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  • Innovative Physical Therapy Models Chosen for Further APTA Support

    Following a rigorous review that included a "Shark Tank"-like workshop and critique in May, APTA has announced the finalists in its Innovation 2.0 initiative. Through the program, APTA will provide funding and in-kind services over a 12-month period to help advance these innovative models of care delivery that highlight the value of physical therapist services.

    In return, APTA will be able to access model data that potentially helps the association develop and disseminate templates and other resources that enable members throughout the country to promote the impact of physical therapy in the emerging health care environment—a strategic priority of the association.

    "The health care environment is rapidly evolving with an emphasis being placed on collaborative care models that achieve the triple aim of improving health and outcomes and reducing costs," said APTA President Paul A. Rockar Jr, PT, DPT, MS. "Our finalists have demonstrated success in using new and collaborative models to achieve these goals, and we are proud to support them in their pursuit."

    The competition, which began with 60 applicants, included such models as accountable care organizations (ACOs), bundled payment, direct access, patient-centered medical homes, prevention and health promotion, and value-based purchasing. A group of member experts assessed the final 16 submissions to choose the winning 3:

    • Timothy Flynn, PT, PhD, OCS, FAAOMPT, Colorado Physical Therapy Specialists and Northern Colorado Individual Practice Association Inc (NCIPA), and Mountain and Plains ACO LLC, for "Facilitating Access Improving Care—Physical Therapists as Integral ACO Members"
    • Robin Marcus, PT, PhD, OCS, University of Utah, for "Adding Value to Postacute Care Settings Through Evidence-Based Physical Therapy Services"
    • Brian Wrotniak, PT, PhD, Women and Children's Hospital of Buffalo, for "Patient-Centered Medical Home: An Innovative Model for Childhood Obesity Prevention With the Physical Therapist as a Key Player to Improve Quality of Care and Reduce Costs"

    APTA also gave "honorable recognition" to 2 additional models, which will receive a financial award:

    • Craig Johnson, PT, MBA, Minnesota Physical Therapy Association, for "A New Model of Care in Workers' Compensation: Direct Access to Physical Therapist Services by Workers with Low Back Pain"
    • Allison Orofino, PT, Marshall Medical Center, for "Integration of Physical Therapy in 90-Day Postacute Episodes of Care"