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2016-2018 Strategic Plan Summary

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2016-2018 Strategic Plan Report

As part of the adoption of the new 2019-2020 strategic plan, the IPTA Board of Directors sunset the following plan after recognizing the association’s many accomplishments during the last three years.  This summary encapsulates the progress made towards accomplishing the IPTA mission and vision for the future of physical therapy in Illinois.

Goal 1: IPTA will increase society’s awareness and understanding of physical therapy.

  1. Encourage careers in physical therapy.
    1. 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. 
      • In January, 2017, the Board of Directors developed and approved the formal charge for the Diversity Task Force and appointed the Committee and Chair who, after presenting their findings and recommendations to the Board and Assembly, brought forth a motion to the 2017 Assembly that’s intent was to ensure that the IPTA was committed to improving underrepresented minority physical therapist and physical therapist assistant (professional and student level) membership and participation.  The Assembly unanimously passed this motion on April 22, 2017. 
      • The IPTA’s 2017-2018 SSIG developed a presentation that students can use to present in high schools to promote careers in physical therapy.  In late 2018, the IPTA connected with a group of UIC students that launched a mentorship program for the 2018-2019 academic year and are currently exploring opportunities for collaboration and expansion of their program.
      • Concurrently, the APTA engaged in a comprehensive review of current efforts to advance diversity and inclusion within the physical therapy profession and have included new goals in the 2019 APTA strategic plan that will be presented in late January, 2019.  
        This work will carry forward in the 2019-2020 IPTA strategic plan.
  2. Promote the value of physical therapy first.
    1. Form a public relations work group to develop a plan to utilize APTA resources to promote accessing physical therapy first in Illinois.
      • In late fall, 2016, the Board of Directors developed and approved the formal charge for the work group and members of the committee were appointed in spring, 2017.
      • The PT work group contributed to the development of a pain management brochure and a choosing your physical therapist brochure that are available to members as a download.  These are in addition to the three previously released to members (#ChoosePTfirst, COPD and Balance).  As of December 2018, a total of 269 brochures have been downloaded by members.
        This work will carry forward in the 2019-2020 IPTA strategic plan.
    2. Pass direct access. (added October, 2017)
      • Governor Rauner signed HB4643 into law on August 16, 2018, giving consumers direct access to physical therapists. 
      • IPTA created member only communities to help integrate direct access into various practice settings. 
      • The IPTA is currently working to address a conflict in current law that has delayed hospital systems from implementing direct access in their outpatient clinics. 
  3. Promote individual physical therapists and physical therapist assistants as movement experts.
    1. 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.
      • While the new consumer website was in development and testing phase, the APTA announced their Implementation of geospecific landing pages for,  The consumer website project was tabled indefinitely and the IPTA was an early adopter of this new feature.  The Illinois page went live in summer, 2018.  Since then, the IPTA has encouraged members to update their Find a PT profiles with the expectation of increased web traffic to as the public takes advantage of our new direct access laws.
    2. Encourage participation by Chapter, Districts and individuals in the Chicago Marathon, Naperville Marathon, Halloween Hobble, and other community events promoting active lifestyles.

Goal 2: 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.

  1. Ensure that there is an adequate physical therapy workforce in Illinois so that physical therapy services are delivered by licensed and qualified providers.
    1. Form a work group to investigate insurance payments for PT services delivered by non-PTs.
      • During negotiations to achieve direct access, the IPTA identified a problem related to the enforcement of term protection as provided in the PT Act and recognized its impact on the billing of PT services by non-PT providers. 
        This work will carry forward in the 2019-2020 IPTA strategic plan.
    2. Meet with the Illinois State Medical Society and Illinois Health and Hospital Association to discuss network adequacy issues.
    3. Outcomes: 
      • The IPTA supported the efforts of the ISMS and IHHA to pass the Network Adequacy and Transparency Act (the NAT Act), signed into law on September 15, 2017, which requires:
      • Insurance companies will have to make sure their networks meet patients' needs. That means insurance plan networks must have enough health facilities and doctors, including specialists, in close proximity to where their policyholders live.
      • Health plans must be more transparent. Insurers will be obligated to maintain updated provider directories. If a doctor or hospital is dropped from a network, the insurance company will have to notify patients in a timely fashion to help the patient avoid surprise out-of-network charges. Doctors will also have new patient notification requirements if they choose to leave a network.
      • Patient care will not be disrupted due to changes in health insurance networks. A patient's doctor may be dropped from the network, but pregnant women or patients with complex conditions will be able to stay with their doctor long enough to make a smooth transition - without getting charged extra.
    4. Partner with Illinois Department of Finance and Professional Regulation and the Illinois State Medical Society to oppose legislation that would expand the scope of athletic trainer practice to include all individuals, not just athletes participating in organized sports.
    5. Outcomes: 
      • Beginning in mid 2017 and continuing on through the end of 2018, the IPTA dialogued with the Illinois Athletic Trainers Association (IATA) to address employment obstacles and scope of practice issues.   
      • In early 2018, the  IDFPR introduced legislation to deregulate the athletic trainer profession in Illinois but this legislation did not progress. 
        This work will carry forward in the 2019-2020 IPTA strategic plan.
  2. Regulate insurers to provide for fair physical therapy copays and prevent cost-shifting to the patient by categorizing physical therapists under the specialist designation.
    1. 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.
      • Meetings with stakeholders held over 2016 and commitment from Senate Insurance Committee Chair Haine suggested that an agreed bill in 2017 was forthcoming, however the compromise language that came forward would have only provided co-pay relief for state employees.  The IPTA chose to forego this bill and focus efforts on passage of direct access. 
      • In fall, 2018, the Arthritis Foundation launched a campaign on co-pays and the IPTA is monitoring their activity.
        This work will carry forward in the 2019-2020 IPTA strategic plan.
  3. Ensure that Illinois consumers can receive dry needling by Illinois licensed and qualified physical therapists.
    1. 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.
  4. 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.
    1. Promote falls prevention to senior populations and persons with disabilities through our partnership with the Illinois Community Health and Aging Collaborative.
      • Through our partnership with the Collaborative, the IPTA assisted with the planning, programming, and execution of a Fall Symposium that was held in September 2018 with sold out attendance. 
      • The IPTF received a $4,400 NACDD Walk With Ease (WWE) grant and successfully completed distributing 400 WWE books with 16 clinics/programs participating. Illinois was the only component to complete this program and was asked to apply for a supplemental grant from the NACDD. The IPTF received an additional $3,300 in funding and successfully distributed 200 additional books with a grand total of 21 Illinois clinics participating.
  5. Encourage physical therapists and physical therapist assistants to integrate health and wellness into practice. (Committee to be appointed, pursuant to SRA0425/17-15)
    1. Develop resources that include evidence-based programs and tool kits.
      • The IPTA’s health and wellness committee developed an online community for the IPTA website that includes resources organized into 5 basic health domains: Disease Risks, Nutrition, Fitness, Movement Quality, and Stress.
      • The committee, on an ongoing basis, creates social media posts relating to different aspects of Health and Wellness and shares them via IPTA Facebook and Twitter with the intent that they reach the public through sharing by PT professionals.
    2. Clarify to the membership how health and wellness fits within the PT scope of practice.
    3. Outcomes: 
      • The direct access legislation signed into law on August 16, 2016 provided clarity that health and wellness is within the scope of PT practice.
    4. 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.
      • 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.
    5. Outcomes: 
      • The committee developed and executed programs at the 2017 and 2018 REVITALIZE conferences, with plans for an ethics in delivery of wellness services program planned for 2019.
  6. 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.
    1. Secure sponsors to introduce bills to pass the PT Licensure Compact.
      • While in early 2017 the IPTA successfully moved compact legislation through the House’s Health Care licensing committee, it did not move forward to full vote in the House due to concerns relating to potential conflicts within existing laws.  Additionally, there were concerns that the compact’s requirements for a different type of background check could potentially cause licensure and renewal fees to be increased for all Illinois PTs and PTAs, regardless of whether they actively participate in the compact.
      • While the IDFPR could not support the licensure compact legislation, in 2018 they introduced legislation that simplified the process for filing for licensure by endorsement, which was signed into law in August, 2018.  Administrative rules will be drafted in 2019..
    2. 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.
    3. Outcomes: 
      • Information provided in monthly issues of Your Advocate.
  7. Actively contribute to national and state payment reform to ensure consumer access, along with adequate and fair payment for PT services..
    1. Keep members informed on how payment reform impacts billing practices in Illinois.
      • The November, 2017, #TT featured a Payment Reform presentation by Rick Rausch.  The presentation was moved to large venue to accommodate in person attendance of 67.  In addition, virtual participants numbered 81 and an additional 25 downloaded the presentation from the virtual library. A similar update was
      • In 2018, the IPTA partnered with Illinois State Medical Society and Illinois Health and Hospital Association to address -59 modifier related issues with BCBSIL and Verscend.  Co-authored letter sent to BCBSIL September 24, 2018.
        This work will carry forward in the 2019-2020 IPTA strategic plan.
    2. Encourage individual member participation in APTA workgroups and committees addressing payment reform including, but not limited to, coding, bundled payment, and ACOs.
    3. Outcomes: 
      • Illinois Member Rick Rausch served as Chair of the APTA’s RUC group. 
    4. Form a work group to research and develop information for members on how telehealth can be utilized in Illinois.
    5. Outcomes: 
      • A Telehealth work group charge was developed and approved by Board, with members appointed in spring, 2017.  The workgroup developed an IPTA website resource community for telehealth and presented an update on telehealth in practice during the November, 2018, #ThirdThursday event.
      • The Illinois Telehealth Act was amended to include all health care professions (including PT) in July, 2018.

Goal 3: IPTA will maximize the value of IPTA membership.

  1. Provide quality educational programming and networking opportunities for PTs and PTAs.
    1. IPTA will continue the #ThirdThursday programs and virtual library.
      • For 2016, 9 #TT programs were held and a total of 972 individuals participated in #TT through either in-person, virtual, or library.
      • For 2017, 9 #TT programs were held and a total of 584 individuals participated in #TT programs through either in-person, virtual, or library.
      • For 2018, 7 #TT programs were held and a total of 835 individuals participated in #TT programs through either in-person, virtual, or library.
    2. The IPTA will hold REVITALIZE 2016 and REVITALIZE Road Trip 2016.
    3. Outcomes: 
      • REVITALIZE 2016 exceeded 2015 attendance by 11%. There were 355 attendees at REVITALIZE 2016 and 320 at REVITALIZE 2015.  The Road trip was cancelled due to low registration.
    4. IPTA staff will begin plans for REVITALIZE 2017.
    5. Outcomes: 
      • 2017 REVTIALIZE outcomes: 276 attendees; 23 exhibitors. 
      • 2018 REVITALIZE:  EXPO sold out with 28 exhibitors.  Total of 308 registrations to date.  18 Posters accepted for display. 

        Additional activities:
        -Rules passed in July 2018 to redefine live continuing education to include live virtual events instead of self-study.
        -Rules passed in July 2018 to increase clinical education hours counting for licensure renewal from 5 to 10 per renewal cycle (Assembly directive).

  2. Promote student membership and participation in APTA and IPTA conferences and activities.
    1. The IPTA will continue to provide support 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.
      • In 2016, the IPTA sponsored 11 students in attending APTA conferences. NEXT 2016 (Nashville, TN) 1 student (1 applicant); NSC 2016 (Miami, FL) 3 students (5 applicants), CSM 2017 (San Antonio, TX) 7 students (22 applicants). Totaling $4,000 of sponsorships.
      • In 2017, no applications for funding received for NEXT 2017.  Two students funded for NSC 2017 (4 applicants); 15 students funded for CSM 2018 (43 applicants). Total funding $6,700.
      • In 2018, no student funding applications received for 2018 NEXT.  Four students funded for NSC 2018 (4 applicants); 9 students funded for CSM 2019 (24 applicants). Total funding $4,100.
    2. The IPTA will provide discounted registration rates for students to attend IPTA conferences and programs.
    3. Outcomes: 
      • 30 students utilized the discounted registration rates for REVITALIZE 2016.
      • 58 students utilized the discounted registration rates for REVITALIZE 2017.
      • 46 students utilized the discounted registration rates REVITALIZE 2018.
    4. The IPTA Board of Directors will support the Student Special Interest Group (SSIG) in fundraising efforts for the Marquette Challenge.
    5. Outcomes: 
      • The SSIG held a fundraiser on April 8, 2016 and raised $2,238 for the Marquette Challenge.
      • The SSIG held a fundraiser on April 22, 2017 and raised $2,818 for the Marquette Challenge.
      • As result from the 2018 REVITALIZE Silent Auction, the students raised $1,900 towards the 2017-2018 Mercer-Marquette Challenge.
    6. 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.
    7. Outcomes: 
      • In 2016, staff visited 19 school programs to present to students on the benefits of IPTA membership, legislative updates, and ways students can get involved in their professional association.
      • In 2017, staff and members visited 15 school programs.
      • For 2018, staff and members visited 18 school programs.
  3. Support early career PTs and PTAs.
    1. 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 positions of PT and PTA board liaisons continue to be filled, and there is at least one early career member on every active committee and work group.
    2. The IPTA will continue to participate in the APTA pilot program that reduces membership dues for recent graduates.
    3. Outcomes: 
      • IPTA renewed its commitment to the APTA pilot for 2017, 2018, and 2019. 
    4. 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.
    5. Outcomes: 
      • The program continues to grow under the volunteer leadership of the chair and co-chair; however, the Board recognizes that it is time to review the program to ensure its sustainability.
        This work will carry forward in the 2019-2020 IPTA strategic plan.
  4. Make best use of our volunteers.
    1. 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.
      • Governance review was conducted in 2016, which resulted in changes in policies, handbooks, and development of bylaw motion proposals for the 2017 Assembly, who passed the following:
        • Elimination of President-elect position
        • Full vote for PTs and PTAs in Chapter and District elections
        • Ethics Committee moved to Committee of the Board (no further elected positions, Board to address appointment of committee member at October meeting)
        • Board of Directors members no longer vote at Assembly
        • Additional duties of serving as officers for IPTF added to Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer responsibilities
        • Nominating Committee responsibilities expanded to include foster activities that maintain and promote a pool of informed nominees
        • Assembly requests Board consider District Rules to address Vice Chair serving as senior district representative for Assembly.
      • Additionally, the Board decided that, prior to March 20th of each year, each district should select a senior rep to coordinate the activities of their representatives as the Assembly.
        In 2018, the Board of Directors brought forth motions relating to Assembly purpose, apportionment, size, and frequency.  The Assembly approved Assembly purpose and for the apportionment to count PTAs as equals to PTs.  The Assembly did not act upon motions to change the size or frequency of assemblies.  In the fall, 2018, the Board, Executive committee, and Reference committee refined how the Assembly operates to reduce opportunities for acting upon business that has not been fully vetted, ensuring that elected members fulfill their fiduciary responsibilities to the association.
    2. 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.
    3. Outcomes: 
      • In 2017, recruitment efforts resulted in the IPTA securing at least one key contact for each US senator and congressman, and at least one key contact for over 90% of our Illinois General Assembly members.
    4. By July, 2016, develop a grassroots action plan to activate key contacts quickly and efficiently
    5. Outcomes: 
      • In 2016, two online communities were developed to use as basis for communications for grassroots strategies. 
      • In 2017, the IPTA began to utilize an In the Know newsletter to alert key contacts of legislative activities, sending out 7 issues during the course of the year focusing on various topics including repeal of the medicare therapy cap, and student loan reduction.
      • In 2018, the IPTA utilized the In the Know to alert key contacts of activities relating to our direct access legislation as well as federal activities as requested by APTA.
  5. Support our Illinois Physical Therapy Foundation (IPTF).
    1. 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.
      Outcomes:  During 2016, the IPTF website was developed and it went live in early 2017.  Since then the foundation has expanded its work to include:
      • 2017 Spotlight on Research 8 virtual learning events: 574 total registrants.
      • Board expanded to 9 members; 5 new seats filled in April, 2017.
      • Received two Walk with Ease grants and partnered with other stakeholders for a 2018 Fall Symposium.
      • Established as a recipient for AMAZON SMILE as of April, 2017.
      • 2018 Spotlight on Research virtual learning events continued, with the addition of notices about current research projects added to Spotlight on Research e-mails. 8 virtual learning events held: 631 total registrants.
  6. Strive to involve, inform and develop volunteers so they feel equipped and empowered to fulfill leadership roles. (added to strategic plan 2/17)
    1. By April, 2017, the Board of Directors will implement a policy that requires uniform orientation of all new leaders and an annual “refresher course” for returning leaders.
      •  Implemented in June, 2017.
    2. Beginning in March, 2017, the President, Speaker of the Assembly, Chief Delegate, PTA Director and Executive Director will contribute content to the monthly Leadership Update.
    3. Outcomes: 
      •  Implemented in March, 2017.
    4. Beginning with the SSIG officers with June 1, 2017 – May 31, 2018 terms, the Executive Committee will serve as mentors to our student leaders: IPTA President – SSIG President; IPTA Vice President – SSIG Vice President; IPTA Treasurer – SSIG Secretary/Treasurer; IPTA PTA Director – SSIG SPTA Director; IPTA Speaker of Assembly– SSIG Special Events Coordinator; IPTA Secretary – SSIG Communication Liaison; IPTA Chief Delegate – SSIG Transition to New Professionals Chair.
    5. Outcomes: 
      •  Implemented in June, 2017.
    6. Following the 2017 Chapter Election, the Nominating Committee will provide to the Board a list of all nominees as a resource for recruiting future committee and task force members.
    7. Outcomes: 
      • Implemented in 2017.
    8. By April 2017, a task force will be appointed to research and propose a leadership development educational program/series with the final proposal due to the Board by October, 2017.
    9. Outcomes: 
      • Board determined that current needs sufficiently met and initiative should be reviewed as part of strategic plan update.
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