Academic Liaison Committee

Chairperson:   Erik Gregersen  

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

Academic Liaison News

Student Emerging Leader Award Applications Due by February 20th

posted: January 23, 2015

Student Emerging Leader Award


The Recipient of the award will receive $1000 to be awarded at the WPTA 2015 Spring Conference.


Current PT or PTA student

WPTA/APTA member

To apply:

PT/PTA students will write an essay (no longer than 500 words) to apply that should address and will be assessed in 3 areas:

1) School or community involvement including any job experience

2) WPTA/APTA involvement

3) Goals for professional development and strategy/plan to accomplish these goals upon graduation

Additionally, 2 professional letters of recommendation are required.

The applications should be sent to the WPTA Academic Liaison Committee Chair, Erik Gregersen, at by February 20th. The application essay should be a word document or PDF. Please attach/send the two letters of recommendation and student application essay in one email. In the email also include full name, what school attending, year in school, APTA ID# and address.

The winner will be chosen by the WPTA Academic Liaison Committee and notified within two weeks of the application deadline.



Awards Committee

Chairperson:   Ann Dietrich  

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

Awards News

PPSIG Announces New Award

posted: November 24, 2014

Wisconsin Private Practice  Award

Awarded to a practice for innovation operation or a specific project which promotes a positive image of Physical Therapy in the community.  Also acknowledges an individual member who has made outstanding and enduring contributions to the practice of Physical Therapy.

Eligibility:  Practice owner/director/manager must be a current member of the WPTA in good standing.


Must have positively affected the shape, scope and a quality of physical therapy private practice in the community and be consistent with the Wisconsin PPSIG values:

1. We value business practices that promote the development of small business private practice.

2. We value the promotion of reimbursement for services commensurate with physical therapy as a doctoring profession that is patient centric.

3. We value collaboration and alliances among private practices that fosters growth, and continued advocacy of individual practices.

4. We value business model innovation that continues to promote private practice physical therapy and physical therapy as a doctoring profession.

5. We value our ability to work together; leveraging our group’s purchasing volume to negotiate better rates on goods and services for the benefit of our members.

6. We value direct access and the consumer’s right to choose their physical therapist as their preferred provider of neuromuscularskeletal care, without barriers.

7. Practice 51% PT owned



1.  A typewritten set of all materials must be received in the Chapter office by January 31st for consideration for the award in the following year. Submitted materials will not be returned.

2.  The nominator is responsible for submitting the following documents as a single packet:

                                                Nomination form

                                                Support statement from nominator                                        


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

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 or
1400 E. Washington Ave., Room 173
Madison, WI 53703

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

Membership Committee

Chairperson:   Deb Urben  

Facilitate member recruitment and retention

Nominating Committee

Chairperson:   Amy Helminski  

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

Practice Committee

Chairperson:   Mike Edwards  

Practice 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


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

WPTA Payer Specialist Provides ForwardHealth Updates

posted: November 13, 2014

WI Medicaid held several trainings around the state to educate members on the use of the Forward Health Portal.

Key Messages:

Provider Enrollment & Validation:

Be sure to keep your mailing address current with Medicaid so that you receive ALL notices for revalidation of your Medicaid Enrollment or you may have to reapply!

Go to:

Provider Revalidation must be completed every 3 years due to the Affordable Care Act.

Go to:

Group Provider Validation:

If you are part of an agency NPI- someone can go on through the agency NPI & validate providers in the group!

Medicaid Plans Eliminated: (March 31, 2014)

BadgerCare Plus Benchmark

BadgerCare Plus Core

BadgerCare Plus Basic


Current Medicaid Plan: ( April 1, 2014)

BadgerCare Plus is NOW one benefit Plan


Member Enrollment Verification:

Verify eligibility of Medicaid Enrollees before providing service!  See:

Re-Verify eligibility AGAIN after the 20th of each month when re-enrollment is addressed.

Many Medicaid enrollees are switching from Fee-for-service to HMO & from one HMO to another!

Retroactive PAs are possible if an enrollee was enrolled during a PA period.  However, if you are NOT a provider of the HMO in question- you may NOT be able to bill.

Using the Forward Health Provider Portal:

Portal Prior Authorizations are Highly Recommended!!! If you wish to be trained on the Portal- Contact your Provider Relation Field Representative!  See:

The Portal User Guides can be very helpful as references. See:

Provider Prior Authorization Questions:

We HIGHLY encourage Providers should actively call the Consultants with questions, concerns: CALL 800-947-9627 and ask to be put into the specific OT/PT/SLP consultant’s voice mail box with your best days/hours/phone numbers to return your call!


Provider Prior Authorization concerns, suggestions, concerns can be documented and sent via

We HIGHLY encourage providers to submit this form to DHS and a copy to WPTA.  The Department MUST respond to your inquiry- please forward their response to WPTA as well.


Prior Authorization Amendments:

Amending a Currently Approved PA for 30 days ONLY if you plan to DC at the end of PA:

·        Frequency of Rx

·        Change rendering provider when the billing provider change

·        Grant/Expire Dates

·        Co-treat

·        Specific Rx Codes/Procedures


Must have a WI Medicaid Enrolled MD on Claims in order to be covered!  Can be a Prescribing, Referring or Ordering Provider (PRO- Providers) that do NOT take Medicaid themselves.

See the attached Medicaid Update: 2-013-34: New Requirements for Prescribing/Referring/ Ordering Providers Due to the Affordable Care Act at

If you are having problems with Medicaid HMOs- call the Medicaid Ombudsmen at 800-760-0001





Research Committee

Chairperson:   John Greany  

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.

Research News

Call for Spring Conference Poster Presentations

posted: January 21, 2015

Call for Poster Abstracts

Spring WPTA Meeting

April 16, 2015

Olympia Resort, Oconomowoc


Who:  students (PT& PTA), faculty, residents, and clinicians can submit

When:  The 2015 WPTA Spring Conference will host the annual Poster presentations on Thursday, April 16th.   

Types: Basic Science, Applied Science or Case Report/Study

Submission Deadline:  March 15, 2015

Click here for full details and an application. 


Workforce Committee

Chairperson:   Jane Bernatovich  

WPT Conduit Committee

Chairperson:   Erik Jacobs  

raise money to support legislative activity