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APTA HHS Attendance at SPPF

Posted: September 24, 2019

Ellen Strunk and Carol Zehnacker from the Government Affairs Committee of the Home Health Section met with Kara Gainer, the APTA Director of Regulatory Affairs, at the State Policy and Payment Forum (SPPF) to discuss PDGM and other issues pertinent to home health. The session began with a presentation of advocacy and how to engage.

 

Now Available: CMS/APTA, AOTA, & ASHA Webinar Recordings and Power Points on PDGM & PDPM

Posted: September 24, 2019

As you may know, APTA, AOTA, and ASHA, together with CMS, recorded webinars with Q&A on PDGM and PDPM. Both webinar recordings and accompanying slide decks are now available on the APTA National website, here.  

The recordings and accompanying slide decks are open to both members and non-members.

 

Resources on the Value of Physical Therapy

Posted: September 24, 2019

The APTA has generated 1 page handouts on the value of physical activity and role of physical therapists. These are tools for therapists to use in helping to communicate their value to patients. They are titled:

  • Reducing the Risk of Falling and Injuries From Falls: Research on the Value of Physical Therapy 
  • Early Mobilization Reduces the Risk of Adverse Events and Improves Function: Research on the Value of Physical Therapy 
  • Preventing Hospital Readmissions: Research on the Value of Physical Therapy 
Members, login to the website to access these 3 handouts. You'll find these 3 documents under "Home Health General Resources."
 

Falls Prevention Awareness Day Is Sept. 23

Posted: Sept. 15, 2019

The National Council on Aging's annual Falls Prevention Awareness Day raises awareness about how to prevent fall-related injuries among older adults. National, state, and local partners collaborate to educate others about the impact of falls, share fall prevention strategies, and advocate for the expansion of evidence-based community fall prevention programs.

National and state efforts are published in NCOA’s annual FPAD Impact Report. If you would like to learn more about fall prevention efforts in your state, please contact your State Falls Prevention Coalition lead

Join NCOA for Falls Prevention Awareness Day 2019 events! Share new social media images.

  • Annual Falls Prevention Awareness Day Webinar: Watch the webinar and view the presentation slides here. Learn about ideas, new tools and resources, and innovative partnerships to maximize your impact on FPAD. NCOA’s National Falls Prevention Resource Center and guest speakers from the CDC, community-based organizations, and state coalitions share successful past events that will inspire you to develop activities to engage your entire community.
  • Twitter Chat: September 24 @ 1-2 p.m. ET. Join NCOA and national partners as we discuss strategies to prevent falls. Use the #FPAD2019 hashtag and follow us on Twitter to join the conversation and contribute resources and tips from your organization.
  • Facebook Live Video Broadcast: September 23 @ 12 p.m. ET. Join NCOA, older adults, and health care specialists in falls prevention for a live broadcast on Facebook as we discuss the impact of falls and how to prevent them. Listen to testimonials from older adults and tips from health care specialists. Host a video watch party and join the live online conversation!
  • Educational Fall Prevention GraphicsShare these new images to promote the importance of teamwork in preventing falls. Post these graphics on social media.

Note: If you adapt any of the materials below, please credit the author and/or NCOA.

 

APTA Launches New ‘Find a PT’ and ‘ChoosePT.com’ Website to Support Consumer Awareness

Posted: Sept. 10, 2019

Every day, people choose physical therapy for a multitude of reasons, from managing pain to building healthy lifestyle habits. Now APTA's consumer-focused website has a new name—and a new look—to support that reality and help connect patients with physical therapists (PTs) through an enhanced "Find a PT" feature.

This week, APTA unveiled ChoosePT.com, a consumer website that replaces MoveForwardPT.com, now retired after 10 years. The new site is a best-of-both-worlds combination of 2 of the association's most high-profile and far-reaching initiatives—APTA's popular online source for consumer-oriented health information, now operating under a name that leverages the power of the association's award-winning opioid awareness campaign. The ChoosePT site is expected to receive more than 4 million visitors in 2019, with anticipated increases in the coming years.

The transition to ChoosePT does not significantly change the content on the former MoveForwardPT site, which still includes information on symptoms and conditions, prevention, and pain management, as well as access to podcasts and videos that deliver powerful messages about the difference physical therapy can make in people’s lives.

But not everything's the same: The changeover has allowed APTA to make improvements to the site's "Find a PT" directory, an APTA member benefit for physical therapists, that makes it easier for consumers and other providers to filter results by practice focus or specialization.

The upgraded feature is an opportunity that members shouldn't miss, according to Jason Bellamy, APTA's executive vice president of strategic communications.

“Millions of people will visit ChoosePT.com this year, and one of their most common destinations will be Find a PT," Bellamy said. "APTA members should ensure their information is up-to-date, and add a headshot to make their profile more appealing. Our message to members is, 'do everything you can to help consumers choose you.'"

ChoosePT.com is also enhanced by geolocation technologies that, with a user's permission, create an online experience customized to the user's physical location. APTA state chapters that have an active geolocation page—49 to date—can add state-specific information to the ChoosePT site, providing visitors with an additional depth of relevant information.

Bellamy believes the change to ChoosePT.com is the right move at the right time, with more exciting changes coming around the corner.

“When we launched our opioid awareness campaign we knew our #ChoosePT message was dynamic enough to extend beyond the safe management of chronic pain,” Bellamy said. “With APTA’s centennial approaching in 2021, and the public awareness opportunities that will provide, this was the perfect time to make that our primary call to action.”

Want t-shirts with the new ChoosePT logo? They're available here.

 
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