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APTA has a transformative vision for the physical therapy profession. Achieving that vision will require physical therapists (PTs) and physical therapist assistants (PTAs) to think beyond the clinician role and leverage their skills as managers—and change agents.

The 2019 APTA Combined Sections Meeting, set for January 23-26 in downtown Washington, DC, provides multiple forums for learning more about this crucial area of the profession. Check out these suggestions, and find other relevant programming by searching the CSM programming page.

Developing Your People: Preparing a Workforce for Value-Based Reimbursement
In a payment environment driven by patient outcomes and high-quality care, it's crucial to have a well-developed workforce with exceptional clinical, management, and leadership skills. Find out how an organization that serves older adults in over 200 skilled nursing and outpatient facilities in 14 states responded to that challenge by creating a culture that embraces ongoing development and a core set of essential clinical behaviors. Discussions will include the importance of frontline managers and manager development, the selection of a leadership development model, and a multistage rollout of a leadership program. Thursday, January 24, 8:00 am–10:00 am.

Success Strategies: Metrics That Matter for Private Practice Owners in 2019
As a private practice owner, you know you need to use your data better, but there's barely enough time to do everything else you have to do. So how can you get at the right data without getting overwhelmed? This session provides an up-close look at how owners of a private practice learned which metrics are key to the success of a practice and which are just background, and will include interactive components during which attendees decide which metrics they should track in their individual clinics and how to best communicate the importance of data and dashboards to their teams. Thursday, January 24, 11:00am–1:00 pm.

Global Volunteerism: From Organization to Boots on the Ground (3 sessions)
PTs and PTAs can choose from a vast number of international opportunities for volunteering, but it can be difficult to know which organizations are legitimate when trying to participate in leadership. Join in a 3-part discussion on opportunities for global leadership in education, national organizations, and medical volunteer trips. The speaker, president of the World Confederation for Physical Therapy, discusses the creation of this organization and the opportunities for leadership in the physical therapy profession on a global scale, and reflects on being a woman in a national position of leadership. Thursday, January 24, 8:00 am–10:00 am (part 1); 11:00 am–1:00 pm (part 2); 3:00 pm–5:00 pm (part 3).

 

 


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