Guidelines and directions for applying can be found at https://foundation4pt.org/funding-opportunities/research-grants/all-research-grant-information/
Maximum Geriatric Research Grant (GRG) amount is $40,000. Funds are available for research done in U.S. institutions only. GRG funds may be used in support of salary, fringe benefits and direct expenses.
The Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy is pleased to announce Management of Falls and Fall Prevention in Older Adults written by Mariana Wingood, DPT, PT, GCS, CEEAA and edited by Barbara Billek-Sawhney, PT, EdD, DPT, GCS is now available in the APTA Learning Center.
Falls are major concern for older adults! Physical therapists play a key role in fall prevention, as well as treating falls and fall related injuries. With evidence-based practice the functional mobility and quality of life of older adults may be improved, while decreasing the national fall related statistics. This information will provide clinicians with the appropriate multi-factorial assessment and interventions to set their patient up for success!
Each year APTA honors outstanding achievements on the part of its members in the areas of overall accomplishment, education, practice and service, publications, research, and academic excellence. Award recipients are recognized in June with a ceremony and reception at NEXT Conference & Exposition.
Please join us in congratulating the following AGPT Members who have been recognized by APTA's Honors and Awards Program. We are so proud of all of you!
Cathy Ciolek, PT, DPT, GCS, FAPTA/Catherine Worthingham Fellow of the APTA
Gregory Hicks, PT, PhD, FAPTA/Catherine Worthingham Fellow of the APTA
Carmen Cooper-Oguz, PT, DPT, MBA, CWS, WCC/Lucy Blair Service Award
Jill Heitzman, PT, DPT, CWS, GCS, NCS/Lucy Blair Service Award
Jake Jakubiak Kovacek, PT/Lucy Blair Service Award
Greg Hartley, PT, DPT, GCS/Lucy Blair Service Award
Ronald Barredo, PT, DPT, EdD/Lucy Blair Service Award
Martha Eastlack, PT, PhD/Lucy Blair Service Award
Linda Horn, PT, DScPT, MHS, GCS, NCS/Lucy Blair Service Award
James Smith, PT, DPT, MA/Lucy Blair Service Award
Amy Smith, PTA/Outstanding Physical Therapist Assistant Award
Nicole Dawson, PT, PhD, GCS/Margaret L Moore Award for Outstanding New Academic Physical Therapy Faculty Member
Patricia Kluding, PT/Jack Walker Award
David Sinacore, PT, PhD, FAPTA/Jack Walker Award
Robin Marcus, PT, PhD, OCS/Jack Walker Award
Manoah Carrel, SPTA/McMillan Scholarship Award for Student Physical Therapist Assistants
Kyongho Pak, SPTA/Minority Scholarship Award for Student Physical Therapist Assistants
Congratulations to all of our 2018 award winners and a big thank you to our outgoing volunteers and newly installed officers!
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We currently have a volunteer opening for Awards Chair. The chair oversees the development and granting of various AGPT awards to celebrate excellence in physical therapy for aging adults. Main duties include soliciting nominations for awards, working with the awards committee to select recipients by the established deadline in an objective manner and coordinating and emceeing the awards ceremony at the annual Combined Sections Meeting (CSM). Some funding is available for travel to CSM. Interested candidates should submit a letter of interest and qualifications to firstname.lastname@example.org by April 30, 2018.
Beginning in April, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will be mailing all Medicare beneficiaries new Medicare cards that remove their social security numbers.
The change is intended to prevent fraud and identity theft.
CMS will be mailing the new cards in waves between April and June 2018. You can find out when your state will receive its cards here: https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/New-Medicare-Card/NMC-Mailing-Strategy.pdf
CMS has created an informational page for providers explaining what they need to do to get ready. You can visit the page at https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/New-Medicare-Card/Providers/Providers.html
APTA has a new mission, and it's all about bringing people together.
"Building a community that advances the profession of physical therapy to improve the health of society" is now the official mission statement for APTA. Developed by the APTA Board of Directors after the 2017 House of Delegates entrusted the Board to update and maintain the association's mission, the statement is strongly integrated with APTA's vision statement for the profession of physical therapy: "Transforming society by optimizing movement to improve the human experience."
"The vision statement APTA adopted in 2013 positions the association as an outward-facing organization committed to positive change," said APTA President Sharon L. Dunn, PT, PhD. "Our new mission statement articulates the association's role in that change—by being a place of engagement, where multiple perspectives can be brought together in support of advancing physical therapist practice to create pathways toward a healthier society."
According to Dunn, as the APTA Board of Directors explored the creation of a new mission statement, members realized that in many ways the association already is living out its mission.
"Our emphasis on being better together, our recommitment to diversity and inclusiveness, and our energized and connected members pointed the way toward this new mission statement," Dunn said. "We believe it's a forward-looking mission, but it's also a mission firmly rooted in our profession's values and its history of compassion, concern for society, and willingness to make bold moves.
The CDC has a new publication that examines the significant medical cost associated with Falls among Older Adults. It is titled:“The Medical Costs of Fatal and Nonfatal Falls among Older Adults” and it is published in the Journal of the American Geriatric Society. The study found that in 2015, total medical costs to treat older adult falls exceeded $50 billion. Of this total amount, medical costs for fatal falls accounted for $750 million. For nonfatal falls, Medicare and Medicaid shouldered 75% of the financial burden of medical costs, which totaled $38 billion for the two programs. Medicare spent approximately $29 billion on falls (constituting 6 percent of all Medicare spending for older adults). Medicaid spent $9 billion on falls (8 percent of all Medicaid spending for older adults). Fall-related expenses for private and other payers totaled $12 billion (5 percent of their total older adult spending).
This new study is the first to calculate the annual economic burden paid by Medicare, Medicaid and private insurance/out of pocket payers. Using this new methodology, CDC will update falls medical spending estimates on a regular basis and they are asking clinicians to continue their collaboration in decreasing falls and fall risk.
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Physical Therapists with the CEEAA designation demonstrate expert clinical decision-making skills in designing and applying an effective examination and exercise prescription and measuring the effectiveness and reflecting the current evidence of exercise for all aging adults. The process to attain the credential of "Certified Exercise Expert for Aging Adults" is to complete formal didactic education, and to participate in supervised and mentored skills development, home-based reflection, and critical thinking.
Three courses of two days each will address evidence-based examination and different and increasingly complex aspects of exercise design and delivery. The three courses are designed to build on each other; however, Courses 1 and 2 can be taken out of sequence but Course 3 must be taken last. After each course there is an online exam to be completed within 3 months of the course. Participants get two tries to achieve a 75% passing score. There is one practical test that is done onsite either course 2 or 3. While all attendees will receive continuing education credit, the tests/practical exam must be completed successfully to achieve the CEEAA designation.
MCPHS University - Worcester Campus
10 Lincoln Square
Worcester, MA 01608
March 17-18, 2018
April 28-29, 2018
July 14-15, 2018
University of Indianapolis
1400 East Hanna Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46227
June 2-3, 2018
July 28-29, 2018
September 15-16, 2018
West Coast University
590 N Vermont Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90004
August 18-19, 2018
September 29-30, 2018
The CEEAA series has historically sold out the last several years so register early to assure your spot.
For registration and more information, please visit http://www.geriatricspt.org/events/courses/CEEAA/