2015 Component Award Winners Announced - WPTA Recognized!

Posted on June 09, 2015

2015 Component Award Winners Announced

This year's 6 most outstanding APTA chapters and sections were recognized on Sunday, May 31 during the Component Leadership Meeting in National Harbor, Maryland.

The New Mexico Chapter and the Virginia Chapter were recognized for successful legislative efforts to expand direct access in their states.

The Home Health Section was lauded for intensive, collaborative efforts to produce the 3rd edition of the Guidelines for the Provision of Physical Therapy in the Home and for putting copies of the Guidelines into the hands of every state licensing board. 

The Wisconsin Chapter implemented a new program called “Community Partnership: Making Seniors Strong.” Funded in part by an APTA grant, this program provides aging adults with strategies to get healthy by delivering a standardized exercise curriculum known as “Strong Bones” in communities across the state.

The 2015 Outstanding Section is the Hand Rehabilitation Section. This small section hired its first executive director, freeing up time for its volunteer leaders to pursue clinically-based initiatives, including the development of 3 clinical practice guidelines for carpal tunnel syndrome, lateral epicondylosis and distal radius fractures. The Section launched a new website, moved its print newsletter online, expanded CSM programming, increased non-dues revenue and enhanced member recognition and student outreach efforts.

The 2015 Outstanding Chapter is the Ohio Chapter. Celebrating the 10-year anniversary of achieving direct access in the state, the chapter executed a highly successful public relations campaign using Move Forward PT messages in videos, a new consumer website, press releases, blog and social media channels. The chapter developed the “Make PT Happen” campaign, a year-long effort to reach consumers and to empower members to communicate the core benefits of direct access. The chapter hosts stellar professional development offerings, including a new Lunch & Learn webinar series, annual leadership conference, annual Scientific Symposium and district-sponsored CEU courses throughout the state. The chapter increased attendance at its annual conference by 79%.






WPTA Nominations for Office Needed!

Posted on June 05, 2015

It's that time of year again! Time to start thinking about nominating a peer or yourself for the WPTA Fall election. The Nominating Committee is requesting your assistance in slating this year's candidate for elections for the following positions:

  • President (1)
  • Vice President (1)
  • Ethics Committee (1)
  • Director (1)
  • Nominating Committee (3)
  • Delegates (5)

Self-nominations are allowed as well as peer nominations.  Those interested in serving must be current WPTA/APTA members meeting the requirements of the position. If interested in finding out more, contact any member of the Nominating Committee (Nicole Marquardt (chair), Michael Edwards, Jenny Hastreiter, Josh Zilm, Ron Lawrence, Rob Worth, Scott Straker) or the Chapter Office.

This year's election process timeline is as follows:

  • July-August, the Nominating Committee will prepare a list of names of those willing to consent to serve and hold a phone conference to discuss nominations and prepare preliminary slate of candidates.
  • The slate will be finalized following the Fall Conference in October and the committee will submit candidates to WPTA Board of Directors. The online electronic election will occur in late October or early November with those elected taking office at the Spring Business Meeting in April of 2016. 



Important ForwardHealth Update on ICD-10 just released

Posted on 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.



Second Cohort of the WPTA Northeast District Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy Professional Development Program Open Seats Available!

Posted on May 14, 2015

Second Cohort of the WPTA Northeast District Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy Professional Development Program Open Seats Available!


The Wisconsin Physical Therapy Association is currently accepting registrations for the second co-hort of the Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy Professional Development Program.  The program is sponsored by the WPTA Northeast District as part of their Continuing Education Series but is open to WPTA members across the state. The goal of the program is to provide quality and affordable continuing education in the form of a structured, professional development program. Specifically, the program is designed to advance the skill set of the entry-level Physical Therapists in the management of orthopedic conditions.  The program is geared to rapidly help continue develop and expand entry-level PTs orthopedic manual physical therapy skill set.  The focus is on clinical reasoning and integration of EBP including lecture and heavy hands on lab in the form of manual therapy (mobilization, manipulation, muscle energy, etc.) and complementary therapeutic exercise and related treatment. 


The program is designed for entry level WPTA PT members with three years or less experience treating in the orthopedic setting but open to all current WPTA PT members.  We ask if you have more than three years of experience you please contact the program coordinator (contact information below) before sending in your registration. 

The six weekend courses will take place over a two-year time frame worth roughly 90 total continuing education credits.  The total cost of the course will be $1,200.00; $600.00 due prior to the start of the 1st and 4th courses.  The first course will be held at a Bellin Health clinic in Green Bay, WI the weekend of July 25 and 26, 2015.  Future course dates and locations will be determined after the first course with input from program participants. 




For more information, contact Joe Kucksdorf, PT, DPT, course coordinator, at or (920) 207-0824. To register and for more information about the program, please visit:



Testimony from those in the first cohort of the program:


“I didn't know exactly what to expect when signing up for this course, but I definitely learned a lot over these two days. I signed up because I felt I needed a refresher on my ortho knowledge and manual skills, and this course is proving to be that and much more.”


“I tried to come into this course with an open mind and limited expectations, and I was not disappointed by the time I spent there.”


“I liked that the instructors pointed out things immediately when they saw incorrect techniques and showed how to fix it. They laid-back environment was very conducive to learning without being stressed out about being watched and judged.”


“Great price and location for a wonderful educational experience.”


“Great avocation for the profession.”


“The enthusiastic education and advocacy for the PT profession was a great reminder of how important our dues are.”


“I would highly recommend this course!!!”


“So far I have nothing but positives to say about this course. I am very glad I joined up and for the amount of knowledge and experience being bestowed, I would say the attendees got a steal considering the cost of the course. It is out of pocket for me, but again, so far worth every penny.”


“I loved the energy, passion and humor displayed throughout the course. Not only did it allow my attention span to exceed an hour, but also made it worth my wild and memorable. The highly skilled and knowledgeable instructors touched on a plethora of important concepts that are applicable to my practice. The challenge for me will be to routinely integrate them into my practice while improving my systematic examination/evaluation. This course provided me with the fundamental tools to do so! Thank you all for your time and dedication to this course and the growth of our profession!”


“This course has really improved my skills as a therapist, and I have become a resource for others in my clinic; which is a pretty great thing after only two years of clinical experience.”




APTA Information Bulletin - Summaries of Recently Introduced Legislation

Posted on 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.



Review of SGR/Therapy Cap Legislation

Posted on 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.



Special Announcement for WPTA Students!

Posted on 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  

If you have any questions, please contact Karen Lovely (



Imaging Education Manual Now Available

Posted on 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. 



Membership Video!

Posted on April 22, 2015





Positions Statements Related to Physical Therapy Issued by the Physical Therapy Examining Board

Posted on June 17, 2014

Positions Statements Related to Physical Therapy Issued by the Physical Therapy Examining Board

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NEW! Ethics and Jurisprudence Online Course Available

Posted on 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



NE District Guidelines for Sponsorship

Posted on April 05, 2011






Request Form for Sponsorship for Youth Sports/Adult League Teams

Please contact District Chair, Jonathon Weiss, by email with the following information:

1.       Name of individual requesting sponsorship and APTA number:
2.       Sport :__________________________________________________
3.       Type of League: Adult/Children ____________________________________________________

4.       Sponsorship amount being requested (Max limit of $250):      ___________________________                                                                                   

(please list breakdown of league fees and t-shirt fees)

·         T-shirts with a minimum of 1.5” lettering spelling out Wisconsin Physical Therapy Association    (either front or back)
·         We request a digital photo of the team in t-shirts.
·         This will be on a first come, first serve basis.
 Thank you,
Download NE District Guidelines for Sponsorship

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