• Friday, July 31, 2015RSS Feed

    Get Inspired: PTs and PTAs Make a Difference at the Special Olympics

    We could write a bunch of words describing the volunteer efforts of physical therapists (PTs) and physical therapist assistants (PTAs) at the Special Olympics games now taking place in Los Angeles, but really, wouldn't you rather see for yourself?

    Take a few minutes to get a visual reminder of why you're a member of the profession, and how #PTTransforms—check out this Storify from the Special Olympics' FUNfitness tent, a popular screening service that is now a staple of the games' Healthy Athletes program.

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      Want to see more photos from the FUNfitness screening tent? Check out this special article from ESPN.

    Friday, July 17, 2015RSS Feed

    Popular ICD-10 Webinar Now Available for Free Download

    Did you miss the sold-out APTA webinar on ICD-10 implementation? It's now available to APTA members as a free recording.

    "ICD-10: Final Steps for Successful Implementation," is a 90-minute presentation that provides a brief history of ICD-10, an overview of how it's different from ICD-9, and strategies for using the system set to begin on October 1. The webinar includes case studies and audience participation. APTA staff members Gayle Lee, JD, and Matt Elrod, PT, DPT, Med, NCS, lead the session, which was presented on July 9 to a full virtual house.

    More information on ICD-10 and its effects on physical therapists is available on APTA's ICD-10 webpage.

    Tuesday, July 14, 2015RSS Feed

    NEXT Photos Available for Print, Download

    Don't let your memories of the 2015 NEXT Conference and Exposition fade—check out the event photos available for print or digital download.

    To purchase, go to the David Braun Photography website and click on "NEXT 2015" under "Recent Photos." Enter password: lumbar and click on the photo group you’d like to view. Select your photos and order through the shopping cart. The collection also includes photos from the 2015 APTA House of Delegates.

    Questions? Contact David Braun at info@davidbraun.com.

    To spark more memories from NEXT 2015, visit the NEXT webpage, which includes news coverage, video, and information for claiming CEUs.

    Wednesday, July 08, 2015RSS Feed

    PTs Make It to TV—And the Finish Line

    Physical therapists (PTs) are once again in the public eye, both for what they do for patients and clients, and the way they live out their professional values.

    Recently, Colette Pientok, PT, OCS, CFMT, was featured in an episode of "The Little Couple," a TLC reality program that follows the lives of Bill Klein and Jennifer Arnold, who both have skeletal dysplasia. Pientok appears about midway through the episode that first aired on June 16. In the episode, she assists with Klein's recovery from back surgery.

    In the "PTs walking-the-walk" department, Brad Cooper, PT, MS, MBA, MTC, ATC, CWC, took home honors as part of the team that captured the title in the 2-person division of the 2015 Race Across America, a 3,000 mile coast-to-cast bike race. Cooper and teammate Jerry Schemmel (announcer for the Colorado Rockies) parlayed the race into a fundraising effort that earned over $50,000 to help build an orphanage for special needs children in Haiti.

    In a press release announcing the results, Cooper explained that his role as the provider of a wellness coach certification program was a catalyst for his participation in the race.

    "Our mission … is to help individuals help others make meaningful and positive changes in their lives," Cooper said. "That often involves stepping out of our personal comfort zone. If we're encouraging others to do this, we need to be willing to do the same so we decided to give it a go."

    Thursday, July 02, 2015RSS Feed

    From PT in Motion Magazine: Value vs Volume

    Yes, physical therapists (PTs) should be judged by the value of their work; and no, that value should not be solely tied to cold statistics having to do with how many billable hours and services they can deliver. But applying that seemingly simple idea to real-world PT practice is, well … complicated.

    This month's issue of PT in Motion magazine takes on the issue of how PT performance is measured, with a particular emphasis on some employers' reliance on "productivity" metrics. APTA and other organizations believe this can ignore the importance of the PT's clinical judgment and challenge the PTs’ integrity in providing appropriate care.

    The article presents the debate as complex and multifaceted, with perspectives from PTs who (sometimes anonymously) recount their own experiences and fears about how productivity pressures impact ethical practice, as well as from PTs who understand that business realities force health care employers to scrutinize every cent of cash flow and adopt policies that allow them to survive in a world of shrinking profit margins.

    Further complicating the issue: health care's evolution away from fee-for-service models, a transformation that is already challenging the profession and its employers to rethink how to get at, document, and measure the "value equation" in care. The article looks at this issue in part through the eyes of Jim Dunleavy, PT, DPT, MS, who participates in an APTA work group focused on the topic and along with Lynn Steffes, PT, DPT, recorded a webinar on how PTs can help facilitate a transition from volume to value.

    The need to counterbalance volume-based metrics with a value-based model is clear and immediate, according to Dunleavy.

    "Because in an environment in which we're not generating dollars every time we touch someone, which is the way most of health care is headed, if we can't show why we're here and how we're helping, we're in trouble," Dunleavy says in the article.

    "Measuring by Value, Not Volume," is featured in the July issue of PT in Motion and is open to all viewers—pass it along to nonmember colleagues to show them one of the benefits of belonging to APTA. Printed editions of the magazine are mailed to all members who have not opted out; digital versions are available online to members.

    Tuesday, June 30, 2015RSS Feed

    PTA a Featured Career in Chicago Tribune Article

    A recent article in the Chicago Tribune not only makes the case for the physical therapist assistant (PTA) as a career that's growing fast, it describes those who pursue the profession as dedicated, knowledgeable, and tuned in to people.

    The June 21 article highlights the work of Lee Hatfield, PTA, who works in Los Angeles, California, describing him as spending his days "traveling to patients' homes and working with them to perform various exercises and help them with gait and balance training, mobility, and more."

    Overall, the article presents an accurate snapshot of the PTA's responsibilities, the education required to assume those responsibilities, and the relationship under the direction of a physical therapist. Despite a few minor oversights—for example, occasionally calling the PTA a "physical therapy assistant" (it's "physical therapist assistant"), and stating that licensure or certification is required in "most" states (it's required in all 50), the article captures the basics of the profession in a short amount of space.

    The article also provides Hatfield with an opportunity to explain why he chose the profession.

    "I enjoy working with people, helping them recover from injuries and illness," he says in the article. "I also enjoy exercise and educating patients on how to live a healthier and happier life."

    Monday, June 29, 2015RSS Feed

    Endowed Chair Established in Honor of Marilyn Moffat

    Physical therapy leader Marilyn Moffat, PT, PhD, DPT, FAPTA, can now add another honor to her list: namesake of the first-ever endowed chair position in New York University's Department of Physical Therapy, a position created through $2 million in gifts.

    "We have always been fortunate to have Marilyn as part of our faculty, given her dedication to the field of physical therapy and to improving the lives of her students and patients, so we are exceedingly pleased to establish this position in her name," said Mitchell Batavia, PT, chair of the physical therapy department, in an NYU press release.

    The Marilyn Moffat Endowed Chair in Physical Therapy will be held by a new hire. The department aims to name a candidate to fill this position in the coming year.

    Moffat is a past president of APTA and the World Confederation for Physical Therapy, as well as a Catherine Worthingham Fellow of APTA. She delivered the 35th Mary McMillan Lecture and also was given APTA’s Lucy Blair Service Award. She directs both the professional doctoral program (DPT) and the postprofessional graduate master's degree program in pathokinesiology at NYU, and is a well-known author of several influential physical therapy texts.

    Monday, June 22, 2015RSS Feed

    PTs Play Prominent Roles in Warrior Games, Coverage of Women's World Cup

    From the Women's World Cup to the US Department of Defense (DOD) "Warrior Games" taking place this week, you don't have to look too hard to find a physical therapist (PT) or physical therapist assistant (PTA) involved—and sometimes in some high-profile ways.

    Recently, Fox Sports tapped John Gallucci Jr, PT, DPT, to serve as its sports medicine analyst during the network's coverage of the Women's World Cup soccer tournament taking place in Canada. According to an article in the Staten Island Advance, Gallucci will be on call for phone or live interviews, offering his analysis should injuries need to be discussed during Fox coverage.

    Besides bringing the expertise of a PT to the discussions, Gallucci will also bring insights gained through his role as the medical coordinator for Major League Soccer.

    Gallucci told the Advance that as of Saturday, June 20, he had yet to receive a call from Fox Sports for an interview, saying that "so far, the Women's World Cup has been pretty healthy. And when you don't get a call as a medical professional, that's a good problem to have."

    Meanwhile, at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, the US DOD has launched its Warrior Games, a week-long adaptive sports competition open to active-duty and veteran athletes who are wounded, ill, or injured—and at least in the case of the Army team, who are supported by an interdisciplinary health care team lead by a PT.

    The Defense Video and Imagery Distribution System (DVIDS) reports that this year, the returning champion team from the Army will be accompanied by a 6-person team "providing physical and occupational therapy support," led by Jennifer Hoghe, PT, from the Fort Stewart Warrior Transition Battalion.

    According to the DVIDS report, "the inclusion of [PTs] to Team Army for the Warrior games represents an interdisciplinary approach to health" similar to the approach used by warrior transition units, the groups that oversee and coordinate care for military personnel who have been injured.

    "The group of athletes that come to the games, come to the trials, they are just so motivated and positive," Hoghe said in the DVIDS report. "They don't focus on what they can't do anymore, they're focusing on just excelling at what they can do, and that's just a phenomenal thing to see."

    The 2015 Warrior Games are being livestreamed through the DVIDs website, June 19-28.

    Friday, June 19, 2015RSS Feed

    Ready to Own Up to Your PT in Motion Cover Preference?

    Get a new lease on your artistic life by taking ownership of the August PT in Motion magazine cover.

    It's time once again for members to help PT in Motion magazine decide the design to be used on the cover of an upcoming issue. For August, editorial staff is proposing 3 designs and asking members to vote on their favorite cover to illustrate the pros and cons of leasing versus buying physical therapy equipment.

    Vote by June 25. Just pick the design you think is likely to get you to open up the magazine, and then check out the August issue to see which cover was most popular.

    Thursday, June 18, 2015RSS Feed

    2016 McMillan, Maley Lecturers Announced; 2015 APTA Award Recipients Honored

    APTA honored recipients of its 2015 awards program on June 4, and set the stage for next year by announcing the 2016 McMillan and Maley lecturers.

    Carole B. Lewis, PT, DPT, PhD, GCS, GTC, MSG, FAPTA, has been named the 47th McMillan lecturer, and Steven Z. George, PT, PhD, was announced as the 21st John H. P. Maley lecturer. These popular, high-profile lectures will be delivered as part of the 2016 NEXT Conference and Exposition.

    In addition to the lecturer announcements, APTA officially honored members who have made 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 announced award recipients for excellence in education, practice, service, publications, research, and academic achievement. A full list of recipients and accompanying biographies (.pdf) is available through the APTA honors and awards webpage.

    Nominations for the 2016 Honors and Awards Program will open Septeber 2015.

    Check out the history of APTA's honors and awards.