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Celebrating KCC’s Pro Bono PT Clinic Opening and getting SPTAs involved in 2019!

I visited Kapiolani Community College (KCC) on 01-30-19 to engage our future PTAs but arrived to find the PTA program celebrating day one of their new pro bono PT clinic. Uninsured patients are seen at no charge by PTs and SPTAs primarily for neuro PT services. This health science department collaborative also involves certified occupational…

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CSM 2019 in Washington DC Was a Chance To Redefine Who We Are

Attending CSM in Washington, DC from January 23-26 and representing HAPTA was inspiring. We opened with Dr. Jerome Adams, US Surgeon General, who called for us to engage in collective futures together with new partnerships. His public health perspective is timely as we look at health promotion and wellness as a means to prevent injuries…

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Get Ready to Submit Testimony for HAPTA Dry Needling and Health and Wellness Bill

Legislation has been introduced on behalf of HAPTA that would allow PTs in Hawaii to use dry needling and would also specify that “promotion and maintenance of fitness, health, and quality of life in all age populations” is part of the definition of physical therapy in Hawaii. Introduced by Senator Rosalyn Baker and Representative John…

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Sample Testimony Letter HB701/SB547

Dear Chair and Committee Members: I am a physical therapist in Hawaii. I strongly support HB701/SB547 and the proposed changes to the Physical Therapy Practice Act. These changes will modernize physical therapy practice in Hawaii and will allow physical therapists to treat patients at their highest level of training and education. Prevention of disability and…

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HAPTA Proposing to Include Dry Needling within PT Scope of Practice

After years of preparation, the HAPTA Legislative Committee is moving forward with a bill to add dry needling to the Hawaii PT Practice Act. This bill will focus on three changes: removing a prohibitive practice clause that prevents the puncturing of intact skin, stating that dry needling is within PT scope of practice, and including…

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National Physical Therapy Month 2018 Slipper Drive Collection Sites

Download a flyer to print and display on your collection box. HAWAII (BIG ISLAND) North Hawaii Community Hospital 67-1125 Mamalahoa Highway Kamuela, HI 96743 Queens Medical Center- North Hawaii 67-1125 Mamalahoa Hwy Waimea, HI 96743 KAUAI Aloha Sports Medicine & Physical Therapy 4480 Hookui Road Kilauea, HI 96754 Hawaii Sports and Balance Center 3088 Aukele…

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2018 Legislative Session Priority Bill Recap

The 2018 Hawaii legislative session ended earlier in May. Here’s an update about some of the priority legislation that HAPTA followed and wants to let you know about. Bills That Passed It’s now a felony to injure a healthcare worker. We have all heard stories about therapists getting kicked, punched or injured by patients. HB1906…

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Humana Still Requires Prior Authorization for Most PT in Hawaii

At the end of 2017, when we learned that Humana would no longer require prior authorization for physical therapy, we rejoiced! But we heard – and have now confirmed – that Hawaii’s Humana administrator, MDX, can and still does require prior authorization for PT (except immediately after hospitalization and surgery). Read the attached chart for…

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CSM Provides Launching Pad for HAPTA Activity in 2018

CSM 2018 was such an interesting collection of information and New Orleans was such an interesting host city! APTA President Sharon Dunn spoke about APTA’s recent successes, like our six percent growth rate – which is double the usual three percent – and surpassing 100,000 members the day after her birthday in August, the Medicare…

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Priority Bills Would Advance Telehealth and More

New bills have been introduced in the 2018 Legislative session offering solutions to health care problems, including ways to combat the opioid epidemic, changes to healthcare payment systems, and paving the road to telehealth. Here is a short summary of a few bills we will keep an eye on this session. HAPTA will continue to…

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