Imaging SIG Membership Webinar Recordings
Experiences of the First Four: Achieving Imaging Referral Privileges
- Tuesday, October 12, 2021
Wisconsin (2016), Utah (2018), North Dakota (2021) and Rhode Island (2021) have been successful in passing specific legislative acts to allow for physical therapists to refer for imaging. This webinar, sponsored by the Imaging Special Interest Group, delivers insights and perspectives that will help other state leaders consider in their paths going forward. The speakers are Michelle Collie (RI), Marcus “Kip” Schick (WI), Cindy Flom-Meland (ND), and Lance Dougher (UT). These Chapter Presidents, present and past, share their stories of how they achieved imaging referral privileges through the legislative process, including addressing concerns and interests of a variety of stakeholders.
CSM 2021 Membership Meeting Webinar
- Tuesday, March 23, 2021
Membership Meeting Webinar:
- Tuesday, November 10, 2020
Membership Meeting Webinar:
- Thursday, October 31, 2019
Wednesday, October 2, 2019
Strategies to Implement Direct Referral for Diagnostic Imaging in PT Clinical Practice
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Dr. Evan O. Nelson, PT, DPT, PhD, is a Board-Certified Specialist in orthopaedic physical therapy. Dr. Nelson teaches diagnostic imaging to clinicians and students as an assistant professor in the University of Wisconsin-Madison Doctor of Physical Therapy Program, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, faculty member of the UW Health & UnityPoint Health-Meriter Orthopedic Residency. His practice experience spans multiple sports and orthopedic clinical settings including a current position at UW Health where he is a qualified X-ray ordering provider. Trained in translational clinical research, he led the project assessing how X-ray legislation affected PT practice in Wisconsin.
Connie Kittleson, PT, DPT is the Past President of the Wisconsin Physical Therapy Association (WPTA). She has presented at APTA's Combined Sections Meeting on Wisconsin's experience in passing legislation allowing physical therapists to order x-rays. She continues to serve as a Director for WPTA as well as on the State Legislative Affairs Committee.
Physical therapists (PTs) accurately identify the clinical need for diagnostic imaging studies, including X-rays, which provide critical information for the evaluation of some patients. State law or employer policy frequently limit PTs' ability to refer patients directly to the radiology department for imaging studies, subsequently limiting diagnostic ability. Recent changes in Wisconsin state law provide explicit authority for qualified PTs to refer for X-ray studies performed in radiology departments. This webinar provides strategies to establish allies and respond to opposition during the legislative process. However, successful implementation requires much more than legislative authority. Presenters will review the strategies used in Wisconsin to successfully pass legislation allowing PTs to refer patients directly for X-ray imaging. They will also recommend strategies to address the numerous organizational barriers to successfully implement imaging privileges in your PT organization. Data will show how the legislative changes affected physical therapy practice in Wisconsin without contributing to X-ray overutilization.