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  • International Physical Therapy Congress to Feature PTs From the US

    A total of 18 physical therapists (PTs) from the US will be among the main speakers at the World Confederation for Physical Therapy (WCPT) Congress to be held in Singapore May 1–4, 2015.

    The American PTs will be contributing to focused symposia on a wide range of topics including rehabilitation and Parkinson disease, maximizing augmented mobility for children, pain education, advocacy, physical therapy in the intensive care unit, and the use of interactive technology in rehabilitation for young people, among others. A complete list of all participants and presentations (.pdf) is available at the WCPT Congress website.

    In a press release from WCPT, International Scientific Committee Chair Aimée Stewart said, “We’ve had more proposals for focused symposia than ever before, which means we have been able to select topics with high-caliber speakers that physical therapists all over the world will be excited to hear from." Each focused symposium is organized by a convener who leads an international group of speakers through linked research-focused presentations.

    Details about the symposia and the program for WCPT Congress 2015 may be found at the WCPT congress webpage.

    Innovation 2.0 Proposal Deadline February 13

    APTA members have until Wednesday, February 13, to submit a proposal for APTA's Innovation 2.0 program, a project that will offer up to $150,000 to support innovation in service delivery and payment in a wide range of areas.

    Proposals must be submitted using the online proposal submission form, and a complete list of model types that will be considered can be found on APTA's Innovation 2.0 webpage.

    Questions? Need more details? Contact the Innovation 2.0 staff.

    From CSM: Portney Calls for Disruptive Change in Physical Therapy Education

    Stating that the physical therapy community has not adequately dealt with change in physical therapy education, Leslie Portney, PT, DPT, PhD, FAPTA, said that disruptive change is needed. Portney delivered the 17th annual Pauline Cerasoli Lecture February 5 on “Choosing a Disruptive Path Toward Tomorrow.”

    “If we don’t move away from the same tools and frameworks that we have always used,” Portney said, “we will find ourselves being forced to when tomorrow comes.”

    She explained that disruptive innovation explains how new products or services become adopted when they serve a new market, are cheaper or more efficient than older products, and effectively change the culture of the product’s use. The printing press, personal computer, retail health clinics, and the first use of anesthesia are disruptive innovations. In contrast, sustaining innovations seek to improve the status quo—such as car engines with better mileage.

    Portney said that most of the changes in physical therapy education during the past 50 years have been sustaining, rather than disruptive. Sustaining is no longer sufficient, she said, and, meanwhile, the sustainability of current business models in higher education is being challenged by “the perfect storm” of tuition increases, student debt, and tuition discounting. These “could make the financial foundation of our institutions untenable.”

    Portney proposed a series of potentially disruptive innovations for physical therapy education, including online education, faculty and curriculum changes, and evidence-based teaching.

    Following Portney’s address, it was accounted that Cecilia Graham, PT, PhD, would be the 2015 Cerasoli lecturer.

    For further coverage of the Cerasoli Lecture and other sessions from CSM 2014 in Las Vegas, watch for the CSM Daily News highlights issue, to be delivered electronically to members after the close of the meeting. Past issues are posted on www.apta.org/CSM.

    From CSM: Crane Lecturer Envisions a New Kind of PT 'Trailblazer'

    If physical therapists (PTs) are to hold on to their reputation as trailblazers, they'd better realize that they're lighting out to some very different territory from that of their counterparts years ago, according to Linda Crane lecturer Dianne V. Jewell, PT, DPT, PhD. Jewell's remarks were delivered February 4 at the APTA Combined Sections Meeting.

    For Jewell, the new "wild country" that PTs need to navigate is one in which the profession needs to move beyond its "white hat" reputation and actively engage all health care and policy stakeholders in understanding the value proposition that PTs bring to the table.

    Jewell, president of the Rehab Intel Network consulting group and past member of the APTA Board of Directors, challenged the lecture audience to not only embrace the outcomes-based realities of a changed health care landscape, but to move beyond even those realities and realize that simply producing data isn't enough.

    Referencing APTA's new vision statement "Transforming society by optimizing movement to improve the human experience," she told the audience that "our ability to fulfill our new vision depends on skilled negotiation regarding our value proposition." In other words, PTs will need to engage in careful self-reflection, informed by data, to understand how to best present the argument for the profession to a health care world driven by interests that will probably not be the same as the PT's. "That is the trail we have to blaze," she said. "It's going to be more than just making patients better."

    More details on Jewell's remarks can be found in the daily CSM report available online.

    Consumer Engagement Webinar Coming February 13

    Physical therapists (PTs) and physical therapist assistants (PTAs) can get insight on the role of consumers in the health care marketplace and learn about technology available to support that role through a webinar being held February 13.

    "Consumer Engagement in a Rapidly Evolving Healthcare Environment" is an hour-long event that will focus on how quality and cost outcomes can be affected by the ways in which consumers connect with the providers, payers, and others in the health care system. The webinar will begin at noon eastern time, and will feature presentations by Rose Maljanian, Chairman and CEO of HealthCAWS Inc, and Gary Ozanich, senior research fellow at the Center for Applied Informatics, Northern Kentucky University. Speakers will also discuss the use of the Consumer eHealth Readiness Tool (CERT) in supporting engagement.

    The event is sponsored by the Patient Centered Primary Care Collaborative, and registration is now available online. Participants can also learn more about the CERT tool prior to the webinar.