• Tuesday, May 26, 2015RSS Feed

    Foundation Opens Call for Scientific Review Committee Members

    The Foundation for Physical Therapy (Foundation) is accepting nominations and CVs from physical therapists (PTs) interested in serving on the Foundation's Scientific Review Committee (SRC). This elite group of professionals is the peer review arm of the Foundation’s scholarship, fellowship, and grants programs.

    Members selected to serve on the SRC have significant practice in training pre- and postdoctoral students and mentoring emerging investigators, as well as a strong track record of extramural funding and peer review experience at the federal level. Terms are for 3 years beginning January, 2016.

    For more information, including a full list of qualifications to serve on the SRC and instructions on submitting a CV, please visit the SRC webpage or email rachaelcrockett@apta.org.

    CVs must be received by August 1, 2015.

    Thursday, May 14, 2015RSS Feed

    Which PT in Motion Cover Grows on You?

    Editorial staff members at PT in Motion planted the seeds. Now it's picking season.

    It's time once again for members to help PT in Motion magazine decide the design to be used on the cover of the upcoming issue. For July, editorial staff is proposing 3 designs and asking members to vote on their favorite cover to illustrate how physical therapy transforms the lives of farmers and ranchers.

    Vote by May 21. Just pick the design you think is likely to get you to open up the magazine, and then check out the July issue to see which cover was most popular.

    Wednesday, May 13, 2015RSS Feed

    PT Day on Capitol Hill: Help Make APTA History

    Here's a recipe for an awesome time:

    1. Combine Capitol Hill and the halls of Congress with 999 physical therapists (PTs), physical therapist assistants (PTAs), and students.
    2. Add you.
    3. Blend with passion and pride, and let voices rise for several hours. Serves an entire profession.

    The May 14 registration deadline is approaching fast, but  depending on when you're reading this, there may still be time to join your fellow APTA members for PT Day on Capitol Hill on June 3-4. The association is nearing its goal of 1,000 registrants—a number that would make this year's rally the largest in 12 years and a truly unforgettable event.

    Preparation sessions will be held in the afternoon of June 3, with the main event taking place on Thursday, June 4. Participants will rally on Capitol Hill in the morning, where they will hear from special guests before moving on to speak with legislators and staff to advocate for physical therapy issues such as the Medicare therapy cap and student loan forgiveness. Registration for the event is free.

    "It's impossible to overestimate the value of these kinds of events," said Mandy Frohlich, APTA vice president of government affairs. "PT Day brings a special energy to our advocacy efforts—having a large number of APTA members on Capitol Hill, rallying and speaking directly with legislators and their staff, makes the transformative power of the profession very real. Plus, it's always a great time for everyone who participates."

    Tuesday, May 12, 2015RSS Feed

    APTA Members: Important PT Evaluation and Reevaluation Code Values Survey Coming; Your Input Critical

    APTA members are being alerted to be on the lookout for an important survey that will help to shape values for PT evaluation and reevaluation current procedural terminology (CPT) codes.

    In the coming weeks, a random sampling of APTA members will receive a survey that focuses on CPT codes related to physical therapist evaluations and reevaluations. The survey is designed to determine the “professional work” value and time involved in the physical therapist’s provision of the services identified by each of these codes.

    "Professional work value" includes the mental effort and judgment, technical skill, and psychological stress involved in providing the service.

    APTA will submit the survey data to the American Medical Association’s Relative Value Scale Update Committee (RUC) Health Care Professions Advisory Committee (HCPAC), a multispecialty committee whose purpose is to develop values for CPT codes based in part on survey data such as this. The RUC HCPAC will make a recommendation to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for the professional work value of these evaluation and reevaluation codes.

    If you receive an email requesting your participation in the survey: it is critically important to take the time to complete it. The online survey will take approximately 40 minutes. Your responses will be anonymous.

    To learn more about the survey process, check out related FAQs (.pdf) and videos (scroll to the bottom of the page for videos).

    Tuesday, May 12, 2015RSS Feed

    National Academies of Practice Inducts PTs

    Eight physical therapists (PTs) have been inducted into the ranks of the National Academies of Practice (NAP), a prominent health care advisory group focused on interdisciplinary collaboration.

    According to a news release from NAP, induction is extended "to those who have excelled in their profession and are dedicated to further practice, scholarship, and policy in support of interprofessional care."

    Inducted were: Jonathan Cooperman, PT, DPT, MS, JD, Gail Jensen, PT, PhD, FAPTA, Virginia Kettenbach, PT, Cheryl Resnik, PT, DPT, Wendy Rheault, PT, PhD, Irma Reubling, PT, MA, Laura Lee Swisher, PT, MDiv, PhD, FAPTA, and Holly Wise, PT, PhD.

    The academies of practice include audiology, dentistry, medicine, nursing, occupational therapy, optometry, osteopathic medicine, pharmacy, physical therapy, podiatric medicine, psychology, social work, speech and language pathology, and veterinary medicine.

    Wednesday, May 06, 2015RSS Feed

    Beginning May 6, You May Need to Update Your Browser to Sign In to APTA Website

    It's pretty simple: to stay up-to-date with APTA, you need to be up-to-date with your web browser.

    Beginning May 6, APTA will use an upgraded website security system that will prevent members with older web browser software from being able to log in.

    Here's a list of the browser versions that should work with the new APTA standards:

    • Internet Explorer 10 and higher
    • Chrome v22 and higher
    • Firefox v27 and higher
    • Opera v14-16 and higher
    • Safari v5 and higher on iOS devices, v7 and higher on OSX

    Most members should not be affected by the change. However, if you experience problems signing in, update your web browser to the most recent version before looking for other possible causes.

    Monday, May 04, 2015RSS Feed

    Transformation Coming in June: Be There

    Got transformation? APTA does, and there's still time for you to join in any or all of the coming events that highlight the physical therapy profession's power to be a catalyst for positive change.

    Here’s an overview of what’s on tap this coming June:

    Transforming Society: PT Day on Capitol Hill, June 3-4
    Make your voice heard, when APTA sends more than 1,000 physical therapists (PTs), physical therapist assistants (PTAs), and students to our nation’s capital for PT Day on Capitol Hill.

    The free 2-day event (June 3-4) includes an energetic rally next to the Capitol and meetings with congressional offices, where you can personally advocate for improved care and patient access with legislators and legislative staff.

    The last time APTA held a rally of this size was 2011.

    “APTA has lobbyists on Capitol Hill all year long, but it’s only every few years that we have a chance to make this kind of impression,” said Mandy Frohlich, APTA vice president of governmental affairs. “We’re encouraging as many PTs and PTAs as possible to join their peers for this great opportunity to make physical therapy an unmistakable presence in the halls of Congress.”

    Registration for the event, which includes a rally-only option, closes May 14.

    Transforming the Profession: NEXT, June 3-6
    The NEXT Conference & Exposition returns with its distinctive combination of inspiration and innovation. Again this year, the thought-provoking Mary McMillan and John H. P. Maley lectures promise to be highlights, but registrants for the June 3-6 conference at National Harbor, Maryland, are also gravitating toward sessions that speak to where the profession is headed. Some of this year's most popular sessions preselected by registrants include:

    • Hot topics from NIH on innovative interventions
    • Measuring patient outcomes to guide intervention
    • The PT’s role in chronic disease management
    • Interactive and interdisciplinary approaches to working with persons with dementia

    Sessions on hip and ACL injury are also expected to draw crowds at NEXT.

    Discounted rates for NEXT expire on May 6.

    Transforming the Association: APTA House of Delegates, June 1-3
    APTA’s House of Delegates (House) will hold its annual session just before NEXT begins, and is set to deliberate on a range of topics that could impact the profession—and the way APTA governs itself.

    This year's motions touch on issues of health and wellness, health care for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, electronic health records, and more.

    But the House also is set to vote on several association bylaws amendments, including the qualifications and term limits of members of the APTA Board of Directors, and amendments around the role of PTAs within national and component APTA governance.

    The full list and original draft text of all 2015 motions, called "Packet 1," is available at the House community on the Hub. APTA members are encouraged to contact their chapter delegates with feedback about the motions.

    Members also may view the House proceedings in real time or post-House via Livestream.

    Monday, May 04, 2015RSS Feed

    2014 APTA Annual Report Posted

    Now available: the APTA 2014 Annual Report(.pdf), an e-published document that provides an overview of a year in which the association embraced its new transformative vision, and began exploring just how that vision is realized through society, the profession, and the association.

    "We have brought and continue to bring change to the world, one patient at a time," writes APTA President Paul A. Rockar, Jr, PT, DPT, MS, in his statement in the report. "We have used our hands, our heads, and our hearts to provide value to health care."

    Sections include an overview of component and House of Delegates activities, narratives of APTA programs and initiatives, financial information, and even a glimpse at some of the association's work in 2015.

    Friday, May 01, 2015RSS Feed

    From PT in Motion: The Courage of Patients as a Source of Strength During Personal Tragedy

    Physical therapy has the power to enrich and transform lives—including the lives of the physical therapists (PTs) themselves. Nancy Johnson, PT, knows firsthand that it's a power that can see PTs through the darkest times.

    This month's issue of PT in Motion magazine includes the moving story of Johnson, who was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's disease in late 2013. Her "Defining Moment" column describes in her own words how she is coming to grips with her diagnosis, and how she has drawn strength from her work as a PT.

    Though her abilities have declined to the point that she retired from her job as a clinic director last year, Johnson embraces her life by taking inspiration from her former patients, many of whom faced chronic and debilitating conditions with grace and courage.

    "Nearly every PT and PTA has seen remarkable courage in patients—bravery that sometimes hardly seems possible," says Johnson. "I know that my experience working with so many incredibly resilient people is helping me face my disease with a resolve that I likely would lack otherwise."

    Johnson's remarkable story is featured in the May issue of PT in Motion. Hard copy versions of the magazine are mailed to all members who have not opted out; digital versions are available online to members.

    Friday, May 01, 2015RSS Feed

    Foundation Now Accepting Grant and Scholarship Applications, Letters of Intent

    The Foundation for Physical Therapy (Foundation) now is accepting applications for the 2015 Florence P. Kendall Doctoral Scholarships and the 2015 Research Grants.

    The Kendall Post-Professional Doctoral Scholarships assist physical therapists and physical therapist assistants with outstanding potential who are in their first year of postprofessional doctoral degree studies. This year, the APTA Section on Women’s Health will sponsor 1 Kendall Scholarship for an applicant wishing to focus studies within women’s health physical therapy. Application deadline is Wednesday, August 5, at noon.

    Grant opportunities include:

    • Magistro Family Foundation Research Grant: $80,000 for a research project investigating physical therapist interventions. A letter of intent is required; applicants will be invited to submit full applications based on content. Letter of intent is due by June 1, 2015; full application due by Wednesday, August 5, at noon.
    • Private Practice Research Grant: $40,000 to a research project evaluating payment for physical therapist services in relation to patient outcomes. A letter of intent is required; applicants will be invited to submit full applications based on content. Letter of intent is due by June 1, 2015; full application due by Wednesday, August 5, at noon.
    • Foundation Research Grant: $40,000 for an investigator-initiated research project by an emerging investigator. Full application due by Wednesday, August 5, at noon.
    • Geriatric Research Grant: $40,000 for a single project investigating methods to facilitate the aging-in-place of older adults in a supportive community setting. Full application due by Wednesday, August 5, at noon.

    Questions? Email the Foundation, or call 800/875-1378.

    Note: the Foundation has upgraded its online application system and application format. Before starting your funding application, be sure to carefully read all instructions and funding mechanism deadlines. Also, it's a good idea to start the submission process early to allow for potential questions to be answered.