Registration is now open for the 2018 WPTA spring conference -- Strengthen Your Expertise.
To learn more and to register online (or download a registration brochure) visit https://wpta.org/events/conference/2018/spring/
Over 275 physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, students and guests from throughout Wisconsin are expected to attend the WPTA 2018 Spring Conference in Waukesha. Though there is no onsite exhibit hall at our spring conference, we invite you to participate through sponsorship, folder insert advertising, material distribution and the purchase of conference attendee mailing lists.
Great news for PTAs! Your membership support and the PTA Caucus working with the APTA Board of Directors helped make this happen!
Senate Passes NDAA with PTA Inclusion in TRICARE
On September 18th, the Senate passed its version of the National Defense Authorization Act, or NDAA. APTA worked with Senator Tillis's (NC) office to introduce an amendment that directs the Secretary of Defense to revise TRICARE so it would recognize physical therapist assistants and occupational therapy assistants. The amendment was part of a large package of amendments that was added and we were happy to see Senator McCain praise the bipartisan agreement on the package.
The Senate victory comes on the heels of report language included in the House's version of the NDAA which directs the Secretary of Defense to submit a report to the committee determining the feasibility of adding para health professionals as healthcare providers in the military health system by April 1, 2018. The review will look at how to incorporate PTAs, OTAs, and other para health professionals.
Taken together, APTA has secured language in both bills on both sides of the Capitol. We expect representatives from the Senate and House Armed Services committees to come together in a conference and work out the differences in the legislations. With language in both versions, we are optimistic we will see positive language in the final draft that the President signs. APTA is hopeful that the language passed in the Senate version is the final agreed-upon language since it is more directive and we believe it would take less time to implement.
Currently, there has been no schedule set for a conference between the committees, but we will continue to educate the chairs of committees to ensure the best version of the language is enacted. If you have any questions please contact Michael Hurlbut.
PTs/PTAs, do you have a patient or know someone we can motivate to walk more for better health? If so, download the request form and have a pedometer, motivational calendar and walking tips sent to your patient for free!
The first 200 request forms received will be mailed a free gift that includes:
For more details on Rudy's Counting Steps and to download the request form, click here.
The Rudy’s Counting Steps community outreach program successfully kicked off at the 2017 WPTA Spring Conference in Green Bay (April 20 – 21, 2017). Through this program free quality pedometers and walking guidelines will be offered to members of the community to promote increased physical activity in the state of Wisconsin.