as it relates to these challenges and the degree to which I believe we as physical therapists are equipped with the system skills needed to function within effective health care systems, skills such as: standardized measurement and data collection, quality improvement & implementation techniques, diffusion of standardized practice models and innovations, and research skills to conduct comparative and cost effectiveness research that we need to identify what works in physical therapy, for what conditions, under what circumstances, and at what cost.

    A New Model for Payment Reform: Patient Presentation and PT Expertise

    Time: 2:00 pm-4:00 pm (See Program for Room)

    Speakers: Helene M. Fearon, PT; Steve Levine, PT, DPT, MSHA, Andrew A. Guccione, PT, DPT, PhD, Justin D. Moore, PT, DPT

    CEUs: 0.2 (2 contact hours/CCUs)

    Hear the latest on APTA's efforts to reform payment for physical therapist services based on the severity of the patient's condition and the intensity of the physical therapist's professional judgment and expertise. This session will provide a presentation on the framework of a new payment model for physical therapist services, policy activities to position and leverage the new model, and a potential timeline for adoption and implementation by payers. Following the presentation, participate in a Town Hall discussion on the reformed payment system for physical therapy services.

    Friday, June 8

    Direct Access: A New Chapter for Patients, Payers, Physicians, and Physical Therapists

    Time: 8:00 am-10:00 am (See Program for Room)

    Speakers: Pamela Duffy, PT, PhD, OCS,CPC, RP; Justin D. Moore, PT, DPT

    CEUs: 0.2 (2 contact hours/CCUs)

    Emerging data has shown direct access to physical therapy services as a model of care delivery that is safe, improves access, reduces costs, empowers patients, and leads to collaborative health care. Direct access models have advanced to include chronic care management, emergency departments, hospital-based models, falls prevention, and as part of health reforms to reduce imaging and surgery costs. In addition, the international physical therapy community has widely embraced direct access to improve access and reduce costs. This session will look at emerging data, innovative models, successful models from other countries, and the business case for direct access with multiple stakeholders in the health care delivery system, including research findings from APTA-cosponsored studies, and recent trends in payer recognition.

    The 2012 Rothstein Roundtable: Medical Homes, PACA, IFDS - Where Do Physical Therapists Fit in a Reforming Health Care Environment?

    Time: 1:00 pm-3:00 pm (See Program for Room)

    Speakers: Everette James, JD, MB, Carolyn Oddo, PT, FACHE, Stacey-Cochran-Comstock, PT, DPT, CSCS

    CEUs: 0.2 (2 contact hours/CCUs)

      Hear from frontline physical therapists who are defining the role of the PT - and demonstrating the value of PT services - in innovative environments consistent with healthcare reform initiatives, such as medical homes and integrated financial delivery systems. What are the challenges and opportunities? What are the barriers to success, and what are the strategies to overcome them? As former Pennsylvania Secretary of Health, Moderator Everette James oversaw the regulation of all of the hospitals, nursing homes, and managed care plans in Pennsylvania and brings a broad scope to the roundtable.  James currently is Associate Vice Chancellor for Health Policy and Planning, Schools of the Health Sciences, and Professor of Health Policy and Management, Graduate School of Public Health, at University of Pittsburgh and advises the University and its medical center on health reform implementation and leads the collaborative Comparative Effectiveness Research program. Carolynn Oddo is Vice President for Operations Support/Associate Administrator, Harris County Hospital District, Houston, Texas.Stacey Cochran-Comstock is a physical therapist at Providence Portland Medical Center in Portland, Oregon.  

    Be a Part of the Future: Learning to Promote Physical Therapy

    Time: 3:00 pm-5:00 pm (See Program for Room)

    Speakers: Amelia J. Arundale, PT, DPT; Daniel Dale, PT, DPT; Efosa Goubadia, PT, DPT; Kate Hamilton, PT, DPT; William (Bill) McGehee, PT, MHS; Jacob McPherson, PT, DPT; Marilyn Moffat, PT, DPT, PhD, DSc (hon), FAPTA, CSCS, CEEAA

    CEUs: 0.2 (2 contact hours/CCUs)

    Does the word "advocacy" scare you? For many, the term "advocacy" or "government affairs" is intimidating. These terms are often associated with substantial work and time commitments, learning all about politics, and keeping up-to-date with everything in Washington. This course is designed to help attendees see advocacy as multifaceted, accessible, and manageable. New professionals will learn leadership skills to stand up for the profession, demand what is needed, and determine physical therapy's future. Experienced PTs and PTAs will gain new insights, ideas, network contacts, and motivation to continue advocating for our profession.

    Saturday, June 9

    ACOs, Medical Homes, and the Future of PT Practice

    Time: 8:00 am-11:00 am (See Program for Room)

    Speakers: Roshunda Drummond-Dye, JD; Anthony Delitto, PT, PhD, FAPTA, Linda Arslanian, PT, DPT, MS, Craig Johnson, PT, MBA, Carolyn Oddo, PT, MS, Jason Richardson, PT, DPT, OCS

    CEUs: 0.3 (3 contact hours/CCUs)

    The cornerstone of health care reform is dependent upon the success of newly integrated models of care in which physical therapists and other health care providers deliver seamless coordinated care instead of fragmented services provided in disciplinary silos. Physical therapists must learn how these new models will work and how to best position their services. In this session, attendees will gain an in-depth understanding of the federal regulations regarding accountable care organizations (ACOs) as well as demonstrations that are being conducted through the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services Innovation Center. The presenters also will discuss ACO initiatives by private payers and the implications for the future of physical therapy.

    Advancing Practice: Why You Should Care About Quality Measurement

    Time: 1:00 pm-3:00 pm (See Program for Room)

    Speakers: Heather Smith, PT, MPH; Karen Jost, PT, MS, Craig Johnson, PT, MBA

    CEUs: 0.2 (2 contact hours/CCUs)

    Over the last 10 years, quality improvement and measurement have evolved greatly, and quality measures are now embedded in almost all health care practice settings. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act aims to utilize quality measurement as a means of controlling and improving cost, safety, and efficiency. As we move into mandatory measurement reporting and payment penalties tied to quality performance, practitioners in all settings will be impacted by the quality of care they deliver as individuals and as members of a larger health care team. Attendees will gain basic knowledge of the evolution of quality measures in health care, current trends in the public and private payer environments, and overall trends in quality measurement.