APTA's Combined Sections Meeting will be held virtually Feb. 1-28, 2021.

The conference will provide hundreds of educational sessions, the ability to earn up to 2.0 CEUs (20 contact hours), poster presentations, and opportunities to engage with speakers, employers, and physical therapy product and solution providers.

Registration is open, with significant discounts for APTA section members. Registrants will have access to content from Feb. 1 to March 31.

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PP-6335 - Investing in Your People: Building Quality Improvement Programs in Private Practice

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Description:
The demand for adaptive and innovative training to support a rapidly evolving health care landscape and workforce is higher than ever. Although clinical specialization is important and can advance our profession, clinical training alone is insufficient. Furthermore, the training provided to clinicians needs to expand beyond traditional assessment and treatment into the domains of leadership, sales, marketing, and business development. As private practices work to keep pace with new demands and expectations of the workforce, patients, insurance companies, and legislators, their training practices fall under more scrutiny. This session highlights training in five areas within private practice. The speakers comprise of various leaders within PT Solutions Physical Therapy who have developed, integrated, and taught in the various programs developed. The programs include multistate residency education using video-conferencing and multidisciplinary training, the development of balance centers and cross-specialty training, a practice-wide clinical mentorship programs, a cultural integration and leadership program for clinicians and front office workers leading new markets, and leadership training and summits for various positions and fields across the practice. This session covers the creation of a need's analysis, development of program structure and content, and implementation and updating of training based on outcomes and feedback.

 

PP-7062 - Building a Lifestyle Medicine Physical Therapy Practice

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The American health care system spends more per person on health care than any country. More than half of US adults have at least one chronic condition, accounting for 90% of health care spending. According to the latest research, most graduate physical therapy programs do not teach vital lifestyle interventions. Physical therapists are standing in one of the greatest gaps in modern history. We not only spend significant time with patients to implement these World Health Organization-mandated principles of health, wellness promotion, and treatment, but most of our patients are highly likely to have at least one noncommunicable disease, or NCD. As primary providers, physical therapists have an opportunity to screen and treat lifestyle factors and prevent disease. We are ideally suited to fill this gap if equipped with the skill set to tackle root causes of NCDs. A lifestyle medicine approach uses plant-based nutrition, sleep science, physical activity, stress management, and environmental and substance abuse recovery. Building a practice steeped in these behaviorally informed principles can transform our health care culture and empower patients toward longevity. This session prepares a private practice owner and physical therapists with the essential screening methods to measure the vital signs of lifestyle medicine.

 

PP-7141 - Optimizing Practice With Prevention and Health, Wellness, and Fitness Programs

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The American Physical Therapy Association's Guide to Physical Therapist Practice states that a part of physical therapists' practice is to "provide prevention and promote health, wellness, and fitness." More specifically, this includes identifying and assessing the health needs of individuals, groups, and communities, and promoting optimal health through screening, prevention, aftercare, and wellness programs that appropriately addresses health risks related to age, gender, culture, pathology, and lifestyle. The incorporation of prevention and health, wellness, and fitness programs by physical therapists may be a valuable health care strategy and resource, as primary prevention approaches may optimize client function and reduce downstream medical costs. However, despite the growing body of literature describing the virtues of these programs, it is likely that these programs are underutilized, and challenges and obstacles remain for establishing these practice paradigms. In this session, the value of incorporating prevention and health, wellness, and fitness programs by physical therapists is described, as well as challenges and obstacles to implementation. This exciting and interactive session also provides physical therapists with a thorough recognition of effective implementation and marketing strategies for prevention and health, wellness, and fitness programs that can be used to immediately transform and optimize their practice.

 

 

Thursday - February 4, 2021

PP-6097 Dispelling the Most Common Physical Therapy Myths

Date: Thursday, February 4, 2021
Time: 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

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Speaker Rick Anthony Gawenda, PT

Description:
In my role as a consultant and presenter, one of my responsibilities is to provide my clients and participants with the correct information with references, when applicable, to successfully run their therapy practice or department, while remaining compliant with Medicare and private insurance carrier rules and regulations. Over the past 17 years in my current role, I have received many "urban legend myth" questions that have been passed down that people think are true. The goal of this session is to dispel some of those myths. The myths that are addressed in this session are: therapy students can't treat Medicare outpatients; you can't double-book Medicare patients; you can't bill for two CPT codes during the same 15-minute period; you can't bill more than four units per hour; the definition of group therapy applies only to Medicare; the definition of "requires direct one-on-one contact" applies only to Medicare; Medicare requires an order to begin outpatient therapy services; Medicare requires a reevaluation every 10 visits; Medicare doesn't pay for maintenance therapy; all insurances carriers follow the "eight-minute rule" for billing purposes; and Medicare Advantage plans follow all of traditional Medicare's rules and regulations.

 

Thursday - February 11, 2021

PP-6053 Harnessing Mainstream and Social Media To Elevate the Profession of Physical Therapy

Date: Thursday, February 11, 2021
Time: 7:00 PM - 7:30 PM

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Speaker Jenna Kantor, PT, DPT and Karen Marie Litzy, PT, DPT

Description:
In the age of social media, both misinformation and disinformation can be huge barriers in the dissemination of evidenced-based content. This can cause confusion for both the average public and health care providers. Unfortunately, misinformation and disinformation are not only affecting social media platforms, but mainstream media outlets as well. Journalists are now looking to social media to find their "next best" information source. This means that they will be looking at people who are producing a lot of eye-catching content. Does this mean that the content produced is well researched and evidence based? Not necessarily. As physical therapists, we should be at the forefront of evidenced-based content creation across social media and in our blogs, podcasts, vlogs, etc. We should be the go-to sources for journalists and writers across all mainstream media, especially when it comes to musculoskeletal-related stories. If we expect to live up to APTA's vision of "transforming society by optimizing movement to improve the human experience", then we have to be thought of as the experts in movement. In this session attendees learn how to create captivating online content that can then be repurposed to pitch major media outlets.

 

PP-7184 Offsetting the 8%: How To Future-Proof Your Practice Despite Looming Payment Cuts

Date: Thursday, February 11, 2021
Time: 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

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Speaker Heidi Doune Jannenga, PT, DPT, ATC

Description:
Payers, especially Medicare, have dealt us a lot of blows over the years. And the latest 8% across-the-board PT and OT payment reduction - on top of the 15% cut to reimbursement rates for PTA services beginning in 2022 — is a lot to contend with. Quite frankly, some clinics, namely those that don't make necessary changes to evolve, won't make it through this. But those that are willing to adapt have an opportunity to shift the trajectory of our entire industry in a direction that is good for all of us and our patients. I don't believe this cut will be our profession's death knell, but if it isn't our wake-up call to rise, unite, step up our game, and proactively advocate for ourselves, our patients, and our profession, then I don't know what will be. In this session, I'll share proven strategies and metrics to help clinic owners, managers, and administrators future-proof their practice to not only survive Medicare's latest cuts, but also thrive — all while helping ensure that this doesn't happen again. Participants learn what led to these cuts as well as best practices for optimizing operations, internal culture, staff utilization, and the patient experience to improve patient care, new patient volume, and revenue.

 

Thursday - February 18, 2021

PP-6095 Employee Engagement 2.0: Keeping the Grass Greener on Your Side of the Fence!

Date: Thursday, February 18, 2021
Time: 8:30 PM - 9:00 PM

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Speaker Brian D. Hartz, PT, DPT

Description:
Managing employees and maximizing productivity is paramount to having a successful practice. The high demands placed on physical therapists can lead to burn out, staff turnover, and decreased engagement - all of which are detrimental to growing a business. How do you strive to surpass the national average that only 33% of employees are highly engaged at work? I want you to create a company culture that reinforces that the grass is always greener on your side of the fence! This session is designed to help the practice owner: (1) Create an employee engagement program or maximize the efficiency and effectiveness of your current strategies. (2) Increase employee satisfaction and have unparalleled employee retention and the ability to attract new employees. (3) Develop a program that empowers your employees to grow both personally and professionally all while becoming better advocates for your business. Attend this session to have a lively discussion on how to get and keep your employees more engaged and motivated as well as increase morale and job satisfaction. In addition, case studies and a detailed outline of successful employee engagement initiatives is presented. The impact it will have on the overall success of your practice is not to be missed!

 

PP-7287 Health Care Compliance in the Age of Innovation

Date: Thursday, February 11, 2021
Time: 9:00 PM - 9:30 PM

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Speaker Dianne V. Jewell, PT, DPT, PhD, FAPTA and Veda Collmer, JD, OTR/L

Description:
As the coronavirus pandemic made clear, technology is an asset for physical therapists — and their patients. We harness the internet to help with everything from marketing and operations to telehealth and the patient experience. Yet, technology comes with its own set of challenges. In the case of the pandemic, PTs were desperate to leverage innovative technology to provide care during stay-home mandates. And yet, compliance rules lagged in the face of urgency. Now that we've weathered the coronavirus storm, we're equipped to innovate even more, but we still face compliance challenges. If we're not careful, those challenges could turn into pitfalls — like costly HIPAA breaches, payment rejections and denials, privacy violations, and lawsuits. Even something as seemingly benign as sharing exercises on your website to help prepare a runner for a marathon or using your electronic medical record to document a patient visit has the potential to land you in hot water, should someone get hurt and sue. In this session, compliance and legal experts Veda Colmer, JD, OTR/L, and Dianne Jewell, PT, DPT, PhD, FAPTA, walk you through several example situations, including telehealth, and share how to properly handle them, so you can safely and confidently use technology in your practice.

 

Thursday - February 25, 2021

PP-9224 Using Malpractice Claims Data To Identify Risks in PT Practice

Date: Thursday, February 25, 2021
Time: 8:00 PM - 8:30 PM

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Speaker Jennifer Flynn and Lynn Pierce, RN

Description:
Malpractice data can be a powerful patient safety tool by revealing clinical patterns that contribute to medical errors and by enabling PTs and physical therapy practice owners to more accurately identify gaps in patient safety programs and make improvements to their practice risk management plan. From HPSO's and CNA's new liability claim report update, this interactive program addresses some of physical therapists' most common professional liability concerns, including emerging risks and ways that PTs can protect themselves from liability exposures. Using case studies and claim data, PTs can examine top areas of liability through the experiences of their peers. Most importantly, this session provides you with immediate implementable practices that you can use to help prevent or defend against malpractice allegations, while also enhancing patient safety.

 

PP-6260 Telehealth, Not if or How but Who: Searching for Best Practice in the Trenches

Date: Thursday, February 25, 2021
Time: 8:30 PM - 10:00 PM

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Speaker Mark Harrison Shepherd, PT, DPT, Eric James Chaconas, PT, Mark Louis Milligan, PT, DPT and Jeffrey Robert Moore, PT, DPT

Description:
Virtual health care is here to stay, and the momentum is only growing. Steady PTCompact expansion, alongside an increasing number of telehealth platforms available, has allowed more and more physical therapists to reach across multiple states and bring our important message to patients who need it. Telehealth transcends barriers such as underservice in rural regions, or travel difficulties in urban ones. Perhaps more than any advancement to date, this medium seems to have promise in amplifying the message and value of physical therapy, while enabling earlier access to services in all corners of our country. However, to capitalize we must turn our efforts to best practice, not only in regard to process and hardware, but to figuring out which patients truly benefit from this mode of service delivery. Combining reflection on a year of telehealth service delivery with our understanding of medical screening and best physical therapist practice as well as state rules and regulations, the speakers present what they believe to be optimal guidelines moving forward. Expect to walk away recognizing the basics on how to implement telehealth, who to consider targeting for maximum benefit, and with a sharper awareness on which presentations are more appropriate for an in-person setting.

 

Tuesday - March 2, 2021

PP-6991 Kick-Starting Your Private Practice: A Day of Interactive Consulting

Date: Thursday, February 25, 2021
Time: 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM

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Speaker Robert Peter Worth, PT, DPT, MS, Lynn A. Steffes, PT, DPT and Paul J. Welk, PT

Description:
The "Kick-Starting Your Private Practice - Keys to Success and a Day of Interactive Consulting With Top Nationally Recognized Private Practice Experts" program is aimed at helping new practitioners gain the foundational knowledge and skills needed to start a private practice or take their existing private practice to the next level of success. This full-day course invites private practitioners to engage in evidence-based practice management decisions while developing individualized action plans. Guided by a team of experts, participants evaluate their practice to identify their greatest strengths, areas needing attention, and opportunities for growth. Prework will be required so that participants can "hit the ground running." This postconference course is available for $185 for APTA Section Members and $285 for others. (.9 CEUs)

 

Please join PPS during CSM for a night of networking with experienced Private Practice Section members. After a group welcome, we will be breaking into smaller group discussions. You won't want to miss this one of a kind event!

Wednesday, February 10, 2021
8:00PM - 10:00 PM
Zoom Meeting

Group Discussion Rooms:

  • Viability of Starting a Private Practice in a Post Pandemic World - Facilitated by Lynn Steffes
  • Cash-Based Practice - Facilitated by Karen Litzy, Theresa Marko, and Rick Gawenda
  • Compensation Models - Facilitated by Angela Wilson Pennisi
  • Growth Strategies - Facilitated by Michelle Collie and Kelly Sanders

Admission is FREE and attendees who are non-PPS members will have the opportunity to win a Private Practice Section Membership and more*!
*Winners must be an active APTA Member

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