Archive: PT 2012: Technically Speaking Programming

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    Thursday, June 7

    Hooked on Evidence: Searching Skills for Clinicians

    Time: 8:00 am-10:00 am (See Program for Room)

    Speakers: David A. Scalzitti, PT, PhD, OCS

    CEUs: 0.2 (2 contact hours/CCUs)

    APTA's Hooked on Evidence database is designed to provide clinicians access to information from the literature for use in practice. The database contains more than 7,000 extractions of articles related to physical therapy interventions and more than 150 clinical scenarios. This session will provide attendees an overview of this resource and enhance users' ability to retrieve information on effective interventions. In a hands-on computer workshop, participants will have the opportunity to practice and refine their searching skills to locate evidence for conditions relevant to their practice.

    Ask-A-Librarian: Improve Your Searching Skills in 120 Minutes or Less

    Time: 2:00 pm-4:00 pm (See Program for Room)

    Speakers: Gini Blodgett Birchett, MSLS

    CEUs: 0.2 (2 contact hours/CCUs)

    Finding the research you need for the clinical services you provide can be frustrating and time-consuming. In 120 minutes, APTA's information specialist will walk you a variety of resources and searching techniques to help you find the literature you need. Using databases from APTA's Open Door portal, PubMed, Hooked on Evidence, and PEDro, the session will cover selecting the correct resource, crafting a research question into a search query, incorporating Boolean connectors in your search, selecting between keyword or subject searching, refining search results, and saving your results for future use. Participants should have basic experience with Web or database searching, but even researchers with an extensive searching background will come away with new knowledge and techniques.

    Friday, June 8

    Adoption of Electronic Health Records: Why Should I Make the Switch?

    Time: 8:00 am-10:00 am (See Program for Room)

    Speakers: Matthew W. Elrod, PT, DPT, MEd, NCS, Steven G. Wilkinson, PT, PhD

    CEUs: 0.2 (2 contact hours/CCUs)

    There has been an increased push by the federal government to transition to electronic health records (EHR). From incentive payments to federal regulations governing the use of EHR, the flurry of activity has implications for physical therapists. Determining the best time-and the best way-to implement an electronic documentation system can be a daunting task. How do you select what type of product to purchase and from whom? This course will discuss the benefits of switching to an electronic documentation system and explain how other organizations have successfully made the change.

    Medical Necessity: The Importance of Diagnosis, Documentation, and Coding

    Time: 1:00 pm-3:00 pm (See Program for Room)

    Speakers: Matthew W. Elrod, PT, DPT, MEd, NCS; Gillian Russell, JD

    CEUs: 0.2 (2 contact hours/CCUs)

    The increasing importance of support and justification for physical therapy treatment under Medicare is evident in the current fiscal environment. Physical therapists must be able to demonstrate their patients’ severity, functional changes, and goal attainment to show the need for coverage under Medicare or other insurance. This session is intended to help the physical therapist show medical necessity through determining a diagnosis, documentation and coding under the current system. In addition, the course will provide information on the transition to the new ICD-10 diagnosis coding system, help attendees understand how they will be affected by the transition, and provide tips on how they can be prepared. 


    Saturday, June 9

    Clinical Education Technologies: Practical Lessons and Tips

    Time: 8:00 am-10:00 am (See Program for Room)

    Speakers: Jody S. Frost, PT, DPT, PhD; Janet Crosier, PT, DPT, MEd

    CEUs: 0.2 (2 contact hours/CCUs)

    This session is designed for PT and PTA academic programs and clinical educators to share and discuss helpful tips and lessons learned in using the PT and PTA Clinical Performance Instrument Web and the Clinical Site Information Form Web. Topics to be addressed include an overview of the status of these web-based software tools and data related to their use; how information from these programs is being used for academic program and clinical education assessments; student performance assessment; documentation in support of accreditation requirements; longitudinal trend analysis; how the costs of these technology resources are being sustained; and how clinical educators view these resources. Opportunities for small group interaction, technology demonstrations, and question and answer session will be provided with PT and PTA programs currently using these resources.