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AGPT members achieve ABPTRFE accreditation
Please congratulate Phyllis Vandenberg and the Durham Veteran's Administration Medical Center Geriatrics Residency program in Durham, North Carolina, for successfully achieving accreditation as a geriatric residency program.. Also, Greg Hartley, PT, DPT, GCS and the St. Catherine's Rehabilitation Hospital & Villa Maria Nursing Center Geriatric Residency program in North Miami achieved reaccreditation as a geriatric residency program.

An accredited residency or fellowship program promotes standards of quality and consistency in the teaching and practice of physical therapy. Through their voluntarily participation and adherence to the requirements of the accreditation process, these programs confirm to potential residents or fellows their commitment to providing quality learning experiences by meeting established criteria. Additionally, completion of the accreditation process is an affirmation to the public at large of the program's commitment to the protection of the consumer of physical therapy.
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  Get Your Patients Stronger, Faster

Eccentric exercise - requiring less energy and less oxygen than traditional concentric exercise - is ideal for the aging population. Help your clients get stronger sooner, improve balance, improve stair descent, and decrease fall risk - with high volume eccentrics. Clients love Eccentron's fun, game-like experience, and stay motivated to make continuing strengthening progress.

AGPT Topics No. 3 and 4 discounted!
Topics in Geriatrics: Volume 4 - SPECIAL: Now HALF PRICE! $100 for Members
The Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy if pleased to present Volume 4 of the Geriatric Home Study Course. Course topics have been complied based upon readers' interest and feedback. In addition to this, the series is the first to focus on women's health as it pertains to the older adult. The authors in this series have linked theory to practice across the spectrum of care and provide practical insights through case studies. Please note there are no CEUs available for this edition.

Topics in Geriatrics: Volume 3 - SPECIAL: Now 75 percent OFF! $50 for members while supplies last

Description: Topics in Geriatrics: Volume 3 will offer the course participant an increased depth of knowledge across several practice dimensions. The course begins with two niche practice areas; working with older adult drivers and older adults who are obese. Readers will understand how physical therapists can have a role in working with older adult drivers, even if we don't work in a setting with special equipment to specifically rehabilitate driving skills. Readers also will be introduced to the growing area of bariatrics across the healthcare continuum. In addition, there is an update on the role of the physical therapist in prevention of falls; what the latest research tells us and how we, as physical therapists, work with other team members. Readers also will gain insight into how physical therapists are successfully integrating public health in everyday practice and what physical therapists can offer in the public health arena. In the final two monographs, the reader will come away with a sound foundation to prescribe exercise for older adults and integrate the definition of "successful aging" into their practice. What does that mean for you and your practice area? Please note there are no CEUs available for this edition.

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Attending the APTA NEXT Conference in Charlotte, North Carolina?
Please sign up for a volunteer shift at the AGPT Booth at the Exhibit Hall. It's a great way to meet other members and a chance to win free academy membership for a year! Please click here to sign up.

The APTA NEXT Conference & Exposition takes place June 11-14 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Watch for trendsetting programming, innovative content, new virtual features and exclusive access to the profession's leaders and experts. Register at

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NPUAP announces grant opportunities
The Research Committee of the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP) is pleased to provide two Mini Grants for Research. The research must be related to the topics noted in the Research Priority List available on the NPUAP website or by clicking here.

Please see attached for the grant application and instructions. For more information about the NPUAP or the NPUAP Research Committee, please visit

If you would like to apply for the grant, the completed application should be returned to by Friday, Aug. 1.

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Networking opportunity — July 25-26
George Washington University
You are invited to the conference being hosted by George Washington University Program in Physical Therapy on July 25-26. Please join us for a two-day networking opportunity, PREPARING THE NEXT GENERATION OF PHYSICIAL THERAPISTS FOR INNOVATIVE PRACTICE. Physical therapists are successfully creating innovative models of care to ensure that physical therapy is one of the most relevant disciplines to meet the healthcare reform goals to improve care, improve outcomes and reduce costs. This conference is convening key leaders from academic programs and health systems to accelerate changes in education curricula and implement clinical programs to prepare the next generation of physical therapists for innovative practice. The ultimate goal is ensure that we have a physical therapy workforce prepared for innovative and value-based healthcare.

Keynote speakers will include one of the nation's most renowned leaders in health system redesign, Dr. Walter Ettinger, Chief Medical Officer of the University of Maryland, and a national and international expert on innovation, Chris Trimble of Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth and at The Dartmouth Center for Health Care Delivery Science.

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Why marketing and sales go hand-in-hand
By Charlotte Bohnett
The private practice rehab industry loves to talk marketing. We all scour the Internet for ways to improve referral marketing, online marketing and print marketing. But clinic directors, managers and therapists alike seem to adamantly avoid or abhorrently oppose anything related to sales. I'm here to say we absolutely shouldn't. More importantly, we can't. And for your PT, OT or SLP business — or any business — to be a success, marketing and sales need to take a page from Forrest Gump and Jenny: Always be together like peas and carrots.
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New glasses may increase fall risk for older adults
Physical Therapy Products
Blurred vision may be a risk factor for falls in older adults, but getting new glasses with a significant change in vision prescription may increase the risk of falls rather than decreasing it, according to an article published in Optometry and Vision Science. The review concludes that optometrists can help to prevent falls by avoiding over-aggressive vision correction in older patients at risk.
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    CSM Updates from AGPT Government Affairs Chair (AGPT)
Is a cash-based physical therapy clinic right for you? (
May is Older Americans Month (NCOA)
Aquatics therapy can provide renewed independence and sense of pride (Advance for Physical Therapy & Rehab Medicine)

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Can physical therapists get it all done in time?
"There's so much I need to do. I don't have enough time." Does this sound familiar to physical therapists? Here’s another a way to deal with this problem: As we experience a shift in the economy, we're also learning, growing, adapting and restructuring our lives. Many of us are coming up with new dreams and intentions that are better aligned with our values, doing what we enjoy, and are best at. As that happens, we plan our next steps and put together a long to-do list to accomplish our new goals.
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Using better documentation can help sidestep claim denials
Advance for Physical Therapy & Rehab Medicine
As physical therapists, we lead busy lives. On any given day, we may treat up to 15 patients, attend staff meetings, connect with referral sources, treat walk-ins and somehow still find time to complete our documentation. Unfortunately, documentation tends to be the last thought on a provider's mind, even though it's one of the most critical elements to the patient experience.
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VA will use more private care to reduce delays
PT in Motion
In an effort to respond to criticism that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has subjected veterans to excessive and potentially deadly waits for care, the VA has announced that it will increase veteran access to private hospitals and clinics.
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