Session Description:

This course is designed for hospital/health systems rehabilitation department administrators, and APTA Chapter Board of Directors and legislative/practice affairs committee chairs with interest in the patient direct access model. The Wisconsin Physical Therapy Association implemented an initiative to promote hospital/health systems adoption and implementation of the patient direct access to physical therapist services practice model. Over a 3 year timeframe these efforts resulted in the number of state of Wisconsin hospitals/health systems approving this practice model, increasing from 28 to over 75 facilities. This course will describe the direct access adoption initiative including strategies, resources, benefits, challenges and lessons learned.

Meet our Speakers:

Bill Boissonnault, PT, DPT, DHSc, FAPTA, is executive vice president of professional affairs for APTA. Until recently, he was a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and senior physical therapist at the University of Wisconsin Hospital/Clinics. He earned a bachelor’s degree in physical therapy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a master’s degree and doctor of health sciences degree from the University of St Augustine, and a doctor of physical therapy degree from the Institute of Health Professions-Massachusetts General Hospital. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists. He has published numerous articles related to patient direct access to physical therapist services, consulted with more than 70 hospitals and clinics regarding implementation of Wisconsin’s direct access model, and served on the WPTA task force for promoting the adoption of the model.

Dennis H. Kaster, PT, is vice president of WPTA and chair of the WPTA Autonomous Practice Committee. Until recently, he was director of rehabilitation services within a large Wisconsin health care system, where he had been for 19 years. He earned a bachelor’s degree in physical therapy from the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse. He is a board-certified specialist in orthopaedic physical therapy. Kaster spearheaded the implementation of the physical therapist direct access model in a 6-hospital health care system. He has assisted more than 70 hospitals with implementation of direct access, including working concurrently with 33 hospitals within a rural hospital cooperative.

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Completion Instructions

<ul> <li>Review the pre-recorded session, compile questions for the live Q and A session. </li><li>Following the Q and A, complete the assessment with a 70% or higher score. </li><li>Submit your evaluation feedback. </li><li>Print your certificate.</li></ul>

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Bill Boissonnault, PT, DPT, DHSc, FAAOMPT, FAPTA; Dennis H. Kaster, PT, BS, OCS

Learning objectives

<ol> <li>Develop a plan promoting wide-spread adoption of direct access including how multiple organizations/facilities can be coached concurrently through the process. </li><li>Develop a plan to successfully overcome barriers associated with implementation of direct access programs. </li><li>Access and utilize resources to facilitate adoption and implementation of the patient direct access to physical therapist services model.</li><li>Cite appropriate research, and existing policies and procedures associated with the benefits of the direct access model and overcoming potential barriers.</li></ol>


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Type:E-Learning Course
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Domains:Bill Boissonnault, Dennis Kaster, direct access
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