The Awards committee functions to promote members of the section on Geriatrics that have provided extraordinary service to geriatric patients, to students as well as to the Academy. The specific awards extend to outstanding service and/or excellence in: clinical service, clinical education of students, academic preparation of students, volunteers in action, advocacy of older adults and the outstanding Physical Therapist Assistant in Geriatrics.
The purpose of the AGPT Communications Committee is to develop an overall comprehensive communications strategy for the Academy using various electronic and other media including the website, social media, PR and other technologies. The Communications chair will set and guide the strategy to consistently articulate the Academy’s mission and vision. Sub-Committees of the Communications Committee include:
Social Media: Maintain a consistent, energetic social media presence to increase the AGPT’s profile with membership, other healthcare professionals and older adults via Facebook and Twitter with planned expansion into LinkedIn by creating and posting content (both original and industry) regularly.
Website/Listserv: The Website Sub-Committee oversees maintaining and improving content on the Academy’s website www.geriatricspt.org and the Listserv moderator monitors all listserv posts for appropriateness to maintain high quality listserv participation. (Lead: Lucy Jones, PT, DPT, MHA, GCS)
Public Relations Sub-Committee works to get free press for PTs working with older adults, and to get media attention for issues faced by aging adults. The PR Committee also has a marketing role to plan/coordinate the Academy’s marketing efforts related to its products and courses. (Lead: Karleen Cordeau, PT, MS)
The purpose of the Education Committee is to serve as a forum and preferred channel for information, resources, and professional networking related to PT and PTA education in the area of geriatric physical therapy. Sub-Committees of the Education Committee include Regional/Conference Programming, Online Education and Academic Education.
The Finance committee advises the Board of Directors on matters pertaining to the Academy’s financial needs, growth, and stability based on periodic review of income, expenditure and investments. The two specified functions of the Finance Committee are to present a balanced budget to the Board of Directors and the Membership and to annually review the Investment Policy and recommend changes to the Treasurer. These two functions generally require reviewing the budget during October and a conference call at the end of the month. Additional conference calls may be required if the Finance Committee is required to do additional tasks by the Board of Directors.
The purpose of the Geriatric Specialty Council (GSC) is to develop and maintain the process for certification and re-certification of Geriatric Specialists in Physical Therapy. The three-person committee reports regularly to the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists. The committee coordinates item writing and test development in conjunction with the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME), the Specialization Academy of Content Experts (SACE), and the Committee of Content Experts (CCE). The committee participates, and at times invites other section members to participate, in standard setting of the examination and key validation of specific items. The GSC reviews all re-certification portfolios, validates that complete information is contained in the Professional Development Portfolios, and makes recommendations to the ABPTS. The committee collaborates with the Academy and ABPTS to increase awareness of the certification by publishing information in GeriNotes, hosting an annual breakfast at Combined Sections Meeting (CSM), and other marketing projects.
GeriNotes is the member magazine for the Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy (AGPT). It is distributed five times per year: January, May, July, September and November. Some issues have focused topics pertinent to a specific area of geriatric physical therapy. These issues have authors with special knowledge in the focused area. Other issues are general with a variety of articles submitted by Academy members. Academy news and committee reports are also provided in each issue. The Editorial Board of GeriNotes meets annually at the Combined Sections Meeting. Members of the Academy are encouraged to submit articles for publication in GeriNotes. Instructions for authors are published once a year and are available here. The copyright is held by the AGPT.
The Editorial Board of the Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy consists of an Editor in Chief and 10 to 16 others that the Editor has invited to be board members. All have expertise relevant to geriatric physical therapy but not all are physical therapists. Neither are all members of the American Physical Therapy Association. The Board is responsible for the content of the Journal. This responsibility is carried out primarily by assisting with the peer-review of submitted articles. However, board members contribute also by soliciting and submitting articles and by providing feedback on Journal content and procedures.
The Membership Committee exists to recruit new members and retain current membership. Committee members formulate and implement strategies designed to inform members and prospective members of the benefits of the Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy. The committee develops and promotes activities designed to demonstrate the advantages of Academy membership. Other duties include assisting with booth activities at the CSM and National Meetings, conducting exiting member surveys, as well as welcoming and encouraging all members to contribute and be involved in Academy activities. Committee member participation is flexible, depending on members time and availability.
This active committee is responsible for finding the best candidates for the elections that are held once a year. The members serve a three-year term and take on more responsibility each year until in the last of the three years the committee member is the chair of the Nominating committee. The committee meets at Combined Sections. The chair represents the committee at the Academy Board meetings, however the committee stays separate from the board to maintain their independence in finding the best candidates. They attend Member Meetings and talk to the membership to encourage leaders to run for office. The job entails phone and e-mail meetings with the other committee members and communication to the membership at large and to specific candidates.
The Payment, Policy and Advocacy Committee is concerned with monitoring federal legislation as it relates to reimbursement for physical therapy services. The Committee Chair is the Federal Affairs Liaison (FAL) who is appointed by the President of the AGPT.
The Committee Chair is responsible for facilitating the R&L Committee, which consists of volunteer members. Members assist the Chair by staying current on reimbursement issues relative to his/her region or state. Particular issues of interest include: the therapy cap, Medicare direct access, Medicare reform, Medicaid reform, PPS reform, and CPT code development. The committee communicates through email, phone calls, and at APTA conferences.
On February 5, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) posted on their MDS 3.0 Technical Information Webpage a new draft version (V3.00.0) of the MDS 3.0 Data Specifications. This version is scheduled to become effective October 1, 2019. These specifications are used for software developers and vendors to update SNF PPS grouper, MDS, electronic health record, and billing systems to align with annual updates to the MDS-RAI (yet to be issued) and SNF PPS billing requirements. Note that there are many significant changes, to align with the transition to the new Skilled Nursing Facility Prospective Payment System (SNF PPS) from the Resource Utilization Groups, Version 4 (RUG-IV) to the Patient Driven Payment Model (PDPM). These changes include the removal of eight RUG-IV assessment item sets (NS, NSD, NO, NOD, SS, SSD, SO, SOD), the addition of two new PDPM assessment item sets (IPA – Interim Payment Assessment and OSA – Optional State Assessment), and item additions in Sections A, GG, I, J, O and Z. See this link for the draft MDS 3.0 Item Sets v1.17 for October 1, 2019) that were issued on January 3. The MDS draft data specifications also accommodate the utilization of the PDPM grouper (not issued yet) , which also begins on October 1, 2019. In addition, a new version (V1.04.0) of the MDS 3.0 CAT Specifications was posted. This version is also scheduled to become effective October 1, 2019. The specification for CAT 12 (Nutritional Status) has been updated in accordance with the changes in V3.00.0 of the MDS 3.0 Data Specifications.
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Committee Purpose: To promote practice activities related to aging adults to PT and PTAs including but not limited to assisting those therapists/therapists assistants pursuing geriatric Board certification, advanced clinical proficiency recognition for PTA's, and the development/creation/dissemination of evidence-based documents/clinical practice guidelines including collaborating with APTA and the PTNow Portal.
The State Advocates work at the local level to advocate for older adults. Some of the responsibilities of an Advocate are: