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Online: Professionalism Module 9: Social Responsibility, Advocacy, and Public Policy
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Author(s): Justin Moore, PT, DPT

Price: $50.40 Member | $72 Nonmember (price subject to change)
CEU: 0.3 CEUs (3.0 contact hours/CCUs) will be awarded upon successful completion of a multiple choice test. You must complete the online posttest with at least 70% accuracy in order to claim CEU credit.
Publication Date: September 2011


Overview | Objectives | Presenters Bios | CEU Information | System Requirements

The Professionalism Series consists of 10 modules. Module 9: : Social Responsibility, Advocacy, and Public Policy identifies and defines the three domains of health policy.

Policy refers to the decisions issued by government bodies with which health care professionals have to comply. The process to arrive at these decisions is informed and influenced by the advocacy process. Another way to think of it is that policy is an outcome and describes a current status; advocacy is the plan or desire to change this policy or status.

Social responsibility is the core value or behavior that is needed to guide these behavior and its desired outcome. The three are linked together and flow in a cyclical nature. As health professionals begin to develop social responsibility, it leads them to understand the policies that influence their ability to serve and practice within their education, expertise, and experience. They understand the limitations to current policies and begin to employ advocacy strategies to change these policy, which in turn are an application of their social responsibility. Individuals can enter at any of these three elements and they each begin to drive and build upon the other for a higher level of social responsibility, advocacy and hopefully policies that seek the objective of improving the health of all Americans.

Transition: As we begin to look at these three areas, we will start with public and health policy, transition to advocacy, and then finish with the social responsibility element. As we examine each of these elements we will provide examples and activities to provide a greater context for the application of these elements by health care professionals, such as physical therapists.

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After completing this module, you will be able to:

  1. Identify and define the three domains of health policy.

  2. Describe the different elements of quality and their implications to physical therapy practice.

  3. Describe the multiple factors that affect a patient's access to care.

  4. Identify one policy and program that affects Older Americans.

  5. Outline the sequential steps to an effective advocacy plan.

  6. Distinguish between regulatory and legislative policy and advocacy.

  7. Identify the different levels and audiences in which advocacy exists.

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Presenter(s) Bios
Justin Moore, PT, DPT
Moore is Vice President of Government Affairs and Payment Policy. Moore provides leadership and strategy for APTA's public policy agenda, political activities and payment initiatives. His role is to identify and implement a public policy agenda that advances physical therapy practice, payment, education, and research with key audiences, including the US Congress, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, the National Institutes of Health, and private insurers. In this role, Moore directs and manages a staff of 18 health policy professionals, a 3.5 million dollar annual budget, a grassroots network of 15,000, and a political action committee that raises 1 million dollars per year. Moore is also part of the executive staff leadership team of APTA and a leader in the Association's external affairs to health care associations, policy consultants and organizations, and industry leaders in physical therapy. He also provides advice and counsel to its internal leadership, including its Board of Directors and its House of Delegates.

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CEU Information

On successful completion of the examination, 0.3 CEUs (3.0 contact hours/CCUs) and a certificate of completion will be awarded. The American Physical Therapy Association has been approved as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET), 1760 Old Meadow Road, Suite 500, McLean, VA 22102. Provider (#380). You must complete the online posttest with at least 70% accuracy in order to claim CEU credit.

Many state agencies recognize APTA as a recognized or approved provider for continuing education. The following state agencies have granted prior approval for this continuing education offering:

  • California Physical Therapy Association: CPTA2014-2015
  • Nevada Board of Physical Therapy Examiners: 0.3 Units
  • Ohio State Board of Physical Therapy: 15S0165
  • Oklahoma Board of Medical Licensure & Supervision: 3 Category B Hours
  • Pennsylvania: Denied
  • Texas Physical Therapy Association: 1609016TX

Please note: Licensees should verify with their state licensing board for acceptance of continuing education units by reviewing the relevant state practice act and/or administrative code.

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System Requirements

Online Course: This course consists of a narrated PowerPoint® presentation, interactive knowledge checks, and a posttest.
Computer System Requirements


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