Emory DPT Alumni Receives Award at CSM 2020.

Clay Watson (Class of 2000), is the Past President of the Homecare and Hospice Association of Utah. He has been instrumental in several significant Therapy initiatives related to home health over the past several years, starting with a state rule change that now allows Physical Therapist Assistants and COTA’s to treat Medicaid patients in the home.

Clay is part of the Utah Falls Prevention Alliance, which is a state sponsored program with industry leaders working to reduce falls in the state. Clay worked with Sally Aerts, PT, co-chair of the Alliance, on several grants using non-transport EMS falls data to intercept people before they have an injurious fall.

Part of the Falls Prevention Alliance effort led to current legislation funding a Home Health Order Hub. This will allow home health agencies to send orders to our statewide HIE into the workflow of Primary Care Providers. Getting physicians to sign orders is notoriously difficult and they hope to streamline the process by placing orders into the PCP’s workflow. The project is gaining national attention and may finally be the solution to improving convenience and response time for order returns- something that has become even more critical with the PDGM changes.

In recognition of his efforts, Clay was recently awarded the Excellence in Home Health Leadership Award by the Home Health Section of the APTA at CSM 2020.

We congratulate Clay on this award!

Clay is the owner of Western Summit Rehabilitation LLC in Salt Lake City, Utah, and lives there with his wife and four children. Clay an avid rock climber who loves to do first ascents!