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Welcome to HAPTA

The Hawaii Chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association (HAPTA) is a non-profit professional organization serving more than 200 member Physical Therapists and Physical Therapist Assistants. Our mission is to be the principle membership organization that represents and promotes the profession of Physical Therapy in the State of Hawaii.

PTAs July-2014 - Important Annoucement

The following is a memo from the Physical Therapy Licensing Board of the Hawaii State Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs (DCCA) regarding the upcoming licensure of Physical Therapist Assistants (PTA). Please review it carefully as it impacts all PTA's currently working or planning to work in the State of Hawaii.

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Fall Conference 2014
September 26-28, 2014
Kihei, Maui

Download the flyer and help us advertise by spreading the word. Please print and post in your clinic.


  • Two continuing education courses (The Pelvic Girdle Puzzle & Vestibular Rehabilitation)
  • Saturday networking event

Payer and Reimbursement Committee report

Wow it is already March! Time is flying by. There is much going on this year. Here are the highlights and updates from your Payer and Reimbursement Chairs. 

Payer Relations/Reimbursement Committee Report

Happy New Year HAPTA members.  As 2014 comes upon us we wanted to be sure that practices were preparing for the conversion to ICD-10.  We know most of you are hopeful for another delay but it is unlikely that another delay will happen, so start preparing.

The main deadline to be aware of is  October 1, 2014.  That means after October 1, 2014 claims will only be accepted and paid if they have an ICD10 diagnosis code.  This applies to Medicare and our private insurance carriers.  Hawaii Workers Compensation claims will continue to use ICD-9.


Careers and Continuing Education

Aloha Everyone,

Don't forget to head over to our careers section and take a look at opportunities available. Every few months we have a surge of new openings available. Having trouble finding it? It's located on the left hand side menu under Careers. We also have events that occur throughout the year. Make sure you frequent them as we receive new courses all year round. You can find them under our Continuing Education section, which is also located on the left hand side menu.



Medicare CAC highlights

Possible contractor change: Palmetto to Noridean.  Presently this is disputed.  Contract award by end of this month with start date of July 1, 2013. Palmetto will administer until then and if they win, business as usual and if not, HI will change back to Noridean as of July.

Important Insurance Update

Payer Relations Update 12/6/12

Submitted by Patti Taira-Tokuuke

On December 1-3, 2012 APTA held their annual State Policy & Payment Forum in Alexandria, VA.  We (Elyse Nakama and I) were updated on trends in healthcare policy, current reform efforts and payer/payment trends.  Many changes are ahead for all of healthcare let alone physical therapy.

Promote Our Profession - check out our new tshirts!

So What Do HAPTA and APTA Do for Us, Anyhow?

Dad, what did you used to do?
I was a physical therapist, son

What’s a physical therapist?
We were clinicians who worked in the medical profession and restoring movement and mobility to persons with disabilities, folks who were victims of diseases, injuries and birth defects.  We worked in hospitals, schools and sport teams. Some of us even had our own clinics. A physical therapist had his or her pick of anywhere to live and work in the country and the world.


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