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    Sunday June 7, 2015


    Make FES a Standard-of-Care Intervention, Maley Lecturer Says
    To widen the effective use of FES, Gad Alon recommended a new practice model of "personalized rehabilitation programs" and physical therapist¬–industry partnerships on wearable therapeutic technologies.

    Implementation of the Human Movement System
    This year’s Rothstein Roundtable focused on the human movement system, concluding that resistance to change shouldn’t keep the profession from embracing and implementing this important concept.

    "Movement System" Is Our Professional Identity
    A video taken in a physical therapy clinic shows an athlete with a recent ACL reconstruction taking a running jump and landing—poorly. There’s a collective groan in the audience. How do they all know this athlete is not ready to return to play?

    PTs Can Play Big Role in Chronic Disease Management
    The major chronic diseases of our time have direct links to movement and physical activity—which means that PTs and PTAs can make an impact on what are literally matters of life or death.

    Does Business Belong in PT Education?
    The Oxford Debate pitted 2 teams against each other—with plenty of help from the audience—over the question of whether physical therapists should demonstrate comprehensive business management and marketing principles as an entry-level skill.

    Reform Efforts Soon Will Pay Off—Literally—Experts Say
    The session looked at the past, present, and future of efforts to shift payment for physical therapist services under Medicare from a fee-for-service model to a "value mindset."

    Innovative Service Models Showing Progress
    Leaders of 4 APTA-supported innovative models of service delivery spoke about their projects, identified common threads, and offered a bird’s eye look at how their innovation methods were developing.

    Don't Ignore Spirituality in Your Patients
    PTs who ignore or avoid acknowledging their patients'—as well as their own—spirituality are shortchanging a dynamic element in treatment and rehabilitation.

    Postural Control in Children Comes With 'Chains' Attached
    Remember that old Apple ad telling people to "think different?" Take that advice, apply it to children with postural control problems, and get ready for some pretty dramatic results.

    Daily News June 7 - Maley
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    Saturday, June 6, 2015


    McMillan Lecture: Clinician-Scientists Needed
    Don't try to be perfect. Just do your best, advised Lynn Snyder-Mackler. Her comments particularly were directed to "clinician-scientists" who spend the bulk of their time engaged in research.

    Getting Hip to the Lower Quarter
    Although there's a growing body of evidence around the role of the hip in lower quarter injuries such as patellofemoral pain and ACL tears, there's a lot still to learn, and maybe unlearn.

    'Value' of Physical Therapy Varies
    One challenge of basing health care payment on value is that "value" means different things to different stakeholders.

    Leadership Will Drive Societal Transformation
    Lively discussion followed a panel discussion on the APTA vision statement, qualities of leadership, and practical strategies for growing as a leader.

    Keeping Up With Medicare Is Necessary—And Not Impossible
    Given Medicare's complexity and constant change, it's easy for PTs and PTAs to feel overwhelmed by the challenge of keeping up. Fortunately, help is close at hand.

    A Dramatic View of the "Tangles" of Dementia
    Advertise a "musical about dementia," and you'll fill a ballroom with intrigued physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, and students of physical therapy.

    Foundation Honors Leaders; Pitt Captures Marquette Challenge Title
    The Foundation for Physical Therapy recognized leaders who supported its research and announced the winners of this year's Marquette Challenge.

    NEXT June 6 - McMillan Room

    Friday, June 5, 2015


    Billie Jean King Serves Up Winning Keynote Address
    "You're very special people. I hope you know it."

    That was the message tennis legend Billie Jean King delivered to a rapt audience during NEXT’s opening event Wednesday night.

    Anti-Obesity Policies: What Constitutes Success?
    Do public policies to battle obesity work? Yes. Well … kind of. And maybe not equally well, and definitely not equally well for all—but that doesn't necessarily mean they've failed, either.

    One Medical Center's Journey to Implementing a Clinical Practice Guideline
    A physical therapist and an occupational therapist from Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC) described how that institution implemented "Physical Therapy Management of Congenital Muscular Torticollis: An Evidence-Based Clinical Practice Guideline" developed by APTA's Section on Pediatrics.

    Daily News June 5 - Billy Jean King

    Thursday, June 4, 2015


    House Takes Transformation Head-On
    Need proof that APTA's transformative vision has taken hold? Look no further than the 2015 House of Delegates (House), which wrapped up a session focused in large part on setting the stage for the profession to take its place as an agent of societal change in diverse areas that ranged from advocacy for intellectually and developmentally disabled individuals to working to create a health care environment that recognizes the physical therapist's role in primary care.

    Harvard Economist Says Costs Fall, Outcomes Improve With Bundled Payment Systems
    As if the US health care system hasn’t been through enough change already, David Cutler, PhD, forecast even more substantial change in the next few years. Addressing physical therapists (PTs) and physical therapist assistants (PTAs) during the NEXT session "The Quality Cure" on June 3, he said, "If you're not in [a bundled payment] arrangement now, I predict you probably will be in the next 12 months."

    PTs Integral Part of Management Team for Female Athlete Triad
    When it comes to screening, diagnosis, and management of what's known as the female athlete triad, physical therapists are a necessary part of an interprofessional team that often may be overlooked. At Wednesday's session "An Interprofessional Approach to the Female Athlete Triad," Jenn Kish, PT, DPT, SCS, described the unique strengths and perspectives of the professionals involved in an athlete's treatment, and she detailed 2 different decision-making models physical therapists (PTs) can use to identify and address symptoms of the condition.

    Daily News June 4 - House