WPTA Events Calendar

February 25, 2017 @ 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM

Location: WPTA Chapter Office - 3510 E. Washington Ave. Madison, WI

If you are planning to attend, please RSVP to the Chapter office by phone or email.  608/221-9191 or wpta@wpta.org.


March 8, 2017

WPTA Webinar: Best Practices in Documentation Series Patient Friendly Payment Strategies

Date: March 8, 2017
Time: 11 am - Noon pm CT  (1 CEU)
Fee:  $50 Member; $125 Non-Member
Meets Ethics and Jurisprudence requirements
Webinar will be recorded and available for purchase at www.wpta.org at a later date.
Webinar Limited to 100 Participants!
Patient responsibility in payment for therapy services has grown tremendously over the past several years. In 2016 PT Journal published an article that indicated that about 30% of patients were not able to complete their plan of care based on the payments they had to make. In addition, many facilities are finding that patient collections are significantly impacting their bottom line. Learn how you can implement a positive patient friendly payment strategy that encourages patients not only to participate in their full plan of care, but also to compensate you for the valuable services you provide. Join us for an hour exploration on how best to collect from your patients.
Course Objectives:
  • Participants will list 3 or more types of patient payments that are prevalent.
  • Participants will identify required elements to properly inform our patients of their responsibility, work with them to keep their accounts current, and ensure that they have a complete value-based experience in therapy at your facility.
  • Participants will define three or more touch points that keep patients informed and lead to financial transparency.
  • Participants will define what is required to collect patient payments in a timely fashion.
Speaker Bio
Dr. Lynn Steffes is a 1981 graduate of Northwestern University and completed her Transitional DPT in December of 2010.  She served as a Network Administrator for a group of 50+ private practice clinics where her primary responsibilities included marketing, payer and provider relations and contract management.  In addition Dr. Steffes is active in her profession on the Nominating Committee for the Private Practice Section of APTA, and the Wisconsin Chapter of APTA, serving as the Chapter’s Reimbursement Specialist. She is President/Consultant of Steffes & Associates, a rehabilitation consulting service.  She provides consulting services to rehab providers nation-wide.
Confirmation and webinar instructions will be emailed to all participants 3 days prior to webinar. Registration includes one phone/computer connection.  Please call 608/221-9191 or email wpta@wpta.org if you have questions, special needs or require additional assistance.



March 9, 2017

Date: March 9th, 2017

Where: UW Health at The American Center; The Bistro (2nd floor cafeteria)

Time: 5:15-5:30 pm social time; 5:30-6:30 pm 1 hour CE; 6:30-7:00 pm business meeting

Title: Total Knee Arthroplasty using Robotic Assisted Technology

Speakers: Dr. Richard Illgen

RSVP: to Kelcie Wittman at KWittman@uwhealth.org 


March 14, 2017

March 14, 2017
5:45 - 6:15pm - District Meeting
6:15-8:15 pm - CE (2 CEUs)
Miller Inn - 3931 West State St. Milwaukee
CE Course Limited to 40 participants
Free for members; Non-members - $20
Course Description:
Informed Consent/Refusal in Practice is a short course that will address the importance of informed consent/refusal in providing patient centered care.  Additionally, we will examine the impact of health literacy on informed consent/refusal.  Following this course participants will: 1) know where to locate language for informed consent; 2) understand the importance of obtaining informed consent for best practice; 3) be able to appropriately document informed consent; and 4) discuss personal/professional questions related to informed consent and health literacy in clinical practice.  
Course Objectives:
1.   The participant will be able to discuss patient centered informed consent.
2.   The participant will be able to document informed consent.
3.   The participant will verbalize an understanding of health literacy as a contributor to 
       questionable informed consent.
4. The participant will be able to link course discussions to one’s own practice. 
6:15 – 7:15 Review of Informed Consent/refusal
7:15 - 7:45 Contribution of Health Literacy
7:45 – 8:15 Q & A and General Discussion
Laurie B. Kontney, PT, DPT, MS
Laurie Kontney is a Director of Clinical Education and Clinical Associate Professor at Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI.  She obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Wisconsin at Madison in 1986, a Master of Science degree in Physical Therapy from the Finch University of Health Sciences/The Chicago Medical School in 1994 and a transitional DPT from Simmons College in 2006.  Laurie is a former member and chair of the Physical Therapist Examining Board (PTEB) for Wisconsin.  She has been active in the APTA/WPTA at the district, state and national levels and teaches ethics and pieces of cultural competence in Marquette’s curriculum. She has also taken additional courses on medical ethics as part of her doctoral training and is an invited member of the Dreamcatchers; an interdisciplinary think tank for ethics in rehabilitation.  She is utilizing all these experiences along with her clinical practice within an inner city hospital to present and discuss Informed Consent/Refusal in Practice.
Appelbaum PS. Assessment of patient’s competence to consent to treatment. New England Journal of Medicine. 2007; 357: 1834-1840. 
World Confederation of Physical Therapy. Policy statement: Research. London, UK. WCPT; 2011.
De Bord J. Ethics in Medicine. University of Washington School of Medicine. 2014.
Berg JW, Appelbaum PS, Lidz, CW, Parker LS. Informed Consent: Legal Theory and Clinical Practice. Oxford University Press. 2001; 41-70.
Department of Regulation and Licensing website: http://drl.wi.gov/index.html
APTA website: http://www.apta.org/uploadedFiles/APTAorg/About_Us/Policies/Ethics/CodeofEthics.pdf and http://www.apta.org/uploadedFiles/APTAorg/About_Us/Policies/Ethics/StandardsEthicalConductPTA.pdf 


March 21, 2017

Health Science Center, UW-La Crosse, room 2006

6:30-8:30 PM (2 CEUs)

Tuesday, March 21st, 2017

Speaker: Michael Schonberger DO

Topic: When Patients Shake: Update on Movement Disorders!


April 18, 2017

Health Science Center, UW-La Crosse, room 2006

6:30-8:30 PM (2 CEUs)

Tuesday, April 18th, 2017

Speaker: Andrea Weber DPT, Andrew Kupper DPT

Topic: Lumbar spine injuries in the athlete, Testing and Treatment


April 20, 2017 to April 21, 2017

2017 WPTA Spring Conference

Radisson, Green Bay

Save the Date!

More details to follow.


May 5, 2017

Meeting details to follow.


May 6, 2017

8:30 am - 12:30 pm

Chapter Office - 3510 E. Washington Ave. Madison, WI 53704

Please RSVP to wpta@wpta.org so we have an accurate count for space and food.


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