Federal Advocacy Forum Scholarship
This scholarship is for 1 or 2 students to attend Federal Advocacy Forum Hill in Washington D.C. from April 3-5, 2016 . This is an AMAZING opportunity to join physical therapists and physical therapist assistants from across the country in a rally on Capitol Hill and in meetings with your representative in Congress to advocate for physical therapy. There will be a group of PTs and students from Wisconsin attending - it is a delegation that is welcoming and incredibly supportive of students.
For more information on the Federal Advocacy Forum: http://www.apta.org/FederalForum/
The recipient will receive $500 to use towards attendance/travel/lodging for the Federal Advocacy Forum.
TO APPLY: PT/PTA students write an essay (no longer than 500 words) that should address and will be assessed in 3 areas:
1) School or community involvement including any job experience
2) WPTA/APTA involvement
3) Why do they want to attend the FAF? (this should be the focus of the essay)
• WPTA/APTA membership is required
• Students graduating in spring/summer 2016 are not eligible to apply
• Applications should include name, address, school, year in school, and APTA ID.
• Applications are due February 12th, 2016
• Applications should be sent to the Academic Liaison Committee Chair, Erik Gregersen, at email@example.com
Erik Gregersen, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS
The 2016 WPTA Spring Conference will be held on April 14 and 15 at the Madison Marriott West in Middleton. Full details and registration will be available in February.
Blurred Lines: Ethics at the Nexus of Science, Technology and Rehab
Why Tai Chi Makes Sense for Baby Boomers
Clinical Reasoning: A Movement Science Regional Interdependent Approach
PT Approach to Musculoskeletal Pain
Brain Fitness: Evolving Roles For PTs
The Role and Benefits of Cancer Rehab in Improving Oncology Outcomes
PT Approach to Musculoskeletal Pain (continued)
Movement Science Applied
Organizational Resilience: How to Manage Ambiguity and Change
Patient Outcomes After Shoulder Surgery
Running Injuries in the Female: From Cross Country to the Marathon Mom
The following letter was recently sent to Senate Members of the Committee on Government Operations and Consumer Protection from President Kip Schick
On behalf of our 2,500+ members of the Wisconsin Physical Therapy Association (WPTA), we ask that you oppose Senate Bill 568, relating to consolidating boards and councils.
The WPTA represents physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, and students, all of whom seek to raise the standards of professionalism, safety, and quality of care in our field. We believe that Senate Bill 568 limits the state’s ability to oversee the regulatory and disciplinary process effectively for our profession, which ultimately decreases public safety. Besides a relatively small cost savings to the State of Wisconsin, the proposed board consolidation has limited rationale.
Consolidating the respective boards for physical therapists, athletic trainers, massage therapists and bodyworkers, and occupational therapists into the Medical Therapy Examining Board (MTEB) decreases the depth of regulatory oversight and dilutes discipline-specific understanding of separate and distinct professions. The proposed MTEB would be responsible for a wide range of activity that is likely to be less responsive, efficient, and effective.
The Physical Therapy Examining Board (PTEB) formed in 2010, and was developed to allow the profession to be governed by physical therapists, a physical therapist assistant, and a public member. In its short existence, the PTEB has been very successful in promoting many initiatives that advance physical therapist practice while also ensuring public protection.
The WPTA strives to support initiatives that reduce the cost of care, enhance the patient and family experience, improve outcomes, and support the overall health of the public. Senate Bill 568 is contrary to all of these aims; instead, the bill aims to decrease the cost to the state, and we believe the risks to patient care and safety are far outweighed by any financial benefit this legislation would provide. As a result, the WPTA asks you to oppose this consolidation measure.
Marcus Kip Schick, PT, DPT, MBA
SSIG Executive Board
Chair: Rachel Jermann - UW-Milwaukee Class of 2017
Vice Chair: Lindsay Fons - UW-Milwaukee Class of 2018
Secretary: Ashley Alagna - Carroll University Class of 2017
Nominating Committee Chair: Casey Griebel - UW-Milwaukee Class of 2017
Core Ambassador: Caitlin Martin - UW-Milwaukee Class of 2017
Core Ambassador Elect: Chris Chism - UW-Madison Class of 2018
Wisconsin Physical Therapy Association
2016 Spring Conference
Call for Poster Abstracts
April 14-15, 2016
Marriott West, Madison
Who: students (PT & PTA), faculty, residents, and clinicians can submit
When: The 2016 WPTA Spring Conference will host the annual poster presentations on Thursday, April 14th (afternoon).
Types: Basic Science, Applied Science, or Case Report/Study
Submission Deadline: March 4, 2016
Email abstract form (as attachment) to firstname.lastname@example.org
* Subject line: WPTA Poster session_[school]_[last name of primary presenter]
Review process: After a peer review process, abstracts will be selected (space limitations at conference). Notifications will be sent via email approximately 1-2 weeks after the deadline.
Posters will be judged and 1st and 2nd places will be awarded at the awards reception.
Posters must be in place by noon on Thursday April 14, 2016 for judging.
Donate to the WPT-Conduit!
Annual Wellness Examination (Piazza/Hallisy) - Additional notes and comments from 10/15/15
Dear WPTA Members,
As you may have been notified by Anthem BCBS of Wisconsin, it is Anthem BCBS’ intent to initiate a review process through an outside entity - OrthoNet as of November 1st.
This process adds considerable administrative burden to providers and inserts a potential delay and barriers to care for Anthem BCBS beneficiaries in Wisconsin.
Click here for the letter that went out to Anthem BCBS of Wisconsin enrollees last week. This letter implies that:
The WPTA attended the September 2nd Anthem Provider Expo and expressed our concerns along with our request to schedule a meeting. We spoke with Anthem’s Medical Director Dr Michael Jaeger, Provider Relations staff and CEO Larry Schreiber. At that time, we were assured that we would be given an opportunity to discuss our concerns about that process. To date, we have not been given an opportunity to have a formal meeting.
On Monday October 26th we were able to speak with Heather Reardon, Director of Enterprise Contacting for Anthem throughout their 14 states. We were told that this was an “enterprise initiative” that was being rolled out across Anthem’s plans over the next year.
We need you to IMMEDIATELY do the following:
o Immediately appeal the denied plan DIRECTLY to Anthem BCBS
o Anthem has a Peer-to-Peer Review Process as follows:
o Peer to Peer Review Process Anthem uses a medical peer-to-peer review process by which our internal peer clinical reviewers re-examine cases when an adverse determination is made regarding health care services for Covered Individuals. This process allows attending, treating or ordering physicians* to request a peer-to-peer review to offer additional information and further discuss their cases with our peer clinical reviewers who made the initial adverse determination. *(Physical Therapists have been able to initiate these Peer to Peer Process I the past) See Page 45 of the Anthem Provider Manual) https://www.anthem.com/provider/wi/f5/s1/t0/pw_e232815.pdf?refer=ahpprovider&state=wi
Please keep us in the loop on the process! Look for the Survey Monkey Link in order to provide us with important data on your experience with the process.
WPTA is committed to Advocating on your behalf!
Lynn Steffes, PT, DPT, WPTA Payer Specialist
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.
Please contact District Chair, Jonathon Weiss, by email email@example.com with the following information:
4. Sponsorship amount being requested (Max limit of $250): ___________________________
(please list breakdown of league fees and t-shirt fees)