facilitate communication and relationships between the WPTA and the physical therapy education programs in Wisconsin
A Student Guide to Spring Conference
Education Sessions and Event Highlights
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Additional Programming and Information can be found on the WPTA Website at www.wpta.org
Education Sessions – Take your Learning to Another Level!
Course: Reactive Rehabilitation with Resistance
Take your neuro-reeducation, therapeutic exercises, and therapeutic activities to another level.
Level: All Levels Welcome
Half Day Course: Thursday 8 am- 12 pm
Course: 10 Medical Conditions: Do Not Want to Miss List for Clinicians
Make sure you recognize the signs and symptoms of these 10 conditions.
Level: All Levels Welcome
Half Day Course: Friday 8 am – 12 pm
Course: Diagnostic Imaging: How it Should Be Understood and Utilized in Physical Therapist Practice
Learn a method to assess common diagnostic imaging results and what it means for your treatments.
Half Day Course: Friday 2 pm – 5 pm
Events Not To Miss
Lunch and Issues Forum – Registered Student Attendees Welcome
12 pm – 2 pm
Network with Wisconsin Clinicians and take part in this luncheon meeting discussing the issues facing Wisconsin Physical Therapist.Topic may include legislative concerns, billing, or practice related issues.
Welcome and Poster Presentation – Registered Student Attendees Welcome
5:15 pm – 6:15 pm
View poster presentations from students around Wisconsin. You’ll see amazing work being done by students and learn too!
Awards Dinner – Must Register in Advance
Meet this year’s WPTA honorees. Students and clinicians will be recognized. Pre-registration for
this event is required.
Business Lunch – Registered Student Members Welcome
12 pm – 2 pm
Sit in on this year’s Business Lunch and learn about the key issues and topics of the WPTA. You must
be a WPTA member to attend the business meeting.
Recognize the accomplishments and contributions of WPTA members . Full Award Details and Nomination can be found here.
facilitate and coordinate bylaw revisions at the district and chapter level
Proposed Bylaw Changes
The WPTA Bylaws Committee and the Board of Directors have submitted proposals to modify the WPTA Bylaws. Any changes to the Bylaws require membership to receive at least thirty (30) days notice prior to voting on the changes. These changes will be discussed and voted on by membership at the WPTA Business Meeting at the 2014 Spring Conference on Friday, April 11 in Wisconsin Dells, WI. The changes require a 2/3 vote in the majority in order to implement the changes.
The full text of the Bylaws can be found at http://www.wpta.org/board/pdfs/WPTA-bylaws.pdf
New language is shown in bold below:
ARTICLE X. REPRESENTATIVE TO THE PHYSICAL THERAPIST ASSISTANT CAUCUS (PTA CAUCUS)
Section 2: Election and Term
Support Statement: The only elected position currently identified in the bylaws to start after Spring Conference is the Chief Delegate, whose term begins the July 1 following the fall election. The rationale for having the Chief Delegate wait to take office until July 1 is to allow the newly elected Chief Delegate to have a full year in the role to get oriented and be fully up to speed on House of Delegates activities. The House of Delegates historically takes place in May or June annually. With this motion the same rationale is being applied to the PTA Caucus Representative in order for the PTA Caucus Representative to have a full year in the role to get oriented and fully up to speed on PTA Caucus activities. The PTA Caucus historically takes place at the same time of year as the House of Delegates.
ARTICLE XII. FINANCES
Section 3: Dues
Physical Therapist: $156.00 (increasing by $6.00 per year)
Physical Therapist-Post Professional Student: $90.00
Physical Therapist Assistant: $79.00 (increasing by $3.00 per year)
Life Physical Therapist $0
Life Physical Therapist Assistant: $0
Student Physical Therapist and Student Physical Therapist Assistant: $15.00
Retired Physical Therapist: $0
Retired Physical Therapist Assistant: $0
Corresponding Student: $15
Dues are not to exceed Association dues without the specific approval of any excess by the Board of Directors of the Association. The Board of Directors may, at its discretion, suspend the annual dues increase of any given year. All dues changes approved by the Chapter membership and approved by the Association’s Board of Directors before the Association’s deadline will become effective on the first of the Association’s next fiscal year.
Support Statement: The proposed bylaws change allows the WPTA to be more flexible in participating in membership pilots such as the expansion of Career Starter Dues over a 5 year period that is being led by the APTA. Innovative pilot programs that involve temporary dues reductions may remove some of the financial barriers to membership and encourage continued membership. The language also directs the Board of Directors to communicate decisions to all members to ensure transparency. The requirement to collect metrics is meant to ensure that data is used to assess the effectiveness of any incentive programs so that informed decisions can be made to continue, adjust, or terminate any dues reduction program as an incentive to promote membership.
plan, promote, and present chapter conferences in coordination with the executive director and the local planning committee
process ethical complaints against members and serve as a resource to members regarding legal and ethical practice issues
WPTA seeks to promote the highest standards for physical therapy practice. All WPTA members are expected to maintain and promote ethical practice. If an individual notes any conduct by a physical therapy practitioner, which appears to be unethical, incompetent or illegal, that conduct must be reported. There are two mechanisms for reporting concerns. Ethics concerns against WPTA members can be brought to the WPTA Chapter Ethics Committee.
Violations of the Wisconsin Practice Act by any physical therapists (WPTA members or non-members) can be brought to the attention of the State of Wisconsin, Department of Regulation & Licensing.
I. How does the Ethics Committee work?
Who are the members of the Ethics Committee?
The WPTA Chapter Ethics Committee (CEC) consists of three WPTA members elected by the membership to process complaints against members of the chapter and also to stimulate awareness of ethical issues within the Chapter. Current members of the CEC are:
How do I register a complaint?
A complaint that a member has been in violation of the Code of Ethics or Standards of Practice is made in writing to the Chapter President. The President reviews the complaint to determine if the complaint contains a clear and concise statement of facts that constitute the alleged unethical conduct. A frivolous complaint is one that does not clearly involve ethical allegations. Upon receipt of the complaint, a copy is forwarded to the APTA Judicial Committee and assigned a new case number. IF the complaint indicates a crime that is classified as a felony or any crime that is punishable by imprisonment for six months or more, the member is suspended from APTA membership until the next meeting of the Judicial Committee, at which time a review will take place. The Chapter President refers the bona fide complaint to the CEC who appoints an investigator to perform a comprehensive review of the circumstances. The reviewer prepares a file and submits the file to the CEC. The CEC then determines to a. dismiss the complaint, or b. notify the respondent of his/her right to a hearing. The respondent has the right to appear before the hearing in person to present and examine witnesses and evidence. The conclusions and recommendations of the CEC are forwarded to the APTA Judicial Committee.
The respondent may request a hearing or submission of written testimony at the next meeting of the APTA Judicial Committee. The final decision of the Judicial Committee may be to approve the recommendation of the CEC, modify the recommendation of the CEC or remand to the CEC with appropriate directives.
If you have any questions or concerns relating to the Code of Ethics or Standards of Practice, please contact one of the WPTA CEC members or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
II. How do I register a complaint regarding a potential violation of the Wisconsin Practice Act?
The mission statement of the State of Wisconsin, Department of Regulation & Licensing is to provide professional, quality services to members of occupations and professions regulated by the state in order to safeguard consumer health, safety and well-being.
If you feel a physical therapy practitioner is in violation of the Wisconsin State Practice Act, please contact the
prepare annual budget, monitor expenditures throughout the year, and recommend appropriate investments to the BOD
The WPTA values the health and wellness of the citizens of Wisconsin and supports wellness programs led by physical therapists.
The WPTA seeks the assistance of its membership for grassroots initiatives to promote physical activity in the citizens of Wisconsin. The attached Health of Wisconsin District presentation shares the history and current status of the WPTA Health and Wellness Task Force. Watch for future updates at WPTA district and state meetings. To see how you can get be a spark in the WPTA and Healthiest Wisconsin 2020 movement, please go to http://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/hw2020/index.htm.
preserve and expand the practice of physical therapy to meet the needs of the people in Wisconsin
monitor and influence policies and procedures to obtain reasonable MA regulation and reimbursement for physical therapy services
Section 1862(a)(1)(A) of the SSA states: “No Medicare payment shall be made for expenses incurred for items or services which . . . are not reasonable and necessary for the diagnosis or treatment of illness or injury or to improve the functioning of a malformed body member.”
Services which do not meet the requirements for covered therapy services in Medicare manuals are not payable as therapy services. Services related to activities for the general good and welfare of patients, such as general exercises to promote overall fitness and flexibility, and activities to provide diversion or general motivation, do not constitute (covered) therapy services for Medicare purposes. Services related to recreational activities such as golf, tennis, running, etc., are also not covered as therapy services.
To be considered reasonable and necessary, the services must meet Medicare guidelines. The guidelines for coverage of outpatient therapies have basic requirements in common.
Services that do not require the professional skills of a therapist to perform or supervise are not medically necessary. The skills of a therapist may also be furnished by an appropriately trained and experienced physician or NPP, or by an assistant (PTA, OTA) appropriately supervised by a therapist. Therefore, if a patient’s therapy can proceed safely and effectively through a home exercise program, self management program, restorative nursing program or caregiver assisted program, payment cannot be made for therapy services. Consider the following points when determining if a service is skilled.
The specialized skill, knowledge and judgment of a therapist may be required, and services are covered, to design or establish the maintenance program, assure patient safety, train the patient, family members, caregiver, and/or unskilled personnel and make infrequent but periodic reevaluations of the program. The services of a qualified professional are not necessary to carry out a maintenance program, and are not covered under ordinary circumstances. The patient may perform such a program independently or with the assistance of unskilled personnel, caregivers or family members. For circumstances in which the patient’s safety is at risk, services shall be covered when the skilled maintenance program is carried out by the qualified professional/auxiliary personnel (e.g., where there is an unhealed, unstable fracture) with documented justification.
Maintenance programs can take several forms.
Individual Activities Concurrent with Rehabilitative Treatment
An individualized plan of exercise and activity for patients and their caregiver(s) may be developed by clinicians to maintain and enhance a patient’s progress during the course of skilled therapy, as well as after discharge from therapy services. Such programs are an integral part of therapy from the start of care and should be updated and modified as the patient progresses. Therapist skills are required to develop and revise the program, and train the patient and/or caregiver to follow it. As the patient or caregiver masters an activity or exercise, transition to a maintenance program for completion of the activity or exercise is expected. Prior to discharge, the maintenance program may be revised based on the patient’s attained functional status so that the patient does not regress or lose important functional skills, or to gain further improvement. Maintenance programs are not covered if established after the rehabilitative therapy has been completed (i.e., after the long term goals for the rehabilitative therapy have been achieved).
Evaluation and Maintenance Program without Rehabilitation Therapy
When there is no expectation of significant functional improvement, therapy may be covered for the establishment of a safe and effective maintenance program to maintain or prevent decline in function. Maintenance program development and periodic monitoring are covered if the specialized knowledge and judgment of a therapist is required to design or establish the plan, assure patient safety, train the patient, family members and/or unskilled personnel, and make infrequent but periodic reevaluations of the plan. For example, the skills of a physical therapist (PT) may be covered to develop a maintenance program for a patient with multiple sclerosis for services intended to prevent or minimize deterioration in gait ability caused by the medical condition, when the patient’s current condition does not yet justify the need for rehabilitative physical therapy treatment. Evaluation, development of the program and training the family/caregivers would require the skills of a therapist. The services of a qualified professional are not necessary to carry out the maintenance program under ordinary circumstances. The patient may perform such a program independently or with the assistance of unskilled personnel or family members.
When patients with chronic progressive conditions experience a deterioration of function, rehabilitative therapy may be appropriate and reasonable to assist the patient in restoring lost function. Other times, the intent of therapy is not necessarily rehabilitative, but to develop a maintenance program to delay or minimize functional deterioration. Instructing patients and/or caregivers in a maintenance program required to delay or minimize functional deterioration in patients suffering from a chronic disease is not expected to require more than 2-4 visits. Supporting documentation is required to justify more than 4 visits. In addition, therapy may be intermittently necessary to determine the need for assistive equipment and/or establish/revise a program to maximize function.
Non-covered indications for maintenance programs include the following services.
Help recognize facilities for their commitment to APTA membership. Facilities that attain 100% APTA membership of PTs and PTAs should submit a Facility Challenge application. Annual renewal is required. Qualifying facilities receive a certificate, are featured on APTA.org, and included on banner displays at Combined Sections Meeting and NEXT Conference and Exposition.
Present the best slate of candidates to the membership and conduct elections
Promote physical therapy and WPTA members to the public, other health care colleagues, and to members of the WPTA
educate members and third party payers about reimbursement for physical therapy services
The purpose of the committee is to promote research and evidence-based practice which is part of the APTA’s Vision 2020. The mission of the committee related to the WPTA mission goals is to promote and disseminate Research to the WPTA members. The Research Poster Session held annually at the WPTA Spring conference encourages presentation of work from students from the various PT and PTA schools as well as from any other physical therapist. Posters can be submitted in the areas of research, case study/case report, special interest or literature review. The number of posters continues to grow each year. Additionally, the committee deals with Research related issues and encourages all aspects of research.