February 2019
 February 19, 2019 @ 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Bone Health Across the Lifespan -- No Longer Just a Geriatric Problem

Speaker: Barb Helgeson, PT

Tuesday, February 19, 6:30-8:30 p.m. (2 Contact Hours)

Health Science Center, La Crosse, WI

More than one half of the total US adult population is affected by Osteoporosis resulting in 2 million fractures a year. By 2020 ,it is projected that the number of adults over the age of 50 will rise to 64.4 million with the number of fractures growing proportionally.  1 in 2 women and 1 in 4 men over the age of 50 will have an osteoporosis related fracture.



  1. Identify modifiable and non-modifiable factors, medications and medical disorders affecting bone health across the life span
  2. Recognize the increasing prevalence of low bone BMD in the pediatric /adolescent population and factors that predispose them to impaired bone health
  3. Understand the connection between athletic energy deficit and bone health
  4. Identify Yoga and Pilates postures that are safe to be followed
  5. Integrate principles of weight bearing , balance and strength training exercise for an at risk patient following safe bone health principles

*This presentation will  primarily focus on secondary osteoporosis,  the  new faces of osteoporosis, and safe movements recommended with Yoga and Pilates .

Barb Helgeson, PT, is a 1982 graduate of UWL  Physical Therapy program and has practiced full time primarily in the LaCrosse area in a hospital based outpatient setting. Her continuing education is extensive in musculoskeletal injuries, manual therapy and bone health. Barb is an American Bone Health representative and is Canadian Bone Fit Trained. She is a member of the Geriatric Section of the APTA and Bone Health SIG member.

Contact Linda Shepardson at [email protected] with questions.

March 2019
 March 5, 2019 @ 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Unraveling the Mystery of Insurance Coverage Policies for Better Coverage and Payment!

Intended Audience: Physical and Occupational Therapists, Therapist Assistants, Office/Billing Administration

Date and Time: March 5th - 11am-Noon (1 Contact Hour) - All Elements meet Ethics and Jurisprudence requirements.

Fees: WPTA Member and Non-PT Office Personnel - $50/Non-Member $125

Course Description: This course is designed to teach rehabilitation personnel both clinical and administrative the skills needed to maximize coverage and payment by third party payers for therapy services. Both traditional and niche providers will learn how to best understand and remain contemporary on third party payer policies. Proper evaluation and documentation as well as diagnostic coding will be explored. In addition, short cuts to preparing authorization and appeal documents will be addressed. It is time that we all have a better understanding of the payer side of the game!

Course Objectives:

  • Participants will list key policies that pertain to coverage and payment of therapy services.
  • Participants will identify key niche services as well as traditional PT services that would benefit from optimal payer policy coverage insight.
  • Participants will experience then outline the process of determining payment policies as they pertain to ICD-10 DX coding, CPT Coding and timed code billing.
  • Participants will outline how Medical/Clinical Coverage policies impact patient access to care and provider payment.

Speaker Bio: Lynn Steffes, PT, DPT, is a 1981 graduate of Northwestern University, and completed her Transitional DPT in 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 WPTA, 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.

Save the Date! Online registration coming soon. 

 March 19, 2019 @ 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Save the Date!
The next WPTA Southeast District meeting will be held on March 19, 2019, at the Miller Inn in Milwaukee, WI. This is our annual Ethics & Jurisprudence CEU. Each year, the SED offers two hours of ethics and jurisprudence training to help fulfill your four hours of biennial licensure requirements along with a short district meeting providing members with updates on local, state, and national issues.

This year's course will be presented by Tina Stoeckmann, PT, DSc, MA, Clinical Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at Marquette University, and Director of their Neurologic PT Residency program in partnership with the Zablocki VA Medical Center. The topic will be on the Jimmo vs. Sebelius case, which was a legal case brought against Medicare regarding the provision of and reimbursement for maintenance care. Additional course information is below.


What goes well with ethics? Free beer, of course! Beer and non-alcoholic beverages will be available to attendees. Non-WPTA members are welcome, but we request a $20 fee to assist with meeting-related costs. Attendance is free for WPTA members.


WPTA SED Meeting & Ethics/Jurisprudence Continuing Education (2 CEUs)

Date & Time: Tuesday, March 19, 2019, 6:30 p.m.

Location: Miller Inn at Miller Brewing Company, 3931 W. State Street, Milwaukee, WI 53208

Parking: Free parking available at the Miller Brewing Visitors Center, 4251 W State St, Milwaukee, WI 53208 a few blocks from the Miller Inn. There is also some street parking nearby

Questions? Contact Abby Inman, SED Chair at [email protected]

Jimmo vs. Sebelius: Can we get paid for maintenance care?
Program Description:

Trying to maintain our professional integrity while providing excellent care within the business model of health care can lead to ethical distress. The relative contributions of economics, social justice and our duties to multiple parties make this a particularly thorny issue. This presentation will focus on the inherent legal and ethical challenges of determining continuance of care versus discharging our patients who may not ever get “all better”. The Jimmo vs. Sebelius case established that Medicare coverage cannot be denied based on the lack of improvement, however, reimbursement claims are still often rejected. In today’s healthcare environment, it is important to understand our obligation to provide “skilled care” and how this is related to reimbursement challenges including private pay and avoiding overutilization of services.

Course Objectives:
By the end of this presentation, participants will be able to…

  • Identify legal documentation and ethical principles related to reimbursement
  • Compare and contrast the business vs. professional aspects of the provision of health care services
  • Identify how evolving business models for health care reimbursement are changing our professional duties and relationships with others
  • Understand the implications of the Jimmo case in the provision of skilled maintenance care.
  • Recognize when and how to determine the continuance vs. discharge of patients with chronic conditions
  • Apply the concepts presented in this course to case discussions and conflicts in one’s own practice

Course Outline:

6:30 – 7:30 PM                       The business of health care

7:30 – 8:30 PM                       Jimmo v. Sebelius


Tina Stoeckmann, PT, DSc, MA

Dr. Tina Stoeckmann is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at Marquette University, and Director of their Neurologic PT Residency program in partnership with the Zablocki VA Medical Center. She is a former member of the WPTA Ethics Committee and currently serves as an ethics consultant for the WPTA. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy from the UW – Madison in 1988, a Masters of Arts in Bioethics from the Medical College of Wisconsin in 1999, and her Doctor of Science in Neurologic Physical Therapy from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions in 2008. She continues to see neurologic patients at Marquette University. Tina has presented to a variety of audiences on a wide range of ethics topics over the last 20 years.



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  • APTA Code of Ethics and Guide for Professional Conduct: www.apta.org
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  • Banja JD. The rehabilitation marketplace: economics, values, and proposals for reform. Arch Phys Med Rehabil 2000;81:233-40.
  • Churchill LR. The hegemony of money. Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics 2007;16:407-414.
  • Fine M. The meaning of “integrity” in the health professions. Rhode Island Med J 2013; Nov:17-18.
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  • Lundy, C. Methods to identify and address the ethical issues associated with managed care. Penn Bioethics Journal 2006;II(ii):1-5.
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  • http://www.medicareadvocacy.org/jimmo-v-sebelius-the-improvement-standard-case-faqs/
  • https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Medicare-Fee-for-Service-Payment/SNFPPS/Downloads/jimmo_fact_sheet2_022014_final.pdf

April 2019
 April 5, 2019 @ 7:30 AM to April 7, 2019 @ 5:30 PM

WPTA Northwest District CE Course Myopain Seminar: Dry Needling-2 Foundations II
Date: April 5-7, 2019
Time: 7:30 am - 5:30 pm each day - 34 Contact Hours (snacks provided, lunch on your own)
Location: Marshfield Physical Therapy Center, 1002 W. Clairemont Avenue, Eau Claire
Instructor: Presented by Savas Koutsantonis, PT, DPT, CMTPT

The DN-2 Foundations II course builds on the knowledge and skills of the DN-1 course. Students will be introduced to the clinical aspects of myofascial pain, peripheral and central sensitization, the etiology and scientific basis of myofascial pain and dry needling.

Many muscles commonly addressed in clinical practice are included, such the posterior cervical muscles, the oblique capitis inferior, the cervical and thoracic and lumbar multifidi, levator scapula (partially), the latissimus dorsi (partially), supraspinatus, teres major and minor, pectoralis major (partially), pectoralis minor, the coracobrachialis, pronator teres, wrist flexors, oblique abdominal muscles and rectus abdominus, the lumbar paraspinals, the deep hip rotators, the lower and middle trapezius, the serratus anterior, and the rhomboids muscles. Students will also be introduced to the current scientific basis for dry needling for scar tissue, fascial adhesions, enthesopathies, and tendinopathies.

Note: The pelvic floor muscles are no longer part of the DN-2 course, as Myopain Seminars will soon launch a new Pelvic Pain Dry Needling course.

Students will review the anatomy, function, and dry needling techniques for each muscle.

Dr. Koutsantonis graduated from the University of Maryland at Baltimore School of Medicine in 1985 with a Bachelors degree in Physical Therapy, and received a Doctorate of Physical Therapy Degree from A.T. Still University of Health Sciences in 2004. He has worked at a range of different companies and served as adjunct faculty at the University of Maryland Physical Therapy Department. He received his certification in Trigger Point Dry Needling through Myopain Seminars in 2009.

Registration is a 2-step process:

1. Fill out the registration form found here, include payment information, and then fax, mail, or email the completed form to Amy Reiter ([email protected]) at the Chapter office.  The Chapter office will email you a confirmation with a discount code.

2. Go to Myopain's website at this address: https://www.myopainseminars.com/course/corp-dry-needling-2-foundations-ii.38. On the right side of the page, there is a drop down box. Select the April 5 date in Eau Claire. Put in the discount code provided to you in the confirmation email you received from the Chapter office.

If you do not have an account, it will ask you to create one.

3. Click add to cart. Go to cart and you will see the $0 price. Click pay and you are all set! Myopain will send you a confirmation email that you are registered.

 April 25, 2019 @ 8:00 AM to April 26, 2019 @ 5:00 PM

La Crosse Center, La Crosse

April 25-26, 2019

Overnight rooms are available at the Holiday Inn Hotel and Suites

Call 608/784-4444 or 1-800-HOLIDAY to reserve your room now!

(mention WPTA or 3-digit block code: WPT)

Topics Include:

  • Population Health
  • Shoulder Complex Pain
  • Blood Flow Restriction Rehab
  • Power Play: Eliminating Confusion Between Owner and Employee
  • Rehab Approach to Dysautonomia/POTS
  • Ethical Considerations for PTs and PTAs
  • Running Injury Mechanics
  • Hot Topics and Professional Issues (its own course this year!)
  • Advances in Treatments for Knee Injuries
  • Lifelong Neurologic Recovery
  • ICU and Acute Care in Adults and Pediatrics
  • Awards Luncheon (new time this year!)
  • Business Meeting, and so much more.


More information at: conference.wpta.org

October 2019
 October 10, 2019 @ 8:00 AM to October 11, 2019 @ 10:00 PM

Location: Madison Marriott West, Middleton