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Physical Therapist Supply & Demand

Schedule A Occupation: Schedule A is a list of occupations determined by the United States Department of Labor in which foreign workers do not adversely affect the job market or United States workers.
The United States Department of Labor indicates that the employment of PTs is expected to “grow much faster than the average” of all occupations through 2026.

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PT in Pandemic COVID19

Physical Therapists work in many different settings and have different hurdles in handling this pandemic of COVID19. All these settings potentially contribute to reducing the workload of hospitals; the role of the physical therapists in each setting may differ. Physical Therapists often have direct contact with patients, which make them susceptible to the transmission of infectious diseases. It is known that patients that are hospitalized receive limited therapy services with the primary goal to maintain mobility is crucial for overall recovery.

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Baby Boomer and Physical Therapy

Baby Boomer and Physical Therapy: with estimated increase in number of baby boomers, there is an even more need to focus on shortage of PTs so that their healthcare needs can be addressed timely to avoid undue financial burden on American Healthcare System.

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Trends in the rehabilitation therapist workforce

The health care labor shortage in the United States has been widely documented and is expected to last for the foreseeable future. The increase in population is partially responsible for the health care labor shortage. As the health care workforce ages, the U.S. population is expected to rise by 18 percent by 2030, and the population over the age of 65 is expected to increase three times that rate.

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Challenges for Physical Therapists

Physical therapists (PTs) are often front and center at critical access hospitals (CAH). In these rural settings, PTs must have expansive knowledge and a vast skill set to best meet the needs of patients and caregivers. A PT must know how to function in nearly every setting at a CAH: outpatient, acute, subacute, nursing home, home health, acute rehab facility, inpatient and outpatient psychiatric, emergency rooms, and more while addressing the needs of individuals across the life span.

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House Of Reps Takes On Physical Therapist Shortage

A companion bill to the bipartisan S. 970, which is sponsored by Senators Angus King (I-ME), Jon Tester (D-MT), and Roger Wicker (R-MS), the legislation will enable physical therapists to participate in the National Health Service Corps student loan repayment program, according to a media release from APTQI.

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Workforce Projections 2010–2020

Annual Supply and Demand Forecasting Models for Physical Therapists Across the United States

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Protect Minority Access

There is urgent need to identify communities those are affected the most by the national shortage of Physical therapists and explore possible solutions. To provide Americans a platform to express their concerns about their struggles in accessing Physical Therapy services in the underserved American population. It is also vital to provide Physical Therapy organizations a platform to help their communities.

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Physical Therapy is Creating Immense

Physical therapy results in lower healthcare costs due to lower likelihood of receiving opioid prescription medications, epidural injections, follow-up advanced imaging, follow-up physician visits, and other health resource use metrics without compromising patient outcomes.

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Congress is Taking Action to Grow

The Alliance for Physical Therapy Quality and Innovation (APTQI) commends the introduction of the Physical Therapist Workforce and Patient Access Act (H.R. 2802), a bill aimed at addressing the shortage of physical therapists and physical therapy professionals across the United States. The bill is sponsored by Reps Diana DeGette (D-CO) and John Shimkus (R-IL).

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