Committees

Academic Liaison Committee

Chairperson:   Erik Gregersen  

facilitate communication and relationships between the WPTA and the physical therapy education programs in Wisconsin

Academic Liaison News

Special Announcement for WPTA Students!

posted: May 04, 2015

Wisconsin Physical Therapy Association Student Special Interest Group

The WPTA is excited about the establishment of a Student Special Interest Group (SSIG) within the Chapter beginning in the Fall 2015.  All student members of the WPTA will be eligible to join the Student SIG!   

WHY JOIN?  As members of the Student SIG, students will the have the opportunity to serve in leadership roles within the WPTA, plan student specific programming at WPTA conferences, coordinate state-wide social, fundraising, and community service events, engage in State and Federal advocacy efforts, network with PT and PTA students from across Wisconsin, and learn from physical therapists and physical therapist assistants who are currently leaders in our field. 

WHAT LEADERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES WILL BE AVAILABLE? The Student SIG will have an Executive Board, comprised of a Chair, Vice Chair, Nominating Committee Chair, Secretary, and the Wisconsin Core Ambassador to the APTA.   Elections for Chair, Vice Chair, Nominating Committee Chair, and Secretary will be held next fall!

HOW DO I JOIN? Later this summer, watch for information about joining the Student SIG and running for a leadership position on the Executive Board! Information will be distributed over email via your Program Champions and posted on the WPTA Student Facebook Page, within the Student Scoop e-Newsletter, and on www.wpta.org/students.  

If you have any questions, please contact Karen Lovely (aptasa.corewi@gmail.com)

 

Awards Committee

Chairperson:   Ann Dietrich  

Recognize the accomplishments and contributions of WPTA members . Full Award Details and Nomination can be found here.

Awards News

WPTA Award Winners Recognized at Spring Conference on April 16th

posted: March 27, 2015

Please join us in congratulating your peers who were recognized at the Spring Conference Awards Dinner on April 16th at the Olympia Resort in Oconomowoc.

2014 PHYSICAL THERAPIST OF THE YEAR AWARD - Andrew Kerk, PT, CFMT, ATC

2014 MENTOR AWARD - Matthew Haberl, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT, ATC, CSCS

2014 HALL OF FAME AWARD - Erin Hussey, PT, DPT, MS, NCS

2014 OTTO A. CORDERO AWARD FOR LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT - Reenie Kavalar, PT

2014 ROOKIE OF THE YEAR AWARD - David Lippi-Guerron, DPT

2015 Academic Liaison Committee EMERGING STUDENT LEADER AWARD - Robert Hofschulte, SPT, ATC, CSCS

Wisconsin Physical Therapy Association Private Practice Special Interest Group

2014 Private Practitioner of the Year - Frank Fantazzi, PT, DPT, OCS

 

We also congratulate:

Laurie Kontney - APTA Lucy Blair Service Award

Christa Wille - APTA Mary McMillan Scholarship Award

Donald Neumann - WCPT International Service Award

William Boissonnault - APTA Foundation Robert C. Bartlett Trustee Recognition Service Award 

 

 

 

 

NEW! Ethics and Jurisprudence Online Course Available

posted: June 08, 2014

As of January 1, 2014 (insert correct date) the state of Wisconsin requires that all physical therapists applying for license renewal complete a total of four hours of ethics and jurisprudence education. To help therapists comply, the WPTA is offering this course through the interactive platform of EDUCATA. WPTA members receive a 10% discount, see details at the link below.

Online Ethics & Jurisprudence Course Details

 

Bylaws Committee

Chairperson:   Nicole Marquardt  

facilitate and coordinate bylaw revisions at the district and chapter level

Conference Committee

Chairperson:   Marc Sherry  

plan, promote, and present chapter conferences in coordination with the executive director and the local planning committee

Ethics Committee

Chairperson:   Gwyn Straker  

process ethical complaints against members and serve as a resource to members regarding legal and ethical practice issues

Ethics News

NEW! Ethics and Jurisprudence Online Course Available

posted: June 08, 2014

As of January 1, 2014 (insert correct date) the state of Wisconsin requires that all physical therapists applying for license renewal complete a total of four hours of ethics and jurisprudence education. To help therapists comply, the WPTA is offering this course through the interactive platform of EDUCATA. WPTA members receive a 10% discount, see details at the link below.

Online Ethics & Jurisprudence Course Details

 
Ethics Resources

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:

  • Gwyn Straker, Chair
  • Tina Stoeckmann
  • Judy Dewane
  • Janine Boldra

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.


What may the CEC recommend to the APTA Judicial Committee?

The CEC may recommend dismissal of the complaint or disciplinary action in the form of a reprimand, probation, suspension or expulsion.

What then?

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.
Appeals may be made by written request by the respondent to the APTA Board of Directors. The Board of Directors reviews the appeal at the next regularly scheduled meeting. The respondent can submit written testimony or appear to present oral testimony.

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 wpta@wpta.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

Department of Regulation & Licensing
www.drl.state.wi.us or http://drl.wi.gov/index.htm
1400 E. Washington Ave., Room 173
Madison, WI 53703
1-608-266-2112

Federal Government Affairs Committee

Chairperson:   Rob Worth  

Federal Government Affairs News

APTA Information Bulletin - Summaries of Recently Introduced Legislation

posted: May 12, 2015

In an ongoing attempt to keep you well informed about our advocacy efforts and federal legislation of particular importance to physical therapists, physical therapy assistants and students of physical therapy, please find below summaries of three bills that were introduced in Congress over the past couple of months.

  • The Supporting Athletes, Families, and Educators to Protect the Lives of Athletic Youth Act (SAFE PLAY Act), (S. 436/H.R. 829) was introduced on February 10 and would promote safety in youth sports, including provisions related to concussions, heat stroke, and sudden cardiac arrest. In particular, this legislation would allow for the development of concussion management guidelines that address the prevention, identification, treatment, and management of concussions in school-aged children and include physical therapists in return-to-play decision making.  H.R. 829 was introduced by Reps Lois Capps (D-CA) and Bill Pascrell (D-NJ). S. 436 was introduced by Sen Robert Menendez (D-NJ).
  • The Enhancing the Stature and Visibility of Medical Rehabilitation Research at the NIH Act (S. 800/ H.R. 1631) was introduced on March 19. This legislation would improve, coordinate, and enhance the stature and visibility of rehabilitation research at the world’s premier medical research agency. The legislation builds upon the conclusions and recommendations of an NIH Blue Ribbon Panel on Medical Rehabilitation Research, which issued a comprehensive report in January 2013.  S. 800 was introduced by Senators Mark Kirk (R-IL) and Michael Bennet (D-CO) and H.R. 1631 was introduced by Reps. Jim Langevin (D-RI) and Gregg Harper (R-MS).  The legislation is bipartisan, and has the support of stakeholder groups representing provider, disability research, and consumer organizations.
  • The Medicare Patient Empowerment Act (H.R. 1650), which was introduced on March 26, would provide physical therapists with the ability to privately contract with Medicare beneficiaries, also known as opt out. H.R. 1650 was introduced by Rep. Tom Price (R-GA).  APTA believes Medicare beneficiaries should not be limited in their choice of high-quality health care providers. This legislation guarantees flexibility to the provider and patient, which will lead to better delivery of services. This legislation differs from the traditional Medicare “opt-out” for which some providers are eligible. It does not require a 2-year commitment to opt-out, and it allows Medicare beneficiaries to submit a claim to Medicare for potential reimbursement, similar to private insurance. The ability for beneficiaries to submit claims is a positive provision to safeguard a patient’s freedom of choice.

For more information about these bills or to take action, please visit our federal advocacy webpage.

 

Finance Committee

Chairperson:   Steve Johnson  

prepare annual budget, monitor expenditures throughout the year, and recommend appropriate investments to the BOD

Health & Wellness Committee

Chairperson:   Gwyn Straker and Kristi Hallisy  

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.

Membership Committee

Chairperson:   Deb Urben  

Facilitate member recruitment and retention

Membership News

Membership Video!

posted: April 22, 2015

 

 

 

Nominating Committee

Chairperson:   Nicole Marquardt  

Present the best slate of candidates to the membership and conduct elections

Practice Committee

Chairperson:   Mike Edwards  

Practice News

Imaging Education Manual Now Available

posted: 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. 

 

NEW! Ethics and Jurisprudence Online Course Available

posted: June 08, 2014

As of January 1, 2014 (insert correct date) the state of Wisconsin requires that all physical therapists applying for license renewal complete a total of four hours of ethics and jurisprudence education. To help therapists comply, the WPTA is offering this course through the interactive platform of EDUCATA. WPTA members receive a 10% discount, see details at the link below.

Online Ethics & Jurisprudence Course Details

 

Public Relations Committee

Chairperson:   Diane Slaughter  

Promote physical therapy and WPTA members to the public, other health care colleagues, and to members of the WPTA

Publications Committee

Chairperson:   Reenie Euhardy  

serve as the conduit for communication within the membership

Reimbursement Committee

Chairperson:   Lynn Steffes  

educate members and third party payers about reimbursement for physical therapy services

Reimbursement News

Important ForwardHealth Update on ICD-10 just released

posted: May 15, 2015

The May 2015 ForwardHealth Update (2015-17), titled "International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision, Code Sets," has been published by ForwardHealth. All providers, trading partners, and stakeholders who conduct business with ForwardHealth are strongly advised to read this Update.

As a reminder, the transition to International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision (ICD-10) not only impacts ForwardHealth, but also affects all Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996-covered entities. Each entity is responsible for ensuring its own readiness for ICD-10 compliance on October 1, 2015. Providers are reminded that they are responsible for all information in the Updates.

 

Review of SGR/Therapy Cap Legislation

posted: May 06, 2015

Review of SGR/Therapy Cap Legislation

On April 14, 2015, the Senate passed the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (H.R. 2), which repealed and replaced the Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula. The president signed the bill into law on April 16.

Included in the bill was an extension of the Therapy Cap exceptions process through December 31, 2017 and provisions for more targeted manual medical review. During the Senate deliberation of the bill, an amendment was introduced which, if passed, would have repealed the Medicare Therapy Cap once and for all. The introduction of this amendment was the culmination of a historic grassroots campaign, spearheaded by APTA and in conjunction with over 20 patient advocacy groups, including AARP. While the amendment ultimately did not pass, it received a tremendous showing of support, coming only two votes shy of passage (60 vote threshold needed). This amendment was the furthest the issue has been raised since the creation of the Therapy Cap 18 years ago. APTA staff will build off of this momentum and pursue further strategy for a future repeal.

Other provisions within the legislation include:

  • April 1- June 30, 2015: 0% update in payments
  • July 1, 2015- December 31, 2019: .5% update in payments
  • 2019 rates will be maintained through 2025 with increases available through the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS)
  • Beginning in 2019: MIPS will be implemented tying payment to quality
  • Beginning in 2026 providers can receive payment increases for participation in alternative payment models (APM) 

For a more detailed summary of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act and to learn how it could affect your practice, please visit our Medicare payment and reimbursement webpage. Some of the highlights include:

  • Manual medical reviews of therapy cap exceptions won't be based solely on dollar amounts. Sometime around mid-July, the $3,700 trigger for manual medical review (MMR) will be replaced with a system that links MMR to provider behavior and other factors. CMS will be looking at whether a provider has a pattern of "aberrant" billing practices, the provider's claims denial percentage, whether the provider is newly enrolled, what types of medical conditions are being treated, and whether the provider is part of a group that includes another provider who has been identified in terms of the those factors. The new process will apply to exception requests that have not been conducted by the anticipated July startup date. APTA will meet with CMS to discuss implementation, and will share details with members over the coming months.
  • PQRS, value-based modifiers, and electronic health records meaningful use may be consolidated into a single new quality program These quality programs stay in place for now, but prepare for MIPS—the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System—set to be launched in the future. MIPS will evaluate performance according to quality, resource use, meaningful use, and clinical practice improvement. There are still many details that need to be worked out in terms of the reach of these programs in the future.
  • Participation in alternative payment models (APMs) could be a rewarding experience. CMS will offer 5% bonuses to PTs and other health care professionals involved in APMs such as accountable care organizations, medical homes, and bundled care systems. Beginning in 2026, CMS will stratify annual updates, providing a .75% annual update to health care professionals engaged in APMs, and .25% for those who aren't.
  • Other changes in the new law include the establishment of a 1% payment update factor for postacute care providers, the inclusion of physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and nurse clinical specialists as professionals qualified to provide documentation for certain types of durable medical equipment, and requirements that Medicare administrative contractors (MACs) provide ongoing outreach, education, training, and technical assistance to providers.

 

Research Committee

Chairperson:   Gus Almonroeder  

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.

Workforce Committee

Chairperson:   Jane Bernatovich  

WPT Conduit Committee

Chairperson:   Erik Jacobs  

raise money to support legislative activity