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A Message from Your President: Happy New Year

Posted By Matthew Nicholas, Chapter Relations & Marketing Coordinator, Tuesday, January 3, 2017

A Message from Your President: Happy New Year

I am looking forward to 2017 and beginning my second year as the President of the IPTA. Thanks, are extended to the outgoing board members for their commitment to the association and I look forward to welcoming the new board members at our February 4th board meeting in Naperville.

The board made the decision early last year to perform a Governance review with several areas being reviewed at each board meeting.  This process, although time consuming, was needed and has resulted in several suggested changes that will be acted upon at this year’s Assembly of Representatives during REVITALIZE 2017.  This year's conference will be held at the Q Center in St. Charles, Illinois on April 21-22.  The Q Center was the site of last year’s conference and offers great facilities. The conference and exhibit hall are great opportunities to network with your peers and learn more about the association. REVITALIZE 2017 early bird registration opens on February 1st and hotel reservations are open at this time. Visit iptarevitalize.com to view the program lineup. Your support of this very important event is needed.

With the continued stalemate that is taking place in Springfield it is difficult to determine how our legislative agenda may proceed.  We have been working with our bill sponsors to prepare for continued efforts on the PT Licensure Compact and Co-Pay Legislation as well as working with IDFPR to resolve the dry needling issue.  We will be ready to meet in Springfield and reach out to our members for support when notified by our lobbyist.

Both our Health and Wellness Committee and Diversity Task Force will be providing updates on their progress later this month. Our Public Relations Committee will begin meeting this month. 

Our Illinois Physical Therapy Foundation (IPTF) will also be embarking on new projects this year, including the launch of their new website later this month.  We are excited about the new opportunities for consumer outreach that are an integral part of the Foundation’s goals for 2017.

Please reach out to the IPTA office (ipta@ipta.org) with questions and comments on any issues that you feel may impact our profession.

 

- Mike Riley, PT
IPTA President (2016 - 2018)
Member since 1973


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A Message from Your President: Giving Thanks for a Great Year!

Posted By Matthew Nicholas, Chapter Relations & Marketing Coordinator, Tuesday, December 6, 2016

A Message from Your President: Giving Thanks for a Great Year!

At this time of year many have given thanks for the many blessings that they have received. I think it is only right that the Association gives its thanks to the many individuals that have given their time and talents to benefit our members. I believe that service is an acquired trait. I have been blessed to work with many amazing individuals in both my professional and personal life that continues to exhibit to me how important service is. Service to our profession is vital to the success of our Association. We are fortunate to have a great team of employed staff and many volunteers that lead the IPTA. The association continues to expose our current and future members to professionals that are dedicating their time and efforts to protect our profession.

In this KYC I would like to thank those individuals that have fulfilled their roles in the association. Julie Schwertfeger, vice-president, and Barb Gutierrez, secretary, are both completing their roles on the Board and Executive Committee. We also have Sarah Keller, Tina Jonas, Valerie Cain, and Dan Varel, District Chairs, that will be completing their board commitment. These individuals not only served as the District board member but also were responsible for the activities of the District. Becky Wojcik, Nominating Committee, and Jeanne McCoy, Ethics Committee, have also completed their elected positions. Jessica Stroup has also completed her role on iMAP. All of these individuals have played an important role in the success of our organization and hopefully you will have the chance to communicate your appreciation to them in the weeks and months to come. I also want to thank the Assembly representatives for their participation at the assembly. Illinois is one of the few states with an assembly and it does provide the membership with a voice.

On the national level we have been fortunate to have had the input of Jim Milder, Blake Stahl, Sandy Levi, Jean Kestner, Fran Wedge, Deb Davey and Eric Sparks filling roles as delegates to the APTA House of Delegates. This group has seen and participated in many changes at the House of delegates and has done a tremendous job in educating our new delegates on the activities of the House.

As my first year in office is coming to an end I would like to thank all of our members that support our Association. Colleen, Sharon, Matthew, Kris, Tom and Andi all make our jobs much easier and should be recognized for the great job that each one does to compliment our membership. I am honored to be able to work and serve with so many committed professionals.

Click here to view the names of all the outstanding leaders whose terms will be ending on December 31, 2016.

 

- Mike Riley, PT
IPTA President (2016 - 2018)
Member since 1973


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A Message from Your IPTA President: Election 2016

Posted By Matthew Nicholas, Chapter Relations & Marketing Coordinator, Tuesday, November 8, 2016

A Message from Your IPTA President

I would like to personally thank all of the supporters of our IPT-PAC Week of giving. Our goal was met with the help of our matching gift partners and the great support of our membership. This campaign will continue to assist in our advocacy efforts as we move into the upcoming veto session. At the time of this writing it is too early to determine the effect, if any, of this year’s election and how our Association may be impacted. Meetings are being scheduled at this time to continue to pursue our copay legislation, passing of the P.T. Compact and language changes on dry needling.

Our field is currently facing many issues in reimbursement at the national level that will impact outpatient and home health services. Therapists should be closely monitoring the websites of the APTA and IPTA in an effort to stay current with these changes. I have been told that many therapists in home health have been impacted by the Pre-Claim Review Demonstration (PCRD). This project that was initially scheduled to take place in five states, and was initiated in Illinois the first week of August, has been suspended in all of the states but Illinois. As a result of the program many home health agencies have seen denial rates in excess of 40%. Therapists and assistants should remember that all of the evaluations and progress notes will be reviewed previous to payment processing. It is important that everyone submitting information for the pre-claim review is consistent in their documentation. Efforts are being pursued to stop the PCRD. H.R. 6226 has been introduced to impose a moratorium on PRCD to allow further study of its impact on seniors. All of us should be contacting our federal delegation to support H.R. 6226!

I understand that the attendance for the upcoming #THIRDTHURSDAY, with Rick Rausch, has necessitated a change in location. I would encourage you to take advantage of this great opportunity to learn about payment reform. Rick brings a great deal of expertise to our members as he serves on the Relative Value Scale Update Committee (RUC). This esteemed group develops recommendations to CMS on the physician fee schedules. Appointments to this group are approved by the American Medical Association. Our association is fortunate to have Rick representing the APTA on this committee. As most payors establish rates based on Medicare fee schedules, the work that this group will be doing in reevaluating our most frequently used codes in the coming months has extreme importance in determining our reimbursement in the future.


- Mike Riley, PT
IPTA President (2016 - 2018)
Member since 1973

I again look at the work of the IPTA, APTA, members like Rick and others and am thankful that they give their time unselfishly for the betterment of our profession.  Our support of the IPT-PAC, as well as other membership offers such as REVITALIZE 2017, CSM and NEXT 2017 will help assure that our profession is represented appropriately in the future. There is indeed great VALUE in membership!


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A Message from Your IPTA President: November 2016

Posted By Matthew Nicholas, Chapter Relations & Marketing Coordinator, Tuesday, November 1, 2016

A Message from Your IPTA President

How did you celebrate Physical Therapy Month?  I know many pitched in for the PT Day of Service – some volunteered at marathons and 5Ks held throughout the state, others held food drives for local food pantries.  I enjoyed seeing our member’s efforts through social media where they showcased their practices along with their commitment to service. 

As an organization, we are pleased to see member involvement grow as evident from the success of our #THIRDTHURSDAY programs. I happy to report that the November program has been moved to a larger venue due to demand.  Our Political Action Committee (IPT-PAC) also had a successful week of giving in October.  A special thanks to those corporate match providers and to all that participated in helping to assure that our messages will be heard down in Springfield. I don’t know about you, but I sure will be happy when the elections are over.  Hopefully our legislators will then be able to address the many issues that have been tabled while they were out campaigning. The IPTA has continued to prepare for the end of session where we are still hopeful of moving the PT License Compact and Copay legislation forward. 

Both of these issues have had success in other states and both create greater access to therapy for our patients. I ask for your assistance by reaching out to your State Senators and Representatives for their support.  Next week’s Your Advocate will include links to talking points and tools to help us connect with our elected officials.

- Mike Riley, PT
IPTA President (2016 - 2018)
Member since 1973


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A Message from Your IPTA President: Diversity Task Force Moves Forward

Posted By Matthew Nicholas, Chapter Relations & Marketing Coordinator, Wednesday, September 7, 2016

A Message from Your IPTA President: Diversity Task Force Moves Forward

The 2016 Assembly of Representatives charged the Board of Directors to investigate diversity issues among Illinois physical therapists and physical therapist assistants, including, but not limited to, recruiting and retaining minority PT and PTA students, faculty, and employees within the universities/colleges and workforce.

The Board appointed a task force, who developed the following work plan that was approved by the Board’s Executive Committee in August:

  1. Define who is an underrepresented minority (URM).
  2. Determine metrics to assess outcomes that address the Illinois universities/colleges (students and faculty) and workforce (PT/PTA employees) that lack sufficient URMs and propose means of data collection.
  3. Identify efforts to increase URMs undertaken by other groups/coalitions/agencies within Illinois and nationally.


- Mike Riley, PT
IPTA President (2016 - 2018)
Member since 1973

Task Force Members:
Dawn Brown, PT – Chair
Jeffrey Damaschke, PT
Othman Omalley, SPT
Berenice Soto, PTA
Kimberly Tarver, PT
Robin Washington, PT
Rodney Weir, PT
Maya Yuen, PT
Staff Liaison: Matthew Nicholas

The task force will now begin work on these initiatives and report their findings to the Board in December.


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A Message from Your IPTA President: August 2016

Posted By Matthew Nicholas, Chapter Relations & Marketing Coordinator, Monday, August 8, 2016

A Message from Your IPTA President

The summer continues to be a busy time for the IPTA. Last week in Chicago, Senators Sandoval and Haine chaired a meeting between the insurance stakeholders and us to discuss our copay bill. The Senators were very supportive of our efforts and the insurance lobbyists were asked to bring information from their companies on how their clients have been affected in states where copay legislation has passed. Our goal remains to move this bill from the Senate and into the House this fall. We will need the support of our members talking to their Representatives about the importance of this bill to achieve access to physical therapy.

Our newly formed Health and Wellness committee has met and Michael Riley Jr., PT, DPT, has accepted the chair of this group. Andi DuPre from the IPTA office will work as the staff liaison with this committee. To date, the following have been appointed to this committee: Jeffrey Damaschke, PT, DPT, MS, OCS; Jenny Pate, PT; Lisa Zemaitis, PTA, BS; Jeff Hartman, PT, DPT, MPH; Penny Perez, PTA; and Tracy Arndt, PT, NCS. We will be accepting more members as we determine the projects and timelines later this fall.

As a first step, the committee is looking to expand website resources to help PTs and PTAs understand and learn about opportunities to provide services to healthy individuals and populations in Illinois. As collaboration is part of our strategic plan, we will investigate potential partnerships with other organizations, as well as look towards our district leaders to help coordinate local activities and initiatives that promote health and wellness. Look for more information about what is planned for October’s Physical Therapy Month in the September KYC. The Association feels that this group will be vital to achieving our new mission: to strive to improve the health, wellness and quality of life for the people in Illinois through physical therapy.

 


- Mike Riley, PT
IPTA President (2016 - 2018)
Member since 1973

The Association feels that this group will be vital to achieving our new mission: to strive to improve the health, wellness and quality of life for the people in Illinois through physical therapy.

 

 


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What I learned at APTA's House of Delegates & NEXT

Posted By Matthew Nicholas, Chapter Relations & Marketing Coordinator, Tuesday, July 5, 2016

What I learned at APTA's House of Delegates & NEXT
A Message from Your IPTA President

I want to take this opportunity to personally thank our chief delegate, Jen Ryan, and all of the delegates representing the IPTA at the APTA’s House of Delegates (HOD) in Nashville, Tennessee.  Our membership is blessed to have this group of individuals working on our behalf.  Being a newbie to the group it is very impressive to see the respect that many of our delegates garner from delegates from other states. It is apparent that the years of service from Babette Sanders, Vicki Lee, Jim Milder, Jean Kestner and others bring a wealth of knowledge to our group and enable our new delegates to have a better understanding of the House.

The delegation starts with meetings and phone calls in January to work on formulating and reviewing motions and proposed bylaw changes.  Technology plays a large part of the success in enabling all of the delegates from across the country to review posts made on the APTA HUB.  A delegate can ask questions or post an opinion of a proposed motion or bylaw and have all of the delegates comment.  This ability appears to have been used so effectively by the delegates that there has been talk of shortening the time allowed for the House of Delegates. The consensus seems to be that it may be too early to change the schedule particularly since this was not a bylaw year. 

The week of the House of Delegates and NEXT 2016 is packed with activities and only a relatively small number of professionals are able to stay for the full week.
The weekend was packed with leadership meetings:  the APTA board meeting (open to all members), chief delegate meetings and caucuses, component leadership (APTA and component executives, presidents, president-elects, and chief delegates), and then House starts (Sunday evening through Wednesday).  Next 2016 kicks off Wednesday evening through Sunday.  Even though the APTA provides a steep discount to delegates who want to register for NEXT, the number that choose to stay is low.  Those that did stay had an opportunity to enjoy excellent programming, a chance to visit the exhibit hall and attend the award ceremony.  I have been able to attend this event many times and I am always impressed by the commitment that so many have made on behalf of the profession.  These women and men really deserve our thanks for everything that they have done to take our profession to the next level.

 


- Mike Riley, PT
IPTA President (2016 - 2018)
Member since 1973

I would also like to salute all of the therapy programs that participate in the Marquette Challenge.  The enthusiasm exhibited by our young professionals
Is amazing. The Foundation receives donations and grants from many professionals, vendors and agencies but I think that the funds from the Marquette Challenge are the ones that really stand out.  We are very proud of our Illinois Student Special Interest Group (SSIG) who has consistently worked to bring all Illinois schools together in an annual event to support the Marquette Challenge.

I continue to feel very honored to lead our Association and am learning more every day as a result of spending time exchanging thoughts with so many bright people.

 


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We Have a Plan! A Message from Your IPTA President

Posted By Matthew Nicholas, Chapter Relations & Marketing Coordinator, Monday, June 6, 2016

We Have a Plan!
A Message from Your IPTA President

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the members that ran for elected office in the Chapter elections and extend my congratulations to those that were elected. It was great to see so many members interested in serving the Association. It is evident that the interest is continuing with full slates for the District elections. I encourage you to support your colleagues’ interests in serving by giving them your vote between June 15-30, 2016.  

You have the opportunity to review the IPTA’s new strategic plan and see how we are continuing to strive for the removal of barriers that prevent consumers from accessing physical therapy. 

The IPTA believes that one significant barrier to access is simple:  do all consumers in Illinois really understand how physical therapy, when provided by licensed and qualified health care professionals, can restore movement and function, prevent disease and injury, and overall improve their quality of life?

 

At the May meeting, the IPTA Board of Directors:

  • Approved the charge and appointment of a new health and wellness committee that will focus on how physical therapists provide health and wellness to individuals, groups and populations in Illinois.
  • Approved the charge and appointment of a task force to encourage careers in physical therapy beginning with investigating diversity issues among IL PTs and PTAs, including, but not limited to, recruiting and retaining minority students, faculty and employees within universities, colleges and workforce.    

We are also in the process of forming a public relations work group to develop a plan to utilize APTA resources to promote accessing physical therapy first in Illinois. Anyone interested in exploring this idea can contact me directly to learn more about serving on this work group.  The Board will plan to approve the charge and appointment of this work group by early fall, 2016.

The IPTA will continue to address financial barriers to access by partnering with other stakeholders to investigate payment issues, as well as continue to advocate for physical therapy co-pay equity.  You can read more about these initiatives in next week’s Your Advocate.


- Mike Riley, PT
IPTA President (2016 - 2018)
Member since 1973

In the coming months I plan to keep you informed of our work on these and the rest of our initiatives that make up our strategic plan for 2016.  There are numerous opportunities to get involved and I encourage you to consider how you can help us make a difference in the physical therapy profession, as well as the lives of our patients.


The New Strategic Plan: How did we get here?

The IPTA kicked off the year with a comprehensive survey to members which was designed to help us develop our strategic plan.  What did we learn about our members?

Click here to read the membership survey summary and check out the list of gift card winners!

Ready, Set, Go!

The IPTA’s Board of Directors met on May 21st and dived into planning.  Focused on two external and one internal goal, plans were developed on how to help the IPTA move towards accomplishing its mission to improve the health, wellness and quality of life for the people in Illinois through physical therapy.


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IPTA's Mission & Vision for the Future

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, March 1, 2016

New mission and vision statements are the foundation of our new strategies, developed to help push the IPTA to be agile as we respond to changes impacting healthcare delivery, as well as to be innovative and entrepreneurial in how we look at physical therapy.

 

The IPTA's new mission statement is succinct but declarative:
"The IPTA exists to improve the health, wellness, and quality of life for the people in Illinois through physical therapy."

The mission statement encompasses the entire spectrum of physical therapist and physical therapist assistants’ role as movement experts and what they have the potential to provide for society.

 

Agility is reinforced by a new vision statement designed to push the IPTA to optimum performance. The vision statement is "Revitalizing society by optimizing movement to improve the human experience."

The vision statement is very similar to the APTA’s new vision for the physical therapy profession, with one exception: while APTA intends to “transform society”, we chose “revitalize” instead.

 

Merriam-Webster defines revitalize as “to make (someone or something) active, healthy, or energetic again.”  As physical therapists and physical therapist assistants, isn’t this our goal?  Movement is key to optimal living and quality of life for all people and, through our education and training, we are uniquely positioned as movement experts to improve the health of society.

 

As an association, we are passionate about movement and excited about the future of the physical therapy profession.  Used as a transitive verb, revitalizing mean to give new life or vigor to.  We want to give “new life” to our purpose and pursue innovative initiatives that will engage and energize our members and society.

 

What you value, as an IPTA member and physical therapy professional,  defines what is important to the association.  The 2016 membership survey showed, overwhelmingly, that our payment and policy efforts are most important to our members.  In the state’s current legislative environment, the IPTA is being forced to react more quickly and put greater emphasis on our ability to address new challenges to scope of practice, payment, and access. Our association is uniquely positioned as the one state wide organization that has the capacity to bring stakeholders from all physical therapy settings together in order to dialogue and collaborate on critical issues, develop innovative solutions to enhance health services delivery and to increase the value of physical therapy to society.

 

We believe that IPTA can deliver on our revised mission and vision by adopting these new value-based strategic goals:

  • IPTA will increase society’s awareness and understanding of physical therapy.
  • IPTA will transform health care in Illinois by leading collaboration between physical therapists and all physical therapy providers to reduce barriers to consumer access and promote health focused lifestyle interventions.

We will also have one internal strategic goal: 

  • To maximize the value of IPTA membership.

How we respect our members, provide essential services and embrace our stewardship for the resources that members provide is key to our success.

The IPTA Board of Directors will work to determine specific objectives and tactics for all of the strategic goals, as well as develop metrics and benchmarks to help us determine their impact.  Our plan will be agile so that we can react quickly to critical issues without overextending our resources or abandoning ongoing work that is integral to our mission.  We will engage members in the work and report regularly on our progress.

 

We will rely on support from our Illinois Physical Therapy Political Action Committee (IPT-PAC) to help us build key relationships with lawmakers that have the capacity to help us achieve our goals.

We will look to our newly formed foundation, the Illinois Physical Therapy Foundation (IPTF), to help support the association’s efforts.  Their strategic planning is also currently underway and, while not finalized, the IPTF has put forth this draft plan:

 

Mission: The Illinois Physical Therapy Foundation supports physical therapist’s unique position as human movement experts and change agents in the local and state communities.


Vision: Revitalizing society through the use of physical therapists as human movement experts.


The Illinois Physical Therapy Foundation will support physical therapy providers’ unique value as human movement experts through research, public awareness initiatives and consumer education. 

 

The strategic plan will focus on how the IPTF can:

  • Support, promote and encourage research projects in physical therapy
  • Raise public awareness of physical therapy through the sponsorship of local and statewide health and wellness events.
  • Educate consumers on the benefits of physical therapy through web, social and print media
  • Encourage public workshops, screenings, health education, fitness training and related wellness topics to reinforce physical therapy providers’ expertise in human movement.

This is an exciting time for the IPTA and we hope you will join us by actively supporting our efforts to advance the physical therapy profession and improve the health, wellness, and quality of life for the people in Illinois.


The new mission and vision statements were adopted by the IPTA Board of Directors at their meeting on January 23, 2016 and will be presented to the Assembly of Representatives on Saturday, March 19, 2016.                                                                         

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The IPTA turns 65 this month: Is it time for the association to retire?

Posted By Mike Riley, PT , Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Last month a summary of outcomes from our last strategic plan (2014-2015) was provided to the membership. This comprehensive summary detailed the accomplishments -- and required several reads before I could fully appreciate it.

I asked myself if these accomplishments would have taken place without the association.  I believe the answer is no. I also believe that we could have done more if we had more members.

In an effort to gather information to help the IPTA plan for the future, we asked almost 4,000 members to complete a survey online.  Nearly 200 members completed the survey and, even though the percentage was small, those that did respond were in agreement that the association should focus on removing barriers to access physical therapy, payment reform and physical therapy’s role in health and wellness.

Access. We will focus on helping physical therapists to fully utilize the direct access that currently exists within the Illinois Physical Therapy Act. Does better access also mean making therapy more affordable so patients will complete their plan of care?  Can we now and in the future utilize new techniques and treatment modalities as part or our full scope of practice?

Payment. Payment reform has been and continues to be a priority for both APTA and IPTA.  In Illinois, making care affordable for the patient, while at the same time assuring adequate payment for the provider, is a challenge.  Our industry is also looking at a complete change in the way we are compensated by moving away from the current time based model.  It is greatly important that the association educate our members about these changes.

Health and Wellness. “Is 60 the new 40?”  People are hearing this phrase more often and what profession is better positioned than ours to help society stay young, fit and active? We can do more than restore mobility:  we can prevent disability, improve quality of life and reduce the overall costs for health care.

At this year’s Assembly of Representatives, during the REVITALIZE Conference and EXPO, our Board of Directors will unveil the association’s new mission, vision and goals for the next five years.  I cannot share the details yet, but I will say that the IPTA plans to “revitalize” a few things.

Retire at 65? I hope that the IPTA is not thinking about retirement.  I have been a member for 40 years and have seen a great deal of growth and change since I started.  Let's look at the association as being the new 40: I believe that the IPTA is healthy, relevant and vital to the future of physical therapy in Illinois. 

I look forward to serving the association and hope that you are excited as I am about the future of our profession. 

 

- Mike Riley, PT
IPTA President (2016 - 2018)
Member since 1973

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