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PTA Credits Highest Possible PTA Exam Results to Others

When Carter Lam, PTA, got his results after taking the National Physical Therapy Exam (NPTE) this past fall, he received the happy news that he passed. But he also saw that he scored an 800 on the exam, which is the highest possible score. Surprised, he thought, “That can’t be right.” Fewer than one percent…

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District Ambassador Program Launched

  District Ambassador Job Description   District Ambassador Program Description   District Ambassador Nomination Form The physical therapy profession is currently facing many challenges such as decreasing reimbursement, administrative delays in licensing, an ongoing identity crisis about our role and importance on the medical triage team. One of our primary objectives this upcoming year for…

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Magellan Hawaii Conversation Yields Additional Insights About Prior Authorization Transition

Many of you know that Magellan Hawaii will take over physical medicine (physical therapy, occupational therapy, and chiropractic) utilization review for Hawaii insurance provider HMSA on January 1, 2023. APTA Hawaii Payer Relations Committee Co-Chairs Patti Taira-Tokuuke and Shawna Yee met with reps from Magellan Hawaii to get clarification about the transition. See the key…

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Bri DeWitt Receives 2022 APTA Emerging Leader Award

In his letter to APTA nominating Bri DeWitt for this year’s Emerging Leader Award, APTA Hawaii President Nick Bronowski talked about Bri’s contributions as chair of our Education Committee and her leadership as part of APTA’s Academy of Pelvic Health, as well as her community leadership as a PT specializing in pelvic health and oncology…

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Hawaii Member Becomes a FAPTA – and a General

Hawaii Chapter member Deydre S. Teyhen, PT, DPT, PhD, FAPTA, has had an eventful year, although she is no stranger to living an eventful life. In May, she learned she would receive the APTA Catherine Worthingham Fellow award. And last fall, she learned she would be the first physical therapist to become a US Army…

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Doug White Receives Lucy Blair Award Recognition at Kennedy Center Ceremony

Originally Published in APTA Hawaii’s e-Newsletter – October 2021 edition Posted on October 6, 2021 by Chapter Staff A recent transplant from Massachusetts, APTA Hawaii member Doug White, PT, DPT, Registered in Musculoskeletal sonography (RMSK), received the APTA Lucy Blair Service Award in 2020 – and received in-person recognition at the 2021 APTA Awards Ceremony…

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eviCore to Post Tier Results on November 1

On November 1, 2021, eviCore will post clinician physical therapy utilization management tier review results for the six-month period beginning Jan. 1, 2022 in your practitioner performance summary (PPS) dashboard. To adopt a more environmentally friendly notification process, eviCore will no longer mail tiering letters. As a reminder, eviCore provides 60-day notice of tier changes…

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Reflections on a Golden Week

Centennial Celebration Weekend Events – Roll call. September 10-14, 2021. Omni Shoreham Hotel – Washington, D.C.      Yes, Hawaii was there. APTA Centennial Center Open House              Yes, Hawaii was there. APTA Presidents Forum                               …

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PTA Vote, Anti-Racism, and Ethical Concerns Top House of Delegates Actions

A couple of months ago I had no idea I would be filling in as Chief Delegate for Hawaii to the 2021 House of Delegates (HOD). I planned on being in Washington, DC for the Centennial and awards festivities. Since the HOD was the same weekend, I offered to help. When Jeremy Angaran was unable…

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First-Time Delegate Gains Perspective on Clinician Challenges

I am writing today to share more about what I gained than the actual events that took place during APTA’s Centennial Celebration and House of Delegates (HOD) 2021. As a new member to APTA Hawaii Chapter and first-time active participant in APTA since graduating PT school in 2012, I was honored to have the mentorship…

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