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Come Visit APTA Home Health Section At NAHC Conference Next Week In Seattle

Posted: Oct. 8, 2019

APTA Home Health Section leaders and staff will greet members and prospective members in Seattle at the 2019 Home Care & Hospice Conference and Expo of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice. 

The conference, which begins Sunday, carries the theme "Foresight: Care for the Future." It comes during an acutely important time for home health providers, from CMS' new Patient-Driven Grouping Model (including changes to Requests for Anticipated Payments); expansion of the Review Choice Demonstration program to Texas, Florida and North Carolina; federally mandated Electronic Visit Verification and more. 

APTA Home Health will in Booth #844 of the NAHC exhibit hall, and members and supporters of home health physical therapy are encouraged to stop by and talk to Section President Dee Kornetti and APTA Director of Regulatory Affairs Kara R. Gainer, as well as other section leaders and volunteers.

Section President, Dee Kornetti, and Cindy Krafft will be leading 2 different sessions on Tuesday, October 15th .  The first session topic is Therapy in PDGM, and will take place from 11:00 - 12:00pm (WSCC, 6th Floor) with Jason Falvey, PT, DPT, PhD.  The second session topic is OASIS D, and will take place from 3:45 - 4:45pm. Be sure to check them out!

The section also will feature a door-prize drawing, so be sure to enter!

It's a busy month for the section. APTA Home Health Treasurer Phil Goldsmith will represent the section at the APTA National Student Conclave, Oct. 31-Nov. 2, in Albuquerque, N.M. 

Thank you for being a member of APTA Home Health! Not a member? Join us! 

 

 

 

16 PTs and PTAs Receive ACHH Certification Since Sept. 1

Posted: October 8, 2019

APTA Home Health Section's Advanced Competency in Home Health program synthesizes current evidence-based practice and tailors it to the unique physical therapy setting of home health. This program enables home health agencies, outpatient practices that provide home care physical therapy, and individual clinicians to enhance efficacy and efficiency of treatment of their home health patients and clients.

This program is for licensed physical therapists and physical therapist assistants.

Individuals who successfully complete the Advanced Competency in Home Health program are provided with a certificate, in, and may describe themselves as having obtained: “Certificate of Advanced Competency in Home Health”.

Below are the latest recipients of the the ACHH Certificate since September 1, 2019:

  • Erika Albertini - Hollywood, FL
  • Anthony Cali - Peoria, IL
  • Alicia Demchak - Mars, PA
  • Kristen Groenhout - Caledonia, MI
  • Michael Mercado - Roseville, CA
  • Jennifer Paul - Chestertown, MD
  • Erin Pazour - Cedar Rapids, IA
  • Xiaoxu Qu - BC, Canada
  • Ann Reppermund - Allison Park, PA
  • Jacki Ruskay - Elizabeth, PA
  • Dwayne Shillingburg (PTA) - Oakland, MD
  • Carla Steinberg - Ellicott City, MD
  • Sondra Stikeleather - Brownsburg, IN
  • Jared Woods - Ukiah, CA
  • Derek York (PTA) - Spotsylvania, VA
  • Amy Yurkovich - Elizabeth, PA

If you are interested in learning more about the ACHH certification, click here.

 

 

APTA HHS is Participating in the ONE by ONE Member Referral Campaign

Posted: October 8, 2019

APTA is pleased to share with you the , an APTA member referral campaign. ONE by ONE lets you play an active role in building APTA's membership, and earn rewards for doing so.

As APTA's most valuable assets, our members know firsthand how APTA has grown—one member at a time—into an inclusive and impactful community of over 100,000 members who support APTA's mission of building a community that advances the profession of physical therapy to improve the health of society.

This is the spirit behind the ONE by ONE campaign.

How It Works
ONE by ONE runs October 1, 2019, through September 30, 2020.

Incentives and prizes

  • Recruit at least 1 new member and be entered into monthly drawings for 1 free year of APTA membership. There is no limit to the number of entries you can submit, and you'll receive a bonus entry when a new member also joins a section!
  • Recruit 5 or more new members and be entered to win 1 of 5 iPads at the end of the campaign.
  • Recruit the most members: The top 3 recruiters at the end of the campaign will be named Recruiters of the Year and receive 1 free year of membership, plus 1 complimentary registration to an APTA meeting within the next year.
  • New members recruited via ONE by ONE are entered into a separate monthly drawing for an APTA Passport to Learning—and as members they can begin recruiting other new members for the incentives above.
  • Participating chapters and sections also can win when you recruit a member who lives in your state or joins a section that you belong to. The participating chapter and section with the largest year-over-year growth percentage during ONE by ONE will also win a prize. (To participate, a component agrees to waive annual dues for any winner of the monthly drawings who belongs to their chapter or section. See the  and the for details.)

To make ONE by ONE as easy as possible for you, the following items and resources are available to assist you in your efforts toward makingONE by ONE a success and to help lay the foundation for our next 100 years.

If you have questions about the ONE by ONE campaign, please contact the APTA Membership Development Department by email  or by calling 800/999-APTA (2782).

 

APTA's Latest 'Quarterly Report' Available Electronically Now

Posted: Oct. 7, 2019

The latest print issue -- Vol. 54 No. 3 -- of the APTA Home Health Quarterly Report is on its way to section members, but members can read it now on the section's new Quarterly Report Library page and selecting either the E-Reader or Download option (you must be signed in as a member). Not a member? Join us!

If you use the E-Reader, you should try using a handy new electronic table of contents. Just click the third button from the left on the control panel, and the table of contents appears. 

In this quarterly edition, you'll find the following articles:

  • The Importance of Functional, HIT Strength Training – Why, and How; PDGM and the potential for impact to therapy utilization by Dawn Widmer-Greaves, PT, DPT; Jennifer Stevens-Lapsley, MPT, PhD; Jason Falvey, PT, DPT, PhD; and Donna Diedrich, PT, DPT, GCS
  • Did You Hear? Read All About It: Cindy Krafft appointed to NAHC Government Affairs Advisory Council | APTA Reveals Future National Logo as Part of Association Branding Project | Coming to NAHC? Visit Us at the Home Care and Hospice Conference and Expo | In other news
  • Government Affairs Happenings – Report on Federal Advocacy Forum by Carol Zehnacker PT, DPT, CEEAA
  • APTA Launches New ‘Find a PT’ and ‘ChoosePT.com’ Website to Support Consumer Awareness
  • An Interview With The Section Secretary: Matt Janes, PT, DPT, MHS; Interviewed by Zachary Jarred Hampshire, PTA
  • Care Navigation Through Dementia, Delirium, and Depression by Shannon Liem
  • “A Machine Can’t Tell Me How to Treat a Patient” -- Or Can It? by Bud Langham, PT, MBA
  • A (Relatively) Brief Handy-Dandy Guide to AMA Style by Mary T. Marchetti, PT, PhD, Board Certified Geriatric Clinical Specialist
  • New Website Carries APTA Home Health Section Into Future by Don Knox
 

Many Have Signed Into APTA Home Health's New Website -- Have You?

Posted: Oct. 6, 2019

The APTA Home Health Section is excited to unveil its new, mobile-friendly website and membership platform. This new website will help us keep our membership connected. To get started on the new site, you’ll first need to set up your password. Here’s what you need to know.

  • Your User ID is the email under which you joined APTA.
  • You’ll need to set up a Password. Go here to set/update your Password: https://aptahhs.memberclicks.net/login#/reset-password
  • Once your Password is set/updated, you can login to the website at homehealthsection.org
  • Let us know if you would like to receive the Quarterly Report electronically, or a printed, mailed version by completing this quick one question form (you must be logged in to access this form).
Once you sign into the new site, you’ll find a wealth of forums, discussion circles and more. We’ll be emailing you frequently about the newest resources, and we encourage your comments at [email protected].
 
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