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  • 06-Apr-2017 11:32 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Greetings fellow MAPTA members.  I recently had the pleasure of attending the Federal Advocacy Forum March 26-28 in Washington, D.C.   Over 200 members attended including 70 students to learn, get inspired and collaborate.  Programming began Sunday afternoon and all day Monday.  Tuesday everyone hit the hill to discuss APTA’s legislative priorities with their respective Senators and Representatives.

    The APTA’s top three legislative priorities for the 115th Congress are as follows:

    • Medicare Access to Rehabilitation Services Act of 2017.  This bill would repeal the cap on outpatient rehabilitation services, which has been in place since 1997.  Currently there is an exceptions process (KX modifier/manual medical review) in place that is set to expire December 2017.  Repeal of the therapy cap continues to receive strong bipartisan support. Senator Tester has been a supporter of previously introduced legislation to repeal the cap and Senator Daines has not been a supporter.
    • Physical Therapist Workforce and Patient Access Act of 2017.  This legislation would authorize physical therapists to participate in the National Health Service Corps(NHSC) Loan Repayment Program. The NHSC addresses the health needs of more than 9.7 million underserved individuals in the U.S.

    Licensed health care providers may earn up to $50,000 toward student loans in exchange for a two-year commitment at an NHSC-approved site through this program. The NHSC-approved sites are located in Health Provider Shortage Areas (HPSA). There are 112 designated HPSAs in Montana.  Currently there is no rehabilitative care component within the NHSC.  Senator Tester is one of the sponsors of this legislation.

    • Sports Medicine Licensure Clarity Act of 2017.  This bill would provide certain licensure clarifications and legal protections for PTs, physicians and ATCs who practice across state lines as they travel with professional and collegiate teams or other athletes and teams sanctioned by a national governing body.  Currently these health care professionals may lose their professional liability insurance coverage during travel.  This bill has not yet been introduced in the Senate.

    If you would like more information regarding federal advocacy issues, please feel free to contact me at kgkimgrover@gmail.com or visit the federal advocacy site at apta.org.  

    Interested in advocating for our profession?  We are currently looking for a key contact for Senator Daines. 

  • 21-Mar-2017 11:47 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Therapy Cap Repeal is reintroduced in Congress, keep yourself updated on this bill with the following link:


  • 28-Oct-2016 1:10 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    This course was recorded on September 22 and is now available on the APTA Learning Center, FREE to members and non-members.  It is designed to introduce physical therapists to the new evaluation and reevaluation codes, and teach therapists how to select the appropriate evaluation code based on patient presentation. The new evaluation codes are split into 3 levels: low complexity evaluation, moderate complexity evaluation, and high complexity evaluation. Physical therapists will need to select the appropriate evaluation level based on 4 components: patient history, examination, patient presentation, and complexity of clinical decision making. This course includes patient scenarios specific to a variety of physical therapist practice settings, including cardiovascular and pulmonary, geriatrics, neurology, orthopedics, pediatrics, and private practice. FREE to members and non-members. Go to: http://learningcenter.apta.org/   

  • 21-Apr-2016 9:41 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Think Local . . . Go Global!

    Global Health Reception

    5:40 – 7:00 PM, Saturday, April 23, 2016

    Holiday Inn • 5 East Baxter Lane • Bozeman, Montana

    Sponsored by:  The Montana Chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association

    Everyone is invited to this free, informal reception to learn how two Montana grown organizations are providing the right mobility to the right population in the right way!  Join us for beverages and hors dóeuvres.   We will be raising funds to supplement the cost of wheelchairs provided through a partnership between Bozeman based ROC Wheels and Helena based Families With Heart.  Hear how these groups are mobilizing communities. We will talk about a farm, hippotherapy, cacao paste, building chairs, inmate involvement, AirBNB and the Casa for a Cause. Take a break, learn something new and GO Global!

    Silent Auction items include textiles from Ecuador and cacao paste. Tickets are available now and at the door for a chance to win a $300 gift certificate for Chico Hot Springs.  All proceeds will supplement the cost of wheelchairs for specific children in Ecuador. Everyone is welcome! You do not need to be registered for the conference to participate in this reception.  Raffle tickets are available at the door or by contacting Lorena at Lpettet@aol.comor 406-581-3147. You do not need to be present to win!


    ROC (Reach Out and Care) Wheels is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, which provides adaptive wheelchairs to disabled children around the globe. Since 1999 ROC has provided the gift of mobility to over 10,000 people in need from over 30 nations. We thank you for visiting the ROC Wheels website. We hope you will have the opportunity to learn about what we do and how you can be involved in changing the world, one precious life at a time. www.rocwheels.org

    What Do We Do?

    • ·         Mobilize children with even the most severe disabilities in developing countries
    • ·         Empower youth of all ages to become social entrepreneurs and wheelchair builders
    • ·         Individually fit each child on a wheelchair distribution with a qualified team of volunteers
    • ·         Equip nations to manufacture ROC wheelchairs
    • ·         Foster partnerships, empower prison inmates, and share the love of God


    Families With Heart is dedicated to improving the lives of disabled children and families in the underdeveloped country of Ecuador. The mission is to coordinate donations from sponsor families and direct the funds to specific needs of disabled children. Funds donated through Families With Heart are used for the specific needs of the disabled child/adult and may be directed toward physical, occupational, and speech therapies; medications; or basic needs if they are currently unmet.   www.familieswithheart.org


  • 30-Oct-2015 11:59 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    MedBridge provides clinicians and healthcare organizations a comprehensive education platform that includes clinical education, patient education, and home exercise programs to enhance clinical excellence, engage patients, and improve outcomes -- all included in one annual subscription. Subscribers get unlimited access to:

    • Continuing Education: Library of 400+ accredited courses taught by industry-leading professionals,
    • Patient Education: Customizable for all levels of health literacy, featuring 3D models and animated
    • Home Exercise Programs: Clinicians can choose from thousands of exercises for easy-to-build HEPs, featuring motion graphics, 3D models, and live patient demos videos explaining common conditions helping patients get better, faster

    MAPTA partnered with MedBridge to provide a discounted subscription for $200, regularly $425.  

    Click here to learn more and subscribe or enter the promo code MAPTA at checkout.

  • 28-Sep-2015 3:58 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    You may see the agenda and the posted reports in the members only section of the website. You must sign in first to see this tab as it remains hidden if you are not signed in as a member. Or, click here to be taken to the page (you will be requested to sign in).

  • 08-Sep-2015 5:48 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The slate of candidates is as follows; elections will be held in Missoula on October 3, 2015, during the Business Meeting at the Fall Conference, please see www.mapta.com/events for more details, or to RSVP to the business meeting. Absentee Ballots link is available at www.mapta.com/nominations. Please note there are TWO candidates for VP listed below; please read more about these candidates here, or online at www.mapta.com/nominations.


    President Elect: 

    ·         Jay Shaver, Whitefish

    Read about Jay here: www.mapta.com/nominations

    Vice President: 

    • Jenn Lorengo, Deer Lodge
    • Christian Appel, Bozeman

    Read about Jenn and Christian here: www.mapta.com/nominations

    Director (Education): 

    • ·         Carissa Benjamin, Missoula

    Read about Carissa here: www.mapta.com/nominations

    Four Year Delegate: 

    ·         Marybeth Wilson, Dillon

    Read about Marybeth here: www.mapta.com/nominations

    One Year Delegate: 

    ·         Tracie Schroeder, Kalispell

    Nominating Committee (three year term): 

    ·          (3 year term) none at this time

    ·         (1 year) Adena Carter 

    PTA Representative to PTA Caucus: 

    ·         none at this time


  • 02-Sep-2015 2:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    So what exactly is the physical therapist's (PT's) professional scope of practice, and how would you go about describing it as a definition rather than a list of things PTs do? Now's your chance to weigh in.

    All APTA members are invited to provide input on the APTA Board of Directors' efforts to create a broad definition of the PT professional scope of practice. The idea behind the project is to create a global description of practice that aims to be an overall description rather than a set of procedures and functions.

    Members can evaluate and comment on the draft scope and the guiding principles behind it by visiting an APTA webpage set aside for the survey. Deadline for responses is September 11. Send your completed surveys to Practice-Dept@apta.org.

  • 28-Jul-2015 1:39 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    (From APTA  PT News)
    Many physical therapists (PTs) and physical therapist assistants (PTAs) have been involved with the Special Olympics over the years, but Donna Bainbridge, PT, EdD, ATC, has elevated that involvement in ways that stretch beyond the actual World Games now taking place in Los Angeles.

    As part of its coverage of the event, ESPN.com correspondent Stephania Bell, PT, OCS, CSCScaught up with Bainbridge to find out more about FUNfitness, the screening program Bainbridge developed with APTA that is now a central part of the Special Olympics' Healthy Athletes Program.

    Bainbridge, former director of practice at APTA, explains how FUNfitness was developed and implemented at the 2001 games in Alaska, and how the program has grown from a 6-consultant program to a global operation that includes between 75 and 80 programs. This year, Bainbridge says in the interview, there could be as many as 200 volunteers at the games, working together to reach a goal of providing screenings to 60%-65% of all participating athletes.

    For Bainbridge, the benefits of the program stretch beyond the immediate needs of the athletes at the games, and reach physical therapists and their home communities.

    "I feel like we're changing the lives of the volunteers we train because even though all these physical therapists work with people with disabilities, this is not necessarily a group they would solicit," Bainbridge says. "I've heard many times that they go back much more aware and seek out working with these people in their practices and their communities."

  • 20-May-2015 10:18 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Furthering efforts to increase awareness of how professional policies are created, APTA will broadcast the 2015 House of Delegates online for APTA members on June 1–3. Members can view the broadcast on APTA’s livestream page. In advance of the House, APTA members are encouraged to review the 2015 motions and provide feedback to their delegates.

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