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.
Passive physical agents that aren’t part of an active treatment plan, under-dosed strength training for older adults, and the use of whirlpools for wound management are among the "5 Things That Physical Therapists and Patients Should Question," according to a list recently announced by APTA. The list, developed through member suggestions and refined by an expert panel, is now part of a national campaign that encourages patients and health care providers to talk about whether a given procedure is really necessary based on the patient's individual circumstances.
The list announced is part of APTA's partnership with the Choosing Wisely® campaign from the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Foundation. The initiative aims to help consumers make informed health care choices by providing lists of procedures that tend to be done frequently, yet whose usefulness is called into question by evidence. APTA is the first nonphysician group to release a list, joining more than 50 medical specialty societies. See http://www.apta.org/PTinMotion/News/2014/9/15/ChoosingWiselyRelease/ for more details.
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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
4 Nominating Committee members
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Positions Statements Related to Physical Therapy Issued by the Physical Therapy Examining Board
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.
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.
The WCD is looking for volunteers to help out at the St.Clare Health Mission located at 916 Ferry Street in La Crosse. The Mission is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings from 5pm to 9pm. Please contact Mary Kerrigan at email@example.com for more details. Thanks,
Please contact District Chair, Jonathon Weiss, by email firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information:
4. Sponsorship amount being requested (Max limit of $250): ___________________________
(please list breakdown of league fees and t-shirt fees)