• Thursday, March 26, 2015RSS Feed

    Major Direct Access Email Survey Launches March 30

    APTA is pleased to announce the next phase in its effort to improve direct access: you.

    Beginning the week of March 30, APTA will conduct a survey of its physical therapist (PT) members to find out how direct access is being used in their practices, and what obstacles still exist. Your participation is key.

    Surveys will be sent via email over the course of the week, so keep an eye out (and check those spam filters). And be sure that your member profile is set to receive surveys. Profile options can be checked and adjusted here.

    While last year's achievement of some form of direct access to physical therapist services in all 50 states was a big win for the profession, there is still much work to be done to eliminate barriers. Your responses will guide the association's strategies for working with payers, legislators, and policymakers to remove direct access restrictions, and will help to shape APTA resources and educational offerings.


    Thursday, March 26, 2015RSS Feed

    Tennis Legend Billie Jean King Featured Speaker at NEXT

    She won 39 Grand Slam tennis titles, defeated Bobby Riggs in 1973's famous "Battle of the Sexes," and was named 1 of the "100 Most Important Americans of the 20th Century" by LIFE magazine.

    And in June, Billie Jean King will deliver the keynote address during the opening event of APTA's NEXT Conference and Exposition in National Harbor, Maryland, just outside of Washington, DC. King's keynote address will be a highlight of the NEXT opening event, Wednesday, June 3, at 7:00 pm ET.

    Registration for NEXT is open, with early-bird discounts expiring April 2.

    A trailblazer throughout her life, King is a perfect fit for NEXT, which is defined by its innovative content and access to the physical therapy profession's transformative thinkers.

    King is remembered by many for her illustrious athletic career, which included a record 20 titles at Wimbledon, plus the famous match with Riggs that has been recognized for its profound effect on society and the women's movement. King's championship spirit stayed with her off the court, as a leader in the fight for LGBT equality and recognition, as an advocate for those infected by or at risk for HIV/AIDS, and as a member of the President's Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition, among other endeavors.

    While at NEXT, join hundreds of PTs and PTAs to support the profession during PT Day on Capitol Hill, June 3-4. Registration deadline is May 14.


    Thursday, March 19, 2015RSS Feed

    Which PT in Motion Cover Gets Under Your Skin?

    Editorial staff members at PT in Motion are needling you for your input.

    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 May, editorial staff is proposing 2 designs and asking members to vote on their favorite cover to illustrate physical therapists’ use of dry needling.

    Vote by March 27. Just pick the design you think is likely to get you to open up the magazine, and then check out the May issue to see which cover was most popular.


    Wednesday, March 18, 2015RSS Feed

    2015 APTA Honors and Awards Program Recipients Announced

    APTA's national awards program has announced the full list of recipients (.pdf) of recognition for their outstanding contributions to the physical therapy profession.

    The honorees include newly named Catherine Worthingham Fellows as well as recipients of the Lucy Blair Service Award. APTA also announced award recipients for excellence in education, practice, service, publications, research, and academic achievement.

    Recipients will be recognized at the Honors and Awards Ceremony on Thursday, June 4, during the 2015 NEXT Conference and Exposition in National Harbor, Maryland, with a reception to follow. The winner of the Mary McMillan Lecture Award will also be announced at that time. Family, friends, colleagues, and conference attendees are encouraged to attend this important event to support and honor these members’ achievements and contributions to the profession.

    Nominations for the 2016 Honors and Awards Program will open September 2015.


    Wednesday, March 11, 2015RSS Feed

    CSM 2015: Highlights, Videos, Photos Now Available

    If you were one of the 9,455 people who attended the 2015 APTA Combined Sections Meeting (CSM) in Indianapolis, here's your chance to experience it all over again. And if you couldn't make it, now you can see what all the buzz was about.

    APTA has released 2 Storify collections that offer highlights from the national event. The first is packed with takeaways from the attendees themselves. The second collects APTA's various video dispatches and a new brief highlights video.

    You can also browse and order photos from CSM. Visit http://davidbraun.photoreflect.com to check out what's available—just click on the appropriate CSM 2015 link under "Recent Photos" and enter password: distal. Select your photos and order through the shopping cart.

    All of the above, plus daily news articles from CSM, are available at the CSM website.

    Want to attend CSM next year? Save the date: February 17-20 in Anaheim, California. But don't wait until 2016 to attend an APTA national conference. This June 3-6 you can transform your career and your profession at NEXT and PT Day on Capitol Hill.


    Thursday, March 05, 2015RSS Feed

    Stephen Levine, 'Tireless Champion of the Profession,' Dies

    Stephen M. Levine, PT, DPT, MSHA, FAPTA, a former APTA Board of Directors member and one of the physical therapy profession's most loved and respected voices, died on March 3 as a result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident. He was 52.

    Levine was at the center of some of the most important developments in physical therapy practice and payment during the past 30 years. He was considered a leader in efforts to elevate the standards of physical therapist (PT) and physical therapist assistant (PTA) practice, including the elimination of unwarranted variation in clinical practice. A frequent advisor to the Medicare program, he was one of the nation's leading experts on the Resource Based Value Scale (RBRVS), at one point providing congressional testimony on the RBRVS.

    Levine's involvement with APTA dated back to 1985, and included 11 years of service to the APTA Board of Directors, where he began as vice speaker of the House of Delegates before moving on to speaker. His position on the board led to involvement in many of the association's high-priority projects and initiatives, including the Guide to Physical Therapist Practice and the alternative payment system task force, which he chaired. Levine received a Lucy Blair Service award in 2011 and was named a Catherine Worthingham Fellow in 2014.

    As executive vice president of compliance and consulting services for OpimisCorp and a founding partner of the Fearon & Levine consulting firm, Levine focused on practice management and payment policy in the outpatient rehabilitation setting. He received his degree in physical therapy from the University of Maryland at Baltimore, a master's degree in health administration from Virginia Commonwealth University, and his DPT degree from A.T. Still University of the Health Sciences.

    In a statement issued yesterday, APTA President Paul A. Rockar Jr, PT, DPT, MS, wrote that Levine was "so much to so many: a tireless champion of the profession, a friend, a gentlemen, and a passionate leader." According to Rockar, Levine "not only contributed to, but also helped to shape the profession of physical therapy as we know it today."

    Levine is survived by his husband, Bruce Anderson, PT; his father, Stanley Levine; his sister, Wendy Levine; and his nephews Andrew and Ryan Schiff. Details of funeral arrangements have not been announced, but will be shared on the APTA website when made available.

    APTA has created a tribute page to allow visitors to share thoughts and remembrances of Levine.


    Monday, March 02, 2015RSS Feed

    March PT in Motion: PTs Innovate to Take on Obesity

    Need more proof that physical therapy is all about transformation? Look no further than this month's issue of PT in Motion magazine and its feature story on how the profession is helping to address obesity and overweight.

    In the March issue of the magazine, associate editor Eric Ries explores how several innovative physical therapists (PTs) are establishing the profession as a key resource in a battle against obesity and overweight through a variety of approaches, from new research initiatives to real-world action.

    Through a series of interviews, Ries traces the beginnings of PT involvement in treating obesity—at a time when some PTs themselves didn't understand how the profession could help—to the latest efforts to investigate new models of care in which PTs are an integral part of a medical home team for children who are overweight or obese, a project funded through an APTA Innovation 2.0 grant.

    Along the way, the article touches on several emerging issues, including the development of an annual PT evaluation, the possibility of offering cash-based services, and the need for PTs to embrace their own power to transform society.

    The PT in Motion article on physical therapist treatment of obesity and overweight appears in the March issue of the magazine. Hard copy versions of the magazine are mailed to all members who have not opted out; digital versions are available online to members.


    Wednesday, February 25, 2015RSS Feed

    For PT in Motion News, Wednesday is the New Friday

    PT in Motion News has shifted its weekly blast to Wednesdays to make room for a series of newsletters designed to deliver more customized information to members.

    Called Friday Focus, the newsletter series will target 1 of 4 areas each week. The 4 areas that will be covered on a rotating basis are:

    • Payment (debuts February 27, then every fourth Friday of each month)
    • Professional issues (debuts March 6, then every first Friday of each month)
    • Evidence and care (debuts March 13, then every second Friday of each month)
    • APTA & You (debuts March 20, then every third Friday of each month)

    To get Friday Focus, members need only to select which topics they'd like to receive. They can do this by logging in to My Profile on www.apta.org and making their choices, as well as review all APTA communications and choose options that best suit their needs and interests.


    Friday, February 20, 2015RSS Feed

    Send the Next PT in Motion Cover Into Space

    APTA members can boldly go where no PT or PTA has gone before. But hurry—the countdown has already begun.

    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 April, editorial staff is proposing 2 designs and asking members to vote on their favorite cover to illustrate a story about a relay race that includes astronauts. The design that receives the most votes will be the next cover.

    Vote by February 25. Just pick the design you think is likely to get you to open up the magazine, and then check out the April issue to see which cover was most popular.


    Thursday, February 19, 2015RSS Feed

    New APTA Friday Focus Series Puts You in Touch With the Information You Want

    Feel a little out of focus by the time Friday rolls around? PT in Motion News is coming to the rescue with a series of newsletters that will help clear things up by delivering more customized information to members.

    Called Friday Focus, the newsletter series will target 1 of 4 areas each week. The 4 areas that will be covered on a rotating basis are:

    • Payment (debuts February 27, then every fourth Friday of each month)
    • Professional issues (debuts March 6, then every first Friday of each month)
    • Evidence and care (debuts March 13, then every second Friday of each month)
    • APTA & You (debuts March 20, then every third Friday of each month)

    To get Friday Focus, members need only to select which topics they'd like to receive. They can do this by logging in to My Profile on www.apta.org and making their choices,as well as review all APTA communications and choose options that best suit their needs and interests.

    To make room for the new offering, beginning next week, the popular weekly PT in Motion News email blast will move from Fridays to Wednesdays.


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