New Student Loan Repayment Options

 Getting PTs Included Via Legislation

 

Physical Therapist Student Loan Repayment Eligibility Act (H.R. 1426/S. 975)

 

Exciting news! Teaming together, Rep. Jo Ann Emerson of Missouri and Rep. Mike Ross of Arkansas from the House of Representatives and Sen. Jon Tester of Montana and Sen. Roger Wicker of Mississippi in the Senate have introduced legislation that would include physical therapists as one of the listed disciplines eligible for the National Health Service Corps. Currently, the National Health Services Corps. includes 11 health related disciplines eligible for up to $60,000 in loan forgiveness for a two-year commitment to provide services in a designated urban or rural Health Provider Shortage Area. If the clinician extends service to five years, they are eligible for up to $170,000 in loan repayment.

 

These bipartisan bills (H.R. 1426/ S. 975) known as the Physical Therapist Student Loan Repayment Eligibility Act, would facilitate access to important physical therapy and rehabilitation services in underserved areas, while providing an avenue for physical therapists to better manage their loans.

 

We need your help! Please reach out to your state representatives and help the APTA make the “Push for 100″ cosponsors. We currently need a few more in order to reach our goal! The APTA has the Legislative Action Center, making it easy for you to contact your representative.

 

Check out the full press release from PT in Motion. Also, check out the podcast on this issue from HotH. For those unfamiliar to “Heard on the Hill”, it is a Podcast for APTA Members that will occasionally provide audio updates of congressional issues and activities affecting physical therapists and physical therapist assistants.

December 19, 2011 |

The Monday Memo: 12/12/2011

THE MONDAY MEMO

December 12, 2011                                                                                DPT Class of 2014

Witness My Might

No longer will it be due to chance

No longer will it be left to circumstance

My fate is decided by strength and free will

And the inferno of desire burns in me still

 

I’ll be steadfast, focused and resolute

Despite the increasingly difficult pursuit

To become whatever I decide to be

Until the day it’s a reality

 

Forget my past self, unveil my disguise

Expose faults, fears which in me reside

But reveal my courage too, for nevertheless

All that I desire, I shall possess

 

On willpower and drive I’ve arrived here

That which to do next is strikingly clear

I shall chase a forever more challenging height

So step aside, take note and witness my might

 
 

Mark Your Calendars!
  • This Week – Contact your Spring Clinical locations (if you’ve forgotten)
  • Monday, December 12th  First-Year Formal­ – 2nd deposit due to Rachel
  • Friday, January 6th   Meeting to plan ‘Preview Pitt PT’ – more details soon
  • Saturday, January 14th  ‘Preview Pitt PT’ Day

 

Class Reminders
  • Monday: Musculoskeletal – 9:00 am- WRITTEN FINAL
  • Monday: Patient Management – LAB FINAL (check your scheduled time)
  • Wednesday: Musculoskeletal ­– LAB FINAL (check your scheduled time)
  • Wednesday: Survey of Human Disease ­– WRITTEN FINAL
  • Friday: Cardiopulmonary – WRITTEN FINAL

 

Event Reminders
  • December 17th – January 3rd Winter Recess for students (no classes), all schools

 

Extras!
  • Mailboxes: If you were good this year, Santa may have left you an early present!

 

  • CSM­- Please consider attending the Combined Sections Meeting in Chicago, IL from February 8 – 11th with us! The PTGSA is currently looking into the best travel options to get the most number of people there for the cheapest cost. If you’d like to go, be sure to sign up ASAP on www.apta.org/CSM. Please, take the survey sent to your pitt.edu accounts so we can budget accordingly!

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December 12, 2011 |

The Monday Memo: 12/5/2011

THE MONDAY MEMO

December 5, 2011                                                                                 DPT Class of 2014

The Grassroots Push to Extend Therapy Cap Exceptions Process 

In case you missed the messages (from the APTA and our own APTA Class Representatives), Congress needs to take action to prevent the scheduled expiration of the therapy cap exceptions process before December 31. If Congress were to fail to act, there would be a 27.4% cut in provider payments under the Medicare physician fee schedule. This cut would effectively remove patients with lymphedema, long-term disabilities, total hip and knee replacements and all Medicare patients from receiving physical therapy. No one would be able to afford physical therapy, a treatment option we know that has proven its cost-effectiveness for many diagnoses and disorders.

Currently, the PTeam is advocating for this extension on Capitol Hill, but the APTA is asking its members to organize and demonstrate support by contacting our Members of Congress. As mentioned before, please access the Legislative Action Center and take action by urging Congress to sign onto the Therapy Cap Repeal legislation (H.R. 1546/S. 829). Thank you for taking the little time needed to make a big difference!

Mark Your Calendars!
  • This Week – Contact your Spring Clinical locations
  • Monday, December 12th  First-Year Formal­ – 2nd deposit due to Rachel
  • Friday, January 6th   Meeting to plan ‘Preview Pitt PT’ – more details soon
  • Saturday, January 14th  ‘Preview Pitt PT’ Day
Class Reminders
  • Monday: Patient Management – Check-off due (possible extension?)
  • Monday: Musculoskeletal – 12:30pm – Knee & Ankle Exam Review
  • Monday: Musculoskeletal – PBL Presentations / proper UE & LE attire required for lab
  • Wednesday: Clinical Education ­– Review resumes’ of guests; come prepared to ask questions
  • Wednesday: Clinical Education ­– Cultural Competency Quiz due
  • Friday: Research Methods – FINAL
  • Friday: Patient Management – WRITTEN FINAL
  • Friday: Clinical Education – CIET, Self-Assessment, Site Evaluation due
  • Sunday: Survey of Human Disease – Diabetes Quiz due on CourseWeb
Event Reminders
  • Thursday, December 8th Last day of Fall Clinical (be sure to thank them!)
Extras!
  • CAM­- Please consider attending the Combined Sections Meeting in Chicago, IL from February 8 – 11th with us! The PTGSA is currently looking into the best travel options to get the most number of people there for the cheapest cost. If you’d like to go, be sure to sign up ASAP on www.apta.org The Early Bird deadline is Friday, December 9th! Please, also be sure to either notify Andrea, Rob or Matt if you’re in!

 

 

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December 4, 2011 |

A Step Towards a Preventative Role

Medicare to Cover Preventive Services for Obesity

Preparing the Landscape for PTs

Medicare will now include preventive services for obesity and can be provided by primary care physicians or primary care practitioners only (nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, or physician assistants) in primary care settings only. While this might not seem to impact the role of a physical therapist immediately, it’s certainly encouraging to see preventative care being covered. With childhood obesity rates rising at an alarming rate, it will take more than just a few disciplines to help curtail the pandemic.

Thank goodness we have the APTA. It is currecntly formulating a strong case with the necessary evidence data to demonstrate the potential value of physical therapy interventions in reducing both childhood and adult obesity. Please suppor the APTA’s strong efforts to advocate for inclusion of physical therapists in obesity prevention so that we are able to provide our expertise and contribute to the prevention effort.

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December 2, 2011 |

Applying Optimal Length Theory

Research reveals practical solutions to common injuries

Finding the correct length for each muscle isn’t ground breaking, it’s sensible!

Although physical therapy treatment for these kinds of injuries can be successful in alleviating pain and even relapse, one physical therapist at Eielson Air Force Base believes his research may point to a simpler, more basic method for treatment.

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