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CSM2017 Pro Bono Catalyst Meeting! 0 J. Black Hoping to see everyone at the CSM2017 HPA Pro Bono Catalyst Meeting on Thursday afternoon from 1:00 - 2:00 pm in Hilton Salon Del Rey A.  We asked for a bigger room this year as we were packed and overflowing into the hallway last year.  Let's fill this one too.   This year we will continue with a look at how other professions embrace "pro bono" and continue to consider directions for our profession. We will hear of a grant funding opportunities from "The Pro Bono Incubator" and from the "Pro Bono National Honor Society". Come and consider what you might publish in the HPA Resource this next year or team up to present at CSM next year. Ultimately, the HPA Pro Bono Catalyst Group provides a great forum to meet and network with others interested in professional service to our communities. Hope to see you there!
by J. Black
Thursday, February 9, 2017
CSM 2019 HPA Pro Bono Catalyst meeting! 0 C. Crandell Calling all Pro Bono enthusiasts! Join us for the HPA Pro Bono Catalyst Meeting Agenda on Thursday, 1.24.19 from 1-2:00 pm in the Walter E. Washington Convention Center Room 155. Hope to see you there! Best, Kate Crandell Meeting agenda: 1:00 – 1:05      Welcome & introductions (Kate Crandell) 1:05 – 1:15      Pro Bono Directory! (Jill Black) 1:15 – 1:25      HOD update on pro bono services (Ira Gorman) 1:25 – 1:30      Regional Consortia Update (Mary Sinnott) 1:30 – 1:35      Pro Bono Faculty Consortia (Sue Pitzel) 1:35 – 1:45      Pro Bono Incubator (Ciara Burgi) 1:45 – 1:50      Pro Bono Pearls of Wisdom (Invited presenters) 1:50 – 2:00      Ideas for future Pro Bono Catalyst meetings (All attendees)
by C. Crandell
Tuesday, January 15, 2019
Current bills in Congress followed by APTA 0 C. Bloom APTA is currently advocating to and tracking in The 115th Congress numerous bills that would advance the profession of physical therapy and provide better access to care. Below is the legislation we are currently advocating to this Congress:  Medicare Telehealth Parity Act (H.R. 2550) · Legislation would expand the health care providers who are eligible to provide telehealth services to include: physical therapists, certified diabetes educators, respiratory therapists, occupational therapists, speech language pathologists, and audiologists. · Bill was introduced by Reps Mike Thompson (D-CA), Gregg Harper (R-MS), Diane Black (R-TN), and Peter Welch (D-VT). · Bill was referred to the E&C and Ways and Means committees. · As of February 13, 2018, H.R. 2550 had 23 cosponsors. · APTA will continue to work with the sponsors of this legislation and the CONNECT for Health Act (H.R. 2556, S. 1016) to come up with a bill that is more inclusive to physical therapists and more feasible in terms of cost and, therefore, more likely to see progress in the next Congress.  CONNECT for Health Act (H.R. 2556/S. 1016) · Legislation which expand the use of telehealth services under the Medicare program. Specifically, it would allow PTs to furnish telehealth services to individuals enrolled in Medicare Advantage Plans (MA plans) and those PTs involved in alternative payment models. · H.R. 2556 was introduced by Reps Diane Black (R-TN), Mike Thompson (D-CA), Peter Welch (D-VT), Gregg Harper (R-MS), Bill Johnson (R-OH) and Doris Matsui and S. 1016 was introduced by Sens Brian Schatz (D-HI), Roger Wicker (R-MS), Thad Cochran (R-MS), Ben Cardin (D-MD), John Thune (R-SD) and Mark Warner (D-VA) · As of February 13, 2018, H.R. 2556 had 24 cosponsors and S. 1016 had 19 cosponsors. · APTA will continue to work with members of Congress to advance this legislation.  Physical Therapist Workforce and Patient Access Act (H.R. 1639/S. 619) · Legislation would authorize physical therapists to participate in the National Health Service Corps Loan Repayment Program. This legislation would provide greater access to physical therapist services in rural and underserved areas and help meeting the growing demand for physical therapists in the future. · Bill was introduced by Reps John Shimkus (R-IL) and Diane DeGette (D-CO), and Sens Jon Tester (D-MT) and Roger Wicker (R-MS). · Bill was referred to the E&C Subcommittee on Health, and to the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee. · As of February 13, 2018, H.R. 1639 had 46 cosponsors and S. 619 had 2 cosponsors  Sports Medicine Licensure Clarity Act (H.R. 302/S. 808) · Legislation would provide certain legal clarifications and protections for physical therapists, physicians and athletic trainers as they travel across state lines with professional, collegiate, high school and nationally governed sports teams. · Bill was introduced by Reps Brett Guthrie (R-KY) and Cedric Richmond (D-LA) and Sens John Thune (R-SD) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN). · The bill passed the House in early January 2017 and was introduced at the beginning of April in the Senate. · Bill was referred to the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee. · As of February 13, 2018, S. 808 had 22 cosponsors.  Lymphedema Treatment Act (H.R. 930/S. 497) · Legislation would ensure the provision of improved Medicare coverage for compression supplies, including compression garments, bandaging systems, and other devices necessary for lymphedema treatment. Currently, Medicare beneficiaries lack this coverage. · Bill was introduced by Reps David Reichert (R-WA), Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), Leonard Lance (R-NJ), and Janice Schakowsky (D-IL), and Sens Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Chuck Schumer (D-NY) · On Wednesday, June 8, 2016, Rep Reichert delivered testimony on the importance of H.R. 1608 (bill in last Congress) during a House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee hearing. · As of February 13, 2018, H.R. 930 had 309 cosponsors, and S. 497 had 53 cosponsors.  Promoting Integrity in Medicare Act (H.R. 2066) · Legislation would eliminate physical therapy and other services from the in-office ancillary services (IOAS) exception under the Stark laws. · Bill was introduced by Rep Jackie Speier (D-CA). · Bill was referred to the E&C and Ways and Means. Ideally, this legislation will move with a larger piece of legislation that needs monetary offsets. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that this change could save over $3 billion. · H.R. 2066 was introduced on April 6, 2017. As of February 13, 2018, it has 2 cosponsors. · We have concerns about the viability of this legislation is. However, APTA will continue to advocate on its behalf, as we understand how important it is to many members and the patients they serve.  Ensuring Access to Quality Complex Rehabilitation Technology Act (H.R. 750) · Legislation would establish a separate benefit category under the Medicare Part B program for complex rehabilitation technology. · Bill was introduced by Reps Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) and Joseph Crowley (D-NY). · Bill was referred to E&C and W&M committees. · As of February 13, 2018, H.R. 750 had 98 cosponsors. Improving Access to Medicare Coverage Act (H.R. 1421/S. 568) · Legislation would require all days spent in a hospital, whether inpatient or on “observation status” toward the three-day requirement to qualify for Medicare coverage of a skilled nursing facility (SNF) stay after being discharged from the hospital. · Bill was introduced by Reps Joe Courtney (D-CT) and Glenn Thompson (R-PA) and by Sens Sherrod Brown (DOH), Susan Collins (R-ME), Bill Nelson (D-FL), and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV). · Bill was referred to House E&C and Ways and Means Committees and Senate Finance. · As of February 13, 2018, H.R. 1421 had 79 cosponsors and S. 568 had 21 cosponsors.  Save Rural Hospitals Act (H.R. 2957) · Legislation will stabilize rural hospitals by providing regulatory relief, stopping Medicare cuts that are causing closures, and create innovative delivery models that will ensure emergency access to care for rural patients. · Bill was introduced by Rep. Sam Graves (R-MO). · Bill was referred to E&C and W&M committees. · As of February 13, 2018, H.R. 2957 had 20 cosponsors. Medicare Patient Empowerment Act of 2017 (H.R.4133) · Legislation would provide physical therapists with the ability to privately contract with Medicare beneficiaries. · Bill was introduced by Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX). · Bill was referred to E&C and W&M committees. · As of February 13, 2018, H.R. 4133 had 3 cosponsors.  Feel free to contact Jennica Sims, at or 703/706-3194, with any questions pertaining to the aforementioned legislation.
by C. Bloom
Saturday, February 17, 2018
Research Strategies in a Pro Bono Setting 0 L. Hunter Does anyone have effective strategies that they have used to conduct research in a pro bono setting?
by L. Hunter
Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Networking Question: Outcomes Tracking 1 N. Converse In the CPPTC (Community participatory PT Clinic, RU Newark) we have a few Outcomes initiatives. First our charts are audited by the 3rd year students as part of the DPT Outcomes course. From that audit, each year several recommendations are made to improve operations and data management. For example, our documentation notes (very iterative process) change according to recommendations based off of the most recent audit. This year we added the Patient Specific Functional Scale for every patient/client; and on the IE and progress note a special area which states please complete appropriate outcome tool: ___; we have 10 specific tools that were recommended by the student board in agreement with the Outcome course recommendations; (oswestry, . PENn shld etc). This by no means creates increase use of these tools :) But we are working on that!One last hope for increasing the use outcome measures and of tracking outcomes in the CPPTC is the use of a HOST who greets a patient and sets up the clinicians for the session. The HOST will review the case history and reinforce the outcome tool use that was recommended prior or that they deem necessary for the patient case. Stay tuned for this year's success...Hope this helps. SueP (
by S. Paparella-Pitzel
Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Networking Question 1: Equipment Donations 2 P. Cross Networking Question 1: Equipment Donations
by P. Cross
Thursday, February 18, 2016
Ideas for CSM2016 Pro Bono Catalyst Meeting? 2 J. Black I would love to hear strategies for getting PTs/faculty to volunteer (and supervise students) in pro bono clinics.
by S. Pullen
Tuesday, January 26, 2016
Preparing for Pro Bono Catalyst Meeting at CSM! 0 J. Black Hello Pro Bono Catalyst Members ~ Be sure to put Thursday at 1:00 pm on your CSM calendar for the Pro Bono Catalyst Meeting. The agenda is shaping up and we need your input to make it a rich and valuable session!  Here is what we have tentatively: 1.  A presentation from Aliyah Chaudry, PT, MBA, DPT, J.D., APTA/ELI Fellow   "What Can the Physical Therapy Profession Learn from the Law Profession's Commitment to Pro Bono Professional Service" 2.  How to initiate / manage equipment donations in a pro bono setting? Looking for Pro Bono Catalyst members to come prepared to share their experiences 3.  What strategies have you used to conduct research in a pro bono setting? Looking for Pro Bono Catalyst members to come prepared to share their strategies 4.  What tools have you used to measure client outcomes in your pro bono setting? Looking for Pro Bono Catalyst members to come prepared to share their outcome measure choices 5.  Discuss establishing a Steering Committee to guide the Pro Bono Catalyst Group through this next year. Please let me know if you have particular experience to contribute in the equipment management, the research strategies, or the client outcome discussion!  Please also let me know if you are interested in serving on a Steering Committee through this next year. Thank you!  Jill
by J. Black
Sunday, January 24, 2016
Creating Trust in the Hispanic community 2 M. English Hi Lynn!I have a couple of thoughts, not necessarily earth shattering, but I think this is what works for us:Networking with healthcare professionals who work regularly with the community is helpful. If he PCP can say that they know you and like you that goes a long way. All of the PCPs at the city health district (this is who sends us most of your Hispanic patients) have my cell number.. Of course having someone who speaks Spanish is a big help, even if it is just a few key words and really good non-verbals :). Having educational materials in Spanish is also helpful, especially if there is no one who speaks enough Spanish to explain things well. I see a lot of patients walk in the door looking timid, but once I address them in Spanish their whole demeanor relaxes. Last, I think if the clinic environment is less stiff/formal and more warm/friendly that goes a long way. We have fun music playing (sometimes salsa) and we keep the general mood light and fun. The fact that we don't ask for an ID or other formal papers is also helpful.Sarah
by S. Wenger
Friday, October 2, 2015
PT Panel Interest for Medical Student-Run Conference in January? 0 J. Black Hello Pro Bono Colleagues ~ Is anybody sending PT students to the Student-Run Conference for Student-Run Free Clinics in Phoenix, AR in January?  We see that they are allowing for submission of a "panel" to speak for 50 minutes on a particular topic.  It occurred to us that it might be neat to pitch a panel of PT students actively engaged in pro bono service... PT students representing different programs and different models.  It seems that it might be a great forum for sharing and educating the larger interprofessional community on the role and potential of physical therapy students in interprofessional pro bono service.  If anyone is interested, please let me know!  Quickly!  Looks like the proposal deadline is in two weeks.  Thanks! Jill Black
by J. Black
Thursday, October 1, 2015
Group Rules 0 R. Childers Please note that any time you subscribe to an HPA-sponsored discussion group or forum, you're agreeing to the Group Rules. You'll find them here.
by R. Childers
Monday, March 2, 2015
Welcome to the Pro Bono Forum 0 R. Childers Welcome to the HPA-sponsored Pro Bono Forum. If you've made it this far, you've figured out how to find the forum. Unless you plan to subscribe to the forum, you may want to bookmark this page for future reference. To facilitate networking among individuals interested in pro bono physical therapy services, HPA The Catalyst (the Section on Health Policy & Administration of APTA) has set up a discussion forum here. This forum is open to both members and non-members of HPA. Although you are not required to login in order to read forum posts, you must login to the HPA website in order to subscribe or comment (post). If you are not an HPA member, simply create a Registered User account in order to create a login. Once you have a website account (HPA membership or Registered User account), you may change your forum subscription settings at any time by editing your profile after logging in. HPA members, please be sure to follow the login instructions for the HPA website if you are not already familiar with logging into the HPA website. We're glad you're here!
by R. Childers
Monday, March 2, 2015
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