APTA's first-ever online 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
top employers about their current and future physical therapy opportunities.
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.
is limited, so register now at www.brazenconnect.com/event/apta_virtual_career_fair.
members have just a few days to register for the Innovation Summit:
Collaborative Care Models. Don't miss the opportunity to be a part of this
groundbreaking virtual event that will bring 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.
in attending the summit with your colleagues? Eight APTA chapters and 26
members are hosting viewing parties. Go to www.apta.org/InnovationSummit/ViewingParties/ to find out if
there's one near you.
more information and to register, visit the Innovation Summit webpage.
a part of this important time in the history of your profession and join us
April 14-16 for the 2013 Federal Advocacy Forum. At the event, you will hear
from decision makers on Capitol Hill, learn to effectively communicate with
your elected officials, receive an update on the legislative and regulatory
issues affecting the physical therapy profession, and lobby your members of
Congress on behalf of your profession. Registration closes on March 22, so register
online today and bring your voice to
Capitol Hill on behalf of your profession.
The programming for the 2013 Federal Advocacy Forum will begin on Sunday,
April 14, with an evening reception. Monday, April 15, will be dedicated to
advocacy programming and preparation for your hill visits. The event will
conclude with the opportunity for you to take your message directly to your
members of Congress on April 16.
The number of CEUs earned for this event is pending. To claim CEU credit,
you must attend the live event and complete the online posttest with at least
70% accuracy. The online posttest will be available on APTA's Learning Center.
For a full agenda and more information, visit www.apta.org/FederalForum. APTA
encourages you to get the word out to your friends and colleagues and bring
someone with you to the event.
for a special e-mail today from APTA that includes important information about
sequestration and other time-sensitive issues that have a significant impact on
physical therapists (PTs). Included in the e-mail is a new video featuring APTA
President Paul A. Rockar Jr, PT, DPT, MS, outlining 2013 policy implementation
dates that PTs need to know and how they can support APTA's advocacy efforts.
more information, go to APTA's recently updated 2013 Medicare Changes webpage,
which includes the video, a new graphic and Heard on the Hill podcast, and
other resources to help members comply with the latest policy
Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently released a final rule reforming its
universal service support program for health care. Specifically, the rule transitions
FCC's existing Internet Access and Rural Health Care Pilot programs into a new
Healthcare Connect Fund. This fund will expand health care provider access to
broadband, especially in rural areas, and encourage the creation of state and
regional broadband health care networks.
the rule, FCC notes that "Whether it is used for transmitting electronic
health records, sending X-rays, MRIs, and CAT scans to specialists at a distant
hospital, or for video conferencing for telemedicine or training, access to
broadband for medical providers saves lives while lowering health care costs
and improving patient experiences." In particular, FCC acknowledges the
role of telemedicine in helping patients with stroke avoid lasting damage.
final rule also includes examples of how telehealth applications save health
care providers money. For example, a South Carolina provider consortium funded
by the Commission's Rural Health Care Pilot Program saved $18 million in
Medicaid costs through telepsychiatry provided at hospital emergency rooms.
Another pilot project in the Midwest saved $1.2 million in patient transport
costs after establishing an electronic intensive care unit program, known as
will post a summary of the rule in the near future to www.apta.org.
Four physical therapists (PTs) from the Michigan Chapter presented posters at the
Clinical Trial Awareness Day held at the state capitol on January 30. This
inaugural event, sponsored by state Rep Gail Haines (43rd District), chair of
the House Health Policy Committee, aimed to educate citizens about the clinical
trials taking place in Michigan and encourage lawmakers to create a
research-friendly environment. More than 20 research participants represented
the state's major universities and hospitals. The PTs spoke with many state
representatives and senators on the importance of medical research and how
physical therapy contributes to the advancement of patient care.
her opening remarks,
Hines noted that there are more than 3,400 clinical trials under way in
(Left to right) Cathy Larson, PT, PhD, University of Michigan Flint; Susan Talley,
PT, DPT, C/NDT, Wayne State University; Michael Shoemaker, PT, DPT, PhD, GCS,
Grand Valley State University; and Lucinda Pfalzer, PT, PhD, FAPTA, University
of Michigan Flint.