Our manipulation bill now has a companion in the House: HB 1918. Sponsors are Reps Liias, Warnick, Ericksen, Upthegrove, Kagi, Hunt, Hinkle and Williams. Although it’s not showing up on the bill search page yet it will be there soon. Here’s the Senate version page: http://apps.leg.wa.gov/billinfo/summary.aspx?bill=5230&year=2009
Read Brenda Matter’s articulate letter posted on the Seattle Times Northwest Voices blog about the quandry between Washington DPT students having to learn spinal manipulation – and having to leave the state to practice it at http://blog.seattletimes.nwsource.com/northwestvoices/.
If you’ve ever read Horton Hears a Who by Dr. Seuss, you’ll understand why every voice serves an important role when communicating about a critical issue.
PTWA Payer Liaison Larry Post urges all of you who see Regence or Premera patients to contact Provider Relations. If you can call and get a face to face meeting that is the best. If not use what ever means is available to you such as; letter, email, or phone call. Be prepared to comment on the following:
1. The percentage that your cost of doing business has risen over the last few years.
2. For Regence only, identify any PTs in your office that you would like to add to their network.
In March, Regence will be looking at how the October 2007 panel opening affected their bottom line and will be getting together with Larry after they’ve crunched their numbers to discuss future collaborations. In regard to Network access, Regence will be reviewing their data in early 2009 to determine what impact there has been as a result of opening the Network up for Physical Therapists in October 2007. Any future decisions will be made based upon that data.
Over the past few years, Regence and Premera have heard comments from only two of us about the cost of doing business. Larry reports that they really do want more information from us.
Be one Who who is heard!
Contact Premera’s provider relations department by calling 877-342-5258, and selecting option 4 then option 2
Contact Regence via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
More than 600 PT professionals and students came to Olympia January 22 for PT Legislative Impact Day, making it the biggest physical therapy rally in history! We got mention on the blogs of The Olympian and The Seattle Times and in the PT Bulletin Online. Our yellow umbrellas gained us a nod on the House Democratic Caucus’ blog The Advance.
The upcoming Pediatric SIG meeting on January 13 will feature a presentation by Maggie Boyd, MPT, and Shari Einhorn-Dicks, MSPT, on “Assessing/Managing Abnormal Lower Extremity and Foot Biomechanics in Young Children.” It will take place at Northwest Pediatric Therapies, 710 NW Juniper St., Issaquah. A social gathering begins at 6:30 p.m., the presentation starts at 7 p.m.
Join the Greater Spokane District January 14 for a meeting featuring a presentation on total facet arthroplasty presented by Dr. John Demakas. The meeting takes place at EWU Riverpoint Campus, Academic Center room 347, on N. Riverpoint Blvd., Spokane. Social time will begin at 6:30 p.m., and the meeting at 7 p.m.
The World Confederation of Physical Therapy wants your photos! The confederation launched an international competition to find excellent images of PTs engaging in education, practice and research to be used on its website, in print or presentations. The competition forms part of WCPT’s efforts to raise awareness of physical therapy internationally and the role it plays in global health, according to a WCPT press release.
Photographs may be submitted by amateurs and professionals alike. The competition offers everyone the chance to become involved in how physical therapy is globally portrayed. Submission are due by Jan. 20. Students, models or actors may be used. Send entries to email@example.com. For more information, visit the WCPT website.