Innovation Summit Highlights

APTA's inaugural Innovation Summit on March 8 – a groundbreaking event that brought together physical therapists, physicians, large health systems, and policy makers to discuss the current and future role of physical therapy in integrated models of care – was a great success. In addition to the 150 onsite attendees, Innovation Summit: Collaborative Care Models was APTA's first virtual event where more than 1,000 virtual attendees were able to enter a web portal, complete with a virtual lobby and the innovative panels and speakers livestreaming into a virtual auditorium. Forty-two viewing parties, held primarily at universities and health care facilities, joined together to watch the virtual event. Further, the event generated significant social media buzz, with 1,099 tweets posted using the #PTSummit hashtag.

With the amount of attendance, engagement from both the onsite and virtual audience, and robust discussions from the summit panels, APTA believes the summit was a springboard to further the role of physical therapy in innovative models appearing across the country.


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Dinner keynote speaker, Dr. Robert S. Mecklenburg, Center for Health Care Solutions at Virginia Mason Medical Center

17 physical therapist innovators nominated by APTA chapters and sections

Opening plenary session speaker, Pamela Duncan, PT, PhD, FAPTA, director of innovations and transitional outcomes for Wake Forest Baptist Health

Accountable care organizations (ACO) panel moderated by Mark Hayes; panelists Kathleen Cunningham, Michael Johnson, and Jason Richardson

APTA CEO John Barnes facilitating questions from virtual attendees

Patient-centered medical home panel moderated by Henry Desmarais; panelists Anne O'Malley, Jeanne McAllister, and Carol Oddo

Luncheon keynote speaker, Rima Cohen, senior counsel Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

Bundled payment models panel moderated by Anthony Delitto; panelists Thomas Lundquist, Peggy Naas, Rob Worth, Doug Moeller, and Julie Fritz

Private payer and employer-sponsored initiatives panel moderated by Karen Linscott; panelists Craig Johnson, Stephen Hunter, Patricia McDonald, and Cathy Zarosinski

APTA President Paul Rockar emcees the summit's programming

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