Referral for Imaging: Autonomy and Accountability - Imaging SIG Program
Section: Academy of Orthopaedic PT
Session Code: OR-2A-2248
Date: Friday, January 25, 2019
Time: 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Location: Walter E. Washington Convention Center
Room: 146A

Speaker(s):   James Elliott, PT, PhD
  Aaron Keil, PT, DPT, Board-Certified Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist
  Connie Kittleson, PT, DPT
  Amma Maurer, MD
  Scott Rezac, PT, DPT, Board-Certified Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist
  Daniel Watson, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT

Session Type: Educational Sessions
Session Level: Intermediate

The evolution of imaging as an integral part of physical therapist practice continues to move forward. The Imaging SIG education session from the 2018 Combined Sections Meeting featured discussion of the vision of future physical therapist practice, challenges and successes of referral for imaging, recent historic changes to state licensure laws across the United States regarding imaging privileges, and the positive impact this could have on health care delivery .The next steps in making appropriate imaging referral the norm for physical therapists include establishing consensus for assessing and managing the patient before and after referring them for imaging. We must think about collaborative communication between the referring physical therapist and the radiologist, as well as other stakeholders including the patient and family members. How can we best communicate our clinical concerns to radiologists? How do we communicate with radiologists after the interpretation of the images? What do we do with a radiology report if a pathology is identified that is beyond our scope of practice? What criteria do we use to keep the patient or refer to another medical practitioner? Which practitioner is the best to manage this patient? How do we participate in the communication between all providers? Join this session for a discussion of these and other thought-provoking questions.

Learning Objectives: Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

1. Describe the experience of a physical therapist who, acting in accordance with the state practice act, referred a patient for appropriate, guideline-supported imaging tests.

2. Communicate with radiologists and other providers in referring for imaging and follow-up as indicated from the radiology report.

3. Explain the implications to future health care delivery of ntegratinge imaging into practice.

4. Describe the impact that diagnostic imaging can have on clinical decision making when ordered appropriately.

5. Develop a plan to secure administrative and/or state physical therapy board support for granting physical therapists privileges to order imaging.

CEU: 0.2

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