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PT Day on Capitol Hill
by Brian Ferrie
The morning of June 4 started very early for more than 1,000 dedicated attendees at the American Physical Therapy Association's NEXT 2015 Conference & Exposition in National Harbor, Md. These hardy souls awoke before the sun, donned their professional Read More...
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‘It's a Calling to Be a PT'
by Brian Ferrie
NATIONAL HARBOR, MD -- The APTA Annual Conference & Exposition, which was rebranded last year as "NEXT," just celebrated its 2015 incarnation in this inviting little town on the Potomac River outside Washington, D.C. The conference drew thousands Read More...
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Coming Up NEXT -- The 2015 APTA Annual Conference
by Brian Ferrie
As many ADVANCE readers are likely aware, the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) last year rebranded its traditional "Annual Conference & Exposition" as simply "NEXT". The APTA website stated at the time, "It's a name change, but more than Read More...
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CSM 2013: APTA Steps Up Advocacy on Federal Affairs
by Lisa Lombardo
SAN DIEGO--In a two-part session to accommodate a wide range of topics on Medicare and federal health care law changes, APTA presented "Emerging Issues in Medicare and Federal Affairs: What Every PT Needs to Know" to a packed audience on Wednesday at Read More...
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APTA Stays Proactive on State Legislative Issues
by Lisa Lombardo
SAN DIEGO--APTA's Governmental Affairs office--recently renamed the Public Policy, Practicer and Professional Affairs Unit--is gathering steam to confront issues in state legislatures that have an impact on the profession. At the top of the priority list, Read More...
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CSM 2013: A ‘Fine’ Time for Networking, Fun
by Lisa Lombardo
King of Prussia---I'm looking forward to attending this year's Combined Sections Meeting nexk week in (what we hope is) sunny San Diego! It will be a nice change of pace from last year's meeting, which was a lot of fun, but also quite chilly in the Windy Read More...
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PT 2012: Where Does PT Fit in Health Care Reform?
by Lisa Lombardo
Tampa-One overriding theme at PT 2012 has been keeping the profession at the forefront of health policy change. Most therapists agree that there are many ways they need to make that happen-through better data tracking, research, advocacy and education Read More...
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The Cream of the Crop
by Danielle Bullen
Tampa-- A tradition at every annual conference, the honors and awards ceremony recognizes physical therapists, physical therapist assistants and students in both areas who have made outstanding contributions over the previous year. People, many dressed Read More...
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End of an APTA Era
by Rebecca Mayer
TAMPA -- PT 2012 attendees gathered in the ballroom tonight at the Tampa Convention Center for the Opening Ceremonies and a chance to bid adieu to APTA President R. Scott Ward, PT, PhD. Having completed his second 3-year term, Dr. Ward welcomed incoming Read More...
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The Sunshine State Beckons!
by Lisa Lombardo
From our homes here in the Southeastern region of Pennsylvania, and the cozy enclaves of Massachusetts (where senior regional editor Rebecca Mayer hails), we at ADVANCE can't really complain too much about this previous winter. We dodged a lot of blizzard Read More...
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PT 2012 Preview: The Profession’s New Role
by Lisa Lombardo
If you ever get a chance to talk to actors, you'll find that one of their biggest fears is being "typecast": always up for parts playing the same character-the good guy, the bad guy, the "sidekick," the token girlfriend, the criminal, the rough-at-the-edges Read More...
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Advice for New Grads: What Not to Wear
by Lisa Lombardo
Prior to attending APTA's Combined Sections Meeting last month, I took a look at the programming schedule for more unique presentations that stand out from the rest of the clinical-heavy programming. I'll pick a few out to feature in preview blogs for Read More...
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CSM 2012: Issues in the Statehouse
by Lisa Lombardo
Defending the PT profession can take not much more than becoming more active in your own state, as drivers of the Public Policy Practice and Professional Affairs group (PPPPA) are calling PTs and PTAs to action. On Feb. 9 at the Combined Sections Meeting, Read More...
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See You in Chicago!
by Lisa Lombardo
A week from now, I'm really looking forward to heading to Chicago for APTA's annual Combined Sections Meeting. Sort of. Here in the Philadelphia suburbs ADVANCE calls home, we're living the "good" life this winter so far, with little if any snow and many Read More...
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Ready to Rally!
by Lisa Lombardo
NATIONAL HARBOR, MD - Physical therapists and other health care practitioners probably hear their full share about "making a difference" when it comes to national decisions on health care and insurance reform. This week, PTs and PTAs get to put these Read More...
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