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  • 02-Sep-2015 2:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    So what exactly is the physical therapist's (PT's) professional scope of practice, and how would you go about describing it as a definition rather than a list of things PTs do? Now's your chance to weigh in.

    All APTA members are invited to provide input on the APTA Board of Directors' efforts to create a broad definition of the PT professional scope of practice. The idea behind the project is to create a global description of practice that aims to be an overall description rather than a set of procedures and functions.

    Members can evaluate and comment on the draft scope and the guiding principles behind it by visiting an APTA webpage set aside for the survey. Deadline for responses is September 11. Send your completed surveys to Practice-Dept@apta.org.

  • 28-Jul-2015 1:39 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    (From APTA  PT News)
    Many physical therapists (PTs) and physical therapist assistants (PTAs) have been involved with the Special Olympics over the years, but Donna Bainbridge, PT, EdD, ATC, has elevated that involvement in ways that stretch beyond the actual World Games now taking place in Los Angeles.

    As part of its coverage of the event, ESPN.com correspondent Stephania Bell, PT, OCS, CSCScaught up with Bainbridge to find out more about FUNfitness, the screening program Bainbridge developed with APTA that is now a central part of the Special Olympics' Healthy Athletes Program.

    Bainbridge, former director of practice at APTA, explains how FUNfitness was developed and implemented at the 2001 games in Alaska, and how the program has grown from a 6-consultant program to a global operation that includes between 75 and 80 programs. This year, Bainbridge says in the interview, there could be as many as 200 volunteers at the games, working together to reach a goal of providing screenings to 60%-65% of all participating athletes.

    For Bainbridge, the benefits of the program stretch beyond the immediate needs of the athletes at the games, and reach physical therapists and their home communities.

    "I feel like we're changing the lives of the volunteers we train because even though all these physical therapists work with people with disabilities, this is not necessarily a group they would solicit," Bainbridge says. "I've heard many times that they go back much more aware and seek out working with these people in their practices and their communities."

  • 20-May-2015 10:18 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Furthering efforts to increase awareness of how professional policies are created, APTA will broadcast the 2015 House of Delegates online for APTA members on June 1–3. Members can view the broadcast on APTA’s livestream page. In advance of the House, APTA members are encouraged to review the 2015 motions and provide feedback to their delegates.

  • 20-May-2015 10:16 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Automatic renewal is available! With this convenience it is easier for members to avoid membership lapses. When you renew your APTA membership with a credit or debit card, you can request to have it automatically renewed annually. APTA’s Member Services Department will do the rest. Learn more by clicking here.

  • 14-May-2015 12:31 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    By now, every member should have received an invitation to the new Google Groups ListServe. You have one week to accept the invitation before it expires. You need to click on the button at the bottom of the email that says “ACCEPT”. After May 21, you may opt in by sending a request at this link:


    Tips using Google:

    •  Hospital emails – you may have issues with the “accept”. If you need me to use a different address on the listserve, just let me know.
    • If you already have a google account, or gmail address, you can list alternate emails in your profile, then you can send to the group from any of those emails as they’ll all be recognized.


    Join the listserve today!


  • 11-Feb-2015 10:48 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Have you heard about APTA's online community called The Hub?


    Read and/or subscribe to forums on Medicare, Fall Prevention, Global Health, and more. If you subscribe to threads or forums, new information will go to your inbox as people continue discussions. This is a place for peers to ask peers. The Medicare thread is very active, with detailed questions and answers.

    Here's a short video: The Hub

  • 28-Jan-2015 4:17 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Please be familiar with the new CE rules from the BOE. Renewing before April 1, 2015, follow the old rules of 20 CEs and ABC categories. Renewing after that date (ie, 2016, 2017..), follow the new rules of 30 CEs in AB categories, these will be posted to the CE tab after April 1 but can be found at pt.mt.gov on the regulations tab, rules notices announcements.

    BOE's FAQ Sheet which clearly outlines the process (linked here). 

    Where are these rules posted on the BOE site? The rules are posted at the shortcut: pt.mt.gov, see CE Tab. Until April 1, the "old rules" remain. The new rules will be amended as shown at pt.mt.gov, regulations tab, rules notices: http://bsd.dli.mt.gov/license/bsd_boards/ptp_board/pdf/24-177-31pro-arm.pdf . After April 1, the CE Tab on their site will update to the new language for the next renewal period.


  • 01-Jan-2015 5:37 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    MAPTA Business Meeting January 24, noon. Best Western Great Northern Helena. Agenda and reports will be posted in members only section Jan. 14.

  • 24-Sep-2014 5:28 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    October 4, Noon, Hilton Garden Inn. The agenda for the Fall Business meeting has been posted: http://mapta.com/minutes/3109596.

  • 23-Sep-2014 5:33 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    1. We've added a morning breakfast presentation, October 4, 7am: Jay Shaver, MAPTA President, will update PTs on the following:
      • SGR reform and its implications on QRS and FLR
      • FLR
      • PQRS usage and future trends
      • Value Based Modifier this is a big one- if implemented could be a 4% reduction (or addition) to MC payments
      • Establishment of a registry by the APTA
      • Payment reform- Alternative payment system; changes in CT codes; 
      • APTA integrity in practice campaign
      • Choosing Wisely campaign- APTA's list of 5
      • BCBS update
      • Self referral update

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