Blog Weekly News Scan: Apple’s new movement study, APTA launches refreshed ChoosePT website By Taylor Goldsmith, 09.13.19 FacebookTwitterLinkedin This week in the news, we look at a story on the decreased rates of Americans with health insurance and what it means for providers, a new look at the APTA’s ChoosePT website and campaign, and the new ventures Apple announced in relation to healthcare. We hope you enjoy! Share of Americans with health insurance declined in 2018, NY Times, September 10, 2019 For the first time in nearly 10 years, the number of Americans lacking health insurance has increased from 7.9 percent to 8.5 percent of the population (accounting for nearly 2 million people). The growth of those uninsured is particularly striking given the health of our economy and record low levels of Americans living in poverty. So, what are the main culprits for the rise in uninsured rates? Beyond our current administrations efforts to dismantle the ACA, there are other factors that healthcare providers should be aware of. Learn more in this NY Times article. APTA launches new ‘Find a PT’ and ‘ChoosePT.com’ website to support consumer awareness, PT in Motion, September 10, 2019 Goodbye MoveForwardPT, hello ChoosePT! After 10 years, the APTA is retiring its MoveForwardPT.com website in favor of the domain, ChoosePT.com. This change supports consumer trends in healthcare and carries on the association’s award-winning opioid awareness campaign name. This new site will better connect patients with physical therapists through an enhanced “Find a PT” feature, provides easy access to podcasts and videos that deliver powerful messages about the difference PT can make in people’s lives and more. It’s expected to receive over 4 million visitors in 2019 alone. Check out the new site and see how it can be of use to providers in this article. Apple launches new app to study health, FierceHealthcare, September 11, 2019 Continuing its push into healthcare, Apple announced this week three new medical studies it’s launching through the help of the Apple Watch. Among the new ventures is a heart and movement study, targeted at researching how heart rate and mobility signals (like flights of stairs climbed, steps walked, etc.) relate to hospitalizations, falls, quality of life, and more – all in an effort to promote health movement and improved health. Learn more about this venture and what else Apple is cooking up in this article.