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  • APTA, NATA Joint Statement Calls for Collaborative Relationship

    In a statement that emphasizes a shared dedication to patient care and the advancement of population health, APTA and the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA) have announced a commitment to more collaboration among the 2 organizations. And they're encouraging individual members and stakeholders to do the same.

    The joint statement, issued December 19, calls for collaboration around legislative efforts, public relations initiatives, and interprofessional practice, among other areas. According to the 2 organizations, that collaboration could include better public and interprofessional education on the clinical training of both professions, promoting regulation that reflects the education and training of the professions, increased access to services, development of youth sports safety initiatives, and identification of best-practice models of care that highlight interprofessional practice and "the value of athletic training and physical therapy across health care."

    "APTA and NATA share the belief that quality health care is becoming increasingly collaborative, and it’s in the best interest of our patients and clients, and our members, to work together when possible," said APTA President Sharon Dunn, PT, PhD. "The fact that APTA and NATA already share members is a sign that we have common interests. This statement affirms our mutual interest in exploring activities that jointly advance our common goals."

    Founded in 1950, NATA has a worldwide membership of approximately 45,000.

    "Our organizations have an opportunity to work collaboratively to advance patient-centered care as well as overall population health," said NATA President Tory Lindley, MA, ATC. "This statement reflects an important first step toward exploring opportunities to work together for the benefit of our members and, most importantly, the patients we serve.”

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    • I have been a member of both organizations since 1981 and hold license in each profession. I fully support this collaboration. The one piece I see missing in our collaborative effort is to abide by code of ethics and avoiding unethical and conflict of interest arrangements. This continues to occur and is expanding. Does either profession support the avoidance of unethical and conflict of interest arrangements that do or have the potential to affect a patients care, consumer choice of care, and cost of care? Unfortunately I feel neither profession wants to take the action necessary to address these issues, but I hope I am wrong.

      Posted by Gary Lusin, PT, MS, LAT, CSCS on 12/19/2018 6:21 PM

    • Fully support interdisciplinary efforts to improve patient care and outcomes, but there needs to be more education on the differences between these two professions and their scope of practice. I see ATCs replacing PTs and/or PTAs in some practices. We need to support our profession and not let others take over our area of expertise.

      Posted by Mel PT, CEEAA on 12/19/2018 10:31 PM

    • This collaboration is great, however, does the APTA want to work with the NATA or they want the NATA to work FOR them? The issue is the bottom line. There is no reason why a formal PT should be making double (sometimes triple) what a formal AT makes when they are providing similar services. Why should a PT be expected to bill for therapeutic activity, therapeutic modalities and neuromuscular reeducation and asking the AT to bill for the same exact services is "blasphemy". AT's do not want to take PT's jobs, they just want to be held to the same value, same standards and same pay.

      Posted by William Jay, PhD, ATC/L on 12/20/2018 8:56 AM

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