The Council of Health Systems Physical Therapy (CHSPT) was established in June 2016. The CHSPT was established for those APTA members that practice in major health systems, which typically are organizations that consist of an acute care hospital and a combination of other post-acute care facilities. The organizations may offer care in a variety of integrated clinical settings, such as acute care, inpatient rehabilitation, home care, skilled nursing facilities, and outpatient clinics.
CHSPT is intended to serve as a community for interested stakeholders. Ideas generated by the council may be implemented by participants' stakeholder groups (sections, academies, external groups, APTA, etc) at the discretion of each entity's governing body.
APTA members looking to participate in the CHSPT should visit the Council of Health Systems Physical Therapy community, and subscribe to community updates and/or sign up with the online CHSPT form. Up to 2 APTA members who are leaders in a major health system may serve as the primary and secondary contacts for and representatives of that system. The CHSPT also holds free webinars for any interested participants every other month. Download the 2017 CHSPT webinar schedule (.pdf).
The purpose of the Council of Health Systems Physical Therapy will be to improve the health and wellness of society by advancing the practice of physical therapy and promoting scholarship and research through:
- Greater communication among the major health systems, as well as among the major health systems, APTA members and components, the Board of Directors, and staff;
- Influencing the development of innovative models of care such as collaboration on electronic medical record (EMR) development, determining improved methods of measuring outcomes, improving care coordination across the continuum of care, and promoting the value of physical therapists in major health care systems;
- Development and adoption of best practices by major health systems.