Ready, Set, Go! IPTA Board of Directors Adopts New Strategic Plan
Friday, June 3, 2016
Posted by: Matthew Nicholas
Ready, Set, Go!
IPTA Board of Directors Adopts New Strategic Plan
The IPTA’s Board 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.
IPTA will increase society’s awareness and understanding of physical therapy.
- Encourage careers in physical therapy.
- Pursuant to SRA0319/6-16, the IPTA Board of Directors will form a task force to investigate 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. Report findings to the 2017 Assembly.
- Promote the value of physical therapy first.
- Form a public relations work group to develop a plan to utilize APTA resources to promote accessing physical therapy first in Illinois. Report recommendations to the IPTA Board of Directors by January, 2017.
- Promote individual physical therapists and physical therapist assistants as movement experts.
- Develop a consumer focused website that provides for physical therapists to promote/market their services to individuals and other health care providers utilizing search tools based on geographical location, areas of specialty and advanced certifications. Platform to be ready for testing by January, 2017.
- Encourage participation by Chapter, Districts and individuals in the Chicago Marathon, Naperville Marathon, Halloween Hobble, and other community events promoting active lifestyles. Promote and report on activities through IPTA newsletters, website and social media.
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.
- Ensure that there is an adequate physical therapy workforce in Illinois so that physical therapy services are delivered by licensed and qualified providers.
- Form a work group to investigate insurance payments for PT services delivered by chiropractors or unlicensed individuals working under the supervision of chiropractors. Report findings and recommendations to the IPTA Board of Directors by January, 2017.
- Meet with the Illinois State Medical Society and Illinois Health and Hospital Association to discuss network adequacy issues. Report outcomes and recommendations to the IPTA Board of Directors by January, 2017.
- The IPTA will collaborate with Illinois Department of Finance and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) and other healthcare professional associations on legislation that would impact the scope of practice of health professionals. Monitor legislative activity and report to the IPTA Board of Directors as appropriate.
- Advocate for regulation of insurers to provide for fair physical therapy copays and prevent cost-shifting to the patient by categorizing physical therapists under the specialist designation.
- Continue to negotiate with insurers and other groups to pursue passage of current Senate bill. Provide interim progress reports to the IPTA Board of Directors.
- Advocate for Illinois Consumers to receive dry needling by Illinois licensed and qualified physical therapists.
- Work with the Illinois Department of Finance and Professional Regulation to establish rules that regulate the educational requirements for dry needling by physical therapists. Provide interim progress reports to the IPTA Board of Directors.
- Improve the health status of older adults and persons with disabilities in Illinois by leveraging the strengths of community-based organizations and elevating their provision of cost-effective, high quality, evidence-based healthy aging programs.
- Promote fall prevention to senior populations and persons with disabilities through our partnership with the Illinois Community Health and Aging Collaborative.
- Appoint a liaison group to work with the Collaborative. Provide biannual progress reports to the IPTA Board of Directors.
- Encourage physical therapists and physical therapist assistants to integrate health and wellness into practice. (Committee to be appointed, pursuant to SRA0425/17-15)
- Develop resources that include evidence based programs and tool kits. Provide interim progress reports to the IPTA Board of Directors.
- Clarify to the membership how health and wellness fits within the PT scope of practice. Provide recommendations to the IPTA Board of Directors by January, 2017.
- By November, 2016, develop a plan for educational programs for 2017 that will:
- Provide strategies for integrating health and wellness into practice and help clinicians market health and wellness services to the public and other health care providers.
- Teach appropriate nutrition education to physical therapists.
- Be one of the first 10 states to pass the Physical Therapy Licensure Compact so that Illinois can contribute to development of rules that will govern the compact process.
- Secure sponsors to introduce bills to pass the PT Licensure Compact. Provide interim progress reports to the IPTA Board of Directors.
- Educate members about how the compact will positively impact the licensure process by eliminating delays caused by multiple applications by endorsement and help to expand access to physical therapy in rural/underserved areas of Illinois. Provide interim progress reports to the IPTA Board of Directors.
- Actively contribute to national and state payment reform to ensure consumer access, along with adequate and fair payment for PT services.
- Keep members informed on how payment reform impacts billing practices in Illinois. Provide interim progress reports to the IPTA Board of Directors.
- Encourage individual member participation in APTA workgroups and committees addressing payment reform including, but not limited to, coding, bundled payment, and ACOs. Provide interim progress reports to the IPTA Board of Directors.
- Form a workgroup to research and develop information for members on how telehealth can be utilized in Illinois. Report recommendations to the IPTA Board of Directors by January, 2017.
IPTA will maximize the value of IPTA membership.
- Provide quality educational programming and networking opportunities for PTs and PTAs.
- IPTA will continue the #ThirdThursday programs and virtual library.
- The IPTA will hold REVITALIZE 2016 and REVITALIZE Road Trip 2016.
- IPTA staff will begin plans for REVITALIZE 2017. Report plans to the IPTA Board of Directors by October, 2016.
- Promote student membership and participation in APTA and IPTA conferences and activities.
- The IPTA will continue to provide funding for students to attend NEXT 2016, NSC 2016 and CSM 2017 through an application/award process. Provide interim progress reports to the IPTA Board of Directors.
- The IPTA will provide discounted registration rates for students to attend IPTA conferences and programs.
- The IPTA Board of Directors will support the Student Special Interest Group (SSIG) in fundraising efforts for Marquette Challenge.
- The IPTA staff will promote and provide opportunities for members to assist in PT and PTA school visits that promote the value of IPTA membership. Provide interim progress reports to the IPTA Board of Directors.
- Support early career PTs and PTAs.
- The IPTA Board of Directors will appoint PT and PTA early career members to serve as board liaisons and on committees/task forces/workgroups to ensure that early career members are represented in discussions.
- The IPTA will continue to participate in the APTA pilot program that reduces membership dues for recent graduates.
- The IPTA Board of Directors will appoint individuals to work with the iMAP leadership to investigate ways to encourage and grow participation in the mentoring program. Report to the IPTA Board of Directors by January, 2017.
- Make best use of our volunteers.
- The IPTA Board of Directors will evaluate the levels of governance and practices within IPTA including the Assembly of Representatives, Illinois Delegation to the APTA House of Delegates, the Board of Directors, Districts, SSIG, and Committees of the Membership. Report and recommendations to the 2017 Assembly of Representatives.
- By July, 2016, the Federal Affairs Liaison and District Chairs will identify and appoint at least one individuals to serve as key contacts for each of our U.S. senators, member of Congress, and members of the Illinois General Assembly. Report to the IPTA Board of Directors by August, 2017.
- By July, 2016, develop a grass roots action plan to activate key contacts quickly and efficiently.
- Support our Illinois Physical Therapy Foundation (IPTF).
- By the end of 2016, IPTA will shift the IPTA’s research initiatives, including webinars, online resources, and research grant, to the foundation so that the IPTF can build upon them through fundraising and other opportunities for growth as a 501(c)3.