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.
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.
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.
Workforce Projections 2010–2020
Annual Supply and Demand Forecasting Models for Physical Therapists Across the United States
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.
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.
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).