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One Member Can Create Change in the APTA

Thursday, July 16, 2015   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Matthew Nicholas
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Illinois member and Central district chair Jerry Pica, PT, got fired from his job a few years ago.  If you read this month’s PT in Motion, you already know that.  Jerry had some very significant concerns about how productivity goals and requirements are set by employers and he took that conversation to his district, the IPTA Board of Directors and finally, to the IPTA’s Assembly of Representatives in 2014, where the following charge was passed:

SRA0426/8 -14  Short Title: Productivity
PASSED (majority)

I, Heidi Tippner, move that the Board of Directors address the issue of productivity for Physical Therapists and Physical Therapist Assistants concerning the expectations/requirements that certain levels of productivity be met by each PT/PTA, with a report t to be given at the 2016 Assembly of Representatives.

In discussing the need for the IPTA to address this issue, Jerry voiced his concern that physical therapists may feel obligated to treat patients longer than needed in order to meet their employer’s financial goals.  “Integrity, responsibility and professionalism is paramount to our physical therapy profession” and productivity standards should be reasonable and provide for physical therapists to do “the right thing” without risking their job.

Shortly after the 2014 Assembly, Illinois built upon Jerry’s charge and took it to a national audience of physical therapy leaders, who voted overwhelmingly at the 2014 House of Delegates to charge the APTA with the responsibility to identify and develop resources that will help PTs and PTAs negotiate successfully around productivity and performance in ways that ensure the provision of quality physical therapy care. 

Since 2014, both the APTA and IPTA have developed productivity resources including webinars, conference programming and other materials that can be found on the APTA’s Integrity in Practice website:  www.apta.org/integrity  

Jerry, your membership matters.  You made a difference and we thank you.

To read more on productivity, check out the article in APTA’s PT in Motion.

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