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.

Spring Conference 2014

SB Seminars, LLC

Instructors: Dr. John N Flood, FACOS, FAOAO  Dr. Scott Benjamin

Course TitleDay One: Surgery of the Neck and Shoulder

Course Title: Day Two: Surgeries for the lumbar spine, knee

Dates & Times:
April 26th & 27th
7:30 for registration & coffee
8am-5pm for the classes

Shriners Hospital


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.


Introduction to Vestibular Rehabilitation Course sponsored by HAPTA

Introduction to Vestibular Rehabilitation Course sponsored by HAPTA

When: Feb 28th 6:00-9:30 PM and March 1st 8:00-5:00 PM
Where: Kapiolani Community College
Presenter: Janet Crosier, PT, DPT, MEd
Cost: Minimum donation of $200 is suggested
* All monies raised go to support the HAPTA Political Action Committee 
* Checks should be made out to “Hawaii Physical Therapy PAC”


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.



Experience, Engage, Empower - The Pelvic Girdle

Experience, Engage, Empower

Spend a weekend with Diane Lee PT, BSR, FCAMT, CGIMS as she presents

The Pelvic Girdle - Understanding the Role of the Pelvis in Whole Body Function using The Integrated Systems Model for Pain & Disability



Do you see patients with recurrent problems and, in the face of limited evidence, question if you are being the most effective you can be in your approach to treatment? Do you know how to determine if the thorax, lumbar spine and/or pelvis (essentially the trunk) is playing a role in the clinical presentation and if so what to do or where to begin treatment?

The Pacific Northwest Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Symposium

The Pacific Northwest Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Symposium

Topic: The Shoulder


This inaugural 2-day event provides evidence based research and clinical advances on the assessment and management of the shoulder. Topics include contemporary surgical interventions, real-time musculoskeletal ultrasound (MSK US) diagnosis, and rehabilitation strategies to provide the highest level of analytical examination and treatment methodology. Both conservative and post-operative care of the general orthopedic patient to the high level overhead athlete are presented.

The lecture panel consists of internationally, nationally and regionally recognized shoulder experts, including orthopedic surgeons, sports fellow trained physicians, and physical therapists/athletic trainers. Don’t miss this opportunity to attend this first ever symposium in beautiful Portland.

NAIOMT Course Offerings for 2013


It is with pleasure that I announce the North American Institute of Orthopaedic Manual Therapy(NAIOMT) course offerings in Hawaii for 2013.  A full cycle(Levels I – III, Advanced Clinical Reasoning, Thoracic Spine, and Advanced Technique Review) which started on June 8, 2007 has been completed.  The next cycle has begun in 2012 and all physical therapists are eligible to enroll in the 2013 courses outlined in the attachment.  The three courses are the Level II Lumbopelvic-Hip, Level II Knee-Ankle-Foot, and Level IV Advanced Techniques-Manipulation.  This will mark the first time the Level IV Manipulation course is being taught in Hawaii.     Distinguished Faculty member and one of the Founders of NAIOMT, Mr. Erl Pettman, PT, MCSP, MCPA, FCAMT will be the Master Instructor for all courses.  Mr. Pettman is the author of ‘Manipulative Thrust Techniques, An evidence-based approach”, a comprehensive text on manipulative therapy.  For more information on the courses, please visit www.naiomt.com or download our Brochure.


Thank you,
Art Lum
PT  Lifelong Learning, LLC.      

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.


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