Students - Apply for a Federal Advocacy Forum Scholarship Today - Deadline is February 12!

Posted on January 29, 2016

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:


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


Erik Gregersen, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS



Preliminary Spring Conference Programming

Posted on January 25, 2016

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.


Thursday Programming/Events

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

Lunch/Issues Forum

Brain Fitness: Evolving Roles For PTs

The Role and Benefits of Cancer Rehab in Improving Oncology Outcomes

Poster Presentation

Welcome Reception

Awards Dinner


Friday Programming/Events

PT Approach to Musculoskeletal Pain (continued)

Movement Science Applied

Organizational Resilience: How to Manage Ambiguity and Change

Bike Fit

Lunch/Business Meeting

Patient Outcomes After Shoulder Surgery

Running Injuries in the Female: From Cross Country to the Marathon Mom



WPTA Voices Opposition to SB568

Posted on January 25, 2016

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





Student SIG Announces Election Results

Posted on January 19, 2016

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 by March 4, 2016

Posted on January 18, 2016


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

* 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 Here!

Posted on November 24, 2015

Donate to the WPT-Conduit!

 Make A Donation Here



Annual Wellness Examination (Piazza/Hallisy) - Additional notes and comments from 10/15/15

Posted on November 10, 2015

Annual Wellness Examination (Piazza/Hallisy) - Additional notes and comments from 10/15/15

Please Download Here



Important OrthoNet Info for WPTA Members

Posted on October 29, 2015

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:

  • Enrollees will NO Longer have direct access to Physical Therapy but will now require a visit to their MD (with the potential added costs and delays of diagnostic imaging). 
  • It implies that physicians and “specialists” will have to develop and submit a Plan of Care for Therapy for prior approval to insure coverage.  See this link for the required Orthonet forms:
  • It also states that any plan of care that is currently in process will require prior approval to continue care after November 1st.

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:

  • If you or your employer are current subscribers to Anthem BCBS of Wisconsin Plan- have your Human Resource Benefits’ Specialist or yourself contact your BCBS Benefits representative to express your concerns about how this process will effect access to care, cost of care and administrative burden to providers.  Express your concern about “what value does this additional burden bring to our health care plan?”
  • If you or your employer are current providers to Anthem BCBS of Wisconsin’s Plan- contact your Network Contracting Specialist: Theresa Ruggiero, Provider Network Manager Anthem Blue Cross & Blue Shield  203 677 8067 or email her @  expressing your concerns as descried above.  Ask her to respond to your call/e-mail   If you are not able to receive a prompt response, contact Heather Reardon @ Phone: 603-541-2128 / Cell phone: 603-703-1052 / heather.reardon@anthem.comWe need to make it clear to Anthem that we are a Direct Access state and that Anthem has been recognizing our Direct Access status in Wisconsin for over 10 years.  Please request that they send a letter of clarification out to members to that effect. 
  • Post and/or send this Letter to Anthem Patients to your Anthem BCBS of Wisconsin patients.  Ask them to contact their Human Resource Benefits’ Specialist to call their BCBS Benefits representative to express their concerns about how this process will affect their/their employee’s access to care, cost of care and potentially their premiums. 
  • Immediately begin tracking information on this process on the WPTA Tracking Form.  The WPTA will send you a link to a Survey Monkey to enter this IMPORTANT data by the end of the month.
  • Begin submitting your Physical Therapy Plans of Care and the Orthonet forms to OrthoNet immediately for patients who will be receiving care on or after November 1st.t If your proposed plan of care is denied completely or in part i.e.: Your plan requested 12 visits and the approval denied 6 of 12 visits and you are confident that services requested are medically necessary, consider doing 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)


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




Mileage Reimbursement Form

Posted on July 31, 2015

Please download the Mileage Reimbursement Form here.





Imaging Education Manual Now Available

Posted on April 22, 2015



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. 



Membership Video!

Posted on April 22, 2015





NE District Guidelines for Sponsorship

Posted on April 05, 2011






Request Form for Sponsorship for Youth Sports/Adult League Teams

Please contact District Chair, Jonathon Weiss, by email with the following information:

1.       Name of individual requesting sponsorship and APTA number:
2.       Sport :__________________________________________________
3.       Type of League: Adult/Children ____________________________________________________

4.       Sponsorship amount being requested (Max limit of $250):      ___________________________                                                                                   

(please list breakdown of league fees and t-shirt fees)

·         T-shirts with a minimum of 1.5” lettering spelling out Wisconsin Physical Therapy Association    (either front or back)
·         We request a digital photo of the team in t-shirts.
·         This will be on a first come, first serve basis.
 Thank you,
Download NE District Guidelines for Sponsorship

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