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  • APTA Discusses Collaboration Opportunities With Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Physicians

    A meeting last Thursday between leaders from APTA and the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (AAPM&R) outlined areas of mutual interest that may lead to collaboration on common issues.

    The meeting with AAPM&R, a national society representing more than 8,000 physicians who are specialists in the field of physical medicine and rehabilitation, included discussions on a wide range of issues, including the need to advocate for expanded research on rehabilitation and disability; initiatives to reform the payment system for outpatient physical therapy; concerns over bundling of acute and post-acute care payment; the Medicare sustainable growth rate formula and the future of quality initiatives for rehabilitation.

    "I was very pleased with the discussions between our organizations and the ideas brought forth for future collaboration on the issues of importance to our members and to the broader health care community," said APTA President R. Scott Ward, PT, PhD. "I look forward to further interactions and productive results."

    In addition to Ward, other APTA representatives at the meeting were:  Paul Rockar Jr, PT, DPT, MS, vice president; Kevin L. Hulsey, PT, DPT, MA, Board member and chair, Government Affairs Committee; John D. Barnes, CEO; and Justin Moore, PT, vice president, Government and Payment Advocacy. Representing AAPM&R were: Michael F. Lupinacci, MD, president; David L. Bagnall, MD, president-elect; Alberto Esquenazi, MD, vice president; Gregory M. Worsowicz, MD, MBA, chair, Quality Practice and Policy Committee; Thomas Stautzenbach, CAE, MBA, MA, executive director; and Peter W. Thomas, JD, AAPM&R Washington representative.


    • Thank you APTA for looking at this potential collaboration and making strides toward strengthening our future through it. This is a logical step which, if achieved, will add volume to through our collective "voice" on Capitol Hill!!

      Posted by Scott Donnelly on 4/15/2011 3:03 PM

    • I don't know if it is just me but I find PM&R physicians (eg: physiatrists) the most prescriptive of all the non-surgical physicians. Generally, a physiatrist's script will read like a laundry list of modalities and technical jargon (eg: muscle-energy technique). That being said, I have made some close collegial relationships with physiatrists who, when we discuss strategy and patient management, become less prescriptive and more trusting of physical therapist management of their patients. Tim

      Posted by Tim Richardson, PT on 4/16/2011 11:49 AM

    • This step is the right step towards a better rehabilitation outcome for the seniors and the most suffering patients. This will bring better results of outcome in pain management and other rehabilitating needs of the right candidates.

      Posted by davis v on 4/16/2011 12:57 PM

    • This sounds like a great bridge to build and strengthen. It would be good to hear more about how to best approach the upcoming bundling issues.

      Posted by Robin Schoenfeld on 4/18/2011 12:26 AM

    • There is strength in numbers, and professional collaboration is a chance to educate MD's as partners in care management one physician at a time. This has potential for collective good for our profession and the patients we serve.

      Posted by Ron Schmidt PT on 4/19/2011 9:11 AM

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