PTWA Member Discusses Experience in Dominican Republic

PTWA Member Bernice Kegel spoke on Q13 Fox this morning about her experience working with children in the Dominican Republic who survived the Haiti earthquake in January.
Click here to see the interview.


Tune in to Q13 Fox Thursday Morning

Q13 Fox News will interview PTWA member Bernice Kegel, PT, Thursday, March 25 at 9:45 a.m. about her recent trip to the Dominican Republic to help Haiti earthquake survivors. Don’t forget to tune in or set your DVR! Also, read about her experience right here on the blog.

Interested in helping Haiti earthquake survivors? Children of the Nations, based in Silverdale, Wash., seeks volunteers for its H4 program. Also, Advantage Rehabilitation Clinic, operated by APTA member Dr. June Hanks, seeks PTs, OTs, PTAs, OTAs and CPOs for teams that will begin working in Haiti in May. Find links to these programs on the PTWA home page.

House Passes Health Care Reform Legislation, Obama’s Top Domestic Policy Close to Becoming Law

The APTA sent out this Information Bulletin last night:

Late tonight, Sunday, March 21, 2010, the United States House of Representatives passed two bills to reform the health care delivery system. The first bill, HR 3590, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, was the House’s concurrence with the health care reform legislation that the United States Senate passed on December 24, 2009. Analysis of the legislation indicates that HR 3590 will provide coverage for 32 million more Americans to reach 95 percent coverage in the United States. HR 3590 passed 219 to 212 and now will be sent to President Barack Obama for signature. To read APTA’s summary of this legislation, click here. Following the passage of HR 3590, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the United States House of Representatives passed HR 4872, the Reconciliation Act of 2010 by a vote of 220-211. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that the health care reform legislation, addressed by reconciliation, will cost $940 billion but also cut the deficit by $138 billion over the next 10 years. This legislation modifies HR 3590 and must now be sent to the Senate for concurrence. If the Senate does not change the legislation and passes HR 4872 it will be sent to the President. To pass HR 4872, the Reconciliation Act of 2010, the Senate needs 51 votes. Earlier today, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid indicated that the Democratic leadership has commitments from 52 senators, not including Vice President Biden to pass HR 4872. Several procedural and parliamentarian hurdles will need to be clear in the Senate, but it is expected that the Senate will move this second piece of legislation making changes to the first in the coming weeks. APTA will be posting a summary of this legislation in the next week at It should be noted that HR 3590 would extend the therapy cap exceptions process for the remainder of 2010, but would not prevent the 21.2 percent reduction in payments under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule scheduled to go into effect on April 1, 2010. Congress will still need to pass legislation to avoid this cut in payments to PTs, physicians and other health care professionals. As the final steps towards this top domestic policy priority of the president are completed, APTA will be providing its membership with resources and education on this legislation and its impact on physical therapy and the patients we serve.

The Role of PT in Diabetes Treatment at PTWA Spring Conference

I met Mary Sinnott last year at the House of Delegates. She has incredible experience, speaks well, is very informative and has a good sense of humor to boot! The other reason I decided to take her class, “Management of Diabetes Mellitus Across the Continuum: The Role of Physical Therapy,” at PTWA Spring Conference: more than 20 percent of the population of Americans over age 60 have diabetes. Almost 11 percent of Americans over 20 have diabetes. I feel this disease has a great impact on a large population that we treat and I want to understand more about diabetes mellitus, the disease continuum and what we can do in physical therapy to best meet the needs, including education of patients.

Keiley Giboney, PTA
PTWA PTA SIG Treasurer

Sign up for Mary’s class at by April 2 to receive the Early Bird Discount!

Register for APTA’s Capitol Hill Day April 27

APTA will host its 22nd Annual Federal Advocacy Forum April 25-27, 2010. In addition to the traditional three-day programming option, APTA is offering a Capitol Hill Day only registration for Tuesday, April 27. Hill Day only registrants will be expected to arrive prior to 2 p.m. April 26 for an issue briefing; and stay until 4 p.m. on Tuesday April 27 for visits with their legislators.

Capitol Hill Day only registration costs $75 and includes:
– APTA Issue Briefing
– Reception with colleagues and staff at APTA headquarters
– Transportation to and from Capitol Hill
– Tuesday morning breakfast on Capitol Hill
– Meetings with your Senators and Representatives on APTA priority issues
– Access to the Debriefing Room, to follow up with APTA staff on your visits

Meeting with your United States Senators and Representatives is a great way to provide information on the needs of PTs and their patients. Previous Capitol Hill Days have been a huge success in gaining support for our issues as well as building relationships between legislators and many APTA members. For only $75, you can be a part of APTA’s presence on Capitol Hill, providing valuable information on behalf of your profession and patients.

For more information on the Federal Advocacy Forum and Capitol Hill Day visit or contact

If you plan to go, or you have questions, send PTWA Federal Affairs Liaison Sharon McCallum an email:

Four easy ways to register:

ONLINE:  Complete the online registration at:
PHONE: Call APTA’s Member Services toll free at 800-999-2782, ext. 3395, 8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. EST
FAX: Fax your completed registration form to: 703-706-3396
MAIL: Send your completed registration form to:
ATTN: FAF Registration
PO Box 79054
Baltimore, MD 21279-0054

** Registration for this event is FREE for PT-PAC Eagles***

Navigating the Waters of Academic Dismissal and Student Clinical Performance

I continue to be amazed with the degree to which faculty and institutions constantly put up with poorly performing or behaving students. Why don’t they dismiss them? Because they are too nice? Don’t know how to do it? Afraid to do it? Administration doesn’t back them?

Often have I heard the refrain, “well, we knew within a few weeks of enrollment that we were going to have a problem with that student.” Of course, I hear this only when the student is nearing graduation and the faculty does not believe the student is qualified for graduation, but has waited so long to do something about the performance, that the decision is now fraught with great difficulty. I try to help.

In the course I will present April 17 at PTWA Spring Conference in Tacoma, I will address all of these issues and any related questions. I look forward to a good discussion with you and if you have some specific questions or issues you want me to address let me know so I can look at them advance. It is okay if you do not think of the question until we are in the midst of the presentation as I like and want audience participation, so don’t hold back.

I look forward to seeing you April 17 and hearing from you between now and then.

Take care,

Steve Milam, JD
Assistant Attorney General, UW Health Sciences and Medical Centers

Register for Steve’s class by April 2 to receive the Early Bird Rate!

Foundation Now Accepting Nominations to Join Scientific Review Committee

The Foundation for Physical Therapy is currently accepting nominations to serve on the Scientific Review Committee (SRC). This all-volunteer committee is vital to awarding more than 25 scholarships, fellowships and grants each year. If you know of someone who could serve as an application reviewer, or have an interest in volunteering yourself, click here to review the criteria for membership. If you qualify and have the desire to make an impact on the future of physical therapy education and research, submit your full CV to Karen Chesbrough, scientific program administrator.