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  • CPG Development Proposals Due September 15

    APTA will provide financial and training support for the development of clinical practice guidelines (CPGs) for physical therapist practice, but proposals need to be submitted by September 15 to be considered in this review cycle.

    Proposals for CPG development must focus on clinical practice areas that are important and relevant to the practice of physical therapy, and be supported and submitted by an APTA section. Each proposal will be considered individually, and awards of up to $10,000 may be granted based on the relevance to practice and the strength of the proposal.

    The support program is part of an initiative to provide structure, process, and resources for the development of CPGs that enable the translation of research into physical therapist (PT) practice. The CPG development project is part of a larger association goal to better enable PTs to consistently use evidence-based best practice to improve the quality of life of their patients and clients.

    Proposals for the current review cycle are due September 15. For more information or for a copy of the proposal submission document, contact Anita Bemis-Dougherty, director, Practice Department, at anitabemis-dougherty@apta.org or call 800/999-2782, ext 3176.

    Get Involved: Flash Action September 8-10 Will Focus on PTs and Concussion Management

    Led by students in physical therapist (PT) and physical therapist assistant (PTA) programs, APTA members will focus their energies on advocating for the role of PTs and PTAs in the management of youth sports concussions when this year's Flash Action Strategy (FAS) takes place September 8-10. The innovative concentrated advocacy effort will use the APTA Legislative Action Center to contact members of Congress to effect change in this crucial area of health care—and you're invited to be part of the action.

    Getting involved is easy. APTA has prepared resources and provided a prewritten letter on this issue. Beginning Monday, September 8, APTA members can e-mail their legislators using the Legislative Action Center. Nonmembers and patients can use the Patient Action Center. You can also watch the announcements on the APTA Student Assembly Facebook page and Twitter feed (@APTASA) for updates on this important advocacy initiative. In the meantime, spread the word using graphics available for download on the FAS webpage!

    Last year's FAS supporting the Physical Therapist Workforce and Patient Access Act was the most successful advocacy effort in APTA history, with nearly 21,000 letters sent to Congress in only 72 hours. Hopes are that this year's effort will break that record. The FAS is a student-led campaign organized by the APTA Student Assembly Board of Directors in conjunction with APTA.

    Details on the FAS, and a video that provides some background to the effort, are available on the Flash Action Strategy webpage.

    ICD-10 Testing Dates Announced

    After several delays, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is now ready to test its International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision (ICD-10) system with providers before the October 1, 2015, startup date for use of the new codes. APTA is encouraging members to participate in the testing program to make sure that their own systems, billing companies, and clearinghouses are ready for the changeover.

    The testing program will be held over 3 separate weeklong sessions—one this November 17-21, and 2 in 2015, March 2-6 and June 1-5. Members only need to sign up for 1 session to find out whether their Medicare administrative contractor (MAC) will be able to accept claims with the new codes. The MACs will post information on how to participate in the tests. More information on the program can also be found in a Medicare Leaning Network bulletin (.pdf).

    WCPT President, Vice President Candidates Announced

    Candidates for World Confederation for Physical Therapy (WCPT) president and vice president have been announced and will be finalized at the confederation's General Meeting.

    One candidate has been announced for each position. Emma Stokes, currently WCPT’s vice president, has been nominated for president by WCPT member organizations in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Ireland, Japan, Lebanon, Malta, Norway, Singapore, South Africa, Sweden, Taiwan, United Kingdom and the US. Margot Skinner, the Executive Committee member from the Asia Western Pacific Region of WCPT, has been nominated for vice president by member organizations in Bermuda, New Zealand, and Singapore.

    While there is only 1 candidate for each position, it is WCPT’s practice to hold a ballot at the General Meeting. Over the coming weeks, further information about both candidates will be published in WCPT News and on the WCPT website. Candidate CVs and statements will also be included in the General Meeting papers. The new term of office will begin at the close of WCPT Congress 2015 in Singapore in May. APTA is a member organization of WCPT.

    Keep up with the world of physical therapy: registration is now open for the 2015 WCPT Congress in Singapore, May 1–4. Attendees who register before the October 2 deadline can save up to 20%.