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August 2014, A Word From the VTAPTA President

        APTA does a wonderful job with the Component Leadership Meetings held at CMS and Annual Conference (now called “NEXT”).  In Charlotte, NC, in June, we were greeted by APTA’s new CEO, Michael Bowers.  He comes to us from the world of counseling and family mediation.  He values the bio-psycho-social aspects of health, and believes in the social justice of an individual’s physical capability to participate in life.  He understands what we do, and is quickly learning our language, P.T.-speak!

The APTA board of directors is planning a Strategic Planning meeting this month (August).  Representatives from each of the four regional caucuses, and from the chapter section presidents will be meeting along with the board and APTA staff.  In an effort to define how physical therapy can TRANSFORM SOCIETY, per our new mission statement, they will be discussing our role in society and not just in a medical context.  The specific question is where we want APTA to be on a continuum between an internal focus on the profession and an external focus on societal needs for access, quality, and value of physical therapist services.  New models of care are being assessed, per the Innovation Summit and driven by on-going changes in technology and collaborative care settings.

The focus on outcomes in documentation needs discussion about quality of care and our ongoing challenge with unwarranted variation in practice that dilutes our identity.  APTA was asked to join with the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Foundation's Choosing Wisely® campaign by identifying the top 5 interventions consumers need to know have limited to no value to their care.  APTA has also launched the Integrity in Practice Campaign, which is an initiative to position the profession as a leader and partner in the effort to eliminate fraud, abuse, and waste from health care. (

In addition to APTA’s Education Section, there is an American Council of Academic Physical Therapy whose members are the P.T. educational institutions.  The chair, Terry Nordstrom, reported a 91% membership rate (193 of 212 programs).  This allows for shared data and determining benchmarks for research, grants, number of faculty and students (and ratios), and outcomes (graduation rates, and passing rates for licensure).  The Council is hosting a Clinical Education Summit in October to look at best practices for entry-level P.T. education and also post-professional residencies and fellowships.  When asked about the relationship between CAPTE and the Council, Terry answered that CAPTE sets minimum standards whereas the Council sets goals for evidence-based best practices.  This is the same as state practice acts that only define minimum standards for protection of the public and not excellence in practice.

2012 VT APTA Awards Winner:
Distinguished Service Award:  Sonya Worth
Outstanding Achievement Award:   Catherine Sells
Student Physical Therapist Award:   Jon Robinson

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