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Interested in Presenting Your Poster Virtually at the Fall Conference?

Share Your Research, Knowledge, and Expertise! 

We encourage all PTs, PTAs, and students to submit abstracts on case reports, special interest reports, or research projects. Abstracts submitted will be selected for presentation based on quality research and clinical relevance. Deadline to submit is 
Friday, July 30, 2021.

For More Information on Submitting a Poster Proposal, click here!


New OSHA Rules on COVID Won't Apply to Most PTs and PTAs

The much-anticipated emergency standards exempt non-hospital ambulatory outpatient settings that follow certain protocols.

PTs and PTAs in most settings are likely to be exempted from the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration's recently released standards on workplace safety related to COVID-19 — provided the setting is non-hospital ambulatory care, proper non-employee screening is in place, and anyone suspected of confirmed COVID-19 isn't allowed to enter.

"This rule is aimed at protecting workers facing the highest COVID-19 risks, such as those in facilities where suspected or confirmed COVID-19 patients are treated," said Kate Gilliard, APTA senior policy and regulatory affairs specialist. "It won't apply to the vast majority of physical therapy settings."

But that doesn't mean there are no standards to be met....

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This Summer, APTA Provides the SPF (Stimulating Podcast Features)

Kick back and get inspired, learn about new practice findings, and keep up with the ways APTA works for you.

APTA podcasts pair well with summer. Whether you're exercising outside, headed for a vacation, or just relaxing at home and enjoying the longer days, they're a great way to keep up with the profession while you make the most of the season.

Where to start? Here are some suggestions — but you can also check out APTA's podcasts webpage to browse an extensive list of offerings.

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Study confirms that therapy makes a difference across all post-acute care populations

The Therapy Outcomes in Post-Acute Care Settings (TOPS) student, as reported previously, found that people who receive the highest amount of therapy intervention have the lowest re-hospitalization rates. People who receive the highest amount of therapy intervention have the highest improvement in function.

Conversely, people who receive the lowest amount of therapy intervention have the highest re-hospitalization rates. People who receive the lowest amount of therapy intervention have the least improvement in function. 

See APTA and AOTA Joint StatementTOPS Summary  and the new 
TOPS Chartbook which presents great data and graphics from the study


A New Guide on Universal Screening for Health-Related Social Needs from the Accountable Health Communities Model

Participants in the Accountable Health Communities Model use the Accountable Health Communities Health-Related Social Needs Screening Tool to quickly identify health-related social needs, such as food insecurity, housing instability, and lack of access to transportation, among community-dwelling Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries. The Screening Tool enables staff to take the next step of connecting beneficiaries with community resources that can address their unmet needs. A new user guide can help health care or social service providers in a wide range of clinical settings use the Screening Tool. The guide also provides key insights for implementing universal screening for health-related social needs based on the experiences of organizations participating in the Accountable Health Communities Model.

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