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  • Collaborative Stop the Cap Efforts from APTA, AOTA, ASHA Receive National Award

    APTA has earned another national award—this time for collaborative efforts to push for an end to the Medicare outpatient therapy cap.

    The American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) announced that APTA, the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) were the joint winners of a 2018 Power of A Gold Award for their combined "Stop the Cap" efforts. The work of the 3 associations was instrumental in a congressional decision to permanently end the flawed cap process.

    ASAE's Power of A (the A stands for "association") Awards, are the industry's highest honor, recognizing the association community's valuable contributions on local, national, and global levels. The award will be presented to APTA, AOTA, and ASHA at an ASAE awards dinner on October 3. As a Gold Award winner, the Stop the Cap program is 1 of 6 campaigns under consideration for ASAE's Summit Award, which will be announced later this summer.

    "This award underscores the importance and power of collaboration and coordination," said APTA CEO Justin Moore, PT, DPT, in an APTA news release. "For 2 decades our associations fought side-by-side for patients' rights to care and to tear down this arbitrary roadblock. And we did it. We stopped the cap. That accomplishment was only possible through teamwork. We appreciate this recognition and look forward to continued advocacy on behalf of the people we serve."

    The most recent ASAE award marks the fourth time APTA has been recognized by the association industry group in the past 2 years: in April, APTA's membership renewal efforts earned the association a Gold Circle award for an outstanding member retention campaign, and in 2017, ASAE recognized APTA's public service announcement video for its #ChoosePT campaign as the winner for best video of the year, as well as the entire #ChoosePT campaign as one of the nation's top public awareness campaigns.

    APTA Selects Rapport for Education Research Fellowship

    A physical therapist (PT) educator with more than 2 decades of education experience and more than 40 research publications has been selected as APTA's 2018 Visiting Scholar.

    Mary Jane K. Rapport, PT, DPT, PhD, FAPTA, has been selected as the recipient of the APTA Early-Investigator Research Fellowship. Rapport will spend her sabbatical year focusing on research related to physical therapy education and its impact on professional behaviors, clinical decision making, and/or clinical outcomes. Her responsibilities also will include other activities in support of research-related programs at APTA.

    Rapport is a professor at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, where she also is director of the pediatric physical therapy residency program. With a background that includes extensive publications on topics ranging from pediatric physical therapy to PT education and development of the physical therapy workforce, Rapport brings firsthand knowledge of the research landscape.

    "This is an important time for investigations into clinical education in physical therapy, and Dr Rapport will play a key role in helping APTA contribute to the body of knowledge that will guide the evolution of education programs," said Robyn Watson Ellerbe, PhD, APTA's vice president of research. "We are excited to have an investigator of such a high caliber join the APTA team."