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APTA Applauds Groundbreaking AARP Action
by Brian Ferrie
The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), Alexandria, Va., issued a press release on Tuesday supporting a groundbreaking action taken last week by the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP). The APTA statement reads, in part: "On Dec. Read More...
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CSM 2013: PT Autonomy: What the Future Holds Under Health Care Reform
by Lisa Lombardo
SAN DIEGO--There's a popular saying that goes in this vein: There really is no such thing as luck; it is what you do with the situations you are confronted with that determines your own fate. PTs who are in private practice or who are contemplating such 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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Clearer Communication
by Brian Ferrie
Pate Rehabilitation, Dallas, TX, issued a press release Nov. 28 announcing the launch of a new Spanish program as part of its evidence-based treatment and support for individuals recovering from acquired brain injuries. According to the release, "this Read More...
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PT Legislative Battle Rages in California
by Brian Ferrie
Physical therapists who haven't been paying attention to the legislative battle raging in California might want to start. As the APTA detailed in its Aug. 30 press release, " In California, a Rough Ride for Senate Bill 924 ," the latest salvo was just 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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Measuring Up To Our Full Potential
by Danielle Bullen
Tampa--"Guidelines will reveal the value of physical therapy services." So said Edelle C. Field-Forte, PT, PhD of the University of Miami Miller Medical School at the 17th Annual John H. P. Maley Lecture today. The lecture, named for Maley, a past president Read More...
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PT 2012: Politics of PT
by Lisa Lombardo
Tampa-June 7, 2012--The City of Tampa is becoming one of the most vital cities to decide what happens in nationwide politics in the upcoming election. Not only will the city be the site of the Republican National Convention in August, but here's a bit 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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Countering the Cap
by Brian Ferrie
On Feb. 22, President Obama signed the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 (HR 3630), noted a Feb. 24 press release from the APTA . Among other facets, this act extends the therapy cap exceptions process for the remainder of 2012. The 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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A Case for Direct PT Access
by Brian Ferrie
An Oct. 14 press release from the APTA detailed the results of an intriguing new study in the journal Health Services Research . The study suggests "the role of the physician gatekeeper in regard to physical therapy may be unnecessary in many cases" and Read More...
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Confronting Clinical Autonomy
by Lisa Lombardo
In our July 11, 2011 issue, our Management Focus story "A More Direct Approach" by Larry Briand, MS, PT, ATC, and Kevin Svoboda, PT, discussed how practice owners can hone their referral approaches in this new era of direct access for PTs. They brought 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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