The Council of Health Systems Physical Therapy (CHSPT) was established in June 2016 for APTA members who 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.
- Join the council: APTA members should use the online signup form to join the CHSPT council (no fees required). By joining the council, you will be automatically subscribed to receive email alerts from the CHSPT's online community (you may adjust your email alerts at any time). 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 holds free webinars for any interested participants every other month. Go to the Resources section of the CHSPT Community to download the current Webinar schedule and listen to the recorded webinars.
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.