CSM kicked off with a talk about how physical therapist’s can fit into the Healthy People 2020 initiative . Further, the roles and potential roles of physical therapists in health, wellness, health promotion, and public health.
- Work towards health focused practices
- Health as an outcome
- Physical Therapy is about movement and function
- Address societal needs of movement, function, living with disability, and health/wellness
- Ethics > Meet the health needs of people locally, nationally, and globally
- Link to our work to individual patient’s, societal needs, overall healthcare
- How to obtain reimbursement for preventive care?
The speakers gave broad information about health promotion and physical therapists. Each gave some interesting case examples. Each advocated for physical therapy in serving the societal needs of not only health, but living with disability. I absolutely agree! But…
Especially in private practice how do we not only incorporate health promotion, but make it fiscally sustainable and or profitable? Sometimes it is difficult enough to obtain reimbursement and or private pay for a current condition let alone chronic health conditions such as hypertension control, obesity, healthy exercise habits, and smoking cessation. But, on the other hand, the personal fitness and health industry (i.e. weekend trained personal trainers at 24 hour fitness) is booming. How can PT’s obtain a slice (or a big chunk) of this market?
I think they speakers brought a good point that we need a critical mass of not just PT’s, but legislators, public policy makers, patients, and other healthcare professionals committed to societal health in various practice settings. And a recognition of rehabilitation and physical therapy as essential parts of not only health care, but health promotion.
Why aren’t we moving in that direction? Do we all need to broaden our view of our professional role? What is the SWOT [Strengths, Weakness, Opportunities, and Threats] Analysis of the PT profession, and each us as individual practitioners, in regards to health? I think there are a lot of opportunities, but many, many barriers.
Do we have what it takes to step up to the plate? Or, at least get a place at the table?
- How do we measure health and outcomes related to health?
- How do we market and spread the word to: patients, physicians, legislators, payors (ha!), the media, educators, public health professionals, and thus society?
- What role does technology play in our promotion of health and wellness?
- Can we leverage technology to achieve and spread the above goals and ideas?
I think the first talk brought up many, many questions, problems, and ideas…