Remembering Charles M. Magistro, PT, DPT (hon), DrSci (hon), FAPTA (1924-2016)
April 21, 2016: Charles M. Magistro, PT, DPT (hon), DrSci (hon), FAPTA, a passionate physical therapy leader whose contributions spanned education, research, and policy, has died at age 91. His pioneering legacy has shaped not just APTA, but the entire physical therapy profession in ways that directly affect every physical therapist, physical therapist assistant, and student of physical therapy.
President Sharon L. Dunn, PT, PhD, OCS, has issued a statement on behalf of APTA.
Donations made in memory of Charles will be directed to the Foundation for Physical Therapy's Charles M. Magistro Endowment Fund. A card will be sent to the Magistro family informing them of your contribution.
The comments section below is open to anyone who would like to share their memories of Charles.
The NEXT Big Thing
By Daniel Dale, PT, DPT, NEXT Programming Committee Member
As a PT, PTA, or student in our profession, you likely had 1 of 2 feelings during the month of February: you either experienced the time of your life at Combined Sections Meeting in Anaheim, or you felt that you were missing out as you watched your social media feeds explode with reminders of how much knowledge and networking occurs at an APTA national conference.
Well, fear not; the NEXT big thing is on the way! APTA's NEXT Conference and Exposition is set to touch down in Music City (Nashville, Tennessee) from June 8-11.
NEXT has become the leading-edge event for physical therapy professionals, with forward-thinking programming, innovative content, and exclusive access to some of the profession's most creative thinkers. Expect one-of-a-kind programming sessions focused on innovation and transformation-if you don't believe me, just take a look for yourself.
NEXT is also the only place where you can experience prestigious lectures from the profession's thought-leaders. This year, the 47th Mary McMillan Lecture: "Our Future Selves: Unprecedented Opportunities" will be given by Carole B. Lewis, PT, DPT, PhD, GCS, GTC, MSG, FAPTA. The 21st John H.P. Maley Lecture: "Pain Management: Roadmap to Revolution" will be given by Steven Z. George, PT, PhD.
There also are lively events that you just have to experience to understand. In particular, I'm talking about the always-raucous and ever-entertaining Oxford Debate. This year's event titled, "All Hands on Tech," will take on the issue of whether technology will advance the physical therapy profession more than our hands and eyes will. Arguing in favor of technology will be Team Captain Christopher Powers, PT, PhD, FAPTA; David A. Brown, PT, PhD, FAPTA; and J. Cole Galloway, PT, PhD. Arguing in favor of our hands and eyes will be Team Captain Shirley Sahrmann, PT, PhD, FAPTA; John Childs, PT, PhD, MBA, FAPTA, OCS; and Edelle "Edee" Field-Fote, PT, PhD, FAPTA. If this video preview is any indication, it's going to be a great Oxford Debate!
Maybe most important, NEXT offers conference attendees multiple chances to network. Courses are designed to allow for more exchange between participants and speakers, and other events are built around opportunities that allow us to connect with each other. Overall, the atmosphere at NEXT is more intimate, making even the newest of APTA conference attendees feel welcomed and invited, while receiving top-notch education.
So, don't wait until 2017 to get reenergized about our profession-come and see what's NEXT. Discounted registration rates end on May 4, so register soon!
And if past NEXT attendees have memories to share, leave a comment.
Navigating the Road Less Traveled
By Jay Irrgang, PT, PhD, ATC, FAPTA
In her blog post, "The Road Less Traveled," APTA President Sharon Dunn PT, PhD, OCS, highlights the looming shift in payment from volume (do more, get paid more) to payment based on value. To navigate this new road, PTs need to understand what "value" is and how it is measured.
Put simply: "Value" can be boiled down to the relationship between the benefit of care and the costs of services associated with providing that care.
Assessing value requires measuring outcomes (benefit of care) that are important to patients and figuring out the true costs of associated services-and doing so in ways that allow for fair comparisons between therapists and organizations. Physical therapists have a long history of measuring outcomes, but like many providers we have lacked systems that enable us to efficiently use outcomes data to demonstrate and improve value.
To address this need, APTA is making a substantial investment to develop the Physical Therapy Outcomes Registry (Registry). The Registry will collect clinical outcomes data from participating physical therapists and provider organizations that ultimately will enable them to determine the value of the care they provide and to benchmark their performance against the performance of others. The Registry's design will allow for integration with existing and emerging electronic health record (EHR) systems, outcome measurement systems, and practice management platforms. Participating in the Registry will provide physical therapists and the organizations or practices they work for with a powerful and efficient tool to measure and improve the quality and value of care.
To provide scientific direction for the Registry and ensure that it meets its goals to inform payment, improve practice, fulfill quality-reporting requirements, and promote research, the APTA Board of Directors appointed me the Registry's scientific director. To oversee and ensure the scientific integrity of the Registry, I selected 8 individuals to serve on the Scientific Advisory Panel. The panel comprises members with a range of experience related to measurement of patient-centered outcomes across a spectrum of practice settings, and, as the scientific director, I'm excited for the work ahead of us as we introduce the Registry to the physical therapy profession
Nearly 200 physical therapist users now are participating in a pilot program to test the Registry, and efforts are under way to electronically migrate data from EHRs into the system. We hope to fully launch the project late this year, providing physical therapists 1 more tool as our profession heads down the road of value-based care. Check out more information related to the Registry at www.PTOutcomes.com.
The Road Less Traveled
By APTA President Sharon L. Dunn, PT, PhD, OCS
Anyone delivering care in the current environment can see the evidence of change ahead. We know that care delivery in a few years—even later this year—will look vastly different from how it looks today.
In fact, some changes are already here. Medicare will flip the switch on its Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement Model (CJR) on April 1. Providers serving patients with TKA or THA in 67 US regions will be impacted by this collaborative bundled care model, which will change the way providers, including PTs, are paid. And that is just the beginning.
So, why the drive toward change in health care? It's all about the value-vs-volume equation. Payment decisions are rightly being driven by how to provide value-based care to our patients, rather than by the volume of services provided. It's a change we sorely need.
We can't—and often shouldn't—oppose change, but we can—and should—be involved in advocating for our profession as a part of the change. That's not always a clear path. Deciding which road to travel involves a lot of planning and strategy, with the hope that the environment also delivers a healthy side of opportunity that we can seize.
Of course, seizing opportunity to move the profession forward, to aid our transformation, isn't without risk. But there's an even greater risk: not acting and having someone else decide our path. That's the philosophy that drives APTA to take a proactive approach to payment reform and, more specifically, toward working with collaborators among our members and other provider stakeholders to reform the way physical therapists code services.
So let's keep thinking about how we can position ourselves for the long-term changes, but let's also prepare for the changes at hand, especially the 2 big changes coming this year. We want to make sure you are ready. First, make sure you understand what the CJR is and how it will affect you. Second, educate yourself on the new evaluation codes coming January 1, 2017, and the thinking (and process) behind their creation. Here are some resources that can help:
Health care is evolving, and our profession has a transformational vision. That's a lot of change to keep up with. But I know this profession and this association, and I'm sure that in partnership with one another, we can take on the road before us.
Welcome to APTA's #PTTransforms Blog
This blog will highlight and explore key issues and trends affecting the physical therapy profession as collectively we pursue the vision of transforming society by optimizing movement to improve the human experience.
Expect to see a variety of authors and an initial frequency of 1 to 2 posts per month.