Many exciting and innovative practice models are being utilized today by physical therapists across the country and internationally. These models are as diverse as the environments in which physical therapists practice. Some new delivery models are exploring innovative ways of addressing barriers of payment, physician owned physical therapy practices, and staff shortages. Others take advantage of opportunities in new areas or practice or utilize new technologies. APTA is involved in myriad activities that explore models of physical therapist care throughout the United States and internationally.
Call for Proposals: Innovative Delivery and Payment Models
Are you putting forth a proposal for the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation Health Care Innovation Challenge Grants? If not, are you participating in a health care model that incorporates a patient-centered medical home or implements bundled payments? If the answer is "yes" to either of these questions, APTA wants to hear from you!
APTA is working to support members in their success within these models. In addition, the association wants to connect you with your peers who are working within similar models, allowing you to share both your opportunities and challenges.
Please send a brief (approximately 100 words) description of your model of practice along with your name and contact information to email@example.com. Thank you for helping move the profession of physical therapy forward! If you have questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Innovative Models of Physical Therapist Practice in the US (.pdf)
An exploration of innovative practice models within the United States was conducted by APTA in 2010 to enhance our knowledge base and to provide an initial starting point for clinicians to implement or further investigate new models of physical therapist care delivery.
A list of representative models of physical therapist care delivery was developed from multiple sources. The list includes a variety of models that are attempting to address issues such as access to care, cost effectiveness, patient/client safety, efficacy, inter-professional collaboration, and innovative utilization of physical therapist practice in the health care delivery system.
The models of care delivery that are described in this resource do not represent a comprehensive list of innovative models throughout the country nor does the list include representative models for all types of practice settings. Descriptions of additional models will be added to this resource over time.
International Summit on Direct Access and Advanced Scope of Practice
In October 2009, APTA led a conference that investigated advanced models of physical therapist practice both in the United States and internationally. The event was co-sponsored by APTA, the Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA), and the World Confederation of Physical therapy (WCPT) and included participants from more than 20 countries.
Conference speakers presented research, best practice models for direct access and advanced/extended scope of practice, and international perspectives on policy and leadership in physical therapy. A compendium of resources from the international summit is available at the conference Web site.