William G. Boissonnault, PT, DPT, DHSc, FAPTA, FAAOMPT, has been named executive vice president, professional affairs for the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). Boissonnault will oversee APTA's work in the areas of practice, research, and education as part of a staff reorganization begun last year to create an operating structure that fosters the association's vision for transforming society.
Boissonnault succeeds Nancy White, PT, DPT, OCS, who after several years of exemplary service on APTA’s staff left to pursue a new professional opportunity.
“APTA is thrilled to have Bill Boissonnault accept this position,” association CEO Michael Bowers said. “He is ideally experienced to provide expertise, information, knowledge, and resources that will strengthen the profession and empower physical therapists and physical therapist assistants to reach toward our vision of transforming society by optimizing movement to improve the human experience.”
Boissonnault has for the past 16 years been a professor in the Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. Boissonnault’s mastery as an educator earned him APTA's Baethke-Carlin Award for Excellence in Academic Teaching and the APTA Education Section's Distinguished Educator in Physical Therapy Award.
Complementing his academic background, Boissonnault also most recently has been senior physical therapist at the Spine Center PT Clinic-UW Hospital and Clinics and the University Health Services for students. A past president of the Orthopaedic Section of APTA, Boissonnault has a distinguished history of active APTA membership, including being named a Catherine Worthingham Fellow of APTA, receiving the association’s Lucy Blair Service Award, and delivering the John H. P. Maley Lecture.
Boissonnault has championed research efforts throughout his career. He has a longstanding relationship with the Foundation for Physical Therapy (Foundation), completing 9 years as a trustee, 5 of which he served as president. He was instrumental in establishing the Foundation’s largest initiative to date—the Center of Excellence—leading fundraising efforts that secured more than $3 million in contributions and pledges in 1 year. He has authored or coauthored dozens of published research papers, books, and book chapters, and his achievements and commitment have been recognized with such accolades as APTA's Jack Walker Award and the Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy’s George Davies-James Gould Award for Excellence in Clinical Inquiry.
“I am excited about this opportunity to serve our profession in a new capacity,” Boissonnault said. “I look forward to working with my colleagues on APTA’s executive staff, and to continued collaboration with APTA members and the profession at large to advance physical therapist practice, education, and research.”
The Professional Affairs Unit is 1 of 4 major operational units at APTA headquarters that includes the Member Affairs Unit, Public Affairs Unit, and Finance & Business Affairs Unit.
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%.
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:
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:
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
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:
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:
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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.
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.
Please contact District Chair, Jonathon Weiss, by email email@example.com with the following information:
4. Sponsorship amount being requested (Max limit of $250): ___________________________
(please list breakdown of league fees and t-shirt fees)