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2021 Election Results

At the Delegate Assembly and the CBA Forum this month, the following individuals were elected to serve. We congratulate these members and are grateful for their willingness to serve in these leadership roles!

Secretary: Cynthia Potter (PA) Treasurer: Ruggie Canizares (OR) Director I: Ellen Donald (FL) Nominating Committee: Ron Barredo (TN) CBA Chair: Michelle Sigmund-Gaines (TN)

Express Your Interest in Running for Office in 2022

At the 2022 Delegate Assembly, elections will be held for the following positions on the Board of Directors and the Nominating Committee.

PRESIDENT (three-year term):
Must be a current or past member of a Member Board or current or past administrator of a Member Board.

VICE PRESIDENT (three-year term):
Must be a current or past member of a Member Board or current or past administrator of a Member Board.

NOMINATING COMMITTEE MEMBER (three-year term):
Must be a member of a Member Board, administrator of a Member Board, an Associate Member*, or an individual with expertise to facilitate the task of the committee. 

Are you interested in running for a position? View the job descriptions and email communications@fsbpt.org before December 31, 2021. (Please include the position(s) for which you are interested.) You’ll hear about next steps in early 2022. 

*An Associate Member is a former member or administrator of a Member Board, a former member of the Board of Directors, a former committee or task force member, or a member of the Academy of Advanced Item Writers.

PT Compact Elections

At the PT Compact Commission Meeting this month, the following individuals were elected to serve. We congratulate these members and are grateful for their willingness to serve in these leadership roles!

  • Kathy Arney (NC) - Chair
  • Charlotte Martin (LA) - Secretary/Treasurer
  • Jennifer Aglubat (WA) - Member-At-Large (Two years)
  • Judd Warren (SC) - Member-At-Large (Two years)
  • David Harris (TN) - Member-At-Large (One year)

2021 Award Winners

At the 2021 Delegate Assembly we honored the 2021 Awards winners:

 

Does Your Website Clearly Define the Confidentiality of Complaints?

FSBPT formed the Boundary Violation Task Force in 2020. One of the task force’s goals is to identify potential barriers for reporting violations to regulatory boards. To help accomplish this, task force members reviewed jurisdictions’ websites. The task force members only reviewed websites they were unfamiliar with, and they tried to view them via the lens of someone who had experienced sexual misconduct during physical therapy and was contemplating filing a complaint with the board.

While reviewing the websites, task force members sought to find language to determine whether a complaint can be filed anonymously, confidentially, or if the complaint must be public record (and then selected all that applied). While the majority of the websites did provide specific language, there was still a large number of jurisdictional websites where the anonymity or confidentiality of a complaint was not clearly identified.

Because of the sensitive nature of sexual boundary violations, the task force feels that clarity regarding the anonymity or confidentiality of a complaint is important information to share with complainants. The task force encourages jurisdictions to review the language of their websites and make changes as necessary to decrease any unnecessary barrier to reporting a complaint.

Takeaway tip: Consider how your jurisdiction classifies reports made about boundary violations and if it is clear to the claimant that their report will be anonymous, confidential, or public record. Do you explain the need to follow up with contact to the claimant in order to fully investigate reports?

Serve on an FSBPT Committee!

Are you interested in serving on one of the committees below beginning January 1, 2022?

  • Continuing Competence
  • Education
  • Ethics and Legislation
  • Finance
  • Resolutions 

Learn more about volunteering and read the detailed committee descriptions. Then submit your name for consideration. The survey will close on October 31, 2021. The Board of Directors will make appointments in late 2021.

Share Your Webinar Ideas!

We are seeking presentation ideas and proposals for webinars we will be hosting throughout 2021. You can watch recent webinars and register for upcoming sessions on the new FSBPT events platform.

If you have a specific idea, please submit a proposal. However, we are also interested in learning about jurisdictions' experiences with regulatory topics and your general ideas on what issues we should examine. We encourage all board members, board administrators, and other stakeholders to please share topics and ideas with us.

FSBPT Forum: Artificial Intelligence in Medicine and Physical Therapy: Exaggerated Hype or Paradigm Shift?

The role of artificial intelligence (AI) is changing in many sectors of society, including medicine and health care. It has the potential to change the way physical therapy is practiced. This article is based on a 2020 Annual Meeting Webinar presented by Anthony Chang. Read the article.

Spotlight on Member Resources: Members' Area

We have many useful resources in the FSBPT Member's Area. Watch this brief video to get an overview.

Our Gratitude for Volunteers

This month, we thank the generous volunteer members of these groups for their support of our mission:

  • Exam Development Committees
  • Item Writers

Webinar Clip: How Can Boards Reckon with the Post-COVID Future while Grappling with Current Regulationsn

Barbara Safriet recently spoke about the challenges and opportunities in the post-COVID era. You can also watch the full webinar recordings and register for upcoming webinars.

In the News

"Oregon Medical Board revokes license of doctor who bucked COVID guidelines, spread misinformation," Jack Forrest, Oregon Live, September 16, 2021

"The Oregon Medical Board revoked the license of a Dallas doctor earlier this month after he refused to follow COVID-19 guidelines in his office, spread misinformation about masks and over-prescribed opioids to his patients, according to medical board documents."

"Physician admits to $3.6M billing fraud, pocketing COVID-19 relief funds: 6 details," Laura Dyrda, Becker's ASC Review, September 16, 2021

"A New York ophthalmologist pleaded guilty to collecting millions of dollars related to upcoding and fraudulently obtaining two government-guaranteed loans meant for COVID-19 pandemic relief, the U.S. Justice Department said this week."

"Med Board Temporarily Suspends Doc’s License For Mailing Vaccine And Mask Exemptions Without Examining Patients," Lisa Backus, Connecticut Health I-Team, September 24, 2021

"The state Medical Examining Board agreed Friday to temporarily suspend the medical license of a Durham physician who is accused of giving out exemptions for COVID-19 vaccines and masks without examining – or even knowing – the patients requesting the documents, state records show."

"After Years of Sexual Abuse Allegations, How Did This Doctor Keep Working?" Roni Caryn Rabin, The New York Times, October 11, 2021

"Hospital staff members looked the other way while Ricardo Cruciani addicted vulnerable women to pain medications and assaulted them, according to a new lawsuit."

"Pain Doctor Accused of Sexually Assaulting Patients Faces New Federal Charges," Roni Caryn Rabin, The New York Times, October 20, 2021

"Ricardo Cruciani, a former pain management physician, already faces state charges. Each of the federal charges carries a maximum sentence of 20 years."

"States Reported Multiple Challenges With Using Telehealth To Provide Behavioral Health Services to Medicaid Enrollees," Office of Inspector General, September 20, 2021

"States are increasingly relying on telehealth to provide behavioral health services to Medicaid enrollees. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, telehealth was an important tool for States to increase access to behavioral health services for enrollees in rural or underserved areas with provider shortages. During the COVID-19 pandemic, States expanded their use of telehealth to help meet the needs of enrollees while also reducing the risks from community spread of the virus. As the Nation confronts the psychological and emotional impact of COVID-19, the use of telehealth will be important in addressing behavioral health needs for Medicaid enrollees."

"In our opinion: Utah should increase opportunities for work through occupational licensing reforms," Desert News, February 25, 2019

"Utah has taken some steps in the right direction with regard to occupational licensing. For instance, educators and spouses of active military personnel receive leniency in Utah for outside licenses. And two years ago the state Legislature eased requirements for certain contractors and plumbing and electricity apprentices. Currently, the Legislature is considering competency-based occupational licensing, which opens up the possibility of receiving a license upon the demonstration of skills rather than through a traditional time-based path. But even more progress could be made."

Board Report

Motion - Approved
To approve waiver of FSBPT costs per Addendum to LCASO/PTCompact for 2022.

Motion - Approved
Approve the establishment of the Sexual Misconduct and Boundary Violations Committee

Motion - Approved
Approve the establishment of the Re-Entry - Demographics Task Force

Motion - Approved
Approve David Relling to serve on the LCASO Board 

Motion Adopted
To appoint, reappoint, or extend the following people to be the approved Committee Chairs.
            
Continuing Competence Committee

  • Chair: Anne Thompson (GA) January 1, 2022 – December 31, 2024

Education Committee

  • Chair: Jill Wakabayashi (HI) January 1, 2022 – December 31, 202

Re-Entry Demographics TF (New)

  • Chair: Joe Shanley (NH) January 1, 2022 – December 31, 2023

Resolutions Committee:

  • Chair: Joel Hemphill (DC) January 1, 2022 – December 31, 2022

Sexual Misconduct and Boundaries Committee (New)

  • Chair: Jennifer Wissinger (OH) January 1, 2022 – December 31, 2024

 

Motion Adopted
To appoint, reappoint, or extend the following people to the exam committees listed.

EDC-PT

  • Co-Chair Teresa Briedwell, PT (MO): January 1, 2022 – December 31, 2024
  • Co-Chair Sheri Hale, PT (VA): January 1, 2022 – December 31, 2024
  • Member Ruth Maher, PT (GA): January 1, 2022 – December 31, 2022 (extend term for an additional year)
  • Member Patti Berg-Poppe, PT (SD): January 1, 2022 – December 31, 2023 (extend term for 2 years, has fulfilled 1 year on EDC)
  • Member Paul-Neil Czujko, PT (NY): January 1, 2022 – December 31, 2024
  • Member Navpreet Kaur, PT (TX): January 1, 2022 – December 31, 2024
  • Member Jessica Johnson, PT (MN): January 1, 2022 – December 31, 2024
  • Member Jason Falvey, PT (MD): January 1, 2022 – December 31, 2024
  • Member Chris Childers, PT (AZ): January 1, 2022 – December 31, 2024

EDC-PTA

  • Co-Chair Danette Neikirk, PT (FL): January 1, 2022 – December 31, 2024 (completed the final year of her first term as co-chair, agreeable to extend for another 3-year term)
  • Co-Chair Deanne Yates, PTA (KS): January 1, 2022 – December 31, 2024
  • Member Brandi Lipovsky, PTA (PA): January 1, 2022 – December 31, 2022 (extend term for an additional year)
  • Member Jacqueline Kopack, PT (PA): January 1, 2022 – December 31, 2022 (extend term for an additional year)
  • Member Maribeth (Beth) Vowell, PT (TN): January 1, 2022 – December 31, 2024
  • Member Robyn Murray, PT (FL): January 1, 2022 – December 31, 2024

Item Writing Coordinator PT

  • Germaine Ferreira, PT (TX): January 1, 2022 – December 31, 2024
  • Jade Bender-Burnett, PT (VA): January 1, 2022 – December 31, 2024

Item Writing Coordinators PTA

  • Linda Carlson, PT (TX): January 1, 2022 – December 31, 2022 (extend term for an additional year)
  • Shelly Watkins, PT (NC): January 1, 2022 – December 31, 2024

 

Motion Adopted 
To appoint, reappoint, or extend the following people to the task forces listed. 

Item Writing Task Force PT

  • Arvie Vitente, PT (FL): January 1, 2022 – December 31, 2023 (Reappoint for 1 year term, has served 2 years)
  • Chrysta Lloyd, PT (TX): January 1, 2022 – December 31, 2024
  • Demetrius Collins, PT (TX): January 1, 2022 – December 31, 2024
  • Daniela Farro, PT (NY): January 1, 2022 – December 31, 2024
  • Larisa Hoffman, PT (CO): January 1, 2022 – December 31, 2024
  • Deborah Prouty, PT (NC): January 1, 2022 – December 31, 2024
  • Elizabeth Garcia, PT (AR): January 1, 2022 – December 31, 2024

Item Writing Task Force PTA

  • Andrea Constandis, PT (FL): January 1, 2022 – December 31, 2024
  • Marc Duyck, PTA (OR): January 1, 2022 – December 31, 2024
  • Daphne Joslyn, PTA (WA): January 1, 2022 – December 31, 2024
  • Christine Rodday, PT (MA): January 1, 2022 – December 31, 2024
  • Jelaine James, PT (FL): January 1, 2022 – December 31, 2024
  • John Myers, PT (OH): January 1, 2022 – December 31, 2024

Board of Directors

Members of the Board of Directors serve as liaisons to multiple jurisdictions. Current liaison relationships are listed here for your reference.

Ruggie Canizares

Ellen Donald

Joni Kalis

Nancy Kirsch

Cynthia Potter

Adrienne Price

David Relling

Charles E. Reiter

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Staff Contact Information

Staff Contact Information
If you have questions, challenges or ideas, we want to hear from you!
(703) 299-3100

 

Subject

 

Point of Contact/Email Address

ADA accommodations

Christine Sousa

Assessment or examination development questions

Lorin Muelle
Susan Newman
npte@fsbpt.org

Continuing competence

Jeffrey M. Rosa
competencestaff@fsbpt.org

Credentials review

Jaime Nolan, FCCPT

ELDD- Exam, Licensure and Disciplinary Database participation

eldd@fsbpt.org

Exam registration processing

Christine Sousa

Foreign educated issues

Leslie Adrian

Immigration

Jamie Nolan

JAM- Jurisprudence Assessment Module

competencestaff@fsbpt.org

Legislation or Model Practice Act

Leslie Adrian

Meeting arrangements

Paul Delaney

NPDB reports/questions

Angela Burnham

PTC- Physical Therapy Compact

compact@fsbpt.org

PEAT®- Practice Exam & Assessment Tool

peat@fsbpt.org

Reimbursement of expenses
Other financial matters

Linda Michelsen

School reports

schoolreports@fsbpt.org

Score transfer & reporting

Christine Sousa

SCP PET- Supervised Clinical Practice Performance Evaluation Tool

scppet@fsbpt.org

Security issues

Susan Newman
security@fsbpt.org

Anything else, including news to share with members

William A. Hatherill
Caitlin Jennings
Communications@fsbpt.org



 

 

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