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Physical Therapy Compact

The Physical Therapy (PT) Compact is an agreement between states that allows PTs and PTAs to practice in multiple states with only a home state license. Obtaining a compact privilege is faster, less expensive, and easier than getting and maintaining licenses in multiple states.

Getting a compact privilege is a great way to expand your reach and give you flexibility. It can be useful for travel PTs, military spouses, telehealth practitioners, and PTs and PTAs near borders. However, there are a few important things to keep in mind:

  • You cannot use a compact privilege to practice/work in your permanent residence/home state.
  • It is not a multi-state license. You must get a compact privilege for each state you wish to work in, and the fees vary by state.
  • Many states also require a jurisprudence exam to ensure you understand the state laws.
  • Fortunately, there is no special continuing education requirement; you just need to maintain your home state CEUs.

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Despite Vaccines, Omicron Variant Puts Older Adults at Risk

Last winter's COVID-19 wave, driven by the highly contagious Omicron variant, killed almost as many Americans ages 65 and older as last summer's Delta variant wave, despite high vaccination rates among older people. Health experts cited the ability of the Omicron variant and its mutations to get around immune defenses and lackluster efforts to get booster shots to older adults as reasons for the elevated risk.

Read Full Story: The New York Times 


White House: 1st Shots for Kids Under 5 Possible by June 21

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration said Thursday that children under 5 may be able to get their first COVID-19 vaccination doses as soon as June 21, if federal regulators authorize shots for the age group, as expected.

White House COVID-19 coordinator Aashish Jha outlined the administration's planning for the last remaining ineligible age group to get shots. He said the Food and Drug Administration's outside panel of advisers will meet on June 14-15 to evaluate the Pfizer and Moderna shots for younger kids. Shipments to doctors' offices and pediatric care facilities would begin soon after FDA authorization, with the first shots possible the following week.

Jha said states can begin placing orders for pediatric vaccines on Friday, and said the administration has an initial supply of 10 million doses available. He said it may take a few days for the vaccines to arrive across the country and vaccine appointments to be widespread.

"Our expectation is that within weeks every parent who wants their child to get vaccinated will be able to get an appointment," Jha said.

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Slower Walking Speed Linked to Higher Dementia Risk

A study published in JAMA Network Open found that a slower walking speed in older adults, combined with a decline in memory function, was an indicator of future dementia risk. "These results highlight the importance of gait in dementia risk assessment," said study co-author Taya Collyer.

 Full Story: HealthDay News 


Health Systems Continue to Extract Value Out of Home-Based Care Partnerships

Home Health Care News | By Patrick Filbin
Joint ventures and collaborations between home-based care providers, tech companies and health systems continue to have operational upside.
Some of the biggest names in home-based care have already proven that to be the case with their joint venture strategies over the past several months and years.
Moving forward, however, it could be even more so the case, experts said at the Health Care Council of Chicago conference this week.
“From my perspective, we’re thinking about how we build partnerships or joint ventures and other ways to serve our patient population, largely because we intend to continue to grow in terms of value-based, risk-based contracts,” Denise Keefe, president of home health for Advocate Aurora Health, said at the conference Wednesday.

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