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  • The Skilled Nursing Facility Conundrum

    Last week I was involved in a discussion regarding membership in the APTA. For once the topic wasn't new graduates but therapists who were members but no longer are. The question was, what would it take to bring them back in? What do they value? I responded by describing how a SNF functions. Fix that chaos and they'll return. SNFs are unique. ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on September 2, 2015
  • Study Reflects Poorly on Self-Referral to PT Services

    The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), Alexandria, Va., recently issued a press release concerning a new study. Published in the Forum for Health Economics & Policy, the study is titled ''Physician Self-Referral of Physical Therapy Services for Patients with Low Back Pain: Implications for Use, Types of Treatments Received and ...
  • Facilities Don't Want to Pay for PT Experience

    Previously I've written about the financial burden on newly graduated DPTs. If undergraduate costs are included, a new graduate could be as much as $100,000 in debt. The debt is driving decisions about jobs, salaries and benefits. Until last week, I hadn't considered the effect this is having on more experienced therapists. A friend of mine from ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on August 26, 2015
  • Why Nothing Will Change at the APTA

    In my last blog, I described my concerns that nothing will change with the APTA, expensive consultant group or not. I expect them to continue with the same message but repackage with new words. I see subtlety in their future. The reason I don't expect change is simple. The same people will still be in charge. No one is stepping down from a ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on August 19, 2015
  • Is the APTA Repackaging an Old Message?

    I've spent more time thinking about the ''new'' APTA. This could be a golden opportunity for the APTA to reinvent itself and address the needs of its current non-members. By asking questions and actually listening to the answers, its membership might grow and it could become a true association of the profession. Alas, I just don't think so. I ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on July 29, 2015
  • What Can We Do About the Problems Facing Physical Therapy?

    For the past few weeks, I've been blogging about problems within the profession of physical therapy and our frustrations over them. Everyone agrees on the problems. There is probably some disagreement on which ones should be addressed first. After all, they are interdependent. Attempting to improve any of them would be a step in the right ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on July 9, 2015
  • When a Physical Therapist Position Doesn't Pay Enough

    We recently hired a new graduate as a prn therapist. We offered him a full-time position. He turned it down because it didn't pay enough. He gave the same response to three other facilities when they offered him positions. None of them paid enough. He now works as a prn therapist at two or three facilities. All three of the facilities offered ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on June 17, 2015
  • PT Day on Capitol Hill

    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 best and headed downstairs by 6 a.m. for a quick breakfast before boarding shuttle buses ...
  • ‘It's a Calling to Be a PT'

    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 of excited physical therapy professionals and advocates from all over the country, kicking off ...
  • Coming Up NEXT -- The 2015 APTA Annual Conference

    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 that it's a commitment to making APTA's June conference about looking into the future of ...
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