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PTs and PTAs are critical members of the health care teams in hospital settings.

From acute care to rehabilitation, physical therapists and physical therapist assistants are part of the collaborative care team in various hospital settings.

Physical therapists are increasingly part of emergency departments.

The APTA Academy of Acute Care Physical Therapy is dedicated to those who share a common interest in acute care.


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Medicare Payment for Hospital Settings

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Physical Therapy in the Emergency Department

May 30, 2020

Hospitals are recognizing the benefits of physical therapy services in the emergency department.

'Bedrest is Bad': New Campaign Combats Hospital Immob...

Jun 30, 2019 / Interview

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Additional Hospital Settings and Physical Therapy Content

Proposed '22 Hospital Outpatient and ASC Rule Ups the Ante on Price Transparency

Jul 23, 2021 / Review

CMS sets up penalties for noncompliance in the rule, which also includes a 2.3% pay increase and requests for input on a range of topics.

A Brief but Meaningful Encounter

Apr 28, 2021 / Podcast

Defining Moment: A hospital PT finds meaning in a visit with a patient with COVID-19.

Study: Acute Care Rehab Linked to Lower Odds of Readmission, Death Poststroke

Apr 9, 2021 / Review

The study of nearly 9,000 patients also looked at the potential role of patient mobility at hospital admission.

APTA Analysis: The Value of Physical Therapy in Wound Care

Oct 30, 2020 / Analysis

PTs and PTAs can play a major role in wound care. This analysis takes a closer look at relevant interventions and practice settings.

Early Mobilization

Apr 5, 2021 / Open Access

Help stress the importance of early mobilization by sharing this research with hospital administrators and other health care professionals who work in acute care settings.

We Didn't Take Pandemic 101 in PT School

May 8, 2020 / Perspective

As our medical center closed floors to make the isolation units, we became involved.

Flexibility in the Face of COVID-19

Jun 10, 2020 / Perspective

Was it more harmful to keep the doors open or close them?

5 Reasons Why I Love Working in a Military Health System

Jan 10, 2020 / Perspective

I'm a PT at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, and I love my job.

Reflecting and Coping With End-of-Life Care

May 30, 2019 / Perspective

The intensive care unit  is a rare and rewarding environment to encounter physical therapy.

New White Paper Presses for Consistent Mobility Assessments, More Outcome M...

Oct 9, 2018 / News

There is little consistency in the ways hospitals assess and promote movement, and almost no acknowledgement of mobility as an outcome measure. That needs to change, and soon, say authors of a new white paper.