President's Message

CTAPTA President's Message
February 2017
Greetings fellow CTAPTA members!  

The association has been very busy since our annual conference in October.  In December, CTAPTA sponsored the arthritis foundation Jingle Bell Run 5K in Westport, CT.  It was an excellent place for us to support a worthy cause, 
as well as highlight the #choosePT campaign.  Millions of Americans live with pain related to arthritis and physical therapy is a safe alternative to opioids for them.  If you have any ideas of other #choosePT events please contact us. 

The transition to the new PT evaluation codes has been smooth thanks to the hard work of APTA and CTAPTA leaders, programming, and members.  If you have any questions feel free to contact our office. 

APTA Combined Sections Meeting in San Antonio was our largest conference ever with over 14,000 attendees!  This year the Connecticut and Massachusetts chapters along with the UCONN alumni association hosted a joint event for networking which was a overwhelming success.  If you've never attended CSM mark your calendars for CSM 2018 in New Orleans and we hope to see you at the next event. 

Component leaders met Wednesday and Thursday of CSM and were provided updates on APTA initiatives and the launch of the APTA Outcomes Registry.  The registry is now open for business and if you'd like to join it will be $299 per clinician per year for APTA members, $399 for non-members.  As most know the PQRS system has been replaced by MIPS for physicians this year and PT's will transition in 2019.  MIPS will require quality reporting measures with penalties for non-reporting of up to a 7% decrease in reimbursement.  The price tag of the registry might seem like a lot of money right now, but the registry can work directly with MIPS for reporting information and will be well worth the price.    The registry will also be integrated with EMR so there will be no additional data entry required.  Please visit http://www.ptoutcomes.com/home.aspx to learn more.
 
Did you know that the APTA hosted a movement system summit in 2016?  Our chief delegate Maryclaire Capetta proudly represented the Northeast caucus and we can't thank her enough for her efforts and involvement.  Summary documents and videos from the summit are on the APTA website, click here to see more.

Are you interested in learning more about telehealth?  Do you know that it's a little more complicated than just "facetime" on an iPhone with a patient.  You have to operate on secure lines and follow HIPPA regulations.  The APTA has you covered and offers a telehealth toolkit on their website.  Click here to learn more.

Students and Early Career Individuals, the APTA has launched a new Financial Literacy Course on the learning center and has made arrangements to offer debt refinancing discounts to APTA members. Check out the APTA website for more information.  The New Professional SIG will be having meetings starting in 2017, so if you're 0-5 years into your career please click on the "I want to get involved link" on the website

The APTA is very close to reaching 100,000 members.  There are very few organizations who can say they have 6 figure membership and we want to reach and sustain that number in 2017.  Do you know a non-member who has been thinking about joining?  Email me and we will take both of you out for coffee to talk about the benefits of being a member.
 
Michael Gans, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT
President, Connecticut Physical Therapy Association

Please keep up to date with all our events on the website, facebook, and twitter! 

See our 2016 year in review video that was presented at the Annual Conference.
 
The Student SIG February Meeting had over 80 students with lots of door prizes 

 

 

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