"Physical therapy is not a subspecialty of the medical profession and physical therapists are not medical doctors; we are a separate profession that provides a unique service that physicians are unable and untrained to provide."

Letter to the AMA from the APTA, Dec 2009

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Meet the Presenters at Florida's Private Practice Physical Therapist Conference

Here is our distinguished line-up of presenters for the 3rd annual private practice conference in Orlando, Florida!  Sign up now at www.FLPTPP.com.

Nancy Beckley, MS, MBA, CHC is President at Nancy Beckley & Associates LLC. Ms. Beckley will present a Compliance Update for Medicare.

Pauline Franko, PT, CEEAA Owner at Encompass Consulting & Education, LLC, A physical therapist with over 30 years experience within the Medicare system. Ms. Franko will present Connecting the Dots: Creating the picture the reviewer needs to see.

Tim Richardson, PT is a physical therapist and book author. Tim will present "How to Effectively Use Outcomes Questionnaires for Federal Quality Reporting, Better Productivity and Better Outcomes"

Dimitrios Kostopolous, DPT, MD, PhD, DSc, ECS is a seasoned, widely published doctorate level physical therapist with a strong background in patient care. Dr. Kostopolous will present Myofascial Trigger Point Therapy & Strain Counter- Strain for Cervical Spine Pathology. This presentation-training is designed to have immediate clinical applications.

Konstantine Rizopoulos, DPT, MCMT, FABS Seasoned, multilingual doctoral level physical therapist with a strong background in patient care, management, public relations, marketing and teaching experience in the United States, South America, Europe and Africa. Dr. Rizopoulos will present Myofascial Trigger Point Therapy & Strain Counter- Strain for Cervical Spine Pathology. This presentation-training is designed to have immediate clinical applications.

Dr. Sean M. Wells is the owner and operator of Naples Personal Training, where he provides evidence-based physical therapy and personal training services. Dr. Wells will present "The One-Stop Rehabilitation and Fitness Center: The Future Structure of Physical Therapy Facilities"

Afonso G. Castro, MS, MSPT Afonso is originally from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Mr. Castro is a physical therapist practicing for several years in the fields of sports medicine, industrial rehab, acute care and neurofeedback. Mr. Castro will present "An Introduction to Neurofeedback".

Dr. Kathleen Swanick, DPT, MS, OCS Instructor, joined the faculty at FGCU in July of 2003 and currently serves as an instructor in the Physical Therapy Program. Dr. Swanick will present Use of Ultrasound Imaging (USI) In Physical Therapy.  The purpose of this course is to provide an overview of the application of ultrasound imaging in the field of physical therapy.

Dr.Arie Jacqueline Van Duijn, DPT, OCS, ACCE Instuctor and Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education, received her bachelor's degree in physical therapy in June of 1988 from the Academie voor Fysiotherapie in Leiden, The Netherlands, her post-professional doctor’s degree in physical therapy in April 2005 from the University of St. Augustine. Dr. Van Duijn will present Use of Ultrasound Imaging (USI) In Physical Therapy.  The purpose of this course is to provide an overview of the application of ultrasound imaging in the field of physical therapy.

Aaron LeBauer PT, DPT, LMBT is a Doctor of Physical Therapy and a Licensed Massage and Bodywork Therapist. He owns LeBauer Physical Therapy, which is a 100% cash based physical therapy practice in Greensboro, NC. Dr. LeBauer will present The Anatomy of a Cash Based Physical Therapy Practice.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

New Florida state legislation threatens Physical Therapist Assistant education

"Hi, my name is Tim and I'm in the Senator's district. I'm calling today to ask the Senator to oppose Florida House Bill 1071."

"Ok", said the voice on the other end of the line. "What's your zip code?"

"34222", I said.

"Ok, got it. Thanks for calling. I'll make sure the Senator gets this", said the voice.

"Ok, thank you."  I said and I hung up.

Well, that was easy.  I also sent an e-mail to my Senator asking him to oppose Florida House Bill 1071 (CS/HB 1071).

According to the Florida Physical Therapy Association (FPTA), HB 1071 is legislation originally intended to address a number of glitches in current law affecting the accrediting of healthcare providers and hospitals. HB 1071 has passed the Florida House of Representatives on April 24th, 2013. Unfortunately the legislation was amended on the House floor prior to passage and language was added to the bill that is problematic for the Physical Therapist profession. The legislation will now be considered by the Florida Senate.

The problematic amendment adds NEW language to the Florida Physical Therapy Practice Act (licensure law) that addresses physical therapist assistant education and licensing requirements. Specifically the new language could allow for individuals who have graduated from schools NOT accredited by Commission on Accreditation for Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) to sit for the PTA licensure exam!

This language is extremely problematic for a number of reasons and was added without consultation from FPTA. The proposed change would undermine the CAPTE accreditation currently required for all U.S. PT and PTA schools offering education and training of students seeking examination and licensure. If enacted, this language could open the floodgates for entities who are not experts in physical therapy, nor meet the quality standards of CAPTE to offer “PTA educational degrees” in the state of Florida.

The Florida Physical Therapy Association is strongly OPPOSED to this amendment.

Accrediting agencies like CAPTE hold programs to high standards that have been informed by multiple stakeholders inside and outside of the profession that guide quality student training - this is in the best interest of the public safety and patient care. Relaxing accreditation requirements could diminish the current levels of care protecting Floridians requiring physical therapy rehabilitative and habilitative care.


Please click on the following internet link to send an email to your state senator in Tallahassee on this important issue. It’s easy and only takes a couple of minutes – the email is already prepared for you. The message to your state senator will urge him or her to OPPOSE CS/HB 1071 unless this problematic language is deleted from the bill. In addition, the message will ask them to oppose any amendments to SB 594 and SB 966 changing PTA educational accreditation:


Please be sure to follow up with a phone call to your state senator as well.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Physical Therapists and America's Disability System

Thanks to Adam Rufa, PT at ForwardThinkingPT.com for pointing our attention to the This American Life episode on March 22nd, 2013 called Trends With Benefits.  This episode is about disability in America.

Read Adam's excellent post about the 14 million Americans who don't show up for work every Monday morning but also don't show up in the official Federal unemployment numbers.

Rising disability is a 30-year American trend and 250,000 new Americans are applying for disability each month.

Perhaps the most backwards part about the disability system in America is there are only two ways off: you get so old that Social Security and Medicare take over or, you die.

Amazingly, the disability program doesn't provide physical therapy benefits to return you to your prior level of function.

Physical therapists should listen to this 57:26 minute podcast by reporter Chana Joffe-Walt for a very interesting tutorial on America's disability system.

Perhaps physical therapists  can understand our patients' perspective a little better if we understand the system we all live in.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

New Speakers for the 2013 FLPTPP Conference in Orlando!

Cash Based Physical Therapy and the new Medicare Functional Reporting regulations are just two of the big topics the Florida Physical Therapists in Private Practice will tackle for you at the 3rd annual conference at the Lake Buena Vista Hilton on May 18th and 19th, 2013.

We'll have Nancy Beckley, President of Nancy Beckley & Associates LLC, discussing Medicare Compliance.

Pauline Franko of Encompass Consulting and Education will discuss new requirements for Functional Reporting using G-codes.

For private practice physical therapists interested in expanding their revenue base away from traditional Medicare and commercial insurance, Dr. Aaron LeBauer PT, DPT, LMBT will discuss how you can build a practice like his, which is 100% cash-based.

We will have an expo with many physical therapy vendors as well as a Saturday professional luncheon where you can continue your learning.

A clinical track will run concurrent with a business-oriented track. You should bring your Office Manager and staff to fully capture all the information at the 2013 FLPTPP conference. Get three of you signed up for only $575!

More programming is available at the Florida Physical Therapists in Private Practice (FLPTPP) web site.

We'll see you there!

Sign up here.

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