facilitate communication and relationships between the WPTA and the physical therapy education programs in Wisconsin
Recognize the accomplishments and contributions of WPTA members . Full Award Details and Nomination can be found here.
facilitate and coordinate bylaw revisions at the district and chapter level
At the business meeting held on October 2nd at the Fall Conference in Wisconsin Dells, WPTA members voted to allow PTAs a full vote for all matters of the Chapter. Before the vote, PTAs received a ½ vote when they voted in state elections or as members of the Board of Directors. Earlier this year, the APTA House of Delegates voted to allow the Chapters to decide how the PTA vote is counted. The WPTA Board of Directors voted unanimously at the July board meeting to support PTAs in obtaining a full vote at the Chapter level.
The second change that members supported was with regards to district operations. The district chairs proposed and had the support of the WPTA Board to change the bylaws to better reflect what members have reported wanting from our districts. The approved changes allow for each district to offer at least 2 continuing education courses per year and yet still have at least one business meeting. Additionally, the changes eliminate the requirement for a district treasurer due to these responsibilities being performed at the Chapter level.
A big thank you to WPTA Members for your support to make our Chapter stronger!
plan, promote, and present chapter conferences in coordination with the executive director and the local planning committee
process ethical complaints against members and serve as a resource to members regarding legal and ethical practice issues
WPTA seeks to promote the highest standards for physical therapy practice. All WPTA members are expected to maintain and promote ethical practice. If an individual notes any conduct by a physical therapy practitioner, which appears to be unethical, incompetent or illegal, that conduct must be reported. There are two mechanisms for reporting concerns. Ethics concerns against WPTA members can be brought to the WPTA Chapter Ethics Committee.
Violations of the Wisconsin Practice Act by any physical therapists (WPTA members or non-members) can be brought to the attention of the State of Wisconsin, Department of Regulation & Licensing.
I. How does the Ethics Committee work?
Who are the members of the Ethics Committee?
The WPTA Chapter Ethics Committee (CEC) consists of three WPTA members elected by the membership to process complaints against members of the chapter and also to stimulate awareness of ethical issues within the Chapter. Current members of the CEC are:
How do I register a complaint?
A complaint that a member has been in violation of the Code of Ethics or Standards of Practice is made in writing to the Chapter President. The President reviews the complaint to determine if the complaint contains a clear and concise statement of facts that constitute the alleged unethical conduct. A frivolous complaint is one that does not clearly involve ethical allegations. Upon receipt of the complaint, a copy is forwarded to the APTA Judicial Committee and assigned a new case number. IF the complaint indicates a crime that is classified as a felony or any crime that is punishable by imprisonment for six months or more, the member is suspended from APTA membership until the next meeting of the Judicial Committee, at which time a review will take place. The Chapter President refers the bona fide complaint to the CEC who appoints an investigator to perform a comprehensive review of the circumstances. The reviewer prepares a file and submits the file to the CEC. The CEC then determines to a. dismiss the complaint, or b. notify the respondent of his/her right to a hearing. The respondent has the right to appear before the hearing in person to present and examine witnesses and evidence. The conclusions and recommendations of the CEC are forwarded to the APTA Judicial Committee.
The respondent may request a hearing or submission of written testimony at the next meeting of the APTA Judicial Committee. The final decision of the Judicial Committee may be to approve the recommendation of the CEC, modify the recommendation of the CEC or remand to the CEC with appropriate directives.
If you have any questions or concerns relating to the Code of Ethics or Standards of Practice, please contact one of the WPTA CEC members or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
II. How do I register a complaint regarding a potential violation of the Wisconsin Practice Act?
The mission statement of the State of Wisconsin, Department of Regulation & Licensing is to provide professional, quality services to members of occupations and professions regulated by the state in order to safeguard consumer health, safety and well-being.
If you feel a physical therapy practitioner is in violation of the Wisconsin State Practice Act, please contact the
prepare annual budget, monitor expenditures throughout the year, and recommend appropriate investments to the BOD
The WPTA values the health and wellness of the citizens of Wisconsin and supports wellness programs led by physical therapists.
The WPTA seeks the assistance of its membership for grassroots initiatives to promote physical activity in the citizens of Wisconsin. The attached Health of Wisconsin District presentation shares the history and current status of the WPTA Health and Wellness Task Force. Watch for future updates at WPTA district and state meetings. To see how you can get be a spark in the WPTA and Healthiest Wisconsin 2020 movement, please go to http://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/hw2020/index.htm.
Present the best slate of candidates to the membership and conduct elections
The Imaging Education Manual has been created by the APTA Orthopaedic Section to facilitate the continued development of imaging instruction in physical therapist education and to heighten awareness among academic and clinical faculty of the legislative and regulatory issues the physical therapy profession is facing. The IEM provides resource information to assist faculty in curriculum planning and imaging instruction in both academic and clinical venues. The ultimate goal is that all physical therapist professional educational programs provide appropriate imaging education based on sound evidence, current APTA positions/policies, and projected future practice models as endorsed by the APTA Vision Statement and other association documents.
Promote physical therapy and WPTA members to the public, other health care colleagues, and to members of the WPTA
educate members and third party payers about reimbursement for physical therapy services
Best Practices in Documentation: SNF Documentation to Support Services Now and in the Future
COURSE DESCRIPTION: The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) just announced that they will be reviewing compliance with various aspects of the SNF payment system, including documentation. The OIG specifically mentioned a concern for the support of therapy intensity of services. This session will address best practices for supporting therapy service delivery. As the post-acute landscape is changing it’s critical for therapists to understand their value in assisting patients in achieving their necessary functional goals, and that value must be evident in your therapy medical record to support your services now and in the future.
1. Identify best practice SNF documentation guidelines
2. Understand the SNF regulations, especially the coverage guidelines
3. Understand the changing SNF landscape and the impact on therapy treatment planning and documentation
WPTA Members $50/Non-Members $125
To register and for more details, please visit http://wpta.org/events/webinars/2015/12-2/
Review of SGR/Therapy Cap Legislation
On April 14, 2015, the Senate passed the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (H.R. 2), which repealed and replaced the Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula. The president signed the bill into law on April 16.
Included in the bill was an extension of the Therapy Cap exceptions process through December 31, 2017 and provisions for more targeted manual medical review. During the Senate deliberation of the bill, an amendment was introduced which, if passed, would have repealed the Medicare Therapy Cap once and for all. The introduction of this amendment was the culmination of a historic grassroots campaign, spearheaded by APTA and in conjunction with over 20 patient advocacy groups, including AARP. While the amendment ultimately did not pass, it received a tremendous showing of support, coming only two votes shy of passage (60 vote threshold needed). This amendment was the furthest the issue has been raised since the creation of the Therapy Cap 18 years ago. APTA staff will build off of this momentum and pursue further strategy for a future repeal.
Other provisions within the legislation include:
For a more detailed summary of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act and to learn how it could affect your practice, please visit our Medicare payment and reimbursement webpage. Some of the highlights include:
The purpose of the committee is to promote research and evidence-based practice which is part of the APTA’s Vision 2020. The mission of the committee related to the WPTA mission goals is to promote and disseminate Research to the WPTA members. The Research Poster Session held annually at the WPTA Spring conference encourages presentation of work from students from the various PT and PTA schools as well as from any other physical therapist. Posters can be submitted in the areas of research, case study/case report, special interest or literature review. The number of posters continues to grow each year. Additionally, the committee deals with Research related issues and encourages all aspects of research.