Models of Care Task Force (Former Name: Health Care Professionals and Personnel Involved in the Delivery of Physical Therapy Task Force)


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The Task Force must be comprised of APTA members of the 2011 House of Delegates and appropriate chapter and section representatives with experience in clinical practice, health policy, payment, physical therapist and physical therapist assistant education.

Term of Appointees

Appointees are asked to serve until task is complete.


For the period of January 1, 2013, to December 31, 2013 the Board of Director’s determined charge for the Health Care Professionals and Personnel Involved in the Delivery of Physical Therapy Task Force is:

  • Explore practice models that are responsive to the needs of society and adaptable to the changing health care environment.

Potential new models of service delivery should:

  • Consider the impact on patient/client access, quality and cost of physical therapy services in the context of new models of health care delivery (i.e., accountable care organizations, medical homes);
  • Consider the impact that the new models of service delivery will have on other issues, such as personnel standards under Medicare, referral for profit, term and title protection, direct access and other policies;
  • Consider the impact that the potential use of the new model(s) by other qualified providers of rehabilitation or therapy services, such as physicians, will have;
  • Investigate the need for changes to the physical therapist professional educational content, the educational preparation and scope of work of the PTA and training of the PT aide; and
  • Consider available cost-effectiveness evidence.

Steps toward the adoption of any practice models shall include:

  • Determine changes needed, including: scope, feasibility, timing, and other resources required to adopt any and all new models;
  • Proposed amendment of requisite APTA positions, standards, guidelines, policies, and procedures;
  • An interim report back to the 2013 House of Delegates and a final report no later than the 2014 House of Delegates; and
  • Approval of any model by the House of Delegates.

All APTA appointed groups are asked to conduct their work with the Association's Organizational Values in mind and in the context of 1) APTA's mission, vision and strategic plan, and 2) the potential for their work to have implications related to physical therapist assistants, women, diversity, and risk management.

Additional Information

BOD Chair: Dianne Jewell, PT, DPT, PhD, CCS
Staff Liaison: Anita Bemis Dougherty, PT, DPT, director clinical specialist

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