The Monday Memo
September 22, 2014 PITT DPT STUDENTS
“Our Changing Profession”
In the past several years, the profession of Physical Therapy has seen an incredible amount of change. It has progressed from a Master’s degree to a Doctoral program, as well as increasing its role as a direct access healthcare provider and as an evidence-based practice. The profession has shown itself to be adaptive in the ever changing realm of healthcare, and this past week was no different.
Recent events have been signs of powerful change for Physical Therapy at the federal and national levels. As part of the American Board of Internal Medicine’s “Choosing Wisely” campaign, an APTA workgroup chaired by our very own Dr. Delitto released its five recommendations of things to avoid in Physical Therapy practice. The goal of the workgroup is to affect positive change within the profession, and with the notoriety the article has received both within the professional and public realm it surely will. The topic has been featured everywhere from the APTA’s website to NPR’s medical page and many other national news organizations. Also, in more quiet news this past week, Congress’s House of Representatives gave majority support to an effort to repeal the Medicare therapy cap. This has been an issue of intense conversation as it has been unclear how national healthcare reform would impact physical therapists’ abilities to treat Medicare recipients. There is bipartisan support to ensure that therapists will be permitted to properly treat one of our nation’s fastest growing healthcare populations. With the profession constantly evolving and improving, it has never been more important that everyone keep up to date with the continuing developments and adapt themselves, so that the profession can continue as leaders in healthcare.
– Michael Turnwald
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