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  • The Good Stuff: Members and the Profession in Local News, July 2017

    "The Good Stuff," is an occasional series that highlights recent, mostly local media coverage of physical therapy and APTA members, with an emphasis on good news and stories of how individual PTs and PTAs are transforming health care and society every day. Enjoy!

    Karen Joubert, PT, DPT, who has provided PT services to Jennifer Aniston and P. Diddy, reflects on physical therapy's growing prominence in Hollywood (InStyle)

    Kimberly Steinbarger, PT, discusses kitchen tools that can make cooking easier for people with rheumatoid arthritis (US News and World Report)

    Gerard Breuker, PT, MSc, warns of the dangers of teen inactivity (Kankakee, IL, Daily Journal)

    Annita Winkels, PT, shows a local reporter how physical therapy can benefit overall health (Fox21 News, Duluth, MN)

    Joseph Trani, PT, ATC, offers suggestions on preventing knee injury (USA Today)

    Sue Stella, PT, DPT, explains the importance of physical therapy soon after a breast cancer diagnosis (WTVR6, Richmond, VA)

    Marilyn Moffat, PT, DPT, PhD, FAPTA, describes "killer arm workouts" (Business Insider)

    Raymond Halstead, PT, talks knee replacement (WBBH NBC2, Fort Myers, FL)

    Students from the Navarro College PTA program recently returned from a volunteer service trip to Haiti (Edinburg, TX, Review)

    "A qualified physical therapy professional is an excellent resource to help in learning to move and manage the body to minimize the pain and mobility loss associated with arthritis. Commitment to physical therapy can mitigate a path that would otherwise lead to surgery." –Tips on managing osteoarthritis from the Santa Rosa (FL) Press-Gazette

    Got some good stuff? Let us know. Send a link to troyelliott@apta.org.

    Survey Reveals Differences in Readiness for Payment Reform Among Large Health Care Organizations

    The march toward value-based payment models may be on, but that doesn't mean everyone's moving in lockstep—or even moving at all.

    A new report from EY (formerly Ernst and Young), an accounting and management consulting firm, points out some significant differences in the ways larger health care providers are preparing—or not preparing—for value-driven care. According to the results of a survey of 700 health care executives, 67% of organizations with annual revenue between $100 million and $499 million have not implemented any value-based initiatives in their organizations. Nearly the reverse is true among the highest-earning organizations, where about 62% of the companies earning $5 billion or more a year have implemented value-based payment models, and 47% have started up bundled care models.

    "With market forces pushing for a new care delivery model, many organizations will undoubtedly be dragged into the realm of value," write authors of the report. "Relying on a series of disjointed initiatives to get there is not an effective strategy."

    APTA is working to ensure that physical therapists (PTs) have a solid understanding of what payment reform means by way of resources offered on its Payment Reform webpage. The latest addition to those resources is a short online quiz that can help members assess their readiness for payment reform.