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New CDC COVID-19 Domestic Travel Recommendations

The CDC has released new Domestic Travel recommendations which include the following for those who have not been vaccinated: 
  • Get tested 1-3 days before travel
  • Get tested 3-5 days after travel and self-quarantine for 7 days. Self-quarantine for 10 days if you didn't get tested. 
  • Self-monitor for symptoms
  • Wear a mask and take other precautions during travel
  • Avoid being around people who are at increased risk for severe illness for 14 days, whether you get tested or not. 
For those who have been vaccinated, the following recommendations apply: 
  • Self-monitor for symptoms
  • Wear a mask and take other precautions during travel
Click Link to the CDC Travel Guidance
 

Volunteering and Community Service: Opportunities for Healthcare Professionals

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, many healthcare professionals have expressed an interest in helping. The U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services are sharing three great options for healthcare professionals who want to join the COVID-19 response – and there are many opportunities for lay people to serve as well. Visit the HHS website to learn more about the Emergency System for Advance Registration of Volunteer Health Professionals, the Medical Reserve Corps, and the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster. As we move into the Hurricane season in the U.S., these organizations are often sources of support.

 

Colorado Medicaid Increase Approved By JBC!

The Joint Budget Committee (JBC) approved a 2.5% "across the board" provider rate increase last week as part of the final budget recommendations. The introduced FY2021-22 Long Bill, which contains the increase, will be voted on in the coming days of the Legislative session.

This win for Colorado and for Physical Therapy is another example of your APTA Colorado membership at work. Your voices and support DO make a difference! Thank you to APTA Colorado's Lobbyist and Government Relations group, and to our Legislators for their support of the work we do and those we care for. 

Please visit the 2021 JBC website page to send a thank you email to each of the six Committee Members.

 

Call for Proposal and Abstract Submissions, CSM 2022

APTA CSM 2022 will be held Feb. 2-5, 2022 in San Antonio, Texas.

The 18 specialty sections of the American Physical Therapy Association invite you to submit a proposal or abstract for the 2022 APTA Combined Sections Meeting, the profession’s leading conference and career-building event of the year.
 
Session Proposal Submission Options:
• Two-hour education sessions.
• One- or two-day preconference courses.
DEADLINE EXTENDED: April 14, 2021
 
Poster presentations: Posted for discussion during an assigned two-hour time slot.
Platform presentations: Oral presentations assigned to a time slot of five to 15 minutes.
DEADLINE: July 19, 2021 

For more information and to submit, click here.
 

APTA, AOTA Postacute Care Study: Therapy Makes A Definitive Difference for Patients

The study of 1.4 million Medicare patients finds differing patient needs, but a consistent result: more therapy = better outcomes.

Amid regulatory pressures to move closer to a one-size-fits-all payment system across postacute care settings, a massive new study sponsored by APTA and the American Occupational Therapy Association is calling for a more careful approach. The analysis of 1.4 million episodes of rehab in skilled nursing facilities, inpatient rehab facilities, and home health agencies found that while rehab is strongly associated with significant improvements in function no matter the postacute setting, actual patient needs demand care that’s more tailored to each setting. Bottom line: Rehab works best when it can be adapted to the care environment and individual patients.

Click here to read more. 

 
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