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On Tuesday, May 24, 2016 the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services held an informational hearing on Senate Bill 762 which would establish a program that would allow chiropractors to obtain additional training and become licensed under the medical examining board as Primary Spinal Care Practitioners. Various groups testified at the hearing including representatives from the Wisconsin Chiropractic Association, the Chiropractic Society of Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Medical Society, the Wisconsin Academy of Family Physicians, the Wisconsin Society of Anesthesiologists and the Wisconsin Physical Therapy Association. More information and the full bill text can be found at https://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/2015/proposals/sb762.
This bill was introduced last legislative session, but did not pass. In anticipation of the bill potentially being reintroduced next session, the WPTA provided informational testimony raising concerns and questions about the bill. The testimony submitted to the committee can be found HERE.
You can also watch the video recording of the entire hearing athttp://www.wiseye.org/Video-Archive/Event-Detail/evhdid/10627. WPTA President Connie Kittleson's testimony starts at the 5:54 minute mark.
We will continue to monitor activity on this issue and keep you informed.
Congratulations to Kip Schick for being elected to the APTA Board of Directors. You make Wisconsin proud. Thank you Laurie Kontney for running for APTA Nominating Committee. You represented Wisconsin well and we are so proud of you.
Dear WPTA Colleagues,
We are thrilled to announce that on Monday, April 25th, Governor Scott Walker signed AB549. This bill allows qualified physical therapists to resume ordering x-rays and for radiologic technologists to accept such orders to take x-ray films as directed. The bill text can be found at http://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/2015/related/proposals/ab549
The bill, once signed, becomes effective the day after it is electronically published by the Legislative Reference Bureau at: http://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/2015
This is a tremendous accomplishment which will benefit our patients by decreasing the overall cost of care as well as preventing delay of care.
WPTA encourages its members to read and understand the new language which lists qualifications for physical therapists ordering x-rays. Physical therapists who do not have a clinical doctorate in physical therapy will need to meet criteria to be further specified by Physical Therapy Examining Board (PTEB) through the rules promulgation process. The bill also contains specific care coordination language that the physical therapist shall follow after the x-ray results are known. The WPTA will continue to provide education to physical therapists on the specifics of this legislation as well as any new rules put forth by the PTEB.
This legislation was the result of over 2 years of work by APTA/WPTA members, our lobbyists and the legislators who supported our bill. In the Assembly, the WPTA thanks the bill author and chair of the Assembly Committee on Health, Representative Joe Sanfelippo, and co-authors Representative Mike Rohrkaste, Representative Jimmy Boy Edming, and Representative Jesse Kremer. In the Senate, the WPTA thanks the bill author, Senator Van Wanggaard; Chair of the Senate Health Committee, Senator Leah Vukmir; and co-authors in the Senate, which include Senators Richard Gudex, Chris Kapenga, Stephen Nass and Duey Stroebel. We also thank Governor Scott Walker for his support of this bill with his signature.
We especially want to thank Kip Schick, PT, DPT, MBA for his unwavering leadership as President of WPTA during this journey as well as Brett Roberts, PT, DPT, WPTA State Government Affairs Committee Chair. We also want to thank the following people who also testified in support of this legislation: Bill Boissonnault, PT, DPT, DHSc, FAAOMPT, FAPTA, Rob Worth, PT, DPT, OCS, MTC, LAT, Tim Thorsen, PT, DPT, OCS, MTC, Evan Nelson, PT, DPT, OCS, Julie Sherry, PT, DPT, MS, Kevin Wait, PT, DPT, SCS, CSCS and Rita Shapiro, PT, DPT, MA. Each of you provided testimony critical to justifying the importance of this bill. Additionally, we thank our amazing lobbyists, Annie Early and Jeremey Shepherd, who worked tirelessly behind the scenes and in many meetings to ensure understanding and support of the bill.
WPTA is pleased to have accomplished the passage of this patient-centered legislation, which is something we all can be proud of!
Connie Kittleson, PT, DPT
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