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Submit a Nomination for the 2022 APTA Colorado Elections

The APTA Nominating Committee is seeking nominations for the 2022 APTA Colorado Board elections. Nominations are due by Sunday, July 31, 2022The Nominating Committee is looking for volunteers to fill the following positions:

  • Treasurer (2 Year Term)
  • Director at Large - Finance Director (2 Year Term)
  • Delegate at Large (2 Year Term)

 To learn more about the elections, requirements to hold office and to submit your nomination, CLICK HERE


Share Your Research, Knowledge and Expertise!

Call for Poster Abstracts and Platforms for the 2022 Fall Conference!

We encourage all PTs, PTAs, and students to submit poster abstracts and platforms on case reports, special interest reports, or research projects. Posters and platforms submitted will be selected for presentation that demonstrates quality research and clinical relevance.

Please submit your abstract no later than Sunday, July 31, 2022 by e-mail to Michelle Rauzi, PT, DPT, Co-Chair of the Research Committee: [email protected] When submitting your abstract, please indicate if you are submitting for a poster, platform or both.

For more information, click here



Renewal of Public Health Emergency (PHE) for COVID-19

On July 15, 2022, Secretary Xavier Becerra, Secretary of Health and Human Services, renewed the PHE for COVID-19. The renewal is for 90 days, through October 14, 2022. The renewal states:

Renewal of Determination That a Public Health Emergency Exists
As a result of the continued consequences of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, on this date and after consultation with public health officials as necessary, I, Xavier Becerra, Secretary of Health and Human Services, pursuant to the authority vested in me under section 319 of the Public Health Service Act, do hereby renew, effective July 20, 2021, the January 31, 2020, determination by former Secretary Alex M. Azar II, that he previously renewed on April 21, 2020, July 23, 2020, October 2, 2020, and January 7, 2021, and that I renewed on April 15, 2021, July 19, 2021, October 15, 2021, January 14, 2022, and April 12, 2022, that a public health emergency exists and has existed since January 27, 2020, nationwide.


Takeaways From the Proposed 2023 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule

Part 1

A cut to the conversion factor, no changes to telehealth limitations (but a few codes added), a tweak to RVUs, and more.

Part 2

MIPS reporting, value pathways, virtual supervision, and more.

Our Mental Health Crisis is Getting Worse. New 988 Suicide Hotline Can be our Fresh Start.

USA Today | Dr. Jerome Adams

This column contains discussion of suicide. If you or someone you know might be struggling with suicidal thoughts, call theNational Suicide Prevention Lifelineat 1-800-273-8255.

Before COVID-19, nearly 40 million people in the United States were identified in 2019 as having mental illness. Worse, fewer than half (45%) received treatment. The stress of the pandemic has exacerbated this crisis, with isolation, stress and worsening access to treatment. 

Across the country, mental illness and suicide rates are high and rising. Approximately 20% of adults reported in 2020 that they suffered from mental illness, and the share of adults reporting anxiety or depression disorders spiked to over 41% last year.

Deaths attributed to suicide

About 47,500 deaths were attributed to suicide in 2019, compared with more than 38,000 in 2010, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Mental illness and suicide are particularly pronounced among young people and those in rural areas. In rural America, higher suicide rates are further compounded by even greater challenges in accessing care.

Let's go nationwide: Our clinics meet mental health needs and lighten the load on law enforcement

July's launch of 988, a new mental health crisis response number, marks a historic opportunity to ensure that the growing number of people in crisis can get appropriate and more equitable access to mental health services – and that our broader emergency response infrastructure (which includes 911, emergency medical services and law enforcement) can guide people to the right places, at the right times.

By July 16, all telecommunications carriers must provide access to 988, which will direct calls to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, a switchboard that provides free crisis counseling and emotional support to more than 2 million callers a year and connects them to one of more than 180 crisis centers nationwide.

The new, easy-to-remember 988 will provide an alternate access point into care and help keep people in crisis from needlessly cycling through hospital emergency rooms and the criminal justice system. It will also provide minority communities that are often fearful of calling 911 for a loved one in mental health crisis, an option less biased toward a response based solely in law enforcement…

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