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Journey of a DPT Student

The Future of PT

Published October 17, 2011 8:59 AM by Lauren Rosso

Last week, my class was lucky enough to benefit from the Scully Lecture Series, an endowed program that brings distinguished speakers to the area to highlight relevant issues within the world of physical therapy. Justin Moore, PT, DPT, APTA vice president of government and payment policy, came to the Southwest Pennsylvania District to discuss current legislative focal points, prior to which he met with our class for a more informal question-and-answer session.

If I took nothing else from the session, it's that the health care climate is changing, and our roles as PTs may transform in the next 10 years. Dr. Moore addressed a variety of topics ranging from changes in reimbursement to the future of direct access. Health care reform is driving many of these transformations, and he emphasized that now, more than ever, we need to demonstrate the value of what we do. Luckily, he seems to be having success in Washington, so it sounds like we're on the right path.

As we are all just getting started, it's hard to look so far into the future. But the reality is that by the time we hit the peak of our careers, many of these changes could be implemented. I think it's important that we keep ourselves updated regarding what's on the horizon, and how it may affect us in the future.


Kim-  I can absolutely sympathize with your concerns. I haven't learned much about the implications for PTAs, but I would be interested to hear what's changing for you, too. It's all so intertwined that whatever changes are going to affect all of us. Thanks for reading, too! I'm glad you can relate to what I'm talking about. Good luck in your clinical- it is so much better than class and absolutely the best way to learn.

Lauren Rosso October 25, 2011 1:12 AM

As is the future of the PTA.  With the coming changes in RC-11, this changes the scope of practice allowing the      "physical therapist to utilize appropriate support personnel, including but not limited to the physical therapist assistant, when directing and supervising selected aspects of physical therapy intervention".      Many PTA are concerned that this will devalue their job.

Do you ever hear anything about utilizing support personnel?  Or are you still focusing on learning PT?

It seems things are always changing.  I enjoy reading your blog during this very challenging education.  I'm a second year PTA student and find it very challenging.  We start clinic rotations in another week and looking forward to that.

Kim October 23, 2011 1:23 PM

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