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InTouch Newsletter - November - President's Message

Hello Fellow Members, 

It has been a busy fall for the Nebraska Chapter of the APTA! I had my first board meeting on October 12th and it was a productive and informative meeting. We have a lot of new members on the board as well as it was the first meeting without Judy! We reviewed the budget, reviewed and approved proposals and started planning for events in 2019.

Some highlights from our meeting:

  • Approved a chapter historian – this person will be reviewing past documents and assembling a historical record of our association for our members to have access to in the future. I am very excited about this project! We will be celebrating 70 years as a chapter in 2021, the same year that APTA will be celebrating 100 years.

  • Approved the 2019 budget – be on the lookout for an electronic survey that will be sent out for members to approve this budget. There were no major changes in the budget compared to last year. 

  • The board is recommending a bylaw change that changes the President to an alternate delegate instead of a delegate for the House of Delegates of the APTA. We felt that a President that was newly elected and right away needed to get up to speed regarding the House of Delegates’ motions was too overwhelming. Since the President needs to go to the House of Delegates meeting already, if a delegate at the last minute could not attend, we could have the President assume that delegate’s position without occurring additional expense. All members will be voting on this electronically within the next month also.   

  • The board is also recommending that delegates to the House of Delegates do not assume office until after that year’s House of Delegates. The House of Delegates work begins usually around October of the previous year and lasts until the next year’s House of Delegates. Again, we felt it was inadequate time for a delegate to assume this role and get up to speed within 6 weeks.  This will be another vote that will be presented to you.   

  • For the Spring meeting in 2019, we are moving the awards ceremonies and celebrations to Friday evening during a heavy appetizer/cash bar reception. Reviewing comments, it was felt that doing awards during a business meeting rushes it and does not give an opportunity for celebration and recognition. We are looking for sponsorships for this event, so we will be reaching out soon to major employers, vendors and others.   

I want to thank the NSSIG for organizing our first PT Day of Service. They did a great job!  We had therapists from across the state volunteer their time on October 13th to improve their communities where they work. Some of the activities were park clean ups and serving a meal at a homeless shelter. I can’t wait until next year to make this annual event even bigger!  Google “PT Day of Service” to learn more about this initiative. 

The APTA recently held an update webinar concerning activities that have been going on at the APTA for the benefit of the members. I am so impressed with our national association and the hard work that they do on the behalf of our great profession.

Here are some highlights from that webinar. APTA Advocacy efforts resulted in:

  • Added PTA’s to TriCare 

  • Enacted Opioid legislation – working with states to reduce co-pays, onerous pre-authorizations,  and other barriers for people to access a physical therapist for pain complaints.  

  • Secured full funding for EMG’s performed by physical therapists

  • Eliminated Functional Limitation Reporting starting January 1, 2019 

  • Expanded the PT interstate Compact

  • Expanded telehealth services performed by physical therapists for veteran’s 

  • Permanent Fix to the Therapy Cap

  • APTA is submitting ideas/suggestions to CMS regarding how to reduce administrative burden for the physical therapist and PT assistant as part of the “Patients over Paperwork” initiative.

  • Physical Therapists can participate in the MIPS – Merit Incentive Payment for Part B 

  • Our #ChoosePT public relations campaign has seen many public service announcements being aired by television and radio regarding the role of PT in pain management. 

Sharon Dunn, our president, gave an uplifting overview regarding the direction for the APTA. She is excited to have all therapists and assistants seeing the APTA as their vehicle to support and expand this great profession. They updated the website to allow for geolocation to help visitors get information pertinent to their location. We are seeing rapid expansion of clinical practice guidelines – there are currently 16 published with 44 in the works for the coming future. If you haven’t looked at these clinical practice guidelines on the APTA website – please do! APTA recently rolled out an outcome registry and this in the future will be a fantastic resource for us to help guide our practice and make us better clinicians! 

Don’t hesitate to give me a call – I would love to hear from members and how the Nebraska Chapter can serve you better! My goal in 2019 is to increase the number of engaged members.

Sincerely yours,

Grace Knott PT

Nebraska Chapter

APTA