News Around KPTA

September 21, 2017

 

 

Greetings to all you wonderful Physical Therapy professionals!

 

Oct 14th is the Global PT Day of Service. The KPTA encourages you to plan and participate in a community event where you live and work and share your story of how your service helped transcend the world and your profession. Please take pictures and send to snydercamille1@gmail.com .  Share your experiences on Facebook and twitter.

 

The focus for PTDOS this year is to TRANSCEND: creating transcendent moments of service throughout the world, transcending our profession to unify healthcare providers, friends, and family in service to make a better world.

 

There are two projects already underway:

          

1) Collaborative effort among KUMC, Rockhurst, and St. Mary's Physical Therapy students:
We will be volunteering at the Special Olympics Metro Regional Bowling Tournament as lane attendants. Lane attendants are responsible for working with athletes at an assigned lane.

Time Slots: 8:30am - 11:30am and 11:00am - 2:00pm (Volunteers can work both or just one)
Locations:
Park Lanes, 7701 Renner Road, Shawnee 
College Lanes, 10201 College Blvd, Overland Park
Volunteers will be provided a t-shirt upon arrival and check-in.   

2)Sign up here: https://signup.com/client/invitation/6775657374/1954165/false#!1954165/false/false

 

2) Joint effort between WSU PT students and the KPTA:  Volunteering at a local nursing facility to carve pumpkins on Oct. 14th.

 

Limited slots available so sign-up here:  http://signup.com/go/drhUqBr

 

Did you get your #ptdos shirt yet? Click on the link in our bio to order your http://ptdayofservice.com/tshirts/2017-ptdos-t-shirts

 

 

 

August 16, 2017

KPTA has developed a Dry Needling Training and Education Frequently Asked Questions. To access the document click here.

August 15, 2017

Kansas Chapter – National Student Conclave Scholarship

Overview

The National Student Conclave (NSC) is the only national physical therapy conference, planned for PT and PTA students by students. NSC provides the opportunity to attend educational sessions geared towards students; network with other students, physical therapists, and physical therapist assistants; and elect the Student Assembly Board of Directors.

Scholarship: One PT student and one PTA student will each be awarded grant money of $500 to attend the National Student Conclave. If there are no PT student applications, then 2 PTA students may be awarded the scholarships. . If there are no PTA student applications, then 2 PT students may be awarded the scholarships.

Eligibility:  PT and PTA students are eligible to compete for the Kansas Chapter – National Student Conclave Scholarship if they:

  • Are a current member of the Kansas Physical Therapy Association
  • Are currently attending a PT or PTA education program
  • Agree to write a 1 page summary for Trigger Points of what they learned and their experience at NSC after the event, due within 1 month of the event

Students who have received the award are eligible to re-apply each year, and students in any year (1st, 2nd, or 3rd) may apply.

Selection:  Selection will be based entirely without regard to race, religion, ethnic background, or financial need.  The selection committee will evaluate applicants on the following factors:

  • Fulfillment of eligibility requirements
  • Applicant’s essay

Selection will be decided by a task force of 3 KPTA members appointed by the KPTA Membership Committee Chair. The selection task force will not include students. The selection will be completed prior to the NSC advance/early-bird registration deadline, and the awardee will be notified by email.

Application Procedures:  Students must electronically submit a completed application to the Chair of the KPTA Membership Committee by September 10.

August 07, 2017

GET INVOLVED WITH KPTA TODAY! CALL FOR NOMINATIONS!

DEADLINE - SEPTEMBER 3, 2017

The Kansas Physical Therapy Association (KPTA) invites its members to answer the call for nominations for an elected position in the chapter. In order for our profession and chapter to meet the challenges of this ever-changing health care environment, members will need to give their time and talents to chapter activities. Our organization needs strong, proactive leaders to guide us through the changes.

Positions for elections:

 Delegate

This position is a two-year term and you must be a member for at least 2 years prior to election.   

 For more information about each of these open positions, please contact the Nominating Committee Chair, Krista Kellogg, kzkellogg.kk@gmail.com

   

If you are interested in being nominated please fill out the nomination form and return it to the KPTA office at kansas@apta.org

July 24, 2017

APTA has launched Integrity in Practice, a comprehensive campaign to promote high quality of care. It does so by helping physical therapists navigate complex regulations and payment systems and by making tools and resources available for physical therapists to encourage and promote evidence-based practice; ethics; professionalism; prevention of fraud, abuse, and waste; and more.The goals of the campaign are:

  • Demonstrate leadership in the health care profession in the effort to eliminate fraud and abuse and partner with like-minded stakeholders in the profession.
  • Educate physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, and students of physical therapy on how to avoid regulatory pitfalls and reduce risk of audits and returned payments as well as how to take proactive steps to prevent fraud and abuse so they can get back to the business of delivering value and quality in physical therapist practice.
  • Advocate on behalf of physical therapists and the profession to reduce or prevent further burdensome regulation and oversight, and preserve freedom to practice.
  • Provide solutions to the problems of fraud and abuse.
  • Protect the excellent reputation of physical therapist practice and shine a positive light on the profession.

APTA is committed to protecting and preserving resources within the health care system through several Integrity in Practice initiatives, a few of which are highlighted below. To learn more about the Integrity in Practice campaign, please view this summary of activities (.pdf) or visit APTA's Center for Integrity in Practice.

  • Choosing Wisely: The Right Care at the Right Time

    APTA has partnered with the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Foundation's Choosing Wisely® campaign to provide specific, evidence-based recommendations that encourage both patients and physical therapists to make wise decisions about the most appropriate care. APTA was the first non-physician group to join more than 50 medical specialty societies that have produced a list of 5 things members of their profession and patients should question. APTA is providing this information to physical therapists and patients alike by partnering with Consumer Reports to create a free consumer-friendly summary of its recommendations. Consumer Reports already has reached more than 100 million consumers with Choosing Wisely information through its network of consumer communications partners.

  • Partnering to Prevent Fraud, Waste and Abuse

    APTA is working with the American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc. (AOTA) and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) to analyze the conditions facing therapists to provide APTA members and others with information to ensure appropriate care based on ethical and professional standards. Together AOTA, APTA, and ASHA have published the above Consensus Statement on Clinical Judgment in Health Care Settings.

  • Educating Current and Future Physical Therapists

    APTA recognizes the need to educate both current licensed physical therapists and students of physical therapy on both the methods and reasons to prevent fraud, waste and abuse. APTA has published this primer to provide this information for practicing physical therapists and to educators instructing the next generation of practitioners.

June 26, 2017

The APTA – Working for YOU!

The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) works on the behalf of Physical Therapists nationally regarding many aspects of patient treatment and autonomous practice.  Federally, this is equally true.  This article will outline the current Federal legislation that the APTA is currently working diligently on.  In addition, each state has a Federal Affairs Liaison and key contact(s) that work with APTA at a state level to contact our Senators and Congressmen/Congresswomen to work toward resolution of each bill. 

It is important to know the Senators and Congressmen/Congresswomen for the State of Kansas.  They are:  Senator Jerry Moran, Senator Pat Roberts, Congressman Kevin Yoder, Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins, Congressman Roger Marshall, and Congressman Ron Estes.  It is also very important to know that YOU, as a Physical Therapist/ Physical Therapist Assistant and Constituent, can effect change for our profession by directly contacting these people.

Of course, the most prominent piece of Federal legislation that is being diligently worked on is The Medicare Access to Rehabilitation Services Act (repeal of the Therapy Cap; HR807/S352).  In 2015, Congress passed legislation to permanently repeal the SGR formula but the Therapy Cap only received an extension until 12/31/2017.  In 2015, Senators Cardin/Vitter tried to pass an amendment that would repeal the Therapy Cap but it was defeated 58-42 (needed 60 votes for passage).  Currently we have 151 House and 26 Senate sponsors/co-sponsors of the bill. 

The Physical Therapist Workforce and Patient Access Act (HR1639/S619) is another bill currently in process.  This bill would ensure that patients receive access to physical therapy services to meet the needs of both rural and underserved areas in Kansas.  The bill would also add Physical Therapists to the list of providers who are eligible to participate in the National Health Services Corps (NHSC) student loan repayment program.  NHSC is a program within HHS and HRSA that provides incentives (loan repayment) to medical professional who work in rural and underserved areas with particularly apparent shortages.  Legislation currently includes MD, DO, PA, NP, mid-wife, dental hygienists, psychologists, clinical social workers, licensed marriage and family counselors; there is currently no rehabilitation component to this list of included groups.  This list of providers has not been updated since 1989!

The Sports Medicine Licensure Clarity Act of 2017 (HR302/S808) provides certain licensure clarifications and legal protections for physicians, physical therapists, and athletic trainers who practice across state lines as they travel with professional and collegiate teams or other athletes/teams sanctioned by a national governing body.  This bill has passed the House!  It has now been assigned number SB808 for the Senate, and they are working it forward through the 115th Congress.  The issues are that liability insurance may not cross state lines and follow traveling PTs or PTAs; PTs and PTAs practice in all setting and can assist in triaging injuries during sport; and can provide services immediately, in lieu of waiting until the athlete is back home.  The goal for this bill is that PTs and PTAs will be able to practice without fear of repercussion.

Supporting Athletes, Families, and Educators to Protect the Lives of Athletic Youth Act (Safe Play Act; HR829/S436) is legislation that recognizes Physical Therapists as health care professionals qualified to make return to participation decisions for youth sports concussion.  Additionally, it provides for education, awareness, action plans, training and further research related to health issues associated with sports – including cardiac conditions, concussions, and heat advisories – in which PTs play a role.  Multidisciplinary collaboration is essential in evaluating the appropriateness for a safe return to play.  The Safe Play Act would allow for the development of concussion management guidelines that address the prevention, identification, treatment and management of concussions in school-aged children.  APTA is seeking interested majority party members to help shape legislation that will give youth-athletes the best education, care and support they can receive.

Neither the CONNECT for Health Act of 2017 (HR2556/S1016) nor the Medicare Telehealth Parity Act (HR2550/S+++) have been reintroduced.  It appears that the Senate may introduce the CONNECT bill sometime during the Spring/Summer of 2017.  The House may likely hold off, and introduce both the CONNECT and Parity bills sometime late in 2017.  APTA staff have continued to discuss these bills with sponsor offices for the two bills to find common ground with the two pieces of legislation.  The prohibitive factor for both pieces of legislation is the cost.  The House telehealth working group is attempting to locate areas where the cost can be contained within both bills.

Regarding TRICARE and PTAs, the APTA can state without ambiguity that PTAs, unfortunately, are not permitted under any circumstances to provide services for payment under TRICARE.  Over the past several years, the APTA has been pushing TRICARE to internally make these changes.  APTA is now working with Congress to find a way to resolve this issue via legislation, adding PTAs as authorized providers to TRICARE.

This begs the question…” what can I do?” and “how can I get involved?”.  Legislators and staffers spend time on people who contact their offices and value increased engagement from constituents.  You can effect change by:

  • Educate yourself on the issues and how they affect you / patients,
  • Contact Legislators with individualized communication,
  • One staffer quoted, “A better informed constituent can have more influence than a mass messaging of vague opinion”,
  • Inform your Legislators/staffers as to how the bills impact the district, reasons for supporting or opposing the bill, personalize your correspondence,
  • Reference the specific legislation, bill # or title; name the organization generating a campaign (i.e. APTA), include a personal story or patient story,
  • Download the APTA Take Action app
  • Attend a Town Hall meeting or similar event for your Legislator(s)
  • Reach out to your District Chief of Staff
  • Follow Legislators on social media
  • Contribute to your Legislator’s campaign
  • Become a member of the APTA
  • Attend the Federal Advocacy Forum in Washington DC
  • Support your PT Political Action Committee (www.ptpac.org)

PT-PAC gains access to Senators and Representatives that we otherwise would not obtain.  We all need to think of PT-PAC as the “insurance” of our profession (protecting your future…).  Recent quote: “If every APTA member gave $20 annually to the PT-PAC, we would have the largest PAC, realizing greater access” - Michael Matlack, Director, Grassroots & Political Affairs

 

 

June 13, 2017

APTA Patient Action Center - Help Patients Find Their Voice

The APTA Patient Action Center (http://www.apta.org/TakeAction/) gives patients and nonmembers the opportunity to send prewritten letters to their members of Congress. This allows Members of Congress to hear about the patient impact that certain bills or federal regulations will have on their constituents.


Click here tpo find out why you should be a part of the APTA Patient Action Center

July 21, 2016

Jurisprudence Exam offered by KPTA - Now Available Online

  Click here to purchase and take the exam

 

Physical therapist and physical therapist assistants licensed in KS have the opportunity to earn one (1) credit hour of CE credit by taking the Jurisprudence Exam developed by the PT Advisory Council of the KS State Board of Healing Arts. 

 

Overview
Physical therapist and physical therapist assistants licensed in KS have the opportunity to earn one (1) credit hour of CE credit by taking this Jurisprudence Exam developed by the PT Advisory Council of the KS State Board of Healing Arts.

Exam Specifics

  • The cost of the exam is $18 for members and $30 for nonmembers of the KPTA.
  • Participants are welcomed and encouraged to review the KS State Physical Therapy Practice Act along with it's rules and regulations, and the FAQs found on the Board of Healing Arts website at www.ksbha.org prior to and while taking this exam.
  • Participants will have 2 hours to complete this exam.
  • A certificate of completion and 1 contact hour of CE credit will be awarded to those participants who score 88% or higher on the 25 question exam.

Authors
This exam was developed by the PT Advisory Council of the KS State Board of Healing Arts. 

Reference List
The KS Physical Therapy Practice Act and its' Rules and Regulations found at www.ksbha.org

Objective
KS PTs and PTAs will become familiar with the Physical Therapy Practice Act for Kansas. 

Contact Hours/Continuing Education Units
Completion of the CE Module is equivalent to 1 contact hour.

 

 

  Click here to purchase and take the exam

 

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