new message from APTA President Paul A. Rockar Jr, PT, DPT, MS, and Steve
Levine, PT, DPT, MSHA, chair of the Alternative Payment System Task Force,
provides an update on the alternative payment system
(APS), now known as the physical therapy classification and payment system
(PTCPS), for outpatient physical therapy services. In their message, Rockar and
Levine outline the progression of the proposed payment model and the need for a
comprehensive plan "to maximize the opportunity for successful transition
to a physical therapy classification and payment system."
addition to the message, APTA members can access an executive summary and a
full report of the survey results that were used to refine the first APS
developmental draft, which was sent in spring 2012 to association members for
comment. The second developmental draft of the APS/PTCPS will be available to
expects to transition to a new outpatient therapy payment system by January 1, 2015.
Jump start your spring job search
by attending APTA's first-ever Virtual Career Fair on Tuesday, April 9, 1:00
pm-4:00 pm ET. This live, online event is a great way for you to engage
directly with employers about their current and future physical therapy
Participate in the Virtual Career
Fair for as long as you wish, chatting 1-on-1 with recruiters to discuss your
background and experience, and their current and future career opportunities.
Looking for employment in northern
Virginia? Representatives from Inova Health System will be ready to answer your questions. If you want to go
further south, talk to recruiters from Drayer Physical Therapy Institute about openings in Georgia and Alabama. Check out last week's News Now article highlighting
national employers and those with sites in the Northwest.
Space is limited, so register today.
APTA has commissioned a survey to a
random sampling of members, asking for feedback on the association's member
communications. The simple, 10-minute survey, sent from Stratton Publishing,
will help APTA as it continues to develop and refine communication vehicles of
the greatest value to you.
If you received the survey or the
follow-up reminder, please take a few moments to respond, and you will be
included in a drawing for an iPad Mini!
Contact Lois Douthitt with any questions about
inaugural Innovation Summit on March 8—a groundbreaking event that brought together
physical therapists, other health care providers, large health systems, and
policy makers to discuss the current and future role of physical therapy in
integrated models of care—was viewed by more than 1,000 virtual attendees. The
virtual attendees participated in the event via a web portal with a virtual
lobby and exhibit hall; innovative panels and speakers were livestreamed in a
virtual auditorium. More than 40 viewing parties, held primarily at
universities and health care facilities, watched the event. Further, the
Innovation Summit generated significant social media buzz, with 1,099 tweets
posted using the #PTSummit hashtag.
attendance was by invitation only. The 150 onsite attendees included 17 APTA
physical therapist innovators who were nominated by APTA chapters and sections
to attend the event.
Summit: Collaborative Care Models was APTA's first interactive virtual event.
With strong attendance, engagement from both the onsite and virtual audiences,
and robust discussions from the summit panels, APTA believes the summit will
further the role of physical therapy in innovative models appearing across the
of the summit are available at www.apta.org/InnovationSummit/.
Foundation's annual Gala will take place on Thursday, June 27, at the Hilton
Salt Lake City Center during APTA's Conference & Exposition. The program will include recognition of the Foundation's
2013 service award recipients and a special tribute to past trustees of the
Foundation's Board of Directors. The evening also will include a special
celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Marquette Challenge.
Tickets now are available
at the following prices: individual tickets ($150), student tickets ($100).
Table sponsorships are available for $2,000 each and include 10 individual Gala
tickets. Tables can be purchased through J. Spargo or by
contacting Erica Sadiq for additional
total costs of diagnosed diabetes have risen to $245 billion in 2012 from $174
billion in 2007, when the cost was last examined, says the American Diabetes Association.
This figure represents a 41% increase over a 5-year period.
study, Economic Costs of Diabetes in the US in 2012, includes direct medical costs of $176 billion, which
reflects costs for hospital and emergency care, office visits, and medications;
and indirect medical costs totaling $69 billion. Indirect costs include
absenteeism, reduced productivity, unemployment caused by diabetes-related
disability, and lost productivity due to early mortality.
In addition, the study found that:
The research also examined costs along gender, racial and
ethnic lines, and included state-by-state data. Key findings include:
study will be published in the upcoming April issue of Diabetes Care.
In 2011 and 2012, a CSM Review Work Group evaluated roles,
responsibilities, and decision-making authority for the development of the
Combined Sections Meeting (CSM). Out of that work emerged a recommendation for
a CSM Steering Group to provide high-level oversight and guide innovation of
the meeting. A 13-member CSM Steering Group has been established, with the
initial 10 members selected from the original work group. This call is to
identify 3 at-large members to complete the new CSM Steering Group. For more
information on the CSM Steering Group, contact Dena Kilgore.
The deadline for this call is April 1.
Interested APTA members should respond to the call by completing a volunteer
interest profile found on the Volunteer Interest Pool webpage. The
first step is creating a profile for service. After submitting the
profile, to be considered for current volunteer opportunities, members must
then access the "current opportunities for service page," select "CSM
Steering Group," and respond to the questions specific to the group.
month's PTJ includesarticles on a broad variety of topics
that have immediate clinical relevance, such as "People With Stroke Who
Fail an Obstacle Crossing Task Have a Higher Incidence of Falls and Utilize
Different Gait Patterns Compared With People Who Pass the Task" and
"The STarT Back Screening Tool and Individual Psychological Measures:
Evaluation of Prognostic Capabilities for Low Back Pain Clinical Outcomes in
Outpatient Physical Therapy Settings." Hear Editor in Chief Rebecca Craik,
PT, PhD, FAPTA, summarize these and other articles in the March Craikcast.