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October 28, 2020

Each year, APTA Geriatrics sponsors several awards to recognize outstanding achievement in geriatric physical therapy practice and research.

Nominations are now open for 17 awards in research, practice and student categories. Plus, for 2021, we've polished up the nomination process and made it easier for you to recognize your peers.

Winners will be showcased in a dynamic, online program, as part of Virtual CSM in February.

Hurray! Nominations are due December 6!

https://geriatricspt.org/awards/

 
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October 22, 2020

The Fall 2020 edition offers policymakers, health advocates and other interested health care professionals a detailed compendium of state telehealth laws, regulations and Medicaid policies.  Please note that for the most part, states continue to keep their temporary telehealth COVID-19 emergency policies siloed from their permanent telehealth policies.  In instances where the state has made policies permanent, CCHP has incorporated those policies into this report, however temporary COVID-19 related policies are not included.  For information on state temporary COVID-19 telehealth policies, visit CCHP’s COVID-19 Telehealth Policy tracking webpage.

The report also includes an executive summary, which summarizes CCHP’s findings along with an “At a Glance” Infographic and Chart that highlights key data points from the report.  CCHP’s online interactive map tool has also been updated with all of the newest information from this update.

https://mailchi.mp/cchpca/cchp-releases-fall-2020-edition-of-the-50-state-telehealth-laws-and-reimbursement-policies-report

Telehealth shouldn’t be allowed in emergencies only!  https://www.apta.org/advocacy/issues/telehealth

 
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October 22, 2020

UPDATED! APTA's academies and sections formed the Cross-Academy/Section COVID-19 Core Outcome Measure Task Force to identify a core set of outcome measures for patients diagnosed with COVID-19, across the continuum of care and in all settings. A core set of outcome measures aids in describing the trajectory of recovery from COVID-19 and facilitates research initiatives.

 
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October 15, 2020

APTA Geriatrics is pleased to announce the following winners of the APTA Centennial Scholars Program. APTA Geriatrics will sponsor the participation of these two individuals and support their pursuit of leadership opportunities, both at the component and national levels.

The APTA Centennial Scholars Program is designed to build a cadre of future association leaders and demonstrates APTA’s investment in a diverse and prepared leadership pool.

The 12-month program will run throughout 2021 with a goal of engaging 100 scholars via live and virtual learning experiences. Additionally, scholars will work directly with APTA Geriatrics to design and complete a capstone project that addresses an existing need of the Academy.

Jermain Tezeno, PT, OTR/L, DPT
"As APTA reflects upon a 100-year legacy of forward progress, I am thankful for being selected and grateful that APTA will be investing in me as part of the next generation of leaders as a centennial scholar while representing geriatrics. I am excited that I will be learning and gaining a better understanding of leadership and management skills from a diverse group of mentors within the association, and paying it forward by expanding and contributing my knowledge in the profession."

Hannah Acton, PT, DPT
"As the APTA approaches its centennial year, I am excited and honored to be sponsored by APTA Geriatrics as a Centennial Scholar. I believe this opportunity will further my personal leadership development to allow for a greater impact in geriatric physical therapy, APTA Geriatrics, and the profession."

 
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October 15, 2020

October is National Physical Therapy Month, an opportunity for PTs, PTAs, and students to celebrate the profession. This year APTA is highlighting the many essential health benefits of regular physical activity and the transformative role PTs and PTAs play in helping Americans get or keep moving.

The focus on physical activity amplifies APTA's latest ChoosePT public awareness campaign, launched in July, to address the prevalence of inactivity among Americans.

You can find eight ways to participate here.

Highlights include:

  • Share ChoosePT.com resources. APTA’s ChoosePT toolkit offers downloadable handouts and graphics. New graphics feature information on key populations, according to HHS’ Physical Activity guidelines, including children, pregnancy, falls, and cancer survivors. NPTM is also a great time to share YouTube videoshealth tipspodcasts, and more.
  • Update or create your profile on APTA's Find a PT directory. This member benefit is accessible through ChoosePT.com, which reached more than 4 million Americans last year. Consumers can filter search results by practice focus or specialization.
  • Get social. Use #ChoosePT in your social media posts, and be sure to follow ChoosePT on Twitter and Facebook. You can use #PTmonth to let us know how you’re celebrating.

 
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October 08, 2020

A recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine provoked a Letter to the Editor from Dr. Greg Hartley (President, APTA Geriatrics, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, FL), Dr. Leslie Allison (Editor, Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy), and Dr. Elizabeth Eckstrom (Professor of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics, School of Medicine, Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, OR). The original study is titled “A Randomized Trial of a Multifactorial Strategy to Prevent Serious Fall Injuries” (July 9, 2020; N Engl J Med 2020; 383:129-140, DOI: 10.1056/NEJMoa2002183).

The study found no difference between the intervention and control groups. The “intervention” in this study included screening, recommendations and referrals, but no actual treatments known to reduce fall risk were provided (e.g., exercise, medication management, home safety modifications, and vision care). Drs Hartley, Eckstrom, and Allison’s correspondence to the Editor was published October 1, 2020. (N Engl J Med 2020; 383:1395-1396, DOI: 10.1056/NEJMc2026944). Their response praised the attempt to integrate fall prevention services into primary care settings, yet also indicated that without the provision of actual treatment including exercise, the negative study findings were unsurprising.

APTA Geriatrics members wishing to know more about the concerns raised by the original study and read a targeted response from Jennifer Vincenzo, PT, MPH, PhD, and Leslie Allison, PT, PhD may find a detailed commentary in the last issue of GeriNotes

 
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September 22, 2020

It's Fall Prevention Awareness Week!

September 21-25, 2020

Check out these resources for you and your patients:

  • The National Council on Aging (NCOA) is promoting Fall Prevention Awareness Week with resources on its website. Find videos and practical tips for patients and a toolkit of marketing materials for health professionals at https://www.ncoa.org/healthy-aging/falls-prevention/falls-prevention-awareness-week/.
  • NCOA will also be hosting a Facebook Live event on September 23 featuring Balance and Falls SIG Chair Jennifer Vincenzo, PT, MPH, PhD. Watch it here at 6:30 pm ET: https://www.facebook.com/NCOAging/
  • The 2nd edition of the Falls Prevention Awareness Toolkit: A Comprehensive Guide to Professional & Community Engagement for Geriatric Fall/Balance Assessment, developed by the Balance and Falls SIG, is now available for download. https://geriatricspt.org/special-interest-groups/balance-falls/nfpad/. The resources provided within the toolkit are designed to assist clinicians and students in creating and/or improving their community-based falls prevention events by utilizing current evidence and a wide-variety of quality resources.
  • More than 25% of older adults experience a fall in any given year. In this video, developed by the NSGA/APTA Geriatrics Task Force, Becca Jordre, PT, DPT shares resources and exercises for helping with balance and fall prevention at home. https://youtu.be/V13EjcJaalk

 
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September 22, 2020

APTA Geriatrics is striving to address diversity, equality, and inclusivity (DEI) in its communication through the formation of a review task force. The Task Force, effective August-October, 2020, is inviting members to provide their perspectives on how to improve DEI represented in our communications. Specifically, they seek suggestions for ways APTA Geriatrics can improve its presence and effectiveness in supporting DEI within the profession.

Please email your comments or suggestions to the Task Force co-chairs (Talina Corvus and Stephanie Long) at DEItaskforce@gmail.com by Sunday, September 27.

The APTA Geriatrics DE&I Task Force, composed of PT, PTA, and SPT members, was recruited from all over the country through announcements on social media, the APTA Geriatrics newsletter, and APTA Engage. This volunteer task force includes representation from different races/ethnicities, geographies, ages, sexes, genders, sexualities, nationalities, religions, years in practice, professional roles, and lived experiences.

Task Force Members: Roslyn Burton, PT, DPT; Talina Corvus, PT, DPT, PhD; Jason Dring, PT, DPT; Kevin Hazel, SPTA; Rubye Kendrick, PT; Stephanie Long, PT, DPT; Howard Eisenberg, PT, MPS; Anandbabu Ramadass, PT, DPT; Adrianna Ellis, PT, DPT; Greg Hartley, PT, DPT

 
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September 15, 2020

CMS reviewed with States, nursing homes, and other stakeholders the updated COVID 19 Testing and Reporting Requirements based on the recent Interim Final Rule with Comment Period released on August 25, 2020.

In an effort to keep residents safe, strengthen surveillance, and further reduce viral transmission of COVID 19 in nursing homes, CMS Administrator Seema Verma along with Dr. Redfield, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Admiral Giroir, Assistant Secretary for Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services presented the new regulatory requirements, guidance on how facilities can meet those requirements and available resources and technical assistance.

A copy of the presentation can be found here: https://www.cms.gov/files/document/covid-ppt-nh-all-call.pdf

Recordings of the calls will be made available here https://www.cms.gov/outreach-education/partner-resources/coronavirus-covid-19-partner-toolkit

 
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September 03, 2020

APTA Geriatrics members who are planning to take the GCS exam are invited to participate in the new Geriatric Certified Specialization Mentorship Program, designed to help facilitate exam preparation and success. Regardless of whether your path to the exam is via your portfolio or a residency, this program will be an asset to your preparation.

APTA Geriatrics recognizes that mentorship is essential in helping to nurture and grow future geriatric specialists, and this program offers a key opportunity for our members to enhance clinical reasoning, improve current practice in the geriatric field, and network. For our existing members, the Geriatric Certified Specialist Mentorship Program is a benefit already included with the APTA Geriatrics component membership.

Participation in the program is voluntary, however, we do require that you complete the interest form by October 31.

 
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September 03, 2020

Tiffany Adams, PT, DPT, MBA, has been selected as a 2020 recipient of the APTA Emerging Leader Award. Adams is Assistant Director of Clinical Education/Clinical Assistant Professor in Physical Therapy at Winston-Salem State University.

In nominating Adams, leaders of APTA Geriatrics said: “Dr. Adams is highly organized, energetic, and a great role model for early to mid-career professionals. She is intelligent, dedicated, passionate and professional. I am certain she will continue to be a leader in our profession while bringing a much-needed diverse voice to the table.”

The Emerging Leader Award was established to annually honor individuals who have demonstrated extraordinary service to the profession and APTA early in their careers. Adams will be recognized in the December issue of APTA Magazine.

 
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August 20, 2020

Awards Committee members participate in the process of reviewing and selecting APTA Geriatrics awardees. Position typically requires 1-2 hours per month with an increased time commitment in November to review and score all award submissions.

Find out more and step up! https://engage.apta.org/communities/volunteer-home?CommunityKey=425ed987-0200-4e53-91c1-e48861618bf0

 
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August 20, 2020

Due to COVID-19 pandemic, the application and payment deadlines for the Geriatric Certified Specialist exam have been extended by three months, automatically, without prior approval. Applications are reviewed in order of submission; potential applicants are encouraged to apply prior to the deadline to expedite the review process. An option for an initial partial payment of the application fee will also be available (excluding reapplicants). See the ABPTS website for more information.

 

 

 
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August 20, 2020

APTA recently announced that, in the interest of participant health and safety, the Combined Sections Meeting (CSM) will transition to a virtual event for 2021. See the full notice posted by APTA.

Rest assured that APTA Geriatrics will be working with APTA staff, our CSM program chairs/committee and leadership to explore new ways of connecting to recreate the networking, research and education that so many of us enjoy about CSM. More to come!

 
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August 20, 2020

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has released the 2021 proposed Medicare Physician Fee Schedule. Physical therapy services are slated for a 9% cut, and we need your help to take action and raise our voices for the physical therapy profession. This affects many of our APTA Geriatrics members!

Log in to the members-only Legislative Action Center and send your letter today. It takes two minutes to make an impact. 

 
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August 06, 2020

The International Association of Physiotherapists has just unveiled their new website at www.iptop-physio.org/. IPTOP represents national special interest groups of physiotherapists working with oder people. IPTOP strives to be the international resource for physiotherapists working in older adult

 
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July 14, 2020

In June 2020, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the formation of an independent Coronavirus Commission on Safety and Quality in Nursing Homes to review and assess the response to COVID-19. Last week, the commission launched an important opportunity for you to contribute to their work. 

•    Provide the commission with a publication or other resource to consider in their work (5-page limit).
•    Provide perspective (500-word limit) based on your experience with nursing homes.

There are also opportunities to express interest in learning more about the work of the commission, including your support for the well-being of nursing home residents and workers.

Click here for more information: https://sites.mitre.org/nhcovidcomm/public-engagement/

 
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July 07, 2020

 

Too many Americans don't move enough, but PTs and PTAs are perfectly positioned to help Americans choose more movement and better health. That's the message APTA is sharing in its latest public awareness campaign, which launched today and will make a significant impact in our association's centennial year of 2021.

 

Much like our award-winning anti-opioid campaign, which launched in 2016, our new physical activity initiative will leverage the reach of APTA's ChoosePT.com consumer-focused website to deliver messages, including an enhanced ChoosePT toolkit featuring shareable resources for components and members.

 

Similar to that campaign, we will develop public service announcements for TV and radio, to be released next year along with a paid advertising campaign. Please ensure that your members have updated their Find a PT profile so that consumers can contact them for an evaluation.

 

Components played a significant role in the success of our previous anti-opioid campaign. To continue to build on that success, we ask that you encourage member support and engagement for our physical activity campaign.

 

In addition to a new toolkit, we've updated all 50 active ChoosePT.com state-specific landing pages with a sharable physical activity graphic and a customizable zone linking to our new physical activity toolkit. As a reminder, each state landing page has a consistent URL structure (ChoosePT.com/[STATE ABBREVIATION]).

 

Contact APTA's PR and media team to discuss how your component can help extend the reach and impact of the physical activity campaign.

 
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July 07, 2020

“Taking Precautions for Mobility and Exercise as Potential Aerosol-Generating Procedures” describes mobilization, exercise, and ambulation as potential aerosol-generating procedures. It posits that PTs and PTAs should have access to appropriate masks when providing these interventions to patients with known or suspected COVID-19 to reduce the risk of exposure.

 
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July 07, 2020

APTA's academies and sections formed the Cross-Academy/Section COVID-19 Core Outcome Measure Task Force to identify a core set of outcome measures for patients diagnosed with COVID-19, across the continuum of care and in all settings. A core set of outcome measures aids in describing the trajectory of recovery from COVID-19 and facilitates research initiatives.

 
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June 29, 2020

APTA Geriatrics is pleased to announce that the Impact Factor (IF) of the Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy (JGPT) increased 48.7% from 2.283 in 2018 to 3.396 in 2019!

JGPT is now #6 of 68 Journals in the Rehab category and #17 in the Geriatrics/Gerontology category.

 

Top 10 Journals (sorted by IF) in the Rehab category

RANK

FULL JOURNAL TITLE

1

JOURNAL OF PHYSIOTHERAPY

2

NEUROREHABILITATION AND NEURAL REPAIR

3

JOURNAL OF ORTHOPAEDIC & SPORTS PHYSICAL THERAPY

4

ANNALS OF PHYSICAL AND REHABILITATION MEDICINE

5

JOURNAL OF NEURO ENGINEERING AND REHABILITATION

6

JOURNAL OF GERIATRIC PHYSICAL THERAPY

7

IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON NEURAL SYSTEMS AND REHABILITATION ENGINEERING

8

PHYSICAL THERAPY

9

ARCHIVES OF PHYSICAL MEDICINE AND REHABILITATION

10

JOURNAL OF NEUROLOGIC PHYSICAL THERAPY

 

Top 20 Journals (sorted by IF) in the Geriatric/Geriontology category

RANK

FULL JOURNAL TITLE

1

AGEING RESEARCH REVIEWS

2

JOURNAL OF CACHEXIA SARCOPENIA AND MUSCLE

3

AGING CELL

4

AGING AND DISEASE

5

JOURNALS OF GERONTOLOGY SERIES A-BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES AND MEDICAL SCIENCES

6

AGE AND AGEING

7

AGING-US

8

JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL DIRECTORS ASSOCIATION

9

FRONTIERS IN AGING NEUROSCIENCE

10

NEUROBIOLOGY OF AGING

11

MECHANISMS OF AGEING AND DEVELOPMENT

12

JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN GERIATRICS SOCIETY

13

BIOGERONTOLOGY

14

MATURITAS

15

GERONTOLOGY

16

JOURNALS OF GERONTOLOGY SERIES B-PSYCHOLOGICAL SCIENCES AND SOCIAL SCIENCES

17

JOURNAL OF GERIATRIC PHYSICAL THERAPY

18

AMERICAN JOURNAL OF GERIATRIC PSYCHIATRY

19

EXPERIMENTAL GERONTOLOGY

20

BMC GERIATRICS

 

This is a huge accomplishment and the entire team at JGPT deserves our congratulations, including our publisher, Andrea Allison-Williams; Board Liaison, Jackie Osborne; all the JGPT Associate Editors; and especially our Editor, Dr. Leslie AllisonCongratulations Leslie and the entire JGPT Team!
 

 
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June 17, 2020

As of June 16, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) updated its toolkit to guide states in mitigating the prevalence of COVID-19 within nursing homes. The toolkit is a compilation of information providing detailed quality improvement resources, and addresses issues including infection control, workforce and staffing, and use of telehealth. The agency previously cautioned that the toolkit is provided solely as an “informational product, and is “not intended as guidance from CMS.” 
The toolkit includes:
•    States actions for COVID-19 management and response;
•    Information on telehealth; and
•    Organizations available to assist nursing homes.

The toolkit can be found at: https://www.cms.gov/files/document/covid-toolkit-states-mitigate-covid-19-nursing-homes.pdf.

 
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May 29, 2020

CMS announces that outpatient therapy furnished via telehealth can be reported on institutional claim during COVID-19 PHE

 

Breaking news!

CMS has updated its coronavirus waivers FAQs to add a new section on outpatient therapy and telehealth and announces that outpatient therapy furnished via telehealth can be reported on an institutional claim during the COVID-19 PHE.

Please find below the 3 new FAQs addressing this and two other common questions.

Question: Can outpatient therapy services that are furnished via telehealth and separately paid under Part B be reported on an institutional claim (e.g., UB-04) during the COVID-19 PHE?

Answer: Yes, outpatient therapy services that are furnished via telehealth, and are separately paid and not included as part of a bundled institutional payment, can be reported on institutional claims with the “-95” modifier applied to the service line.

This includes:

  • Hospital – 12X or 13X (for hospital outpatient therapy services);
  • Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) – 22X or 23X (SNFs may, in some circumstances, furnish Part B physical therapy (PT)/occupational therapy (OT)/speech-language pathology (SLP) services to their own long-term residents);
  • Critical Access Hospital (CAH) – 85X (CAHs may separately provide and bill for PT, OT, and SLP services on 85X bill type);
  • Comprehensive Outpatient Rehabilitation Facility (CORF) – 75X (CORFs provide ambulatory outpatient PT, OT, SLP services);
  • Outpatient Rehabilitation Facility (ORF) – 74X (ORFs, also known as rehabilitation agencies, provide ambulatory outpatient PT & SLP as well as OT services); and
  • Home Health Agency (HHA) – 34X (agencies may separately provide and bill for outpatient PT/OT/SLP services to persons in their homes only if such patients are not under a home health plan of care).

New: 5/27/20

Question: Can therapy services furnished using telecommunications technology be paid separately in a Medicare Part A skilled nursing facility (SNF) stay?

Answer: Provision of therapy services using telecommunications technology (consistent with applicable state scope of practice laws) does not change rules regarding SNF consolidated billing or bundling. For example, Medicare payment for therapy services is bundled into the SNF Prospective Payment System (PPS) rate during a SNF covered Part A stay, regardless of whether or not they are furnished using telecommunications technology. Therapy services furnished to a SNF resident, whether in person or as telehealth services, during a non-covered SNF stay (Part A benefits exhausted, SNF level of care requirement not met, etc.) must be billed to Part B by the SNF itself using bill type 22X, regardless of whether or not they are furnished using telecommunications technology.

New: 5/27/20

Question: Can outpatient therapy services be furnished and paid separately for patients receiving Medicare home health services?

Answer: No. For patients under a home health plan of care, payment for therapy services (unless provided by physicians/non-physician practitioners) is included or bundled into Medicare’s payment to the HHA, and those services must be billed by the HHA under the HHA consolidated billing rules. Patients should first be assessed for whether they are eligible to receive therapy services under the home health benefit prior to initiating outpatient therapy services. Receiving therapy services under the home health benefit may be in the best interest of the patient as there is no applicable coinsurance, copay, or deductible for such services (with the exception of negative pressure wound therapy using a disposable device), and the patient may also have a need for skilled nursing services, home health aide services, or medical social services under the home health benefit. However, if the patient is not eligible for home health care, including when it is not possible to provide in-person therapy services in the patient’s home (i.e., the patient is not under a home health plan of care), then outpatient therapy furnished via telehealth under Part B could be an appropriate alternative and separately billed, assuming all applicable requirements are otherwise met.

New: 5/27/20

Begins on page 70: https://www.cms.gov/files/document/03092020-covid-19-faqs-508.pdf

 
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May 14, 2020

APTA's COVID-19 Hub Community is now open to all APTA members to share resources and communicate with other members related to COVID-19. Subject matter experts from APTA sections intend to help provide general guidance to questions posted.

Members are encouraged to share clinical content they find on other websites or in their practice.

http://communities.apta.org/p/co/ly/gid=252

 
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May 14, 2020

CMS released a new toolkit developed to aid nursing homes, Governors, states, departments of health, and other agencies who provide oversight and assistance to these facilities, with additional resources to aid in the fight against the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic within nursing homes. The toolkit builds upon previous actions taken by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), which provide a wide range of tools and guidance to states, healthcare providers and others during the public health emergency. The toolkit is comprised of best practices from a variety of front line health care providers, Governors’ COVID-19 task forces, associations and other organizations, and experts, and is intended to serve as a catalogue of resources dedicated to addressing the specific challenges facing nursing homes as they combat COVID-19.

https://www.cms.gov/newsroom/press-releases/cms-issues-nursing-homes-best-practices-toolkit-combat-covid-19

 

 
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May 12, 2020

The pandemic has raised the pressing question of how society should allocate scarce resources during a crisis. This is the question experts addressed today in a new position statement published by the American Geriatrics Society (AGS) in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society (DOI: 10.1111/jgs.16537). The statement focuses primarily on whether age should be considered when making decisions to allocate scarce resources. Read more here: https://www.americangeriatrics.org/media-center/news/new-ags-position-statement-addresses-one-health-cares-most-difficult-issues

 
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May 02, 2020

Check out these excellent evidence-based resources to help you motivate older adults to engage in physical activity during the coronavirus pandemic and directives for social distancing and sheltering in place. Prepared by the Health Promotion and Wellness Special Interest Group. Download the PDF.

 
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April 21, 2020

Geriatric Considerations is part of the PACER Project (Post-Acute COVID19 Exercise & Rehabilitation). This video, co-sponsored by APTA Geriatrics, is available for free CEUs on the APTA Learning Center for both APTA and non-APTA members.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CygSYTs84sY 

 
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March 30, 2020

The Alzheimer’s Association is offering new guidance to help ensure the delivery of high-quality care for people living with Alzheimer’s and all dementia in long-term care and community-based settings during the current COVID-19 crisis.

The document released today is in collaboration with 34 long-term care and community-based care providers and affiliated associations. It identifies important care considerations and incorporates evidence-based strategies from the Alzheimer’s Association Dementia Care Recommendations to assist staff in long-term and community-based care settings during emergency situations. Many of the groups supporting the guidance document participate in the Alzheimer’s Association Dementia Care Provider Roundtable (AADCPR), a consortium of thought leaders from the dementia care provider industry including nursing homes, assisted living, and home and community-based services.

“The COVID-19 pandemic threatens the health of millions, but it presents unique challenges for the more than 5 million America's living with Alzheimer's, especially those in long-term and community-based care, who are often the most frail and vulnerable,” said Doug Pace, NHA, director, mission partnerships, Alzheimer’s Association. “This document is aimed at helping providers who may face staffing shortages deliver high-quality dementia care during an emergency situation.”

The new document provides care tips and guidance in several key areas, including:

  • Preventing illness
  • Providing person-centered care
  • Helping families and friends stay connected
  • Monitoring and responding to dementia-related issues, including assistance with eating and drinking, mobility and observing and responding to dementia-related behaviors

“In emergency situations, long-term and community-based care providers may experience staffing shortages or have to use non-clinical staff to assist with care,” Pace said. “This document can be used to focus staff very quickly on the most important considerations in caring for persons with dementia. It emphasizes person-centered care, which is the essential starting point for delivering optimal care. Individuals living with dementia thrive best with a consistent routine and with person-centered approaches. During emergency situations these practices are even more important.”

Thought leaders and organizations representing nursing homes, assisted living, and home and community-based services are supporting the guidance document and will be sharing it with their staff and employees across the country.

“The document outlines the most important dementia care considerations in the current environment,” said Letitia Jackson, senior vice president, Senior Star and chair, AADCPR. “Person-centered care is something the Roundtable members strive for to support those living with dementia every day. This document serves as an important reminder that this remains the goal even during a crisis.”

According to the 2020 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures report, 48% percent of nursing home residents are living with Alzheimer’s or other dementias. Among older adults in residential facilities, including assisted living, 42% or more have some form of Alzheimer’s or other dementias. In addition, many individuals with Alzheimer’s or other dementias receive community-based services, including 32% of individuals using home health services and 31% using adult day services.

“The COVID-19 crisis is creating anxiety and disruption for all Americans,” said Patrick Doyle, Ph.D., Regional Vice President of Operations, Brightview Senior Living, and vice-chair, AADCPR. “People living with dementia are especially vulnerable because they cannot adapt easily to the current realities. Providing guidance to help care and support people living with dementia during this challenging time is really beneficial.” “The Alzheimer’s Association is very appreciative of all of the organizations that have collaborated with us and are supporting this important guidance,” Pace said. “Having consensus on these important care considerations will help in the delivery of high-quality dementia care even during this uncertain time.”

About the Alzheimer’s Association: The Alzheimer’s Association leads the way to end Alzheimer’s and all other dementia – by accelerating global research, driving risk reduction and early detection, and maximizing quality care and support. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer's and all other dementia. Visit alz.org or call 800.272.3900.

See the document here: https://alz.org/professionals/professional-providers/coronavirus-covid-19-tips-for-dementia-caregivers

 
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March 30, 2020

CMS has issued an electronic toolkit regarding telehealth and telemedicine for Long Term Care Nursing Home Facilities. Under President Trump’s leadership to respond to the need to limit the spread of community COVID-19, CMS has broadened access to Medicare telehealth services so that beneficiaries can receive a wider range of services from their doctors without having to travel to a healthcare facility. This document contains electronic links to reliable sources of information regarding telehealth and telemedicine, including the significant changes made by CMS over the last week in response to the National Health Emergency. Most of the information is directed towards providers who may want to establish a permanent telemedicine program, but there is information here that will help in the temporary deployment of a telemedicine program as well. There are specific documents identified that will be useful in choosing telemedicine vendors, equipment, and software, initiating a telemedicine program, monitoring patients remotely, and developing documentation tools. There is also information that will be useful for providers who intend to care for patients through electronic virtual services that may be temporarily used during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The toolkit can be accessed here: https://www.cms.gov/files/document/covid-19-nursing-home-telehealth-toolkit.pdf

 
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March 27, 2020

A new set of recommendations for provision of physical therapist services related to COVID-19 in the acute hospital setting acknowledges the necessity of involvement of PTs well-trained in respiratory physical therapy, but cautions that facilities should be judicious in their use. Read more here

Download the recommendations here. 

 
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March 25, 2020

APTA's Interactive Audio and Video Telecommunications System Matrix - This is a telehealth platform spread sheet which lists several quality platforms along with descriptions and costs so that the reader can compare. This is not an endorsement of any one platform and was a collaborative effort between APTA Regulatory Affairs, FIRST Council and HPA Tech SIG. The link is currently at the bottom of the HPA COVID 19 page.

https://www.aptahpa.org/general/custom.asp?page=COVID19#InteractiveAudio

 
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March 25, 2020

This is a big share for anyone who may need to access EHR record of a pt. (Post acute care and private practice may be very interested) - more complete information with links on HPA COVID -19 page about a quarter way down on the page: https://www.aptahpa.org/general/custom.asp?page=COVID19#InteractiveAudio

Kno2 is making their portal available for purposes of On Demand Patient Record Retrieval Service available at NO CHARGE (during the state of emergency) to all of post-acute including LTACs, IRFs, Skilled Nursing, Homecare/Home Health, Therapy Providers, etc. This provides an opportunity to access the most recent patient records of other providers in the community as we treat patients during this public health crisis.

 
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March 23, 2020

The International Association of Physical Therapists Working with Older People (IPTOP), a component of the World Confederation of Physical Therapy (WCPT) of which APTA Geriatrics is a member organization, has compiled a list of available resources and social media links to support physiotherapists and older adults during this time. It is available to IPTOP members and colleagues here:https://drive.google.com/file/d/

 
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March 20, 2020

APTA released a Statement on Patient Care and Practice Management During COVID-19 Outbreak, discussing how to use the CDC guidance in making patient care determinations.

 
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March 20, 2020

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released the Guidance for Infection Control and Prevention of Coronavirus Disease 2019.

 
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March 20, 2020

The American Health Care Association (AHCA) and the National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL) have shared their Guidance for Therapy Personnel in LTC Facilities During COVID-19 Pandemic. These are based on the CDC guidelines for LTC facilities (including skilled nursing centers and assisted living communities), and recommend individualized care plans and goals for each resident assessed to determine which therapies are essential at this time.

 
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March 20, 2020

Broad River Rehab recorded the following webinar: Staying Close to the Ones You Love with Televisits

 
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December 01, 2019

For several years, APTA Geriatrics developed and implemented a consumer brochure contest, in which students submitted original art and content. The goal was to promote learning in our physical therapy programs while helping APTA Geriatrics develop a library of clinical pamphlets to be published on the its website.

This year, we're changing it up! The Consumer Brochure contest is now the Consumer Video Contest.

The deadline to submit a Consumer Video for the next contest is November 15, 2020.

 
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November 11, 2019

If you’d like to participate in discussions on topics related to geriatric physical therapy, we encourage you to join the new APTA Geriatrics Discussion Group. This group will be open to both non-members and members of APTA Geriatrics. 

To join,

  1. Go to https://www.facebook.com/groups/geriatricspt/.
  2. Click the "Join Group" button in the group's main menu to send a request to join the group.
  3. Check your notifications. Once a moderator of the group approves your membership, Facebook will send you a notification of the approval and group posts will immediately begin to appear in your news feed.
  4. Incoming posts will be moderated by a team of PTs.

 
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August 19, 2019

We are pleased to offer access to these research “1-pagers” on the value of physical activity and role of physical therapists in preventing falls or reducing fall risk; value of physical therapists in reducing readmissions; and the value of early mobilization.

http://geriatricspt.org/?wh3wu2

 
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