Over 17,000 attend annual meeting
The 2018 Combined Sections Meeting (CSM) is in the book, and the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) experienced yet another record-breaking gathering.
For the third consecutive year, the event achieved a record attendance number, this time with over 17,000 total attendees—among them over 14,000 registrants.
The event was held in New Orleans, LA—always a guaranteed good time—and spread across three separate venues. Over 450 companies showed off their latest products and offerings in the event’s exhibit hall.
One hot topic was the recent repeal of the Medicare therapy cap. The repeal itself was an enormous victory for APTA and its members, who have spent years campaigning against the arbitrary nature of the cap. The focus now shifts to practicing in a post-cap world—the ramifications for therapists and patients alike.
Students played an increasingly large role in this year’s conference as well, discussing their own experiences while providing a look at the future of the profession. Video clips as well as daily news items from the meeting are available at APTA’s web site.
Planning is already underway for not only next year’s CSM in Washington D.C., but for this summer’s 2018 APTA NEXT Conference and Exposition, scheduled from June 27-30 in Orlando, FL.