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The Physical Therapy Profession and APTA

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  1. The Physical Therapy Profession and APTA

  2. Who We Are

  3. Our Beginnings

  4. Our Beginnings (cont.) • WWII • Polio epidemic

  5. APTA Today • 77,000+ members • Alexandria, VA • 180 staff • Vision 2020 • R. Scott Ward, PT, PhD • John D. Barnes, CEO

  6. Physical Therapists Improve Movement, Function, and Health • Orthopedic conditions • Joint and soft-tissue injuries • Sports injuries • Neurologic conditions • Arthritic conditions • Systemic conditions • Cardiovascular and pulmonary conditions • Workplace injuries • Integumentary conditions • Pediatric conditions

  7. Physical Therapist Education • Graduate with a post-baccalaureate degree from an accredited program; most offer a doctorate (DPT) • Must pass a state-administered national licensure exam;

  8. Physical Therapist Education (cont.) • 200 academic institutions • 213 accredited programs • 206 offer the professional DPT

  9. Physical Therapist Treatment • Therapeutic exercise • Functional training in self-care • Functional training in community and work • Manual therapy techniques • Devices and equipment

  10. Choosing a Physical Therapist • Find-A-PT • Direct access to PT • www.apta.org/advocacy • Choice is yours • Licensed PT • Covered by insurance

  11. Your First Visit to a PT • Evaluation • Examination • Plan of care

  12. Payment for Physical Therapist Services • Medicare • Medicaid • Private insurance companies • Federal employee health benefit program • Workers’ compensation programs • Self-pay • HMOs, PPOs • Automobile liability programs

  13. PT Specialist Certification • Cardiovascular and pulmonary • Clinical electrophysiology • Geriatric • Neurologic • Orthopaedic • Pediatric • Sports • Women’s health

  14. Practice Based on Evidence • Shortens stays in the ICU • Reduces risk of postnatal depression • Improves function after back surgery • Improves movement in premature infants • Improves postural stability in patients with Parkinson disease

  15. Evidence (cont.) • Effective for pregnancy-related incontinence • Effective for relieving pain and stiffness associated with OA of the knee • Successfully treats lymphedema

  16. Dynamic Areas of PT Practice • Diabetes • Emergency/Urgent care • Hospice Care • Obesity Management • Performing Arts • Women’s Health

  17. The Physical Therapist Assistant • Under direction and supervision of a licensed PT • 2-year associate’s degree • Teaching exercise, training in activities of daily living, using physical agents

  18. Where PT Members Practice

  19. PT Age Distribution

  20. PT Employment Status

  21. A “Top” Profession Top 100 rank: 4Sector: Health Care

  22. APTA’s Strategic Plan • Access to PT Services • Education • Payment for Services • Public Awareness/Recognition • Research • Practice Standards

  23. A Few Current APTA Initiatives • Health Care Reform • Physical Therapist Brand • Direct Access • Elimination of Therapy Caps