Kansas Chapter – National Student Conclave Scholarship
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
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Kansas Physical Therapy Association working with the HGC lobby team had a successful 2017 session. Hein Governmental Consulting actively lobbied / monitored 34 bills. KanCare was a major discussion, passing the restoring of the 4% cuts to KanCare providers, and fixes to the current KanCare program through the MCOs was also passed (see below). Medicaid Expansion was passed but Vetoed by the Governor and the legislature was short the Veto override numbers. Telemedicine was a popular issue but with much detail to dive into the leadership requested it be studied in the interim.
PRIORITY BILLS PASSED:
KanCare Fund, Restore 4% Cuts With HMO Privilege Fee (CCR HB 2079) - 2017 HB 2079 increases HMO privilege tax from 3.31 to 5.77% starting 1/1/18, HMO's pay twice a year rather than once allowing the restoration of the 4% cuts to Medicaid providers BEGINNING 7/1/17; $3.5M in FY18, $5M FY 19 and beyond is directed to Mental Health; additional funds will be used to pay for newborn screenings; and provisions from SB 186 included, EMS Intergovernmental Transfers. Signed by the Governor, Law effective July 1, 2017.
KanCare Fix, KanCare Process and Contract Requirements (HB 2026) - HB 2026 amends the states KanCare MCOs requirements to establish uniform standards for providers, establish a 3rd party claims appeal process with a loser pay model, and include "any willing provider" payment requirements. On April 24th Governor Brownback signed HB 2026 which will take effect July 1, 2017.
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
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
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.
The following dry needling regulations for appropriately trained Kansas physical therapists were passed on April 14, 2017.
The regulations went into effect May 12, 2017. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact email@example.com. The KPTA and the Physical Therapy Advisory Council will soon release an FAQ regarding this information to further clarify the regulations.
As for now, please make sure you check with your liability provider to ensure that dry needling by a physical therapist is covered under your policy. In addition, dry needling is predominantly a cash based service at this point. However, it is recommended that you contact the patient’s payer source to confirm that it is NOT a covered service. A few payers are beginning to cover it and they will identify their preferred billing code if this is the case.
As evidence based practice advances with physical therapists providing dry needling resulting in efficient outcomes, it is hoped it will be a covered service in the future.
The KPTA held their annual spring conference on April 7-9 at the Double Tree Hilton in Wichita with attendance exceeding 200 PT/PTAs . Special guest include Kip Schick PT, MBA, from the APTA Board of Directors.
Events included 19 hours of Programming, Research platform presentations and posters, 14 exhibitors and the chapter business meeting followed by a retirement reception for Camilla Wilson, long time member, past Chapter President and former WSU PT Program Director.
At the business meeting the following individuals were elected: President : Susie Harms PT, MHS , Vice President : Camille Snyder PT,DPT, Nominating Committee: Thomas Van Towle PT, DPT and PTA Caucus Rep Deanne Yates.
Carolyn Bloom Lifetime Achievement Award: Pam Palmer PT and Pat Erickson PT,DPT
Susan Tork Distinguished service award: Susan Wanska, PT, OCS
The Kansas Chapter hoped to welcome their new Executive Director, Anne Harding to the meeting. However, severe weather conditions cancelled flights in the East and Southern parts of the country. We wish Andi Page our best as she moves to California to be closer to family.
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.
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.
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.
This exam was developed by the PT Advisory Council of the KS State Board of Healing Arts.
The KS Physical Therapy Practice Act and its' Rules and Regulations found at www.ksbha.org
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.