Two new APTA videos and accompanying handouts illustrate how early physical therapy in intensive care units (ICUs) and using evidence can help reduce health care costs and improve patient care. APTA members Christiane Perme, PT, CCS, and Gerard P. Brennan, PT, PhD, outline the opportunities available to physical therapists (PTs) who are ready to take on new challenges, particularly those related to Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) and integrated health care systems, in today's health care environment. Other videos highlight a prospective surveillance cancer model and improving health through fitness.
Looking for more information on ACOs? Check out FAQs on the Medicare Shared Savings Program and Pioneer Models, a new ACO definitions handout, and a dispelling ACO myths chart. In addition, ACO assessment checklists are available for PTs in private practice and PTs practicing in health care organizations with ACO status.