TMNews: #42: June 25, 2018: APTA Announcements, AHRQ Report, and Rachel Jermann on the Vote for Sections

Hello everyone, it’s Monday, June 25th, and here are some headlines we think you might enjoy! We break down recent announcements from the APTA, the Agency for Healthcare Quality released its report on hospital acquired conditions, and Rachel Jermann breaks down the vote for sections in the House of Delegates.


  • House of Delegates is this Tuesday and Wednesday,  so be sure to stay tuned for take-aways and coverage from Rachel. Make sure to like the Talus page on Facebook, and follow us on Instagram and Twitter.


  • APTA’s NEXT conference starts on Thursday and will go through Saturday


  • Reminder – Three states are poised to offer their interstate licensure privileges on July 9th – Missouri, North Dakota, and Tennessee. Be sure to check out for more information!


  • Before we get to the good stuff, quick shout out to everyone that passed and received their board specialization credentials! Great work to all of our newly minted specialists out there.

AGQR Report on Hospital Acquired Conditions

The Agency for Healthcare Quality and research released 2014 to 2016 results on hospital acquired conditions. Enacted under the Obama Administration, one of their initiatives has been to reduce hospital acquired conditions such as pressure ulcers, falls, central line infections, and more. The overall trend from 2010 to 2014 has continued downward. Particularly relevant to PT’s the updated results reveal that there were 35,000 fewer falls but 127,000 more pressure ulcers or injuries. The changes from 2014 to 2016 saved 2.9 Billion dollars and reduced 8,400 hospital deaths.

View the full report here.

APTA Takes Stance on Immigration

The APTA released a statement on the immigration situation on the border. Their statement, which echoed an earlier statement by the American Academy of Pediatrics, reads as follows –

“APTA joins the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) in urging the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Justice to immediately end the policy of family separation. AAP states that stress of family separation causes ‘irreparable harm to children’ that can ‘disrupt the building of children’s brain architecture’ and ‘lead to lifelong health consequences.’ APTA respects the expertise of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and as a health care organization we have a social responsibility to protect the health of society consistent with our profession’s core values.”


APTA Releases White Paper on Opioid Crisis

In addition to their immigration statement, the APTA recently released a white paper, titled, “Beyond Opioids: How Physical Therapy Can Transform Pain Management to Improve Health.” The paper emphasizes a call to health care professionals to re-examine it’s approach to pain by further identifying causes of pain, outcome measures, and patient-led goals. The paper also notes how Physical Therapy is an imperative treatment option in the multidisciplinary care of pain management. The APTA developed 6 recommendations to manage the opioid crisis which include: increased public awareness of pain management, earlier access to nonpharmacological interventions such as physical therapy, elimination of out-of-pocket costs for non pharmacological management, improved education to probiders, greater attention by policymakers, and a student loan repayment program for professionals working in underserved communities.

The white paper, and many other resources for PT advocacy in the treatment of pain, can be found here.


Rachel Breaks down Sections Vote

In the lead-up to the House of Delegates later this week, Talus founder Rachel Jermann broke down an upcoming motion to provide the many APTA sections with a vote. Be sure to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for her updates from the House of Delegates this week!

This year, the House will debate giving sections the vote with motion RC 56-18. Here’s what you need to know:

  • There are 18 sections; they do send delegates to the House, but they do not vote. Only states hold voting power at this time.
  • Motions similar to this have been tried before and failed.
  • Advocates say that sections offer a unique perspective that states may not capture, they are instrumental in writing clinical practice guidelines and guiding practice, and also promote membership retention.
  • Opponents cite the potential for the double vote, issues with apportionment, and the failure of the motion to address other nonvoting entities, including the PTA Caucus and the Student Assembly.
  • This motion is being presented in a non-bylaws year. The House must vote to hear the motion by 2/3 before the motion can be read on the floor.


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