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OPTA Awarded National Grant To Advance Quality Of Life And Evidence Based Practice For Seniors Living With Arthritis

OPTA Awarded National Grant To Advance Quality Of Life and Evidence Based Practice For Seniors Living With Arthritis

The National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACCD) selected OPTA as one of three national grant recipients to increase awareness and implementation of the Walk With Ease (WWE) self-directed intervention program for arthritis management. 

OPTA expects to reach out to and enroll over 400 seniors from a variety of independent community and supported care settings in WWE in 2018. 

“This grant will support a strong collaboration between physical therapists, health systems, community programs, and residential centers that will assist in improving the quality of life for older adults affected by joint pain and arthritis”, says Jose L. Reyna, PT, DPT, principal OPTA grantee. 

Coordinated efforts with the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) Oregon Arthritis Program, Pacific University’s School of Physical Therapy, and Oregon State University (OSU) Extension Services’ Walk With Ease program is expected to improve physical therapist and primary care awareness of the WWE program. “The NACDD grant will help the OPTA and state agencies to assess strengths and collaborative opportunities for advancing WWE outreach and implementation, and create a sustainability plan for ongoing access, resources, and funding”, says Reyna. “Ultimately, OPTA, OHA and OSU want to advance best practices to improve mobility and the quality of life for seniors affected by arthritis, and the NACCD grant provides us the funding to make positive changes in our community’s health awareness.” Read the rest of entry »

OPTA 2018 Conference - Save the Date!

Save the Date 2018 Conference

Save the date for OPTA's 2018 Annual Conference.  The Conference will be held on Saturday, March 10, 2018 at the Holiday Inn Portland South Hotel.  Stay tuned for more details... Read the rest of entry »

New Eval Codes on January 1 - Look here for Resources

On January 1, 2017 the new PT evaluation codes went into effect, be sure to check out these other resources on the new PT eval codes: Read the rest of entry »

Oregon Health Care Professions Come Together to Launch 'Health Care Night Out' Gathering

Success in health care depends on practitioners working together. Three local organizations are making a practice of coming together to build relationships across disciplines to create a force capable of transforming the health care delivery system in Oregon.


Inspired by an award-winning project of the Oregon Physical Therapy Association (OPTA), a new monthly gathering of health care professionals called Health Care Night Out is set to launch in Oregon. OPTA has joined with the Occupational Therapy Association of Oregon (OTAO) and the Oregon Speech-Language and Hearing Association (OSHA) to launch Health Care Night Out, which will meet in cities across Oregon on the third Thursday of every month to build relationships to improve health care.

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Take Action: Support Your Colleagues on Capitol Hill This Week

On Thursday, June 4, over 1,000 physical therapists, physical therapist assistants and students of physical therapy will visit the Capitol Hill offices of their U.S. Representatives and Senators as part of this year’s PT Day on Capitol Hill. These physical therapy advocates will lobby Congress on cosponsoring legislation to repeal the cap (H.R. 775/S. 539), adding physical therapists to the National Health Service Corps loan repayment program (H.R. 2342/S. 1426), concussion management legislation (H.R.829/S. 436) and Medicare Locum Tenens (H.R. 556/S. 313). Read the rest of entry »

APTA Survey for Payment Reform Released

APTA will be surveying a portion of our members in the coming weeks about new CPT codes related to physical therapist evaluations and reevaluations, to assess the “professional work” value and time involved in the physical therapist’s provision of the services identified by each of these codes.  Read the rest of entry »

URGENT Action on the Therapy Cap

Please call Senators Wyden and Merkley NOW and ask them to support allowing this amendment to be considered as part of the SGR package next week.  Be sure to also ask your Senator to vote yes on the amendment. Read the rest of entry »

Changes to Regence Care Core program are announced

The OPTA has been hard at work with the other NW Chapters and Regence to improve the Care Core process for our members and their patients.  We are very happy to report the following changes that were announced by Regence today and are scheduled to go into effect on July 1, 2015. Read the rest of entry »

Therapy Cap Update - What you need to know and Call to action

On Thursday, March 26 the House of Representatives passed the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (H.R. 2) by a vote of 392-37.  This legislation included provisions to repeal and reform the current flawed sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula, but only an extension of the Medicare therapy cap exceptions process through 2017.  The Senate did not vote on the legislation and has recessed for two weeks.    Read the rest of entry »

March on Washington DC to support PT

This year, APTA's annual Federal Advocacy Forum is being replaced by PT Day on Capitol Hill, which will run in conjunction with APTA's NEXT Conference. PT Day on Capitol Hill will take place June 3-4, 2015, with events at National Harbor, MD, and on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Read the rest of entry »
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