Critical observations of health, science, and the physical therapy profession.
Oct
19

4 Take Home Points from Ascend 2017

WebPT’s 4th annual Ascend Conference took place in Washington, D.C. the weekend of September 29th. Rehab therapists from around the world attended business discussions on increasing revenue, outcomes, payment reform, Medicare audits, healthcare, and much more. There was SO much to learn over…

Sep
13

The Opioid Crisis: What Former NFL Lineman Jeff Hatch is Doing to Help

Addiction is a disease that disregards an individual’s race, socioeconomic status, and prior achievements. Since 1999, deaths from prescription opioids have more than quadrupled. From 1999-2010, the number of prescription opioids sold to pharmacies, hospitals and doctors’ offices has nearly quadrupled as well.…

Sep
5

Whiplash: JOSPT Special Issues Highlight the Challenges Facing Clinicians, Patients

The Journal of Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy (JOSPT) recently released a special issue on the topic of whiplash-associated disorders (WAD). This July 2017 publication followed up on the October 2016 issue, both with guest editors Dr. James Elliot, an associate professor at…

Aug
21

What’s the Cost of Quality? New ABPTRFE standards mean an uncertain future for Fellowships.

Back in February at the Combined Sections Meeting, the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education (ABPTRFE) announced their new quality standards for post-graduate education. The release of the new standards marked ABPTRFE’s first step towards its initiative of revamping old…

Jun
14

RC 12-17: Relieving the Administrative Burden

This is post 11 of 11 in the series “2017 House of Delegates Preview” Sick of the mounting paperwork? Trying to keep your hours documenting to a minimum while still getting reimbursed? While the profession has always had to deal with denials and…

Jun
12

RC 11-17: Diversity in Physical Therapy?

This is post 10 of 11 in the series “2017 House of Delegates Preview” Has it ever seemed like there are a lot of white people in Physical Therapy? Yeah, it’s not just your imagination. This is the APTA. That’s right- the APTA…

Jun
6

RC-8: What does it mean to Transform?

This is post 9 of 11 in the series “2017 House of Delegates Preview” As we continue to explore the motions at the 2017 American Physical Therapy Association’s House of Delegates, RC-8-17 plans to stir some discussion. The motion reads and charges, “[That]…

Jun
1

RC 7-17: Can Residents and Fellows Afford Not to be APTA Members?

This is post 8 of 11 in the series “2017 House of Delegates Preview” Motion RC 7-17 proposed by the Georgia chapter would support efforts of residency and fellowship programs accredited by the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education (ABPTRFRE)…

May
30

RC 6-17: Definition of Professional Scope of PT Practice

This is post 7 of 11 in the series “2017 House of Delegates Preview” RC 5-17 defines the components of the physical therapist scope of practice as personal, jurisdictional, and professional. RC 6-17 is an effort to better define the professional scope of…

May
25

RC 5-17: Components of the Physical Therapist Scope of Practice

This is post 6 of 11 in the series “2017 House of Delegates Preview” The House of Delegates (HOD) will review a change in the wording of the physical therapist scope of practice. The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) originally proposed three components…