February 2020: InTouch Newsletter Print

President's Report

Dear APTA Nebraska Members,

Your volunteer leaders of the APTA Nebraska Chapter have been very busy the last several months!   We are gearing up for our annual conference, April 17 & 18, which promises to be a great time for networking, education, and fun. Elections will be held next month, electronically, with candidate statements included in the ballot. Watch for this in your email! We are working on the branding initiative and very close to rolling out a new website – hopefully new and improved!  Since it is the legislative season, we have been busy testifying, writing letters of support for bills, and advocating for change.  

Here are some advocacy highlights:

  • Provided letter of support for legislative bill 778 – this bill is regarding appropriations of $2 million for the Rural Health Systems and Professional Incentive Act for education loan forgiveness available for health professions that include physical therapists. 
  • Provided letter of opposition to the Repeal of the Helmet Law Legislative Bill 378
  • Testified at Hearing for Legislative Bill 956 – this is the Nebraska Chapter bill collaboration with Nebraska Speech and Hearing Association and Nebraska Occupational Therapy Association to require advanced notice from the Medicaid MCOs when changes are made that affect payment or add additional administrative burden to health providers. Thank you for everyone who submitted letters of support for this bill and getting their patient families to provide testimony! 
  • Legislative Breakfast on February 4th – over 130 physical therapists, physical therapist assistants and PT/PTA students attended this annual event. This included the breakfast with senators, a talk by Senator Lynne Walz, introduction in the Legislative Chamber and visits to senator’s offices to drop off a small gift.   Thank you for everyone who participated!  
  • Brian Brunken met with the National UHC Community Plan medical director and head of the therapy division at CSM in Denver, Colorado about their recent implementation of the 2-step prior authorization process. This was in addition to the two face to face and the two phone conferences we had with the Nebraska UHC Community Plan leaders. 

 

Our archiving project is up and running. We are reviewing the 20+ stored boxes of historical files for the chapter, dating back to the 1940's. We're scanning and storing them in a google drive that we plan to have accessible to members. We discovered that the chapter was established in 1947 with Mrs.Sally Hughes as President and there were 7 members!  If anyone knows about this woman or the other 7 members, please reach out to me!  We will be displaying some of these items at our annual conference in April. Thank you to Sue Schuerman for helping with oral histories and reviewing materials in the boxes. 

Morgan Busboom, Creighton PT student, is working with me in getting the Early Professional SIG ready to roll out at our annual conference.  This special interest group will be for students in their last semester of school and their first 5 years as a PT.  It will be a SIG that will have mentors, networking, and leadership development for the new PT.   More to come on this at our annual conference.  

Get ready for 2021 when the APTA celebrates 100 years! Keep your eyes open for opportunities for you to celebrate this momentous occasion both locally and nationally!  If you would like to help plan centennial events in Nebraska, please contact Dan McCutchen, our centennial liaison to the APTA centennial committee!  

As you can see, we are keeping busy and also need more help!  Get involved – best way to stay engaged with your profession! 

Grace Knott PT, APTA Nebraska President

 

 

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Annual Conference

The Education Committee would like to formally announce that Registration is OPEN for the Annual NPTA Spring Conference!!

The cost for members will be an amazing steal of $99! This cost includes the Kickoff Reception & Awards Ceremony on Friday, April 17th from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm and the Conference on Saturday, April 18th from 7:30 am to 5:00 pm. The Conference will include four educational opportunities worth 7 contact hours, the annual business meeting, and an exhibitor break with local and national vendors. The Friday night reception will be held at the College of Saint Mary and the Conference will be at UNMC’s Truhlsen Events Center.

The Education Committee would like to welcome the following speakers and their prospective topics this year:

1. Dr Karen Silbernagel, PT, ATC, PhD: "To Load or Not to Load Painful Tendinopathies. Pathology and Rehabilitation of Tendinopathy with Special Focus on Achilles Tendinopathy"

2. Johnny Owens, PT, MPT: "Blood Flow Restriction Rehabilitation"

3. Dr Wendy Anenaet, PT, DPT, PhD, GCS, CWS, GTC, COS-C: "Exercise Prescription for the Older Adult"

4. Dr Angela Campbell, PT, DPT, ABPTS Board-Certified Cardiovascular & Pulmonary Clinical Specialist"What’s Lub(Dub) Got to Do with It? Applying Cardiovascular & Pulmonary Principles"

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Chief Delegate Update

CSM Denver was record setting and revitalizing to get 2020 off to a good start. The delegates are hard at work on a bylaw year and we will meet in June in Phoenix for the House of Delegates and the last Next conference. Big changes are on the horizon for the APTA and we will see a new home office building and a restructuring of 4 conferences into a weeklong extravaganza in Washington DC. The future leaders of the APTA will gather along with running the House of Delegates and reviewing legislative affairs to inform our congress on APTA concerns.

Please let any of our delegates know if you have questions or concerns with the motions going forth to the house this year.

CHARGE: INVESTIGATE THE PROBLEM OF UNCOMPENSATED PHYSICAL THERAPY CARE

To date, there has not been a comprehensive investigation on the depth and breadth of therapists who provide uncompensated care or those that wish to do so and what their barriers are.

Amend: Core Values of the PT and PTA

Accountability is active acceptance of the responsibility for the diverse roles, obligations, and actions of the physical therapist and physical therapist assistant including self‐regulation and other behaviors that positively influence patient and client outcomes, the profession, and the health needs of society.

Amend: RC 41-19 (SPT/A Pledge)
We adopted a motion to let PT schools have an oath and now the PTA schools want the same motion.

Amend: Support of Environmentally Responsible Practice by the American Physical Therapy Association and Its Components.                

The APTA supports and encourages individuals to advocate for public awareness of the impact of climate change on the health and safety of individuals, communities, and society.

COMMITMENT TO PATIENT SAFETY

The wording of the motion needs some work but its self-explanatory for what the motion will do.

THE ROLE OF THE PHYSICAL THERAPIST AND THE AMERICAN PHYSICAL THERAPY ASSOCIATION IN SLEEP HEALTH

The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) supports physical therapists as part of an interdisciplinary team of licensed health services providers in prevention and management of sleep impairments and promotion of healthy sleep behaviors. 

AMEND: OPPOSITION TO PHYSICIAN OWNERSHIP OF PHYSICAL THERAPY SERVICES

This motion came to the house last year and was defeated so Minnesota is bringing it back to the house with new language to debate again.

 INTENTIONAL INCLUSION OF THE PHYSICAL THERAPIST ASSISTANT

A motion to be more transparent with the PTA’s.

GUIDELINES: RECRUITING AND HIRING INTERNATIONALLY EDUCATED PHYSICAL THERAPISTS

New updated language.

SUPPORT OF ENVIRONMENTALLY RESPONSIBLE PRACTICE BY THE AMERICAN PHYSICAL THERAPY ASSOCIATION AND ITS MEMBERS

For the health of individuals, communities, society, and the environment, the American Physical Therapy Association supports environmental stewardship and the adoption of environmentally sustainable practices by individuals, organizations, and clinical practices.

AMENDMENT: BYLAWS OF THE AMERICAN PHYSICAL THERAPY ASSOCIATION, ARTICLE VIII: HOUSE OF DELEGATES, SECTION 3: VOTING DELEGATES, A. QUALIFICATIONS OF VOTING DELEGATES, (1) CHAPTER DELEGATES

They are trying to change the bylaw on letting your membership lapse when you are running for a delegate position.

POSITION on Workforce supply and demand

There will be a motion on how to meet the needs of the future PT/PTA’s in the united states and control costs to the students.

Move to Restructure Oversight of Subsidiary Principles in the Code of Ethics, and Code of Conduct

No language has been drawn up yet but, Massachusetts will try to clarify language in the motion we already have.

Please support the APTA Nebraska state meeting in April. We need vendors to fill the booths and attendees at the education courses!!

Bobby Griese, PT, DPT
Chief Delegate Nebraska

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Industry Happenings

For more information go to: http://www.methodistcollege.edu/pta or contact Shannon Struby, Program Director at [email protected]

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Membership

APTA is still hard a work recruiting members through the ONE by ONE campaign, an APTA member referral campaign. ONE by ONE lets you play an active role in building APTA's membership, and earn rewards for doing so.

As APTA's most valuable assets, our members know firsthand how APTA has grown—one member at a time—into an inclusive and impactful community of over 100,000 members who support APTA's mission of building a community that advances the profession of physical therapy to improve the health of society.

This is the spirit behind the ONE by ONE campaign.

HOW IT WORKS

ONE by ONE runs October 1, 2019, through September 30, 2020.

INCENTIVES & PRIZES

  • Recruit at least 1 new member and be entered into monthly drawings for 1 free year of APTA membership. There is no limit to the number of entries you can submit, and you'll receive a bonus entry when a new member also joins a section!
  • Recruit 5 or more new members and be entered to win 1 of 5 iPads at the end of the campaign.
  • Recruit the most members: The top 3 recruiters at the end of the campaign will be named Recruiters of the Year and receive 1 free year of membership, plus 1 complimentary registration to an APTA meeting within the next year.
  • New members recruited via ONE by ONE are entered into a separate monthly drawing for an APTA Passport to Learning—and as members they can begin recruiting other new members for the incentives above.
  • Participating chapters and sections also can win when you recruit a member who lives in your state or joins a section that you belong to. The participating chapter and section with the largest year-over-year growth percentage during ONE by ONE will also win a prize. (To participate, a component agrees to waive annual dues for any winner of the monthly drawings who belongs to their chapter or section. See the campaign participation and rules and the list of participating components for details.)

To make ONE by ONE as easy as possible for you, the following items and resources are available to assist you in your efforts toward makingONE by ONE a success and to help lay the foundation for our next 100 years.

 

QUESTIONS

If you have questions about the ONE by ONE campaign, please contact NPTA Membership Chair, Mike Wellsandt at [email protected] 

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Sponsors & Sponsored Content

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Please let me know if there is anything else you need, and thanks for your help!

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