TMNEWS #24 – Feb 5th 2018. Shirley Sarhmann on PT Branding, House of Delegates, World Congress of PT, Therapy Cap Repeal, & Medicare Cost Studies

It’s Monday, February 5th, and we’re gearing up for a government funding vote that could decide the fate of the therapy cap. We’ve got some updates today on the APTA House of Delegates and the World Congress of Physical Therapy symposium. We review some heavyweight supporters of Therapy Cap repeal, and overview a study that examines the cost effectiveness of PT for LBP. Also, guest correspondent Ashley Alagna sits down with Shirley Sahrmann to discuss PT branding.


We still need your voice on the Therapy Cap!

Last week we spoke with Justin Elliot, APTA VP of Government Affairs, regarding the therapy cap. Listen to the full interview on Talus Media Talks here.


Congratulations to all those that took the NPTE last week!

This past week, many students took the new January version of the National Physical Therapy Exam. We at Talus Media want to congratulate all of the newly licensed PTs!


APTA House of Delegates gears up for a rigorous agenda

The APTA’s House of Delegates is coming in the next few months, and they are gearing up for a busy agenda. Several hot-button issues include the APTA Board of Directors calling for the House to recognize ABPTRFE as the official accrediting body for residencies and fellowships, as well as revamping the current organizational mission statement.

Feel free to check out the current discussions on the Community Hub here if you’re an APTA member.


Planning Committee for the World Congress of PT is asking for symposia submissions

The Congress Programme Committee (CPC) met face-to-face in London for 2 days last week to start designing the program for World Congress of PT next year in Geneva. If you would like to be involved in one of Congress’s key sessions for their 2019 meeting, the deadline to submit a proposal for a focused symposium is February 23rd.  

Symposium submissions can be entered here.


APTA sends letter to Congress urging action to repeal the therapy cap

A government funding vote that could serve as a vehicle for therapy cap repeal is this week, and several new groups have weighed in on the importance of the legislation. The APTA recently sent a letter to Congress signed by over 70 national care organizations that support cap repeal. These organizations come from all aspects of healthcare, from therapy to nursing to psychology and everything in between. The AARP, a powerful senior advocacy group, also lent its voice to repeal.

Be sure to check out Talus Media’s editorials on the Therapy Cap here and here.


Study of Medicare patients with low back pain indicate cost-effectiveness of physical therapy

For over 38,000 Medicare patients with low back pain, the more therapy they attended the fewer their cost were according to a recent study by the independent healthcare research firm  The Moran Company. A single visit followed by expensive imaging or other treatments led to the highest expenditures, with 9-12 physical therapy visits being the lowest.

The study in its entirety can be found here.

You can find the full interview with Shirley Sahrmann here. She goes in depth on the “moveologist” and what you need to do to fully embrace the movement system.