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CMS, HHS Propose More Exceptions to, Safe Harbors in Self-Referral Law

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"These proposals contain some sensible, much-needed provisions but may not go far enough in promoting fairness and patient choice."

New Tool for Managing Arthritis Focuses on Prevention and Management in Primary Care

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October 11, 2019: Nearly 1 in 4 adults in the United States has arthritis—some 54 million people, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Chances are more than good that many of your patients and clients are among them.

APTA: New SNF Payment System Should Drive Quality Patient Care, Not Staff Layoffs

<p><img src="" alt="*PT in Motion News" title="*PT in Motion News 800x400 (for FB)" /><br />October 9, 2019: Fewer than 48 hours after the launch of a new Medicare payment system for skilled nursing facilities (SNFs), APTA began receiving word from physical therapists (PTs) and physical therapist assistants (PTAs) that a number of providers were announcing layoffs or shifts to PRN roles with reduced hours and fewer or no benefits.</p>


Biased? Me? PT in Motion Magazine Takes a Look at Unconscious Cultural Attitudes

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You won't have to search too hard to find a person with biases.

Where Things Stand, What APTA's Doing: Fee Schedule, SNF, and HH Rules From CMS

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Where do things stand with CMS rulemaking, and what is APTA doing around the PFS and other developments?

CMS Hospital Discharge Rule Puts the Focus on Patient Choice, Goals in Postacute Care

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The new rules are intended to put patients at the center of discharge planning.

APTA Helps You Spread the ChoosePT Message During National Physical Therapy Month

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Get your downloadable handouts and posters, and help spread the ChoosePT message.

2019 APTA Honors and Awards Nominations Now Open

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Nominate someone you know for national recognition.

CMS Releases a Burden Reduction Rule That Affects a Wide Range of Facilities, Settings

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For the most part, the rule hits its target.

APTA to CMS: Proposed 8% Cut is 'Arbitrary' and Puts Patients at Risk

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It's an unrealistic plan that will lead to a significant decline in beneficiary access to physical therapy.

APTA Co-Sponsored Study: Seeing a PT First for LBP Lowers Odds of Early and Long-Term Opioid Use

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Seeing a PT first for LBP is linked to lower odds of opioid use.

APTA Student-Led 'Flash Action' on Federal Loan Repayment Program Sets Record

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This year's flash advocacy effort, aimed at a federal program that offers student debt repayment, was a record-breaker.

PTs in Pain: Study Finds Relationships Between PTs Who Experience MSK Pain and Hours Worked, Patient Volume, and Years of Experience

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Hours worked, patient load, and years in the field may play a part in the odds of a PT experiencing MSK pain, according to researchers in Spain.

Leaders from Wyoming, Ohio, Minnesota, and Indiana Honored for State Advocacy Efforts

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Members showing what leadership's all about.

Media Tour Takes APTA's 'ChoosePT' Message Nationwide

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Pain is complicated, and effectively addressing it requires open communication and a true partnership between providers and patients.

ChoosePT: 5 Ways to Participate in National Physical Therapy Month in October

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Ready for National Physical Therapy Month?

The Good Stuff: Members and the Profession in the Media, September 2019

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There's an American Ninja Warrior in our midst.

5 Ways to Get Ready for Falls Prevention Awareness Day

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Here are a few ways to make the next few days a little more fall-focused.

Time to Act: CMS Proposes Significant 8% Cut to Physical Therapy in 2021

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APTA's message to CMS: significant cuts to fee schedule reimbursement for physical therapy providers will put challenging and likely unsustainable financial pressures on PTs.

APTA Launches New ‘Find a PT’ and ‘’ Website to Support Consumer Awareness

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Join the Find a PT directory (it's free to members), and do everything you can to help consumers choose you.

New Rule Allows CMS to Deny Enrollment to Providers 'Affiliated' With Sanctioned Entities

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The rule may create more problems than it solves.

Posture and Movement Coordination, Sensorimotor Integration May Affect Motor Skills in Children With Autism

September 6, 2019: In this review: Postural Control and Interceptive Skills in Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder (PTJ, August 2019)

New Clinical Guidelines Find Strong Evidence Supporting Exercise Therapy for Knee Pain

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September 4, 2019: In this review: Patellofemoral Pain: Clinical Practice Guidelines Linked to the International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health From the Academy of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy of the American Physical Therapy Association.

3D Technology: All That's Fit to Print?

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When it comes to 3D printing and physical therapy, the future is now—well, almost now. In the September issue of PT in Motion magazine "A New Dimension to Physical Therapy," a feature article that explores

'Fundamentally Flawed': APTA's Comments on CMS' Plan Around PTAs, OTAs Target Potential Harms

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Our letter describes the plan as "fundamentally flawed."

4 Videos (and a Podcast) to Get You Ready for Pain Awareness Month

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Need inspiration to get you thinking about your own activities during National Pain Awareness Month?

Physical Therapy Education Leader Rosemary Scully Dies

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Scully focused much of her career on improving clinical education.

What a Difference a Day Makes: Researchers Say That for TKA, Post-Op Same-Day Physical Therapy Reduces Opioid Use and Shortens Length of Stay

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Seize the day (of surgery).

APTA's Comments on FCC Telehealth Proposal Stress Inclusion of PTs and Wider, More Innovative Use

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APTA provided FCC with its take on the proposal through a comment letter that emphasizes the inclusion of PTs as qualified telehealth providers.

Study: Mothers Who Exercise During Pregnancy Give Their Infants a Motor Skills Boost

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Exercise during pregnancy has lasting effects--for the baby as well as the mother.

Study: Knee, Hip OA May Increase Risk of CVD-Related Death, Underscoring Need for Emphasis on Physical Activity in OA Treatment

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Deaths due to CVD are another reason to emphasize physical activity in treatment for hip and knee OA.

The Good Stuff: Members and the Profession in the Media, August 2019

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Members are transforming the profession and society every day.

Stay Inspired, Motivated, and In-the-Know With These APTA Podcasts

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Listen up! APTA's podcasts offer plenty of inspiration and information.

Military System Study: PTs in Primary Care Provide Safe Treatment and Are Less Likely to Order Ancillary Services or Make Referrals

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In military health care settings, PTs are part of the primary care team. And it's working--very well, in fact.

APTA Exhibits at 2019 NCSL Legislative Summit

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JAMA: Americans Aren't Any More Physically Active Than in 2007—And They're Increasingly Sedentary

JAMA: Americans Aren't Any More Physically Active Than in 2007—And They're Increasingly Sedentary
Here's some news you shouldn't take sitting down: since the release of national physical activity (PA) guidelines in 2008, Americans haven't really made a dent in improving PA rates, while "significantly" increasing the amount of time spent on sedentary behavior. Those findings were the major revelations from a first-of-its-kind study that factored work, leisure-time, and transportation-related PA (most PA studies have focused on leisure-time activity only).

Physical Therapy Gets Low (Tech)

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Evan Norman, PT, DPT, president of a mobile wellness practice in Minnesota, is one of the physical therapists (PTs) and physical therapy device industry professionals who share their thoughts on "unplugged" equipment for "In Praise of Low-Tech Tools," an article in the August edition of PT in Motion magazine.

#Fail? Study Says Physical Therapy's Reach on Social Media Comes up Short

When it comes to using social media to promote the profession, physical therapy may be missing out: that's the conclusion of a recent study that analyzed physical therapy-related tweets and found that, for the most part, Twitter discussions about the profession are occurring in an "echo chamber"—if they even rise to the level of a discussion in the first place.

IRFs Receive 2.5% Increase From CMS in FY 2020; Additional Reporting Requirements in FY 2022

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More money, and more reporting requirements.

Gregory Hicks Appointed to APTA’s Board of Directors

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The APTA Board of Directors has a new member.

Final SNF Rule Sets New Payment System Into Motion October 1

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PDPM is a go, along with a change to group therapy parameters pressed for by APTA.

Proposed Outpatient Payment Rule From CMS Continues Previous Trends

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Hospitals get a supervision break in the proposed rule.

Proposed DMEPOS Rule From CMS Aimed at Predictability, Clarity

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Will a "comparable item analysis" plan help CMS determine fees for new DMEPOS items?

Proposed Fee Schedule Rule Wrestles With PTA, OTA Services Delivered 'In Part'; Includes Changes to MIPS

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APTA believes the PTA and OTA plan proposed by CMS could hurt patient access to care.

9 Conversations to Have With Your Legislators While They're Back Home in August

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There's lots to talk about with your legislator while they're home.

Help Highlight the Importance of 'Safe and Sound' Workplaces in August

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One way to achieve the physical therapy profession's goals of a healthier society is to help that society avoid sickness and injury to begin with.

Members-Only Webinar Will Focus on Demonstrating Value in New Home Health Payment System

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Medicare's home health payment system is set to change dramatically. Are you ready?

APTA Working for You: Commercial Payer Updates, July 2019

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Find out how APTA helps its members by staying on top of changes and bringing the profession's voice to the table.

APTA, Alliance for Physical Therapy Quality and Innovation Report Explores Relationship of 'Baseline' Patient Factors and Patient-Reported Outcomes

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APTA and the Alliance call the report "the largest multipractice analysis of open-source, risk-adjusted clinical outcomes in the outpatient physical therapy industry."

The Good Stuff: Members and the Profession in the Media, July 2019

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The Ninja Warrior SPT, battling text-neck, and more.

2019 ELI Fellows Graduate From What's Now a National Award-Winning Program

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This year's ELI graduates know they're part of something special--and the American Society of Association Executives agrees.

APTA Programs Earn National Recognition

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APTA was nationally recognized for its Financial Solutions Center and its Education Leadership Institute program.

APTA Centennial Website Makes Its Debut

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What do you think are some of the profession's most important milestones? A new centennial site from APTA wants to hear from you.

Summer Reading: 8 Great APTA Blog Posts You Might've Missed

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Graduations, vacations, family reunions, binge-watching season 3 of "Stranger Things"…it's entirely understandable if you've been a little distracted over the past few months.

Proposed Home Health Rule Moves Ahead With New Payment System, Allows Therapist Assistants to Furnish Maintenance Therapy

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July 12, 2019: The US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) intends to go full steam ahead with its plans to shift to a new payment system for home health beginning in 2020. The plans are accompanied by other changes that include allowing maintenance therapy to be furnished by physical therapist assistants (PTAs) and occupational therapy assistants (OTAs), providing a payment "add on" for rural home health care, and adopting an APTA-supported "notice of admission" requirement to avoid duplicate billing. The new provisions, which include a 1.3% payment increase, are included in CMS’ proposed rule released on July 11.

APTA-Backed Bill to Provide Diversity-Based Scholarships, Stipends Introduced in House

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APTA's efforts to create a physical therapy profession as diverse as the society it serves could be getting a significant legislative boost.

Survey of PTs Reveals 'Significantly Inadequate' Rates of BP and HR Measurement

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Nearly 7 in 10 PTs said they encountered a new patient with or at risk for CVD at least twice a week.

JAMA Neurology: Telerehab Program Works as Well as Clinic-Based Program for Improved Arm Function Poststroke

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Further support of the ideas behind APTA's efforts to increase telehealth opportunities for PTs and their patients.

From PT in Motion Magazine: Social Determinants of Health

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Health care is one thing. But the context of that care, the constellation of factors that can affect health for individuals and entire communities? That's something else entirely.

APTA, AOTA, ASHA Create Guide to Assess Habilitative, Rehabilitative Insurance Benefits

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The guide is rooted in the idea that the benefits are necessary not just to improve function but also to maintain it, and that physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech-language pathology are the key services in any habilitation/rehabilitation benefit package.

APTA Members Can Now Get $175 Off MedBridge Subscription

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Regular subscription price is $375--MedBridge is knocking off $175 for APTA members.

APTA Survey: PTs Say Administrative Burdens Delay Access, Affect Clinical Outcomes

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Think that administrative burdens are hurting your ability to provide the best possible care? You're not alone.

Expanded Health Reimbursement Arrangement Rule May Widen Use of the Employer Offering

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APTA's advice: keep an eye open, and be aware of the nuances of HRA payment.

Older-Adult Deaths From Falls Have Increased; Intervention May Help Decrease Falls in the Future

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Rates of death from falls more than doubled between 2006 and 2016.

PTJ's Research Impact on the Rise

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The influence of APTA's scientific journal continues to grow.

News From NEXT: Rural Health Care has Plenty of Challenges, Promising Opportunities

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"We have all these conditions that are worse in rural settings, but the money's not there."

News From NEXT: Understanding Personality Types Can Enhance the PT-Patient Relationship

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“It’s not their responsibility to come to us or to meet us half way. It’s our responsibility to meet them.”

News From NEXT: Attendees Rebuild Toy Cars to Aid Children’s Mobility

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GoBabyGo at NEXT.

'Allow Mistakes': Study of Infants With CP Emphasizes Importance of Balanced Approach to Movement Learning

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Reinforcement learning or error-based learning?

UnitedHealthcare Announces New Pilot Program to Increase Access to Physical Therapist Services as Result of Collaboration With APTA

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The pilot follows a multiyear collaboration between APTA, Optum Labs, and UHC.

News From NEXT: 2018-2019 Marquette Challenge Raises Over $266,000 for the Foundation

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Which school came out on top in the funding challenge?

The Good Stuff: Members and the Profession in the Media, June 2019

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PTs making their mark on professional sports teams, a PT sculptor, and PT-led drum circles as part of a pain management program--all part of this month's "Good Stuff."

News From NEXT: Oxford Debaters Argue: Is Social Media Hazardous?

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The verdict is in: social media is hazardous to the physical therapy profession. At least some of the time. That was the outcome of the 12th annual Oxford Debate, during APTA's NEXT Conference and Exposition in Chicago.

News From NEXT: For Optimal Outcomes, Look Beyond Compensation Patterns, Maley Lecturer Says

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"Any movement-related profession—personal trainers, athletic trainers, dance therapists, yoga instructors—who can observe impairments such as a weak muscle can try to fix it," said Beth Fisher, PT, PhD, FAPTA, in delivering the 24th John H. P. Maley Lecture on June 14 at APTA' NEXT Conference & Exposition. However, too often the "fix" involves the patient compensating with movement patterns that interfere with the ability of an affected limb to improve to its true potential. Fisher argued that with their level of education and skill, physical therapists (PTs) can and should identify and help the patient recover that capability.

News From NEXT: McMillan Lecturer Outlines Keys to Excellence in the Physical Therapy Profession

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Tom McPoil, PT, PhD, FAPTA, said he intentionally structured the title of the 50th McMillan Lecture—"Is Excellence in the Cards?" as a question "to raise an element of doubt or uncertainty in our quest to achieve excellence." After all, he said during his delivery of the lecture on June 13 as part of the APTA NEXT Conference and Exposition in Chicago, he has several concerns regarding the profession’s ability to achieve excellence.

News From NEXT: Building Wellness Programs in the Least Likely Places

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Sometimes, basic assumptions beg to be questioned. Just ask physical therapists (PTs) in the oncology rehabilitation department of Froedtert Hospital and Medical College of Wisconsin, who wondered why prevention and wellness couldn't be a part of the patient experience from the moment they entered the facility's doors.

News From NEXT: How One Hospital Implemented Direct Access

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A panel of PTs from the Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) in New York explained how that institution implemented direct access (DA) to physical therapist services during a June 13 session at APTA's 2019 NEXT Conference and Exposition. They then advised attendees how to operationalize DA at their own institutions.

News From NEXT: A Moving Account of a Journey Out of Pain and Addiction—And a PT's Crucial Role

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"I failed my marriage. I failed as a father. I failed my career. And I didn't even know it was happening."

Vision in Action: 2019 House of Delegates Sees Important Role for APTA in Host of Professional, Societal Issues

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One theme was clear: the House believes APTA has the potential to be a change agent for the profession and society at large.

APTA Board Member Sheila Nicholson Dies
Sheila Nicholson, PT, DPT, JD, MBA, MA, a member of the APTA Board of Directors and passionate advocate for the physical therapy profession, died on June 12, after a more than 2 year battle with cancer. She was 57.
Can't-Miss Special Edition of PTJ Focuses on Intersection of Pediatric Physical Therapy and Developmental Science
Don't miss this special issue of PTJ.

What's New at PTNow?

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Haven't visited PTNow lately? Check out what you missed.

What's New at PTNow? More Guidelines and Systematic Reviews Enrich an Already-Robust Resource(1)
PTNow, the association's flagship site for evidence based practice resources, continues to expand in ways that help PTs and PTAs easily access the evidence they need in just a few clicks. If you haven't visited the site lately, check it
APTA 2019 House of Delegates Election Results Announced

June 10, 2019: The following members were elected to APTA's Board of Directors and Nominating Committee on Monday, June 10, at the 2019 House of Delegates in Chicago.

APTA Reveals Future National Logo as Part of Association Branding Project

APTA is an association on the move, and soon it will have a logo to match. Monday, June 10, 2019, the association unveiled its future national logo, which it will begin using in the summer of 2020, coinciding with the launch of a new

'Where Might We Be Now?' APTA Congressional Briefing Makes a Personal Case for Pain Treatment Alternatives
The plan was set on May 21, APTA would hold a congressional briefing on the importance of increasing patient access to nonpharmacological approaches to pain treatment. The event would be highlighted by the story of Cindy Whyde and her
Get Involved With APTA: 5 'Light Lift' (and Fun) Opportunities

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APTA Engage is a comprehensive volunteer portal that makes it easy to find and apply for a wide range of volunteer opportunities—including some "light lift" options.

VA Rolls Out New Community Care Program

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VA thinks the program will be an improvement over VA Choice.

OSHA Responds to APTA by Affirming the PT's Role in First Aid

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The OSHA clarification is a response from a meeting secured by APTA government affairs staff in partnership with the APTA Academy of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy’s Occupational Health Special Interest Group and the APTA Private Practice Section.

Study: Burnout Comes at a (Literal) Cost to Organizations

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Estimates are in the billions.

From PT in Motion Magazine: The Power of Adaptive Sports

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Are PTs, PTAs, and students up to speed on adaptive sports?

Final HHS Report on Pain Management Adds to Drumbeat for Better Access to Nondrug Approaches

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It's a report that in many ways echoes APTA's white paper on opioids and pain management published nearly 1 year ago.

Study Reveals Racial Disparities in Postdischarge Rehab After Traumatic Injury

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Are recovery pathways after traumatic injury different for African-Americans and Caucasians?

CoHSTAR Pilot Study Deadline June 1

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Interested in pursuing a pilot study for CoHSTAR? The application deadline is soon.

Study Identifies 11 Guideline-Based Recommendations for Musculoskeletal Pain

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The 11 recommendations include calls for patient-centered approaches, attention to psychosocial issues, and use of nonsurgical care as a first-line treatment.

America's 'Fittest Cities' Ranked

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May 21, 2019: Live in or near Arlington, Virginia? Congratulations: you reside in the nation's most fit city, according to results of a new study that ranks cities across the United States. The rankings are part of the 2019 American College of Sports Medicine's (ACSM) "Fitness Index," a project that analyzed health and environmental data to arrive at an overall fitness score

Move Forward Radio: Individuals Who Are Transgender Deserve Person-Centered Care – Just Like Everyone Else

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"All bodies are good bodies, and we're going to make sure that all bodies feel the way they're supposed to feel."

Legislation to Include PTs in Student Loan Relief Program Now in House and Senate

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The bill would add PTs to a federal initiative that provides greater patient access to health care in rural and underserved areas—and incentivizes health care provider participation through a student loan forgiveness program.

The Good Stuff: Members and the Profession in the Media, May 2019

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Comedian members, Ski Patrol members, marathon-winning members, and more.

Study: Patients in Cardiac Rehab Are Older, Less Healthy, and Have More Diverse Needs Than Patients 20 Years Ago

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Rates of diabetes, hypertension, and obesity are up.

30 Minutes of 'Acute' Exercise Temporarily Boosts Memory-Related Brain Activity, Strengthens Brain Over Time

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30 minutes of exercise can improve recall temporarily and condition your brain to work more efficiently in the long run.

CDC: Arthritis Affects 1 in 4 in US; More Emphasis on Physical Activity Needed

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The findings point to a position long-supported by APTA: increased PA among individuals with arthritis can have a marked impact on reducing pain severity and increasing function.

From PT in Motion Magazine: 50 Years of PTAs

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1969 wasn't all Woodstock and moonwalks. Just ask a PTA.

Study of Health System Reveals Good Functional Outcomes for Patients in Bundled Care Model

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Do bundled care models work for patients? A new study says yes.

Time to Standardize Acute Care Rehab for Patients Poststroke, Say Researchers

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About 15% of all patients poststroke received no rehabilitation services while in acute care.

Study: 54% of Middle-Income Seniors Won't be Able to Afford Assisted Living Costs, Medical Expenses in 10 Years

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The results aren't encouraging for middle-class seniors, defined as those 75 and older with annuitized financial resources of between $25,000 and $74,298 in 2014 dollars.

APTA, Other Organizations, Will Share Anti-Opioid Efforts

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More than 100 groups will be exchanging information and sharing experiences of their efforts to battle the opioid abuse crisis.

5 Ways to Get Up to Speed on Interprofessional Health Care in Education and Practice

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From research papers to PT in Motion magazine feature articles, there's a little something for everyone.

Congressional Roundup: What's on APTA's Legislative Advocacy Radar

*PT in Motion News There's someimportant legislation in the works, and APTA and its members are there to advocate.

APTA President Sharon Dunn Named Dean of LSU Shreveport's School of Allied Health Professions

*PT in Motion News "Sharon has been a tireless advocate for the profession, the highest standards of health care, and patients' rights everywhere."

Beyond the Sessions: 7 NEXT Opportunities Worth Checking Out

*PT in Motion News NEXT offers hands-on experiences, interactive learning opportunities, and plenty of ways to network and have a great time—this year, in 1 of the most vibrant cities in the country.

APTA Sheds Light on Upcoming MIPS, Registry Deadlines

*PT in Motion News Deadlines are coming. Do you know what you need to do, and when you need to do it?

Proposed SNF Rule Relaxes Group Therapy Requirements, Increases Payment by 2.5%

*PT in Motion News "The expanded definition of group therapy is very much in line with APTA's ongoing effort to advocate for the value of the PT's clinical judgment."

IRFs Could See 2.5% Increase From CMS in FY 2020; Additional Reporting Requirements in FY 2022

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CMS wants to gather more information on social determinants of health.


CMS Adds to DMEPOS Prior Authorization List

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Seven of the 12 new codes are related to power mobility devices, with the additional 5 related to pressure-reducing support surfaces.

The Good Stuff: Members and the Profession in the Media, April 2019

*PT in Motion News Traumatophobia, "citizen science," and improving health in Vietnam, among other notable mentions of members in the media.

New Phys Ed Studies Say There's More Work to Do

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Attendance in PE classes hasn't changed much. But that's not necessarily a good thing.

APTA Annual Report: 2018's Achievements Are Shaping the Future of the Profession

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It's a story of how how creating connections can pay off—not only in meeting current challenges, but in setting a course for the profession's future.

PTJ: Falls Are 'Critical Health Hazard' for Individuals With Upper Limb Loss

*PT in Motion News Single-fall prevalence for this population is higher than for older individuals and community-dwelling stroke survivors.

CDC Reiterates Limits of Opioid Prescribing Guideline

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The CDC clarification is consistent with APTA messaging in its #ChoosePT campaign and elsewhere.

Foundation Announces 2019 Grant Opportunities

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A lifetime APTA member made a new major grant a reality.

New Pilot Study Opportunities Available From CoHSTAR

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As much as $25k per project is available for direct costs.

JAMA Oncology: Telerehab Makes a Difference in Patients With Advanced-Stage Cancer

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"Surprisingly modest functional losses and gains among individuals with borderline dependency…can profoundly affect their requirement for inpatient care."



CMS Home Health Preclaim, Postpayment Review System Again Ready to Launch in Illinois

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After false starts, restarts, postponements, and more than a little pushback from APTA and other stakeholders, CMS is ready to once again roll out a home health agency (HHA) payment program in Illinois that would force HHA providers in the state to participate in preclaim or postpayment reviews—or choose a third option that would involve "minimal" postpayment review but cut payment by 25%.

Student Loan Repayment Program to Include PTs? Health Services Corps Bill Reintroduced in US Senate

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It's back: APTA-supported legislation that would list physical therapists (PTs) among the professions included in a federal program to provide greater patient access to health care in rural and underserved areas has been reintroduced in the Senate. If passed into law, the program could open up access to a student loan repayment program for participating PTs—and help address the nation's opioid crisis in areas that have been especially hard-hit.

2019 House of Delegates Motions Now Posted

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The compilation contains 70 House motions.


Statehouse Roundup: Licensure Compact Progress; Chapters Press for Changes to Direct Access, Pain Management Policy, Payment, and More

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Providing all goes as hoped during current state legislative sessions, the Physical Therapy Licensure Compact could pass the halfway mark in its progress toward adoption in every state, with a potential for 28 states to be participating in the system that allows physical therapists (PTs) and physical therapist assistants (PTAs) licensed in 1 compact state to obtain practice privileges in others.

From PT in Motion Magazine: Regenerative Medicine and the PT

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Patient, heal thyself. Maybe that's not exactly what regenerative medicine is all about, but it's close: with its emphasis on enhancing the body's own genetically driven capabilities to repair damage and reestablish neural connections, regenerative medicine is pushing the boundaries of what we know about the healing capacities hidden in our own DNA. And physical therapists (PTs) are bringing an important perspective and set of unique skills to the field.

From Move Forward Radio: Motivated by Physical Therapy Experience, Woman Is Inspired to Give Back

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Move Forward Radio: great listening for you and your patients.


New DPT Honor Society Readies to Announce First Inductees

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Think current DPT students are impressive? The American Council of Academic Physical Therapy couldn't agree more.

It's Never Too Late: Study Finds Beginning PA Later in Life Reduces Mortality Risk Nearly as Much as Remaining Active From Adolescence

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 Researchers were in for a surprise.

Too Much Focus on Productivity Increases Risk of Unethical Behavior, Say Researchers

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Too Much Focus on Productivity Increases Risk of Unethical Behavior, Say Researchers
Study: Light Physical Activity Could Help to Lower Risk of Coronary and Cardiovascular Problems

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Even light PA—walking, gardening, stretching exercises—can make a significant difference in risk of CHD and CVD, researchers say.
President's Budget Proposes Cuts to Public Health Programs, Health Research, Medicare, and Medicaid

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While the budget itself isn't likely to survive, there's a danger that some of the more damaging concepts could live on. Health Care Headlines President's Budget Proposes Cuts to Public Health Programs, Health Research, Medicare, and Medicaid
Researchers Find 'Only Positive Effects' From PTs in Primary Care Role

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Get thee to a PT.
The Good Stuff: Members and the Profession in the Media, March 2019

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Members looking at the relationship between sound and movement, among other Good Stuff. Check it out!
North Carolina PTs Get Decisive Dry Needling Win

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After a nearly 4-year battle, physical therapists (PTs) in North Carolina can finally claim victory in their fight to protect dry needling.

New APTA Partnership Aimed at Improving Health Care Throughout the Americas

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APTA will be doing even more to support access to rehabilitative services beyond US borders, thanks to its newest partnership, with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), the world's oldest international public health agency.

Researchers: Aquatic Exercise Offers Similar Results With Less Pain for Patients With Chronic LBP

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Aquatic exercise, a common physical therapist intervention for patients with chronic low back pain (CLBP), shouldn't be viewed as "less strenuous or less effective" than land-based exercise, according to authors of a recent study in PTJ (Physical Therapy). In fact, they write, water-based exercise can be beneficial for people whose movement is limited by pain.

Your Help Needed to Guide Movement System Integration
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Education Leadership Partnership Looks Back On a Productive Year

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The report recaps an important year.

CMS Promotes More Access to Nondrug Pain Management in Medicaid
CMS says states have a range of options for increasing access to nondrug approaches to pain treatment for Medicaid beneficiaries.

From PT in Motion Magazine: Health 'Consumerism' Is Changing How PTs Think About Care

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Patients are increasingly extending their consumer savvy to choosing health care providers—and that includes PTs

Large-Scale Investigation: Falls-Prevention Exercise Interventions Work

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Overall, exercise reduces the rate of falls by 23%.

APTA Working for You: Practice-Related Updates, February 2019

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APTA is providing the profession's perspective on a range of practice-related issues.

Can Cognitive and Physical Activity in Midlife Reduce the Risk of Dementia in Later Years? Researchers Say Yes

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Stay physically and intellectually active in midlife to reduce risk of later dementia.

New Medicare SNF Payment System Explained in Upcoming Q-and-A Sessions
PTs in SNFs will face an entirely new payment methodology beginning in October. APTA can help you get up to speed.

CPG: Avoid Surgery for Atraumatic Shoulder Pain
"Clinicians should not offer patients subacromial decompression surgery unprompted."
Crazy Little Thing Called (APTA) Love
The stories show how APTA builds connections, strengthens the profession, and provides opportunities for professional growth.
The Good Stuff: Members and the Profession in the Media, February 2019
APTA members are amazing ambassadors for the profession.

From PTJ: PT, PTA Injuries Related to Patient Handling Still Common in LTC Settings
More than half of the therapy personnel surveyed said that they"never" or "rarely" use resident-lifting equipment.

Proposed Rules on Electronic Health Information Seek Better Patient Access, More Interoperability
HHS is getting serious about making it as easy as possible for patients to access their health care records from just about any device, for free.
New APTA Policy Priorities Push for a More Wellness-Oriented, Value-Based, and Accessible Health Care System
APTA believes leaves too many Americans underserved, including people with disabilities, chronic conditions, and opioid addiction.
Check Your QPP Status (Again)

Medicare's Quality Payment Program applies to qualifying PTs. Does that mean you?


Researchers: Physical Therapy-Related Cochrane Reviews Largely Inconclusive
There may be good reasons for the higher rates, according to authors.

Study: More Evidence for Early Post-TKR Exercise Interventions 'Urgently Needed'
"Large variations between institutions and individuals exist as to what active inpatient therapy is prescribed."

APTA Volunteer Opportunities Now Available
Positions for several Board of Directors-appointed groups are open.

APTA, ACSM Partnership Agreement Formalizes Long-Time Collaboration
"Both organizations are founded in helping individuals live their best lives."
From PT in Motion Magazine: Recognizing—and Beating—Burnout
Burnout is being experienced by an increasing number of PTs and PTAs, sometimes before they even know it's happening to them.
Systematic Review: LBP Studies Make the Case for Early Physical Therapy
An encouraging picture is emerging.

New Medicare Home Health Payment System Explained in Upcoming Q-and-A Sessions
It's all free to APTA members.

Foundation Has a New Name, Logo, and Website
Same focus, different name--and a new logo.

New APTA Strategic Plan: Leading the Profession and Association Into the Next Century
The goals to be reached between now and the beginning of APTA's next century are as ambitious as anything the association has ever attempted.
'No Bigger Fan': US Surgeon General Believes the Physical Therapy Profession is a Key Player in the Fight Against Opioid Misuse
"Physical therapists are key to overcoming not only the opioid epidemic but in creating healthier societies," Adams said.
Study: Physical Activity and Higher Motor Skills Create a 'Cognitive Reserve' Even When Brain Pathologies Are Present
Yes, researchers found that participants who recorded higher levels of PA and motor skills also tended to score higher on cognitive tests than did those with lower PA and motor skills. But there was an even more interesting finding uncovered in postmortem examination of brain tissue.
APTA Breaks Ground on New Headquarters: APTA Centennial Center
Let the construction begin current and former APTA leaders gathered in Alexandria, Virginia, to celebrate the groundbreaking of APTA Centennial Center, a 7 story, 115,000 square foot building that will be the association's headquarters beginning in 2021.
Study of Cash-Based PT Services Hints at Possibility of Increased Cost-Effectiveness
A small scale study that looks at the effect of cash based physical therapist (PT) services on utilization points to the possibility that the approach could be associated with lower overall costs and greater patient reported levels of improvement—although authors
2019 Federal Advocacy Forum Coming March 31; Registration Open Through March 18
A new Congress, new priorities, new opportunities for delivering the physical therapy message.

The Good Stuff: Members and the Profession in the Media, January 2019
APTA members and the profession in the media.

From Move Forward Radio: Retreat Helps Veterans With Amputation—and Their Families
The latest from Move Forward Radio.

JAMA Study: 'Multicomponent' Exercise Interventions During Hospital Stay Can Reverse Functional Decline Among Patients 75 and Older
Could the right in-hospital exercise intervention reverse functional decline among patients who are elderly?

New Anthem UM Vendor in 5 States May be the Beginning of a Wider Shift
A new Anthem UM vendor is coming to 5 states. Are more on the way?

While You're in the Neighborhood: 2 Easy-to-Do Opportunities to Help the Local Community During CSM
Easy ways to help out while you're at CSM (and even if you're not attending).

Draft HHS Report Backs Nonpharmacological Pain Management, Calls for Better Payer Coverage of Physical Therapy
"There is a lack of uniformity in insurance coverage and lack of coverage alignment with current practice guidelines for pain management."
New CPT Codes Allow PTs to Conduct, Bill for Remote Monitoring
More details need to be shared, but the basic idea is that the new codes allow PTs to conduct some activities remotely.

From PTJ: Could Impaired Physical Performance Predict Hospitalization Risk?
Could PTs have a role in screening and intervention for hospitalization risk?

APTA Outcomes Registry Earns Key QCDR Designation for Use With MIPS
The Physical Therapy Outcomes Registry now offers more QCDR-related measures than any other physical therapy-only option.

2019 MPPR Calculator Now Available
This year's calculator offers some new features.

APTA Partners With VA to Raise Vets' Awareness of Physical Therapy, Create Practice Opportunities for PTs and PTAs
"APTA finds its roots in the military, and we are thrilled to be partnering with VA to give back to America's veterans and ensure that they are receiving the physical therapy care they need."

Relevant Reading: 2018's Top PT in Motion Magazine Stories
Want to get a feel for the reach and diversity of the physical therapy profession?

Getting an Eyeful: Top APTA Videos of 2018
APTA produced a wide range of videos in 2018. Here are the year's most-viewed.

Moving Forward With Move Forward Radio's Most Popular Podcasts of 2018
APTA's Move Forward Radio helps you connect with patients and clients.

Diverse Voices, 1 Community: The Top APTA Blog Posts of 2018
Different voices, new perspectives, and assumption-challenging calls to action.

The More Things Change, the More They…Change: CMS Announcements Dominate Top PT in Motion News Stories for 2018
Lots of interest in keeping up with CMS.

Move Forward Radio Catches a 'Big Wave' Surfing Legend
Can lessons learned as a big wave surfer be applied to recovering from a hip replacement? Totally.

CoHSTAR Announces Fellowship Opportunities; Applications Due by February 15
Application deadline is February 15, 2019.

DoD Moves to Include PTAs in TRICARE
TRICARE would mirror Medicare's requirements permitting PTA and OTA participation.

The Good Stuff: Members and the Profession in the Media, December 2018
Good Stuff: APTA members and the profession in the media.

APTA, NATA Joint Statement Calls for Collaborative Relationship
"It's in the best interest of our patients and our clients, and our members, to work together when possible." - APTA President Sharon Dunn, PT, PhD

Government Affairs and Public Service Awards Nominations Due January 18, 2019
Do you know of any standouts in federal government affairs leadership or public service? Now's the time send in nominations for two APTA awards.

Foundation Research Grant Awards, Kendall Scholarships Announced
The grants cover a wide range of important research areas.

Large-Scale Study Finds Connection Between Early Physical Therapy and Lower Opioid Use
There was an average 10% drop in the likelihood of opioid use for patients who had early physical therapy for knee, back, neck, or shoulder pain.

Cochrane Researchers 'Confident' in Pelvic Floor Muscle Therapy as Effective UI Treatment
Strong support for pelvic floor muscle training.

New Draft CPG on Locomotor Function Seeking Comments: Deadline December 21

A draft of the CPG is available for review and public comment until December 21—all physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, and students are invited to comment. 


Study: PTs, Family Physicians Similar in Knowledge of LBP Management
Authors believe the results point to the need for further study of the potential for PTs in primary care settings, an issue that APTA is exploring.
2019 Slate of Candidates Posted
The 2019 Slate of Candidates for APTA national office is now posted on the  APTA website.
PTJ: Physical Therapy Continuity of Care Linked to Lower Rate of Surgery, Lower Costs
"Health care systems could find this opportunity appealing, as physical therapy provider continuity is a modifiable clinical practice pattern."
Listen Up! APTA Podcasts Keep You Inspired, Motivated, and In-the-Know
More content and variety than ever before.

Study: Early Physical Therapy for Neck Pain Associated With Lower Imaging Rates, Opioid Prescriptions, and Overall Cost
Early physical therapy was associated with fewer opioid prescriptions, reduced imaging rates, and lower overall costs.
PT in Motion Magazine Looks at PTs in Primary Care
PTs as primary care providers isn't a pie-in-the-sky idea.

Study: Clinic Ball Pits Carry Bacterial Risks
Have a ball pit at your clinic? Proceed with caution.

Ready for MIPS? Take This Quick Quiz
Are you ready for what's coming? Take this quick quiz to find out.
CSM Delivers: Aging

As the US population continues to age, PTs and PTAs will take on an even more transformative role in the health of society. Are you ready?


What's New at PTNow? More Guidelines and Systematic Reviews Enrich an Already-Robust Resource
The evidence you need is just a few clicks away.

New Resource Page Helps PT, PTA Students Explore Options for Financial Aid, Loan Forgiveness, Post-Degree Loan Repayment, and More
It's not easy being a PT or PTA student--but APTA helps to make it a little less overwhelming.

Revised Pediatric Concussion Guidelines Address Assessment, Return-to-Play, More
Nine conclusions and 7 recommendations on pediatric sports-related concussion.

PTJ: Physical Therapy Outcomes Registry as a Potential Leader in 'Systems Science'
The Physical Therapy Outcomes Registry could be the place where the profession meets systems science.

Study: Number of Pills Prescribed Is a Stronger Predictor of Opioid Consumption Than Pain Severity Postsurgery
"Anchoring and adjustment."

The Good Stuff: Members and the Profession in the Media, November 2018
Our members are doing (and saying) some good stuff. Check out this month's collection of members and the profession in the media.

New Physical Activity Guidelines Stress the Importance of Movement of any Duration
You want blunt? HHS can do blunt.
Proposed Medicaid, CHIP Rule Reflects State Movement Toward Managed Care Systems
As states continue to move toward wider use of managed care organizations in their Medicaid systems, CMS is looking at ways to guide the evolution while maintaining state flexibility.
European Psychiatrists Recommend Physical Activity in the Treatment of Severe Mental Illness
November 9, 2018: Could the effect of physical activity (PA) on the brain extend beyond a general sense of well-being? The European Psychiatric Association (EPA) thinks so and has issued guidance that recommends supervised PA as potentially effective treatment for individuals with severe mental illnesses (SMIs) such as schizophrenia and major depression. The recommendations are supported by the International Organization of Physical Therapists in Mental Health.
Survey Finds 'Considerable Variation' in Postsurgery ACL Rehab
Authors call the results "surprising."

APTA Members Eligible for Interdisciplinary Orthopedic Conference Discount
Sessions include everything from improving patient outcomes to understanding how concepts such as "Medicare for all" could affect individual practice.
From PT in Motion Magazine: A Primer on Major Medicare Payment Changes
November 6, 2018: It's hard to overstate the Medicare-related changes that many physical therapists (PTs) will be facing come January, now that the US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has adopted a final rule that includes eligible PTs in the agency's comprehensive Quality Payment Program (QPP). There's a lot to learn about the new value-based payment system, and PT in Motion magazine can help you get started.
CMS Finalizes 'Site Neutral' Outpatient Plan; New Approach to DMEPOS Bidding
CMS is ending payment rates that favor hospital-owned outpatient facilities.

Physician Fee Schedule and QPP: A New Payment World Awaits PTs in 2019
"It's now critically important that physical therapists learn as much as possible about QPP and how they can best navigate the new system."
Final Home Health Rule Keeps New Payment Model—With a Few APTA-Supported Changes
Coming in 2020: a major shift to an entirely new payment methodology.

JAMA Study Supports Physical Therapy as First-Line Approach to Meniscal Tears
The results again point to the validity of physical therapy as first-line option for treatment.
Physical Activity May Decrease Mortality Risk in Frail Older Adults, Say Researchers
Authors believe it's the first study to look at the effects of physical activity on mortality among frail and prefrail older adults.

CMS Wants Medicare Advantage to Increase Telehealth Coverage
Under the proposed rule, Advantage plans would be allowed to offer what are known as "additional telehealth benefits" as basic benefits.
New APTA Public Awareness Video Features Adaptive Surfing Champion PT Dani Burt

APTA member Dani Burt, PT, DPT , has a knack for turning inspiration into…more inspiration. Now a new APTA video helps to tell her story to the public. As a teenager, Burt underwent an above-knee amputation as a result of injuries suffered in a motorcycle accident. During her recovery, she became inspired

CSM Delivers: Management and Leadership
Brush up your management and leadership skills—and help achieve the profession’s transformative vision—with these CSM 2019 sessions.
CSM Delivers: Practice Tips
Learn something new that you can apply to your practice right now at the 2019 CSM.

APTA Working for You: Federal Advocacy Updates, October 2018
Advocacy for patients and the profession never stops. APTA helps its members by staying on top of changes and bringing the physical therapy profession's voice to the table on a wide range of payment and care related issues. Here's a
CSM Delivers: Payment
You can be on the cutting edge when it comes to the latest research in physical therapy, you can have a deep understanding of the technologies available to enhance patient care, and you can be an expert on tests and measures, but at the end of the day, you have to get paid. And to do that, you must stay on top of a payment landscape that's changing rapidly—and dramatically.
APTA Members: AMA Seeks Critical Input on New CPT Code Values
APTA members are being alerted to be on the lookout for 2 important surveys that APTA will disseminate for the American Medical Association (AMA) that will help to shape values for new current procedural terminology (CPT®) codes.
CSM Delivers: Moving Evidence Into Practice
The evidence base for physical therapy is growing stronger by the day, and patients, payers, and other stakeholders are taking notice. The next step: making the all-important connection between research evidence and real-world practice.
CSM Delivers: Technology and Physical Therapy
Technology continues to advance at an exponential rate, but what does that mean for the profession? More important, what does it mean for patients in the here-and-now?
USBJI Young Investigators Program Accepting Applications for 2019 Program
Physical therapist investigators have an opportunity to receive guidance in getting their research funded and "other survival skills required for pursuing an academic career" through a program that connects them with experienced researcher-mentors.
APTA Named 'Best in Business'
Member engagement, financial operations, and involvement in the local community were all factors in the award.

CSM Delivers: Pain Science and the Challenge of Opioids
The 2019 CSM delivers information on pain science, opioid use among athletes, and more.

CSM Delivers: Students and Early-Career PTs and PTAs
Preparing PT and PTA students, maintaining early-career engagement--it's all coming to CSM.

The Good Stuff: Members and the Profession in the Media, October 2018
Check out what physical therapy students at Brenau University are doing in this month's "Good Stuff."

Study: Many Gaps Still Exist in Insurer Coverage of Nondrug Treatments for LBP
Physical therapy and occupational therapy do well in terms of medical necessity. But the coverage itself is inconsistent.

US House Members Echo APTA, Coalition Members' Call for Reduced Use of Prior Authorization by Medicare Advantage Plans
Reps called many of the prior authorization requirements "onerous and often unnecessary."
Updated MedPAC 'Payment Basics' Series Provides Medicare Payment System Overview
Areas covered include outpatient therapy, skilled nursing facilities, home health services, hospital acute inpatient services, and more.
New Report Looks at Link Between Surgery-Related Opioid Prescriptions, Later Opioid Abuse
TKA patients were found to have a 15.2% rate of later misuse of opioids.

It's World Arthritis Day: 5 Great Resources
According to a 2016 study,  25% of Americans will have arthritis by 2040.

APTA Advocacy for EMG, Other Diagnostic Services Results in Payment Clarification from CMS
The announcement was made after APTA and other stakeholders pressed CMS to clear the air in order to end payment reductions or outright denials to PTs providing EMG and related diagnostic services.
From PTJ: Unwarranted Variation in Pelvic Floor Muscle Function Terminology an Obstacle to Advances in Treatment
Is a lack of standardized terminology limiting advances in treatment for pelvic floor muscle function issues?
New White Paper Presses for Consistent Mobility Assessments, More Outcome Measures for Hospitalized Older Adults
The white paper advocates for a shift in "a hospital culture that does not value or prioritize mobility."
Massive APTA-Supported Opioid Bill Ready for President's Signature
The final version of the legislation echoes many of the recommendations included in an APTA white paper on the opioid crisis.
What's New at, Fall 2018 is an evolving resource.
APTA-Backed Bill Protecting PTs Traveling With Sports Teams Likely to Become Law
"This is a big win for PTs, but an even bigger step forward in safeguarding the health of athletes."
Celebrate National Physical Therapy Month: Support #ChoosePT
October is National Physical Therapy Month, an opportunity to amplify and promote the benefits of physical therapy and raise awareness of APTA’s #ChoosePT campaign.
Jeanne Fischer, Pediatric Physical Therapy Pioneer and Distinguished Mentor, Dies at 94
Fischer was a founding member of the former Section on Pediatrics(now the Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy).

From PT in Motion Magazine: Moving Away From Opioids
PT in Motion magazine looks at how APTA is helping to shape policy around nonopioid approaches to pain management.

APTA Continues PTA Advocacy: Pushback on PTA Differential, Timeline for TRICARE Startup, More
Physical therapist assistants (PTAs) play a crucial role on the care delivery team, and APTA is bringing that message to multiple stakeholders. Here's a rundown of some of the latest happenings in the association's advocacy for PTAs.
Student-Led Flash Action Highlights Physical Therapy's Role in Pain Management
It was a message that came through loud and clear—to the tune of nearly 7,000 contacts with lawmakers and their staff

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