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
2015 OUTSTANDING SERVICE AWARD to Dennis Sobush, PT, DPT, MA, CCS, CEEAA In Recognition of Significant Contributions to the Profession of Physical Therapy
The 2015 PHYSICAL THERAPIST OF THE YEAR AWARD to Anthony Gries, PT In Recognition of Professionalism, Compassion and Technical Skills
2015 Mentor AWARD to Dale Gerke, PT, MPT, ScD, OCS, COMT In Recognition of Development of Physical Therapists in an Outstanding Manner
2015 ROOKIE OF THE YEAR AWARD to Stephanie Smith, PT, DPT In Recognition of Significant Contributions to the Profession in the Area of Clinical Practice within 3 Years of Graduation
The 2016 Academic Liaison Committee EMERGING STUDENT LEADER AWARD to Karen Lovely, SPT
The 2015 DISTRICT VOLUNTEER SERVICE AWARD to Phil Bergold, PT In Recognition of Significant Contributions to the Southeast District
The 2015 AWARD FOR CLINICAL EXCELLENCE to Mary Beth Geiser, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT In Recognition of Demonstrated Excellence in Clinical Practice
2015 PTA AWARD OF EXCELLENCE to Tamara Rondone, PTA In Recognition of Outstanding Achievement and Commitment in the Field of Physical Therapy
The Private Practice Special Interest Group Presents the 2015 PRIVATE PRACTITIONER OF THE YEAR AWARD to Julie Lombardo, PT, DPT, OCS, WCS of Capitol Physical Therapy
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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.
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