Committees

Academic Liaison Committee

Chairperson:   Erik Gregersen  

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

Awards Committee

Chairperson:   Ann Dietrich  

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

Awards 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

 

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

Conference News

Fall Conference 2014! Details Here/Online Registration is Open!

posted: September 04, 2014

Full Conference Details can be found:  http://conference.wpta.org

 

 

 

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

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

Do You Have 100% APTA/WPTA Membership at Your Facility?!

posted: November 21, 2013

Facility Challenge
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.

 

Nominating Committee

Chairperson:   Amy Helminski  

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

Nominating News

Nominating Committee Seeking Candidates for November Election

posted: August 04, 2014

WPTA Nominating Committee seeking Candidates for the Upcoming Election

The  Nominating  Committee  is  requesting  your  assistance  in  slating  this  year's  candidates  for  the  following  positions:

Chief Delegate (term 7/01/15- 7/01/18)

PTA Caucus Rep (term 7/01/15 – 7/01/17)

1 Ethics Committee Chair

1 Ethics Committee member

1 Director

4 Nominating Committee members

5 Delegates

The online election will take place this November and those elected will take office in April of 2015 unless otherwise noted. For more info about these positions or to request a paper ballot, please contact wpta@wpta.org

 

Practice Committee

Chairperson:   Mike Edwards  

Practice News

APTA Launches Integrity in Practice Website

posted: September 22, 2014

A new website launched by APTA will support the profession’s effort to eliminate fraud, abuse, and waste in the health care system. The APTA Center for Integrity in Practice website (http://integrity.apta.org/home.aspx) houses information on how PTs, PTAs, and students can continue to uphold the profession's high standards. Resources include information and supporting evidence on the recently released Choosing Wisely® list of "5 Things Physical Therapists and Patients Should Question;” a primer on preventing fraud, abuse, and waste; a free course on compliance; and other information on regulation and payment systems, evidence-based practice, ethics, professionalism, and fraud prevention. The site is part of the association's Integrity in Practice Campaign, a broad initiative that seeks to position physical therapy as a leader in responsible patient-centered care. Plans are for the website to continue expanding its offerings, and APTA is seeking partners to share resources, work together on advocacy, and possibly develop joint educational offerings to bring the message of practice integrity to the widest possible audience.

 

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

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.

Workforce Committee

Chairperson:   Jane Bernatovich  

WPT Conduit Committee

Chairperson:   Erik Jacobs  

raise money to support legislative activity