APTA Academy of Clinical Electrophysiology & Wound Management

Strategic Planning

STRATEGIC PLAN 2017-2020

Our Purpose

The Academy of Clinical Electrophysiology and Wound Management (ACEWM) supports and promotes physical therapists as providers of clinical elecrtrophysiology, biophysical agents and integumentary/wound management.   The ACEWM added two new Special Interest Groups (SIG's) in 2019, Neuromusculoskeletal Ultrasonography and the Student SIG. Strategic components   for our new SIGs are currently under development.

The Academy Values:
  • Unique and vital components of physical therapist practice
  • A commitment to excellence
  • The collaborative contributions of members including the physical therapist, physical therapist assistant, and student

 

Goal: Physical therapists will become the provider of choice in electrodiagnosis (EDX):

Our Objectives:
  • All physical therapists recognize the indication for and value the clinical utility of EDX and can assimilate data from a report to assist in patient evaluation and management.
  • Physical therapists demonstrate the best adherence to quality measures of any discipline practicing EDX, including lab accreditation and board certification

Goal: Physical therapists will embrace biophysical agents (BPA) as effective and integral for best patient outcomes:

Our Objectives:
  • Increase membership that would lead to the creation of a SIG (DONE)
  • Educate physical therapists/physical therapist assistants on the value of BPAs and their appropriate use

Goal: Physical therapists will become the provider of choice in wound management and prevention: 

Our Objectives:
  • Educate members and stakeholders on the unique skillset of physical therapists in wound management
  • Determine the use of and encourage utilization of curriculum guidelines
  • Complete Phase 2 process of ABPTS wound specialization (DONE)

 

  • EDX Sub-goals

    • All physicaltTherapists recognize the indication for and value of EDX and can assimilate data from a report to assist in patient evaluation and management
    • Physical therapists practicing EDX demonstrate the best adherence to quality measures of any discipline
    • All physical therapists practicing EDX are Board Certified in Clinical Electrophysiologic Physical Therapy/ECS
    • All physical therapists practicing EDX are APTA and Academy Members
    • Physical therapist education includes Fellowship and Residency programs in EDX
    • Physical therapists are contributing to clinical research and CPGs in EDX
    • All physical therapists recognize the indication for and value of EDX and can assimilate data from a report to assist in patient evaluation and management
    • Physical therapists practicing EDX demonstrate the best adherence to quality measures of any discipline
    • All physical therapists practicing EDX are Board Certified in Clinical Electrophysiologic Physical Therapy/ECS
    • All physical therapists practicing EDX are APTA, Academy and EDX Sig Members
    • Physical therapist education includes Fellowship and Residency programs in EDX
    • Physical therapists are contributing to clinical research and CPGs in EDX
  • Strategies

    • Education through the use of a variety of strategies that include the use of the posted education guidelines
    • Develop a list of guest speakers by state to present live lectures and webinars for
      • Entry-level programs
      • Physical therapists
      • Other healthcare providers
    • Develop co-presentations with other sections at conferences (e.g. CSM)
    • Offer webinars on specific topics (e.g. CTS, DM, diagnostic US) with/to other section/SIGs members
    • Distribute these materials with various marketing approaches
    • Encourage participation in FELA (Federation of Electrodiagnostic Laboratory Accreditation) through multiple venues (e.g. newletters/listserv)
    • Encourage membership in ACEWM and EDX SIG
    • Develop practice parameter evaluation database
    • Encourage non-ECS PT providers to become board certified
    • Develop mentoring program
    • Facilitate CEU programs
  • BPA Sub-goals

    • Biophysical agents will be regularly considered during the evaluative process for patient plan of care
    • Physical therapists will promote the most effective use of biophysical agents for tissue changes and neuromodulation
    • Physical therapists will be the leader in promoting the appropriate use of biophysical agents
    • Choosing biophysical agents will be based upon an appropriate understanding of the evidence and not current biases and third party payer reimbursement
  • Strategies

    • Email PT/PTA programs to invite all faculty who teach BPA to join the Academy
    • Search research literature for studies published in the lasts 5 years by physical therapists and contact authors with an invitation to join the Academy
    • Recruit at least 10 PTs/PTAs who are members of the Academy and who agree to support the creation of a SIG
    • Formally petition the Academy to create the SIG
    • Provide information at Academy booth at CSM/NSC
    • Collaborate with the Education Committee of the Academy to facilitate BPA educational programs at CSM and other venues
    • Update the educational guidelines for PT and PTA academic programs for teaching BPA
    • Inclusion of a “spotlight” in Academy newsletter on BPA
    • Create a listserv on BPA
  • WMSIG Sub-goals

    • Physical therapists will be the catalysts for a collaborative model of wound management by informing colleagues and stakeholders of our unique knowledge and skills in interventions, functional movements, and prevention
  • Strategies

    • Develop a partnership and explore opportunities with AAWC and others
    • Publish documents
    • Increase educational opportunities beyond CSM (e.g., webinars, local, etc.)
    • Increase abstract submissions at CSM
    • Develop co-sponsorships at CSM annually
    • Develop continuing education opportunities on the guidelines and how to utilize it
    • To maintain, review, and update the guidelines by 2019
    • Survey national programs to determine use of the guidelines
    • Complete Phase 1 of the ABPTS wound specialization process
    • Develop the exam for specialization