Legislation was introduced in June in the House of representatives to remove RUL for orthoses. Your advocacy is needed!
Link to APTA advocacy HR 4315 template letter.
The House of Delegate Meetings took place over 3 days in July: A virtual meeting on July 8 and in-person July 23-24.
Elections for Speaker of the House, Treasurer, 4 Directors for the Board and 2 Nominating Committee members were held on July 8. More info can be found here: 2023 Election Results
There were 28 motions: 2 postponed indefinitely, 5 withdrawn, 1 ruled “out of order”, 2 defeated, and 18 passed.
Two motions amended the present ABPTS Certification to add “Subspecialty” certification language under ABPTS authority. Hand Rehabilitation is included as a “subspecialty”. Subspecialties will be eligible to petition for the creation of a subspecialty exam and recognition as APTA board-certified clinical subspecialists.
Two motions affected PTAs: The first, a by-Laws amendment, was passed allowing components to elect one PTA delegate to serve in the HOD in addition to the two PTA engagement group delegates. Components will have to review their by-laws regarding delegate representation and decide whether to adopt this change.
In the second motion, the BOD was charged with exploring alternate models of education and practice to develop a consistent scope of work for the PTA, based on recommendations from the PTA Education Summit and subsequent report.
Seven motions charged the BOD to take action, including the PTA education mentioned above: to promote PTs as providers for post-acute Covid-19 care, to develop social media marketing strategies for components, APTA was charged with providing education and support for components for social media marketing, to create resources related to screening, referrals and authorization for participation in community-based health promotion, injury prevention, and physical activity programs, develop a plan to promote pay equity on the basis of sex/gender/gender identity in physical therapy, advocate for streamlined credentialling process emphasizing portability, and to develop a searchable system for House business from 2018 forward.
Five motions directed the BOD to adopt positions including: support for education to identify signs of human trafficking, inclusion PT referral in CPGs and recommendations, pay equity, pay transparency by PT and PTA employers, initiatives to improve rural health, and primacy of regulatory statutes over third-party payer policies.
There are no upcoming events.
On Wednesday April 5, 2023 from 8:00-9:00pm ET Nancy Byl, PT, PhD, FAPTA* will present Are We Effectively Managing Task Specific Hand Dystonia with Comprehensive Behavioral Training? via live Webinar.
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Everyone who registers will receive a recording, handouts, and Evaluation & Quiz. The quiz must be taken with a score of 80% or higher to receive a Certificate of Completion for one contact hour continuing education. Contact the Office at [email protected] or call/text 7785-813-1492 with questions.
Spring Webinar Series Kicks Off March 20th
Three Webinars will be offered this spring. Each will be worth 1.0 contact hours of Continuing Education with sucessfull completion of a quiz. All webinars are from 8:00-9:00pm ET. PT & PTA Members receive a discount if registering for all 3 when registering for the March 20th webinar. Student Members receive the webinars FREE.
Register for one webinar for $20 or all three for $45 (member's price)
Go to the Registration page for all the details
The Effects of SARS-CoV-2 on the Peripheral Nervous System: Implications for the Upper Extremity.
This is being offered FREE to ALL APTA members.
ON-DEMAND session will open Monday August 1, 2022.
Webinar #3 of 2022 Spring Series is
May 16, 2022 (Monday) 8:00-9:00pm Eastern Time
Look at your patient’s hands! The importance of examining the hands for differential diagnosis
Matthew Caster, PT, DPT, OCS, CHT
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Sue Duff MPT, EdD, OT/L, CHT will present Targeted UE Rehab Strategies for Infants & Toddlers on Monday April 11, 2022.
The webinar is from 8:00 to 9:00 pm ET Registrants can earn 1.0 contact hours of Continuing Education.
Based on the evidence, engaging, activity-based treatment options may be the most effective means of fostering recovery in infants and toddlers with neurological conditions. Targeted strategies promoting self-generated action may best improve outcomes. The speaker will begin this webinar with a review of select problems linked to hand and arm dysfunction in infants and toddlers, presenting with peripheral nerve or other neurological conditions. The session will progress to a review of novel treatment methods focusing on low-cost and technology-based options used to foster motor learning and prehensile skill. While promising, some programs require further investigation before implementation into home-based or clinic programs. The session will end with a group discussion to critically assess the interventions reviewed and alternatives, with regard to timing, intensity and the ability to address key clinical problems.
2022 Webinar Series launches Wednesday March 23rd from 8:00-9:00pm ET
Thumb CMC Arthritis: Conservative Hand Therapy with Stacy Hite, PT, DPT, MS, CHT
Pain that limits hand function affects crucial self-care tasks, independence, and participation in activities for pleasure and recreation. Being over 40 years old is a risk factor for developing thumb CMC pain. Up to 1 of 3 post-menopausal women have symptoms due to thumb CMC arthritis. Chances are clients you are treating for other diagnoses have this painful, limiting condition. This webinar will give you knowledge and tools for initial conservative treatment for thumb CMC arthritis, thus providing an opportunity for further improving the quality of life for your clients.
Participants will be able to
ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING of MEMERSHIP
HELD VIRTUALLY via ZOOM
FEBRUARY 22, 2022 8:30 - 9:30 PM ET
The Zoom Link and Agenda will be sent to all members via an Email closer to the meeting date.
If you have an item to be consider for the Agenda please contact Julie Newman, Component Executive at [email protected]
APTA is calling for Proposals for CSM 2023 to be held in San Diego, CA from February 22-25, 2023
Session Proposals are accepted through March 14, 2022
Platform & Poster Abstracts are accepted through July 18, 2022
Visits HERE for all the details and forms.
Here is the CSM22 Programming that will be presented by Hand & Upper Extremity.
Mark your Calendar for Febuary 3-5, 2022 in San Antonio, TX.
Grant Applications Now Being Accepted!
Burkhalter New Investigator Grant- Funding up to $15,000 (supported generously by the Doris Ann Slack Endowment)
Judy Bell-Krotoski Grab the Evidence Grant - Funding up to $15,000
Tri-Alliance Grant Honoring ASHT Founders - Funding up to $45,000
Donations to support upper extremity rehabilitation research and education are gratefully accepted at https://www.ahtf.org/donations/donate/
Due to the pandemic and a large attendance at the virtual business meeting held in February, 2021, the Board of Directors has decided to make a change to the Academy's Business Meeting. A virtual meeting will be held midyear (August). This will showcase activities and business of the Academy with a report from each officer and committee/workgroup.
Make Plans to attend the
MIDYEAR VIRTUAL BUSINESS MEETING
August 17, 2021 8:00pm ET
During CSM there will be a networking event in place of the formal business meeting. The Board hopes this will provide members with an interactive, resourse sharing, face-to-face activity. This has routinely been held on Thursday late afternoon to early evening.
We are now accepting proposals for Education Sessions at
CSM 2022 in San Antonio, TX from Feb. 2-5
The deadline is April 5, 2021
For more information CLICK HERE
APTA Hand & Upper Extremity's Second LIVE Session
Presented by Marsha Lawrence PT, DPT, CHT will be held on Tuesday February 23, 2021 from
8:30 - 10:00 pm Eastern.
The Business (Annual Membership) Meeting will be a virtual meeting held on Tuesday February 16, 2021 starting at
7:30 pm Eastern. Invitation and meeting link will be sent to each member via email. This meeting will have a
State of the Component Address from President Jane Fedorczyk, Tribute to outgoing Officers, Introduction of new
Officers & Committee Chairs, and a request for input on the Goals of APTA Hand & Upper Extremity.
APTA Hand & Upper Extremity Virtual Leadership Town Hall Meeting will be on Tuesday, February 9, 2021
from 9:15 - 10:15 pm Eastern time. This will be a Zoom Meeting (link to be sent and posted at a later date). This is a
meeting of the Committee / Work Group Chairs, committee members and others. Topics of discussion will be student and
membership initiatives, partnering with other organizations, and strengthening APTA Hand & Upper Extremity.
APTA Hand & Upper Extremity will host two LIVE sessions at CSM 2021. The first
lead by Mia Lane Erickson, PT, EdD, Erich Herkloz, PT, MPT and Karen Nugent, PT will be Tuesday February 2, 2021
from 7:00 - 8:30 pm Eastern.