PTs and PTAs already know that the prevention of noncommunicable disease in the workplace is a wise idea. Now, more employers are beginning to see the sense in it as well.
When the health of employees is better overall, the company’s bottom line is healthier as well. Employers warm to the idea of fewer employees being out due to conditions that could have been prevented or treated early.
To help PTs and PTAs with an interest in educating more employers on this idea, APTA has created a webpage to provide helpful resource in making this happen. PTs and PTAs will have the information they need to make a case to employers about not only prevention of noncommunicable conditions but also dealing with them early before they result in employee disability and more costly treatment. This will mean a more total care approach to employee healthcare.
APTA’s “Working With Employers Toward Population Health” provides information that includes past PT in Motion magazine articles dealing with the topic of employer self-insurance opening up more to physical therapy opportunities that Pts and PTAs can use to help create an overall healthier work space,a recorded webinar about direct to employer physical therapy and an inspirational blog.
One blog post by Mike Eisenhart, PT. presents a challenge to the profession to deliver on the vision mandate to help populations as well as individuals move toward better health and improve the quality of life.
The webpage and the resources it provides will help the physical therapy profession move forward in educating employers on the benefits of preventative care through physical therapy. APTA plans to expand on this effort and will be adding more resources to this webpage as they are available. The association fully supports the efforts of PTs and PTAs in the promotion of physical therapy as part of total care to create a healthier society.
APTA has a webinar planned for September 21 that looks at the “social determinants of health and how they are measured across populations.” The time set for the webinar is 1:00 pm Eastern and will last for an hour. Those who register will have material provided to them to read before the webinar.
For information and resources that benefit the physical therapy profession in providing a total care approach to health care, visit http://coloradophysicaltherapynetwork.com/. To read more news in the physical therapy profession, visit http://www.apta.org/PtinMotion/News/.