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  • Second Innovation 2.0 Learning Lab Coming July 12: Clinical Care Pathways, From Acute to Postacute Care

    APTA members will have another opportunity to hear firsthand from physical therapy innovators pursuing new, creative models of care when the association hosts the second of 4 online "Learning Lab" events July 12, 1:00 pm-4:00 pm ET.

    The July 12 event will focus on clinical care pathways and transitions of care from acute care hospitals to skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) and other postacute care settings. The project was developed as part of the APTA Innovation 2.0 program.

    Conducted through the University of Utah in Salt Lake City and led by Robin Marcus, PT, PhD, the project examines a partnership between a contract provider of physical therapist services to local SNFs and the University of Utah physical therapy program .The project has developed evidence-based care pathways for patients with hip fracture, total hip arthroplasty, and total knee arthroplasty. In this model, physical therapists are working collaboratively within the health care system to improve value-driven outcomes.

    The Learning Lab is a free online event intended as an advanced experience for providers who are currently active in innovative programs or ready to explore them. Because the event has limited capacity, members interested in participating are required to answer a few brief questions on the registration form to help APTA select participants who can gain—and later share with others—the most benefit from the lab.

    Participants will be expected to actively engage in the lab session, and materials will be provided beforehand to help them do so. If that’s you, visit the Innovation 2.0 webpage and scroll to the "Learning Lab" section to register. Registered participants will receive a template that will help them replicate the model presented in the lab. APTA will post a free recording of the event afterward, which will include the downloadable template and the presenter’s slide deck.

    Visit the Innovation 2.0 webpage to register for the Learning Lab and for details on all of the projects selected for development, as well as projects that received honorable recognition. Profiles of each project were also featured in a 2015 article in PT in Motion magazine.

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