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  • 2018 House of Delegates Motions Now Posted

    APTA members can now access the first official packet of motions that will be considered by the 2018 APTA House of Delegates (House) when it convenes June 25-27, 2018, in Orlando, Florida.

    Called "Packet 1 Preview," the compilation contains 57 motions to the 2018 House of Delegates and is provided as the official notice of all motions, including 4 bylaws amendments that are coming before the 2018 House of Delegates. On May 18, “Packet I Preview” will be replaced with a document titled “Packet I with Background Papers,” a further edited and formatted version of the preview packet that will also include background papers on various motions. The differences between the 2 packets will be editorial only, and will not affect the scope of the motions.

    Proposed amendments to APTA bylaws are:

    • RC 53-18 Amend: Bylaws of the American Physical Therapy Association, Article VIII. House of Delegates, Section 3: Voting Delegates, A. Qualifications of Voting Delegates, (1) Chapter Delegates
    • RC 54-18 Amend: Bylaws of the American Physical Therapy Association, Article VIII. House of Delegates, Section 4: Nonvoting Delegates, A. Qualifications of Nonvoting Delegates, (1) Section Delegates
    • RC 55-18 Amend: Bylaws of the American Physical Therapy Association, Article VIII. House of Delegates, Section 4: Nonvoting Delegates, A. Qualifications of Nonvoting Delegates, (2) PTA Caucus Delegates
    • RC 56-18 Amend: Bylaws of the American Physical Therapy Association to Allow Sections to Vote in the House of Delegates

    Delegates should continue using the Motions Discussion forum in the House of Delegates online Hub community to participate in discussion. Chief, section, and assembly delegates wishing to cosponsor a motion or request that a motion be placed on consent should visit the Motions, House Reports, and Background Papers file library.

    Contact APTA’s Cheryl Robinson with any questions.

    Joint Commission Wants Your Comments on Proposed Pain Assessment and Management Requirements

    The Joint Commission is developing new requirements related to pain assessment and management in 3 important settings, and your comments can help shape final standards and more clearly define the roles of physical therapists (PTs) and physical therapist assistants (PTAs). Comments are due May 22, 2018.

    The proposed requirements are focused on office-based surgery, ambulatory care, and acute care hospital settings. The Joint Commission describes the new requirements as ones that "emphasize active participation of administrative and physician leadership in pain management and safe opioid prescribing protocols and strengthen organizations’ practices for pain assessment, treatment, education, and monitoring."

    To comment, follow the instructions on the standard field reviews page—download and review the proposal, then submit comments by May 22 via an online survey, an online form, or email to The Joint Commission. Direct any questions you have to Kate Kornfeind, Division of Standards and Survey Methods, 630/792-5756 or kkornfeind@jointcommission.org.

    Sign up for The Joint Commission Hub Community to stay on top of field reviews and other news.

    2018 APTA Honors and Awards Program Recipients Announced

    APTA's national awards program has announced the full 2018 list of recipients of recognition for their outstanding contributions to the physical therapy profession.

    The honorees include newly named Catherine Worthingham Fellows as well as recipients of the Lucy Blair Service Award. APTA also has announced recipients for 2 new award categories for societal impact and humanitarian efforts.

    Recipients will be recognized at the Honors and Awards Ceremony on Thursday, June 28, during the 2018 NEXT Conference and Exposition in Orlando, Florida, with a reception to follow. The winner of the Mary McMillan Lecture Award (lecture to be delivered in 2019) also will be announced. Family, friends, colleagues, and conference attendees are encouraged to attend this important event to support and honor these members’ achievements and contributions to the profession.

    Nominations for the 2019 Honors and Awards Program will open September 2018.